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OSHIOMHOLE

SACKS 836 TEACHERS

The Edo state government, late in December 2013 sacked 836 teachers whose credentials were found wanting during a staff verification exercise carried out by the state department of the Information and Communication Technology.

when they discovered that their names were missing from the December salary voucher.

confirmed the sack, said those affected were certified unfit to be teachers by the ICT after the verification.

Those sacked were found to have either over-stayed, mentally unstable, physically blind or have falsified their age and credentials.

The affected teachers who were not notified in writing learnt of their sack

Commissioner for Basic Education, Patrick Aguinede, who

According to him, some, “teachers were found to have stayed above 35 years. Some were physically blind; some manipulated their results and age which later showed they finished school before they were born.”

However, the State Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Akin Adeojo said the union was aware of the sack as a rumor mill adding that the affected teachers have not been issued sack letters.

He said the NUT would scrutinize the letters when they finally come before taking a decision and that anybody found victimized would be resisted.

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SOLUDO FINGER OBJ IN CURRENCY PRINTING SCAM Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo who is being investigated by the EFCC over his alleged involvement

in the award of contracts for the printing of N20miillion polymer notes during his tenure as gover nor has allegedly implicated former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Minister for finance Esther Nenadi while he was being drilled by EFCC operatives last week. Soludo interrogated along with Mr Ehi O k oyo m o n , t h e f o r m e r

Managing Director of the Nigerian Security and Printing Company over how a whopping N 2 . 1 b i l l i o n wo r t h o f N1000 notes got missing said their hands are clean and indicted the former President and Minister saying they were just servants who were only taking urdersand instructions from their

bosses. He did not give further details. The contract in q u e s t i o n wa s awa r d e d between 2006 and 2008. The EFCC is investigating allegations of underhand dealings in the award and execution of the contract and the huge sums that got missing in the process, according to EFCC sources at Abuja.

Edo got N7b in November 2013

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The Edo state government which recently complained of dwindling revenues from the federation account and the 18 local government councils in the state collectively received the sum of N7.61billion as their share of the national statutory allocation for November 2013. The amount, made public by the Federal Revenue Allocation Committee, FAAC was paid out to the affected governments along with the other states that make up the federation in Abuja. EDO PM NEWS confirmed that the state government got the sum of N4.77billion with

N98million, being its share of the 28th installment of the NNPC refunds. It also got an additional N1billion being VAT and after the sum of N18million was deducted to service her external debts. The eighteen local councils in the state collectively got N2.8billion including about N73million being their share of the 28th instalment of the NNPC refunds. They also got N593million from VAT but less the sum of N22million being one percent deducted from them for the Police Reform Fund, PRF.


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EVENT

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Chief Patrick Eholor donates Inverters To Central Hospital, Benin City Edo state owned Central Hospital in Benin City has received equipment donation of inverters to enhance the activities of the health institution.

Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, was in furtherance of his pledge to assist in the upliftment of health institutions in the state, and by The donation, which was extension impact positively on made by a philanthropist and the health of the citizens of the chairman of One Love Foundation, state.

The donor used the occasion to commemorate his birthday said he was informed to make the donations of inverters because of his belief that the less privileged in the society deserve help.

include the Theatre, Children's Ward, Mortuary, and Maternity. “Anyone that is in need informed my decision to make these donations of inverters including their installations in four different locations in the hospital''

Some sections of the hospital that got the donation

Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, Founder/President, One Love Foundation, continued his philanthropic gestures as the year 2013 ended as he commissioned an ultra-modern inverter he donated to the Central Hospital Complex, Benin City. He had earlier donated similar equipment to other organizations such as security agencies in parts of the state. In the pictures below on the left, Chief Eholor arrives the hospital with members of his entourage, top right, he is being received by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, who is making an address in the next picture. The inverters are on picture 4 while pictures 5 and 6 respectively show the Theatre where the inverter will be in use and Eholor commissioning the facility.

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Chief Patrick Eholor noted that there was a difference between need and want and this informed his choice of the donated equipment. Receiving the donations on behalf of the hospital management the Chief Medical Director, Dr Edith Kayode-Iyasere, thanked the donor for his good gesture to the health institution and assured that the installed inverters will be properly used. The donor promised that in future he would lease with the hospital management in making further donations in other to know their areas of need. Eholor had earlier donated inverters to the Edo State Police Command and other security agencies within Benin City.

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The chairman of the NGO, Eholor, who made the donation in Benin City at a wellattended ceremony at Ugbor and Etete Police division, also challenged politicians and other well-meaning individuals to the aid of the police whom he noted risk their lives on a daily basis to protect the citizenry. “The type of government which we practice is the government of the people, for the people and by the people. We should practice that we are in charge by assisting whenever there is need to. It is not only individuals that have needs. Organizations also have needs, even government.” He added, “When agencies like the police are under-equipped, as has become the norm in Nigeria, we should not fold our hands and look. It might be your own brother or mother they will save next with the assistance you render them.”

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“I think the Police is worthy of our respect and assistance, am doing this to encourage other people to do something for the Police because in most cases they take our bullets in chase of criminal elements in the society”. Other organizations that benefited include the Department of State Security Agency (DSS), fourth Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Benin. Aside the Etete Division of the Nigeria Police, residence of the Commissioner of Police as well as Ugbor Police Division was also supplied with inverters by One Love Foundation.


PAGE 3 EDO PM NEWS NEWS Edo yet to get NDDC Commissioner Nominee Edo state is the only state out of the nine states in the Niger Delta, which is yet to have her nominee for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, confirmed by the National Assembly. EDO PM NEWS sources say that the name of the nominee is yet to get to the National Assembly due to a lack of consensus on the part of the Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the APC senator representing Edo south Senator Ehigie Uzamere who is said to be considering returning to the PDP and the PDP in Edo state are yet to agree on a name. This development may see the board recently inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan taking off for the first time in its history without a commissioner from Edo due to political differences. While the governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has decided that Mr Henry Okhuarobo the immediate past state commissioner on the board

should continue for another term, Senator Ehigie Uzamere wants his aide Mr. Peter Enogieru to get the job. While the PDP is looking at Messrs. Osahon Ahunwan and Chris Nehikhare for one same position. Senator Uzamere recently submitted the name of Enogieru, without the consent of the governor who is insisting that Okhuarobo must get a

second term as he was impressed with his first outing. The Edo PDP on its part is interested in producing the representative, as it did from 1999 until 2007 when it was in power in Benin City and pooh pooh the late President Musa Yar'Adua's action in giving the prerogative to governors to nominate board members.

Commenting on the development the Director of Edo state in great Hands, Mr. Donald Usiani said the development was “appalling, retrogressive and a calculated attempt to provoke ethnic conflict in Edo State" arguing, the behavior of all parties on the matter is uncomplimentary as it sets back the clock of progress in the state.

Fresh cult clash claims more than 4 in Benin More than three persons died from fresh cult clashes around the Kings square in the Edo state capital Benin City at the dawn of the New Year 2014. One of the killings occurred at Ogbe Quarters, close to the Oba's Palace while a retaliatory attack claimed another life at Upper mission Road. A third fell by rival cultists along the Lucky Way on Ikpoba Hill and a fourth in Erhunmwunse area, off Ekenwan Road, near the Ekenwan campus of the University of Benin. EDOPM NEWS gathered that although no clear

cause can be ascribed to the new war, investigations have revealed that the fight may not be unconnected with collection of revenue for the Oredo Local Government Council Authorities. Members of a task force engaged by the state government and another by Oredo LGA fought over who has control of collecting revenue at the Oba Market and environs. Public Relations officer of the Edo Sate Police command DSP Moses Eguavoen was not forthcoming on the incidents as he claimed the yuletide was generally peaceful.

How Oba Ovonramwen’s ‘plight’ led to amalgamation in 2014 The Benin Royal Family has said that it was the banishment of the great grandfather of Oba Erediauwa, the Benin Monarch, Oba Ovonramwen to Calabar by British colonialists and his eventual death that paved way for the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914. HRH Edun Akenzua, who is the Enojie of Obozuwa who stated this in Benin City, while addressing reporters however lamented the amalgamation describing it as an act of coercion advocating support for the conference of all Nigerians to decide how they want to live together. "If anybody is to celebrate that, to my mind I think it is Lord Lugard and his descendants who should be celebrating. It is like we want to be celebrating the Berlin Conference where Africa was partitioned among European countries".

Oba Ovonramwen

He said the proposed national conference was necessary but it should be done in such a way to ensure the people decide how the country should exist. "We must do exactly what the early Americans did, we must sit down, all of us and talk, talk about how we will want to relate to each other, talk about what we really are. Today they are making superficial peace. This group is fighting the other group; let us forget about what divides us, let us talk about what unites us, those are just platitudes". The Prince added, "There are no

two ways to it, we cannot pretend that there will be no need for us to talk, we have to talk, let us face it. We are different people just like the early Americans began; we don't need the constitution the soldiers gave to us, we don't need the one the British gave to us because there is evidence that the British participated in rigging elections in our country." “If really we are talking serious, we want to be a strong nation which we could have because God gave us everything more than he gave to others yet we can't feed ourselves, so many things is

wrong, they are wrong because the so called founding fathers were only independence seekers. They sought for and got independence from the British but haven got that independence, they did not go down to make sure that this country emerged a strong country". Akenzua added, "I think for us to get on here, we need to have a conference, not the type of conference that governments design no, get all the ethic nationalities in these country, let them go to a hall, sit down and take every aspect of our living and let us see how we want it to be.”

Police arraign transporter for giving false Information The Police in Edo have arraigned a transporter, Chief Lucky Ageloise before a Chief Magistrates court in Benin City on a one-count charge of knowingly giving false information through a petition dated 25 November 2013 to the Commissioner of Police. In the charge No. MOR/707C/2013 before the court presided over by Mrs. R.A. Ogbevoen, Chief Magistrate Grade 1, Chief Ageloise, 38 is accused of giving false information that led the Police to arrest the former deputy speaker of Edo State Assembly, Rt. Hon Fred Omoigberai for an offence of threatening violence. The charge also read that the Commissioner of Police ought not to have arrested Rt. Hon Fred Omoigberai, if he had the facts concerning the information given by Chief Ageloise. By his action, the charge read that Chief Ageloise committed an offence punishable under Section 125A (1)(b) of the criminal Code cap 48 Vol. II laws of Bendel state of Nigeria 1976 made applicable in Edo state. When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty while his counsel, Barrister Austin Ajayi pleading for his bail, said the matter would soon be resolved amicably as parties involved are relatives. However, the Prosecutor, Inspector P. Agboifo objected to the bail application on the grounds that Chief Ageloise was charged

for a similar case in 2012, before the same court in Afuze Division of the state. Agboifo rationalized the Police objection on the fact that Chief Ageloise was arraigned on 11 September 2012 in the Afuze Division vide Charge No MOA/36C/2012 in a case between him and the Commissioner of Police but was discharged in May 2013. Chief Magistrate Ogbevoen in

her ruling granted Chief Ageloise bail for N100, 000.00 along with a surety in like sum who must present 3 passports, swear to an affidavit of means, show proof of gainful employment and residence in the Oredo Division. EDO PM NEWS reports that the court then adjourned hearing in the case until 21 January 2014.

OSHIOMHOLE SACKS 836 TEACHERS CONTINUED FROM PAGE1 Before the sack, the Head of Service, Mr. Jerry Obazele said while receiving members of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) who paid him a courtesy call said that the rumors making the rounds that the government of Edo State was going to sack teachers, was untrue.

teachers and civil servants. Mr. Jerry Obazele informed the union leaders that he has approved the promotion of officers in large parastatal, assuring that the government of Adams Oshiomhole was not against promotion.

He said the Comrade Government would have loved to do more for the workers, but regretted that the finance at the disposal of the governor is a major obstacle, adding that the governor being a labour man H e r e c a l l e d t h a t t h e will not fight, nor forget his primary Comrade Governor has stated in the constituency. past that he will not witch hunt The Head of Service stated categorically that there was no iota of truth in the rumor, urging labour leaders and teachers in particular to disregard the rumors.


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RELIGION

2014: BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS by Anthony Agbogah Just before the climax of 2013, the Lord spoke to me that l should go back to the message He gave to me in 2004 which l titled “Error in Prophecy: who is to Blame?” As l was going through this message, it became apparent what the Lord was saying and what He intends to do in 2014. I deliberately changed the title of the message because l wanted to make the message clearer to those who may have opportunity to read it. In 2004, a General Overseer of a Pentecostal church said in an event to mark his birthday celebration that a church leader who sees any negative prophecy about the country or any person is not speaking from God. He says, “if you as a church leader sees anything that is negative about the country or any person, you should go to God in prayers to avert the negative prophecies. You should not say this one will die. That one will die. Nigeria will disintegrate and there will be war. All these are not predictions from God. Even if you see it, pray over it, tell God that you don't want it. And the moment you rebuke it, it will be averted. That is all.”

There are so many children of God who are in bondage today without knowing how they got to that situation. Of course, if God reveals to a man of God, for instance, that a person is about to die by accident, the man of God may not need to tell the person before praying. The best thing to do is to pray and aver t the danger. This message was greatly heralded by a lot of people even though it contradicted with the Word of God. In 2014, the lord has decided to warn His people again to beware of false prophets who will try and deceive the people this year because of the danger that is looming in Nigeria. If you look from Genesis to Revelation you will discover that any time any child of God went to his closet to pray and the danger was averted, it was because the victim was innocent. For example, when Satan desired to have Peter and sift him as wheat, Jesus Christ prayed for him even without his knowledge that his faith does not fail (Luke 22:31-32). A

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Prophet Joshua

Pastor Oritsejafor close look at this story shows that Peter did not sin before Satan planned to destroy him. Jesus saw that Peter was innocent and decided to pray for his freedom. On the contrary when Jesus began to reveal to His disciples that He was going to Jerusalem to suffer many things in the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and be raised again the third day; Peter was filled with a different plan. But what did Jesus do? Did He pray for him to make him understand? No. Jesus rebuked him. Jesus said “Get behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things of that be of God, but those that be of men” (Matthew 16: 21-23). There are so many children of God who are in bondage today without knowing how they got to that situation. Of course, if God reveals to a man of God, for instance, that a person is about to die by accident, the man of God may not need to tell the person before praying. The best thing to do is to pray and

Pastor Okotie avert the danger. But this is quite different from when God pronounces a curse upon a person or country as a result of sin. No amount of secret prayers from a man of God can avert the curse unless the person or country repents. The bible says the soul that sinneth shall die. When David committed adultery against Uriah's wife, God spoke to Nathan,

For example, when Satan desired to have Peter and sift him as wheat, Jesus Christ prayed for him even without his knowledge that his faith does not fail (Luke 22:31-32)

the prophet, to declare the judgement of God. At this point David was already the King of Israel. But in spite of all that, Nathan did not go to his closet to pray to aver t the danger. Rather, he went to David and declared the judgment of God. This is where l disagree with a few men of God. David was the man after God's heart. Yet when he sinned God did not spare him. Neither did the man of God apply any sentiment to it. Because the danger of keeping such secret is always very grave. Thank God David knew this himself. The bible told us that it was after David repented that the plaque was averted. Again let us look at the case of the Nineveh. When Nineveh sinned against God, God sent Prophet Jonah to cry against that city. Jonah did not go into his closet to pray and avert the danger as some men of God are advocating. The s i m p l e commandment was to go to Nineveh and cry against the city. Why? The bible says “if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will l hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). If you look at the bible very well you will discover that it was when Jonah obeyed that the country repented of their sins. This action eventually led to salvation. In other words, without repentance there cannot be any salvation. To be continued.


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OPINION/LETTERS

Nigeria and the Leadership Shortage What many opulent Nigerians term as leadership is the exhibition of their exotic cars, power bikes, mansions, companies, pictures from foreign lands they went for holidays, their glowing wives, husbands, children and concubines. They show-off these on the internet, newspapers, TV and, make commentaries on the radio for self-exaltation. They see leadership as titles and not, how many of their loved ones and followership they have positively influenced or would do. They see their gallery of wealth as the influence they are giving to those who look up to them. Since the wealthy in the society see these things as leadership, there has been tremendous leadership shortage in the country. Because of this type of mindset to leadership, the consequences are where we are at present: virtually everybody is shortcutting what used to be the gradual process of living to attain a height of financial wealth. While many are doing this, they do not know that they are like those who ignorantly use pills to reduce weight, oblivious that they are digging for more danger to their lives than the natural weight they had thought was unbecoming. Shortcuts have consequence. A critical look at it would attest to the fact that it is this reason that governments at all levels in Nigeria have not gotten anything right. They implement policies that are not formidably executed; they read yearly budget that do not commensurate with the on ground works, and so on. Due of leadership shortage in Nigeria, many things are now worse, than any emergency approach given them. Gaining influence is just

By Odimegwu Onwumere the meaning of leadership and not, showing of influence. Many Nigerians do not think about the next step to take in order to uplift humanity here, but the next exotic car to paint the street red, the next mansion to build in order to intimidate the next neighbor, the next holiday picture to post online in order to compel family and friends to begin to bite their fingers. Those the leaders want to cheer them are hungry and many do not even have hope of where their next meal would come from, where money for their next house rent would be raised from. What some of these leaders define as leadership is just the addiction of showing their wealth to their hapless followership, as if they are employees working very hard for promotions. While they want the financially poor masses to be promoting them, the only agenda they have for them, are those intimidating outings they make for the poor to be lavishly glaring at and admiring them, without a twinge of conscience of where they placed the poor in life. Their acquisitions mean a lot to them and not, the welfares of the subjugated masses. Leadership shortage has made many Nigerians to be sitting on the bare ground today. The leaders want the led to see Nigeria as a country that should mean a lot, without them leaders seeing the poor to mean anything to them. Rarely is there any opportunity that would enhance the growth of the poor individual like it is wont in the socalled developed world, where the level of opportunities to school appropriates the level of corruption in Nigeria. In Nigeria, many people's understanding of the concept of “God” is just political. They use 'God

Leadership is not a position, but an activity, not like the idea that the highest bidder goes with the prize, but an act of showing comprehensive examples for others to follow in the promotion of humanity and not, when there is something that has to do with politics and business alone.

bless you' in order to make people accept them as godly people, whereas they find blessing anybody really good somewhat hard thing to do. Apart from their gallery of wealth, the next thing they so much show in the public is “God”. They do not have a more realistic view of themselves. They see the act of leadership as a correlation between wealth and amassing of it; not a relationship between leading and the masses. Because leadership has been assumed to be the position of those with much wealth, the poor would no longer guarantee self as one capable of being a leader. The poor has been so much intimidated by the rich to always believe that leadership has a residence with those that call the shots in the society. This is a widely misunderstood fact. Leadership is not a position, but an activity, not like the idea that the highest bidder goes with the prize, but an act of showing comprehensive examples for others to follow in the promotion of humanity and not, when there is something that has to do with politics and business alone. Perhaps, this could be the reason a Vikas Swarup, the author of The Accidental Apprentice (and Slumdog Millionaire), was quoted as saying: "Leadership is the one competency that cannot be learnt in management school. A manager is trained to do things right; a leader does the right things. It is not a matter of training and preparation, but one of instinct and conscience." Therefore, the conscience of leadership has to be reborn; not the everyday reborn of titles and showingoff of acquisitions. Nigerians at all level must make the citizenry better by eschewing the love to obsequiousness. It is a killing behavior, when anyone sees the promotion of exotic cars as leadership or those who purchase such cars for the simple purpose to intimidate others as leaders. It is time Nigerians began to see these types of leaders who do nothing but to exhibit their numerous wealth as persons who have limited contributions to make for the wellbeing of Nigeria. Remove those material items from them and be amazed how empty they are. Everybody can have positive impact and become a leader. Against this backdrop, leadership must be seen as an art for influencing another in direction for the wellbeing of the society and not, for the individual buttering. We must take the advice by a John Izzo, PhD, whose write-ups s u g g e s t t h a t Leadership is not about what your business card says, what your title is, or where you sit on the organizational chart in your company. Leadership is a posture, it is a decision that you want to have influence over others in a positive way.

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Letters to the EDITOR There is hope for Nigerian students Sir, The proposed bill by the house of REP to validate the JAMB result for three years is a welcome development. This is one of the moves made by the House in recent times that many Nigerian youths will now feel that they have been carried along at last. Let the power that be not truncate this move as many have been unjustly denied admission into our Ivory Towers, because of the one year validation of the JAMB result slip. Kudos to the house of Representatives of the federal republic of Nigeria for strongly representing us over the years.

Ojo Sandra, Afuze

The Truth Bearers Sir, With the coming of online media, a lot of people recognized immediately the true advantage of news on that incredibly real and awesomely fast platform of internet newspapers. What no one bargained for however, is the bad habits that punctured all other forms of internet use to surface again on this most holy part of human endeavor. One of the major criterions for journalists is integrity. People listen to and read your stories with an underlying trust that you are actually telling them the truth. Readers and listeners hardly ever take time to check the veracity of news items because there is a near subconscious believe that the journalist has done that for them. It is time consuming to try to verify every news item. I think that is why journalism is a profession not some typesetting service. That journalist will not abuse the trust that people have reposed in them is the whole definition of journalistic ethos. It is therefore very disheartening to see that we are now at a stage where that unpopular saying that "only fools believe everything in the news" seems more than a sadistical pun. The worrisome development here is the rate at which online news feeds are churning out untrue and outright false news. The wise thing with even the so call independent channels these days is "Trust but Verify". Very few news item bring the supposedly huge satisfaction of "I break it first" but the more serious honour of news business are reserved for journalists who provided serious, true and completely verifiable stories. That is why people trust them. The good that online news feed provide is gradually fading because of the irresponsibility of some of the practitioner. Like all evils often associated with the use of internet, I remain resolute that the internet shares none of the blame. It is all on people who use internet for such evils.

Oluseyi Emma, Lagos


PAGE 6 I am constrained to make this an open letter to you for a number of reasons. One, the current situation and consequent possible outcome dictate that I should, before the door closes on reason and promotion of national interest, alert you to the danger that may be lurking in the corner. Two, none of the four or more letters that I have written to you in the past two years or so has elicited an acknowledgment or any response. Three, people close to you, if not yourself, have been asking, what does Obasanjo want? Four, I could sense a semblance between the situation that we are gradually getting into and the situation we fell into as a nation during the Abacha era. Five, everything must be done to guard, protect and defend our fledgling democracy, nourish it and prevent bloodshed. Six, we must move away from advertently or inadvertently dividing the country along weak seams of North-South and Christian-Moslem. Seven, nothing should be done to allow the country to degenerate into economic dormancy, stagnation or retrogression. Eight, some of our international friends and development partners are genuinely worried about signs and signals that are coming out of Nigeria. Nine, Nigeria should be in a position to take advantage of the present favourable international interest to invest in Africa - an opportunity that will not be open for too long. Ten, I am concerned about your legacy and your climbdown which you alone can best be the manager of, whenever you so decide.

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Before it is too late Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan

Olusegun Obasanjo compassionate to me and He has done more than I could have ever hoped for. I want nothing from you personally except that you should run the affairs of Nigeria not only to make Nigeria good, but to make Nigeria great for which I have always pleaded with you and I will always do so. And it is yet to be done for most Nigerians to see. For five capacities in which you find yourself, you must hold yourself most significantly responsible for what happens or fails to happen in Nigeria and in any case, most others will hold you responsible and God who put you there will surely hold you responsible and accountable. I have had opportunity, in recent times, to interact closely with you and I have come to the conclusion painfully or happily that if you can shun yourself to a great extent of personal and political interests and dwell more on the national interest and also draw the line between advice from selfish and self-centered aides and advice from those who in the interest of the nation may not tell you what you will want to hear, it will be well. The five positions which you share with nobody except with God and which place great and grave responsibility on you are leadership of the ruling party, headship of the Federal Government or national government, Commander-in-Chief of the Military, Chief Security Officer of the nation, and the political leader of the country. Those positions go with being the President of our country and while depending on your disposition, you can delegate or devolve responsibility, but the buck must stop on your table whether you like it or not.

Mr. President, you have on a number of occasions acknowledged the role God enabled me to play in your ascension to power. You put me third after God and your parents among those that have impacted most on your life. I have always retorted that God only put you where you are and those that could be regarded as having played a role were only instruments of God to achieve God's purpose in your life. For me, I believe that politically, it was in the best interest of Nigeria that you, a Nigerian from minority group in the South, could rise to the highest pinnacle of political leadership. If Obasanjo could get there, Yar'Adua could get there and Jonathan can get there, any Nigerian can. It is now not a matter of the turn of any section or geographical area but the best interest of Nigeria and all Nigerians. It has been proved that no group ethnic, linguistic, religious or geographical location has monopoly of materials for Let me start with the leadership of leadership of our country. And no the ruling party. Many of us were group solely by itself can crown any puzzled over what was going on in the of its members the Nigerian CEO. party. Most party members blamed It is good for Nigeria. the National Chairman. I understand I have also always told you that some in the presidency tried to that God has graciously been kind, create the impression that some of us generous, merciful and

were to blame. The situation became clear only when the National Chairman spoke out that he never did anything or acted in any way without the approval or concurrence of the Party Leader and that where the Party Leader disapproved, he made correction or amendment, that we realised most actions were those of the Chairman but the motivation and direction were those of the Leader. It would be unfair to continue to level full blames on the Chairman for all that goes wrong with the Party. The Chairman is playing the tune dictated by the Paymaster. But the Paymaster is acting for a definitive purpose for which deceit and deception seem to be the major ingredients. Up till two months ago, Mr. President, you told me that you have not told anybody that you would contest in 2015. I quickly pointed out to you that the signs and the measures on the ground do not tally with your statement. You said the same to one other person who shared his observation with me. And only a fool would believe that statement you made to me judging by what is going on. I must say that it is not ingenious. You may wish to pursue a more credible and more honourable path. Although you have not formally informed me one way or the other, it will be necessary to refresh your memory of what transpired in 2011. I had gone to Benue State for the marriage of one of my staff, Vitalis Ortese, in the State. Governor Suswam was my hospitable host. He told me that you had accepted a one-term presidency to allow for ease of getting support across the board in the North. I decided to cross-check with you. You did not hesitate to confirm to me that you are a strong believer in a one-term of six years for the President and that by the time you have used the unexpired time of your predecessor and the four years of your first term, you would have almost used up to six years and you would not need any more term or time. Later, I heard from other sources including sources close to you that you made the same commitment elsewhere, hence, my inclusion of it in my address at the finale of your campaign in 2011 as follows: “…PDP should be praised for being the only party that enshrines federal character, zoning and rotation in its Constitution and practises it. PDP has brought stability and substantial predictability to the polity and to the system. I do not know who will be President of Nigeria after Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. That is in the hand of God. But with PDP policy and practice, I can reasonably guess from where, in term of section of the country, the successor to President Jonathan will come. And no internal democracy or competition will thereby be destroyed. The recent resort to sentiments and emotions of religion and regionalism is self-serving,

EDO PM NEWS unpatriotic and mischievous, to say the least. It is also preying on dangerous emotive issues that can ignite uncontrollable passion and can distabilise if not destroy our country. This is being oblivious to the sacrifices others have made in the past for unity, stability and democracy in Nigeria in giving up their lives, shedding their blood, and in going to prison. I personally have done two out of those three sacrifices and I am ready to do the third if it will serve the best interest of Nigerian dream. Let me appeal to those who have embarked on this dangerous road to reflect and desist from taking us on a perishable journey. With common identity as Nigerians, there is more that binds us than separates us. I am a Nigerian, born a Yoruba man, and I am proud of both identities as they are for me c o m p l e m e n t a r y. Our duties, responsibilities and obligations to our country as citizens and, indeed, as leaders must go side by side with our rights and demands. There must be certain values and virtues that must go concomitantly with our dream. Thomas Paine said “my country is the world”; for me, my country I hold dear. On two occasions, I have had opportunity to work for my successors to the government of Nigeria. On both occasions, I never took the easy and distabilising route of ethnic, regional or religious consideration, rather I took the enduring route of national, uniting and stabilising route. I worked for both President Shagari and President Yar'Adua to succeed me not just because they are Moslems, Northerners or Hausa-Fulani, but because they could strengthen the unity, stability and democracy in Nigeria. We incurred the displeasure of ethnic chauvinists for doing what was right for the country. That is in the nature of burden of leadership. A leader must lead, no matter whose ox is gored. In the present circumstance, let me reiterate what I have said on a number of occasions. Electing Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in his own right and on his own merit, as the President of Nigeria will enhance and strengthen our unity, stability and democracy. And it will lead us towards the achievement of our Nigerian dream. There is a press report that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has already taken a unique and unprecedented step of declaring that he would only want to be a one-term President. If so, whether we know it or not, that is a sacrifice and it is statesmanly. Rather than vilify him and pull him down, we, as a Party, should applaud and commend him and Nigerians should reward and venerate him. He has taken the first good step. Let us encourage him to take more good steps by voting him in with landslide victory as the fourth elected President of Nigeria on the basis of our common Nigerian identity and for the purpose of actualising Nigerian dream…” TO BE CONCLUDED.


EDO PM NEWS I wish to formally acknowledge your letter dated December 2, 2013 and other previous correspondence similar to it. You will recall that all the letters were brought to me by hand. Although both of us discussed some of the issues in those letters, I had not, before now, seen the need for any formal reply since, to me, they contained advice from a former President to a serving President. Obviously, you felt differently because in your last letter, you complained about my not acknowledging or replying your previous letters. It is with the greatest possible reluctance that I now write this reply. I am most uneasy about embarking on this unprecedented and unconventional form of open communication between me and a former leader of our country because I know that there are more acceptable and dignified means of doing so. But I feel obliged to reply your letter for a number of reasons: one, you formally requested for a reply and not sending you one will be interpreted as ignoring a former President. Secondly, Nigerians know the role you have played in my political life and given the unfortunate tone of your letter, clearly, the grapes have gone sour. Therefore, my side of the story also needs to be told. The third reason why I must reply you in writing is that your letter is clearly a threat to national security as it may deliberately or inadvertently set the stage for subversion. The fourth reason for this reply is that you raised very weighty issues, and since the letter has been made public, Nigerians are expressing legitimate concerns. A response from me therefore, becomes very necessary. The fifth reason is that this letter may appear in biographies and other books which political commentators on Nigeria's contemporary politics may write. It is only proper for such publications to include my comments on the issues raised in your letter. Sixthly, you are very unique in terms of the governance of this country. You were a military Head of State for three years and eight months, and an elected President for eight years. That means you have been the Head of Government of Nigeria for about twelve years. This must have, presumably, exposed you to a lot of information. Thus when you make a statement, there is the tendency for people to take it seriously. The seventh reason is that the timing of your letter coincided with other vicious releases. The Speaker of the House of Representatives spoke of my “body language” encouraging corruption. A letter written to me by the CBN Governor alleging that NNPC, within a period of 19 months did not

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Re: Before it is too late President Goodluck Jonathan replies to Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter

Dr Goodluck Jonathan remit the sum of USD49.8 billion to the federation account, was also deliberately leaked to the public. The eighth reason is that it appears that your letter was designed to incite Nigerians from other geopolitical zones against me and also calculated to promote ethnic disharmony. Worse still, your letter was designed to instigate members of our Party, the PDP, against me. The ninth reason is that your letter conveys to me the feeling that landmines have been laid for me. Therefore, Nigerians need to have my response to the issues raised before the mines explode. The tenth and final reason why my reply is inevitable is that you have written similar letters and made public comments in reference to all former Presidents and Heads of Government starting from Alhaji Shehu Shagari and these have instigated different actions and reactions. The purpose and direction of your letter is distinctly ominous, and before it is too late, my clarifications on the issues need to be placed on record. Let me now comment on the issues you raised. In commenting I wish to crave your indulgence to compare what is happening now to what took place before. This, I believe, will enable Nigerians see things in better perspective because we must know where we are coming from so as to appreciate where we now are, and to allow us clearly map out where we are going. You raised concerns about the security situation in the country. I assure you that I am fully aware of the responsibility of government for ensuring the security of the lives and property of citizens. My Administration is working assiduously to overcome current national security challenges, the seeds of which were sown under previous administrations. There have been some setbacks; but certainly there have also been great successes in our efforts to overcome terrorism and insurgency. Those who continue to downplay our successes in this regard, amongst whom you must now be numbered, appear to have conveniently forgotten the depths to which security in our country had plunged before now. At a stage, almost the entire North-East of Nigeria was under siege by insurgents. Bombings of churches and public buildings in the North and the

federal capital became an almost weekly occurrence. Our entire national security apparatus seemed nonplussed and unable to come to grips with the new threat posed by the berthing of terrorism on our shores. But my administration has since brought that very unacceptable situation under significant control. We have overhauled our entire national security architecture, improved intelligence gathering, training, funding, logistical support to our armed forces and security agencies, and security collaboration with friendly countries with very visible and positive results. The scope and impact of terrorist operations have been significantly reduced and efforts are underway to restore full normalcy to the most affected North Eastern region and initiate a postcrisis development agenda, including a special intervention programme to boost the region's socio-economic progress. In doing all this, we have kept our doors open for dialogue with the insurgents and their supporters through efforts such as the work of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and the Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North-East. You also know that the Governor of Borno State provided the items you mentioned to me as carrots. Having done all this and more, it is interesting that you still accuse me of not acting on your hardly original recommendation that the carrot and stick option be deployed to solve the Boko Haram problem. Your suggestion that we are pursuing a “war against violence without understanding the root causes of the violence and applying solutions to deal with all the underlying factors” is definitely misplaced because from the onset of this administration, we have been implementing a multifaceted strategy against militancy, insurgency and terrorism that includes poverty alleviation, economic development, education and social reforms. Even though basic education is the constitutional responsibility of States, my administration has, as part of its efforts to address ignorance and poor education which have been identified as two of the factors responsible for making some of our youth easily available for use as cannon fodder by insurgents and terrorists, committed huge funds to the provision of modern basic education schools for the Almajiri in several Northern States. The Federal Government under my leadership has also set up nine additional universities in the Northern States and three in the Southern States in keeping with my belief that proper education is the surest way of emancipating and empowering our people. More uncharitable persons may even see a touch of sanctimoniousness in your new belief in the carrot and stick approach to overcoming militancy and insurgency. You have always referred to how you hit Odi in Bayelsa State to curb militancy in the Niger Delta. If the invasion of Odi by the Army was the stick, I did not see the corresponding carrot. I was the Deputy Governor of

PAGE 7 Bayelsa State then, and as I have always told you, the invasion of Odi did not solve any militancy problem but, to some extent, escalated it. If it had solved it, late President Yar'Adua would not have had to come up with the amnesty program. And while some elements of the problem may still be there, in general, the situation is reasonably better. In terms of general insecurity in the country and particularly the crisis in the Niger Delta, 2007 was one of the worst periods in our history. You will recall three incidents that happened in 2007 which seemed to have been orchestrated to achieve sinister objectives. Here in Abuja, a petrol tanker loaded with explosives was to be rammed into the INEC building. But luckily for the country, an electric pole stopped the tanker from hitting the INEC building. It is clear that this incident was meant to exploit the general sense of insecurity in the nation at the time to achieve the aim of stopping the 2007 elections. It is instructive that you, on a number of occasions, alluded to this fact. When that incident failed, an armed group invaded Yenagoa one evening with the intent to assassinate me. Luckily for me, they could not. They again attacked and bombed my country home on a night when I was expected in the village. Fortunately, as God would have it, I did not make the trip. I recall that immediately after both incidents, I got calls expressing the concern of Abuja. But Baba, you know that despite the apparent concern of Abuja, no single arrest was ever made. I was then the Governor of Bayelsa State and the PDP Vice-Presidential candidate. The security people ordinarily should have unraveled the assassination attempt on me. You also raised the issues of kidnapping, piracy and armed robbery. These are issues all Nigerians, including me are very concerned about. While we will continue to do our utmost best to reduce all forms of criminality to the barest minimum in our country, it is just as well to remind you that the first major case of kidnapping for ransom took place around 2006. And the Boko Haram crisis dates back to 2002. Goodluck Jonathan was not the President of the country then. Also, armed robbery started in this country immediately after the civil war and since then, it has been a problem to all succeeding governments. For a former Head of Government, who should know better, to present these problems as if they were creations of the Jonathan Administration is most uncharitable. Having said that, let me remind you of some of the things we have done to curb violent crime in the country. We have reorganized the Nigerian Police Force and appointed a more dynamic leadership to oversee its affairs. We have also improved its manpower levels as well as funding, training and logistical support. We have also increased the surveillance capabilities of the Police and provided its air-wing with thrice the number of helicopters it had before the inception of the present administration. The National Civil Defence and Security Corps has been armed to make it a much more effective ally of the police and other security agencies in the war against violent crime. TO BE CONCLUDED


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Tomatoes protects against breast cancer A tomato-rich diet may help protect atrisk postmenopausal women from breast cancer, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Breast cancer risk rises in postmenopausal women as their body mass index climbs. The study found eating a diet high in tomatoes had a positive effect on the level of hormones that play a role in regulating fat and sugar metabolism.

“The advantages of eating plenty of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were clearly evident in our findings,” said the study's first author, Adana Llanos, PhD, MPH, who is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Rutgers University. Llanos completed the research while she was a postdoctoral fellow with Electra Paskett, PhD, at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Centre Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J Solove Research Institute.

“Eating fruits and vegetables, which are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, conveys significant benefits. Based on this data, we believe regular consumption of at least the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables would promote breast cancer prevention in an at-risk population.”

instructed to abstain from eating both tomato and soy products for two weeks. When they followed the tomatorich diet, participants' levels of adiponectin a hormone involved in regulating blood sugar and fat levels climbed 9 percent. The effect was slightly stronger in women who had a lower body mass index.

“The findings demonstrate the importance of obesity prevention,” Llanos said. “Consuming a diet rich in tomatoes had a larger impact on The longitudinal cross-over hormone levels in women who study examined the effects of maintained a healthy weight.” both tomato-rich and soy-rich The soy diet was linked to a diets in a group of 70 r e d u c t i o n i n p a r t i c i p a n t s ' postmenopausal women. For adiponectin levels. Researchers 10 weeks, the women ate originally theorized that a diet tomato products containing at containing large amounts of soy least 25 milligrams of could be part of the reason that lycopene daily. For a separate Asian women have lower rates of 1 0 - w e e k p e r i o d , t h e breast cancer than women in the participants consumed at United States, but any beneficial least 40 grams of soy protein effect may be limited to certain daily. Before each test period ethnic groups, Llanos said began, the women were

Aging and the Skin factor! Here's even more reason to worry about wrinkles women with fewer age lines tend to have lower blood pressure, a lower risk of heart disease and stroke and a greater chance of outliving their more during the week had higher body fat than those wrinkled friends.

Twins are so close in the womb before they are born...nature ensures they remain so throughout life

Irregular sleep patterns cause Obesity Prior research has shown not getting enough sleep can impact your weight, but new BYU research finds the consistency of your bed time and wake time can also influence body fat. Exercise science professor Bruce Bailey studied more than 300 women from two major Western US universities over the course of several weeks and found that those with the best sleeping habits had healthier weights. The main findings from the study, published online in the American Journal of Health Promotion: A consistent bedtime and, especially, a consistent wake time are related to lower body fat. Getting less than 6.5 or more than 8.5 hours of sleep per night is associated with higher body fat. Quality of sleep is important for body composition. Women in the study were first assessed for body composition, and then were given an activity tracker to record their movements during the day and their sleep patterns at night. Researchers tracked sleep patterns of the participants (ages 17-26) for one week. The most surprising finding from the study, according to the researchers, was the link between bedtime and wake time consistency and body weight. Sleep improvement recommendations Study participants who went to bed and woke up at, or around the same time each day had lower body fat. Those with more than 90 minutes of variation in sleep and wake time

with less than 60 minutes of variation.

In a new study published in the Journals of Gerontology, researchers from Unilevera food, home, and personal care product supplierand Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands collaborated to untangle the relationship between how old people looked and their risk of heart disease, to see if a person's perceived “We have these internal clocks and age had an effect on the health of their heart.

Wake time was particularly linked to body fat: Those who woke up at the same time each morning had lower body fat. Staying up late and even sleeping in may be doing more harm than good, Bailey said.

throwing them off and not allowing them to get The scientists studied 260 women whom they into a pattern does have an impact on our separated into two groups based on high and low risk of physiology,” Bailey said. Bailey related consistent sleep patterns to having good sleep hygiene. When sleep hygiene is altered, it can influence physical activity patterns, and affect some of the hormones related to food consumption contributing to excess body fat.

heart disease. They then assessed the youthfulness of the women's appearance by analyzing their facial appearance and evaluating the wrinkles on their upper inner arm, which, unlike the face, is least likely to show signs of premature aging from the sun.

For the first time, the team found a relationship between appearance and blood pressures; the women who looked more youthful also had lower blood pressure and heart disease risk. But was it their biology that was helping them to look younger and to avoid heart disease, or were they more likely to rely on cosmetics or procedures, and Effective sleep therefore be more likely to also afford the latest drugs and Sleep quality also proved to have a therapies for keeping their hearts healthy? strong relationship to body fat. Sleep quality is a measure of how effective sleep is, or how much To solidify the connection, the researchers then time spent in bed is spent sleeping. Those who had studied a group of men and women from families with better sleep quality had lower body fat. long lived members. Again, they found that compared to a To improve sleep quality Bailey control group of people who lived to average life recommended exercising, keeping the expectancy, these men and women were more youthful temperature in the room cool, having a quiet room, looking and had fewer wrinkles. Bailey and his team also found there was a sweet spot for amount of sleep: Those who slept between 8 and 8.5 hours per night had the lowest body fat.

having a dark room, and using beds only for sleeping.

So what is their secret? The scientists hope that by studying the aging of these individuals, they can identify “Sleep is often a casualty of trying to do whatever is contributing to their youthful skin, and more and be better and it is often sacrificed, hopefully understand how that is linked to their better especially by college students, who kind of wear it heart health and longevity as well.

as a badge of honour,” Bailey said.


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2014 will determine Nigeria's future - Adeboye GENERAL Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said the New Year, 2014, will determine the future of Nigeria.

two of the prophecies God had given him concerning Nigeria, he said the events heralding the New Year in the political landscape might not necessarily determine how the year would end.

Adeboye gave the prediction during the crossover service, held at the Redemption Camp, Kilometre 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.

“The equations at the beginning of this year will b e d i ff e r e n t f r o m t h e equations at the end of the year. Therefore, don't jump into conclusions,” he warned.

Speaking on the New Year, said contrary to insinuations in some quarters that 2015 will determine the fate of the nation, “whatever will happen to Nigeria in 2015 will be determined this year, not 2015.”

O n t h e international scene, Pastor Adeboye admonished the Pastor Enoch Adeboye world to pray against storms, “The Lord told me that there will as well as monumental fire be quite a few narrow escape from tragedies outbreaks. for some people. Also, divine promises of H e , more than a decade ago will begin to find however, said more than last fulfilment. year, there would be major “Some individuals should expect a breakthroughs in medicine prominent divine visitation that will and science.

Disclosing to worshippers that he was permitted only to speak out

radically alter the cause of their lives, while some others will experience the first taste of real dominion in the new year,” he said. He enjoined members of the church worldwide to participate in the Church’s 100 days prayer and fasting programme, saying similar event, which took place 18 years ago,

Obasanjo as guilty as Jonathan - Bakare

Tunde Bakare renowned Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has faulted former President, Olusegun Obasanjo for leveling some allegations against President Goodluck Jonathan in his (Obasanjo) most controversial letter to President Goodluck Jonathan. Bakare, while speaking during a church sermon in Lagos, observed that the content of the letter clearly raised similar issues, which the former President was equally guilty of during his reign as the President of the country. Recall that Obasanjo had written an 18page letter to Jonathan, blaming him (Jonathan) for the present national debacle, and cautioning him against certain policies that could destroy the country. In his response, Jonathan had in turns upheld his policies, asking the former President to present all proofs that could justify the allegation that he was training about 1, 000 snipers against 2015 election. Speaking on 'The parable of letters and the cacophony of voices,' Bakare wondered why the ex-president could “turn around” to blame Jonathan for any of his actions when Obasanjo “imposed him and Yar'Adua” on the nation. Bakare further asserted that Obasanjo's claims in the letter further indicted him (Obasanjo) as he was equally guilty of the same allegations he leveled against President Jonathan. He said, “Last Sunday, I told you that the President's (Jonathan) reply was on the way; and expectedly, few hours later, it was already on the airwaves. Well, Obasanjo marshaled his arguments well in his letter. But, that is not the point. The point is how can Obasanjo turn around to accuse Jonathan of wrongdoing when they are both guilty of the same offence? “Was it not the same Obasanjo that imposed (the late Umaru) Yar'Adua and Jonathan on the PDP and ensured that they emerged winners in the Presidential election? How can the same person be accusing Jonathan of wrongdoing? Besides, Obasanjo's letter is just about himself; that is, he has written a letter that tells his own story.”

Bakare blamed the nation's problems on “ having low people in high places.”He added, “Shehu Shagari already decided that he wanted to be a Senator in the Second Republic; he had obtained and submitted his form for a senatorial seat. Then, they dragged him to be the President. Obasanjo was brought out of prison broke, but was sponsored and given money to become the President. In the same vein, Yar'Adua was about completing his two terms of eight years (as the Katsina State governor) and he just wanted to return to the classroom as a lecturer but they brought him to become the President, hiding his ailment from the rest of us. “So, you have people, who ordinarily do not have any business in governance occupying sensitive offices. What do you want them to do? That is the roots of our problem.”

had left fortunes of the church and individuals bewildering. Adeboye said God told him that “the destinies of many people will be determined in 2014. It is a very powerful year and we must get the best out of it.”

THE BATTLE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL TICKET WILL TEAR APC APART

-T.B.Joshua General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Joshua, has revealed that unless members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) engage in fervent prayers, the party, this year, might face a serious political problem as a result of presidential tussle, which might tear it apart. This came as he predicted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would take steps to unite its warring members, adding that the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, might quit as chairman of the party. Making the prediction on Tuesday, during the candle light session to herald 2014 at SCOAN, Prophet Joshua noted that some members of APC were not sincere members. “Unless members of APC pray well, this set of members may ignite crisis in the party, because of their selfish agenda,” he said. According to him, the ruling party, which had been engulfed in crisis for sometime now, would employ many steps to salvage it from collapse, though he did not elaborate on this. He also predicted that the popularity of many politicians of great repute would wane, stressing that their voices would no longer be relevant or respected. While disclosing that he saw a cloud working against the conduct of the 2015 general election, he called on Nigerians to pray to avert unforseen circumstances that might affect the election. In his prediction for members of SCOAN, he said he was convinced that “if members have faith in God, nothing will change their destinies.”

Bakare further confirmed that he got cow gifts from the Presidency and the Ogun State Government during the Christmas, but he rejected them with an appeal that the President and the governor tackle the challenges of A 14-year old house help, Omoedion has alleged he was providing necessities of life for the people, flogged on his genital by his mistress and former member of the EDHA, Mrs. Elizabeth Ighodaro. instead of sending out cow gifts.

Legislator flogs boy on his genitals

“I was prevailed upon not to return the gifts like the late Gani Fawehinmi did to (Buba) Marwa, when Marwa was the military governor of Lagos State. I do not eat such meat. That does not mean that I will not tell the President to face his work and do it well. We need good roads; not cow. We need water, power supply; not cow meat,” he said.

Pastor Tunde Bakare

Omoedion who is presently receiving treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, for wounds he says was inflicted on him by Ighodaro, has however given different version of offence that incurred Ighodaro's wrath. In one version of the case, which the police have waded into, EDO PM NEWS gathered that the 14-year old said he fanned his madam all through the night when there was no light but when he became tired Madam got angry and started beating him. In another version he said, “Mommy said I should make rice for her, but I was tired, because there was no light; so the rice got burnt. I was flogged with a rod by madam on my penis. "The boy's parents also said the wound came from the beatings from Ighodaro, who said she'd looked after both Omoedion and his younger brother, since they were toddlers. Ighodalo however said what Omoedion and the parents were saying were pure lies. Speaking with some journalists who had earlier trailed Omoedion to UBTH, Ighodaro said rather, Omoedion was found with a phone, the whereabouts of which he could not explain, only for him and the parents to come up with different allegations. Assisted by a brother, Ighodalo explained that a phone was seen with Omoedion, and he was told to explain how he came by it, only for him to disappear. She said, "My brother saw him with the phone and he was asking how he got it. He was able to look through it, though the dialing pad was not there. He saw names of my family and former colleagues and I recalled putting a phone like that with the charger wrapped around it, in a drawer.


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Darkness looms over Nigeria THE National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike as from Tuesday January 14th, 2014 should the Federal Government fail to meet their demands to recall sacked workers over perceived victimization. Speaking at a press briefing in Benin City yesterday, the zonal organizing secretary of the union, Comrade Joseph Ndem chided on the Federal Government over “unfair and unbalanced” disengagement, saying it should rescind its decision and recall affected workers back to work on or before Tuesday next week. The aggrieved workers lamented a situation where young and productive staff of the organization was made to leave the job while those who are due for retirement are left to work with the new owners in the Generation sector. Expressing their displeasure and disagreement at the recent disengagement from service of young, dynamic, and able-bodied personnel from the services of the organization, the organizing secretary noted that most of those disengaged had not been paid their full severance both in the Generation and transmission sectors. He described the purported sale of Power Holdings Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to be another “food for the Boys” because the so-called foreign investors the Federal Government claimed will be coming to acquire the organizations are never there; “what we have is the Federal Government sharing PHCN to 15 or 16 loyal members of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) as their own share of the National Cake”, he stated.

He however advised the federal government to take a second look at the matter with a view to ensuring that justice is done by recalling the sacked workers for the benefit of the system. On his part, the chairman Electricity Distribution Comrade B.G. Omoruyi pointed out that the leadership of the union had found some element of tribalism and nepotism on the part of the present owners against perceived particular tribe. Comrade Omoruyi observed that there was no criteria followed in the disengagement of staff at the TCN office just like what happened at the Ughelli distribution centre were over 134 out of the 200 workers were relieved of their appointments without payment of their severance allowance.

Edo state Governor Adams Oshiomhole helping himself to plantain chips with a child hawker recently in Benin’s New Benin Market

Ex-AAU Registrar’s wife commits suicide The University town of Ekpoma, in Edo State is still in mourning, days after the wife of the Former registrar of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Mrs. Kate Edokpayi, was found dead after committing suicide. Her dangling body was found by her husband, Mr Larry Edokpayi in one of the rooms in their BQ. Though she did not leave any suicide note, it was however, discovered that she might have been frustrated over her health challenges. Because it was gathered that she had repeatedly expressed frustration over her

inability to get well of her diabetic situation. The husband, who is retired from service of the University recently, had suspected kidnapping after a long search before he was advised to check their boy’s quarters (BQ). On getting to the BQ he observed that the door was locked from the inside and he forced it open, and was shocked to see the dangling body of his wife. She was the Assistant Director with Edo State Ministry Of Education.

Omission in court order upsets counsel in extra-judicial killing case There was mild drama at the Coroner court (Oredo magistrates' court 8), Evbuoriaria, where counsel to an applicant drew the attention of the court to its order earlier issued which appeared to have been altered by the Police.

certified copy of the coroner court order reads in items No. 2 that: “as a consequence or a follow up, medical experts other than the police pathologist(s) or any medical officer of police extraction are granted the leave or ordered to carry out the examination or part of same.”

Mr. B. A. Iluobe, counsel to the applicants, Pastor Ime Imaikop and Emmanuel Imaikop in charge No. MOR/1/MISC/03/2013 displayed before Magistrate F.E.N Igbinosa said that the certified true copy of the same court order he had obtained from court may have been altered looking at the copy the police served him.

“I believe”, Mr. Iluobe argued that, “this is why the police had removed this item in the court order that was served to me by the police”, a move Mr. J.F Okiafi (Esq) who stood in for the police saw as an omission and said he had no objection to the claims by Iluobe, over the omission as

Iluobe revealed that the certified copy, which the court issued, “had a numeric number (2) under the application granted as prayed. But I am surprised that with the copy the police brought to me, that item No. 2 in the application as prayed and granted by the court was expunged.” He claimed that the police may have deliberately altered the court order, which they served him as an attempt to subvert justice, and told the court that the altered document which is in the possession of the police and was served to him by the police and was received by him on January 3, 2014 He said the application, granted as prayed which was in the

raised in the court order. Magistrate F.E.N Igbinosa appealed to the counsel to the applicant to see the development as an omission and a mere human mistake and should not consider it a deliberate act by the police in order to withhold justice since the certified true copy with the court does not contain the error.

and on how the case has gone, he will want to give the police the benefit of the doubt that the omission was not done intentionally. “I will want to believe that it was in adverted,” he added.

In a motion, counsel to applicants, is praying the court for the remains of Mr. Samuel Imaikop, (42) and 3 unknown persons, who were shot and killed by the Police in Ute community be exhumed for The court agreed that examining the corpses to ascertain the there was omission even as the causes of their death. magistrate, said, with this position

Police battle with figures of crime rate THERE was a conflict of figures with regards to the performance appraisal of Police operations in Zone 5, covering Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states, recently . While Mr. Hashim Argungu, the Assistant Inspector-general in charge of the zone gave statistics that represented figures for Zone 5, including Edo, the Edo state Police Commissioner, CP Mr Foluso Adebanjo rolled out figures showing that crime in Edo were higher than the entire zone. EDO PM NEWS confirmed that while AIG Argungu in a press briefing gave the total number of criminal suspects arrested in the zone as 501 for 2012 and 2013, Adebanjo in a press release said Edo alone contributed 384 to the zonal figures, an indication that compared to the two other states namely Delta and Bayelsa, the crime rate in Edo was higher during the period under review.

A further breakdown of the performance appraisal from the AIG and the Edo CP's offices also show that Edo contributed 106 kidnappers, 117 armed robbery suspects, 23 murder suspects, 63 suspects for unlawful possession of firearms, amongst others, to the Zone, which arrested 331-armed robbers, 171 kidnappers, 29 murder suspects and 72 vandals during the period. In a similar vein while the Edo Police Command gained 70 convictions in 2013 alone for criminal suspects, the AIG who did not specify the number of convictions so far said that the zone had 117 cases charged to court during the period. Besides there was another conflict in the area of ammunition recovered from suspects as the AIG gave a blanket zonal total of 19,630 for two years even as the Edo CP said gave a breakdown of 117 arms along with 1962 live cartridges and 6447 ammunitions as items recovered in the command during the period. Nevertheless, AIG Argungu commended the public for helping with vital information that contributed to reduced crime wave in the zone between 2012 and 2013 while Adebanjo credited the

command's achievements to an action plan put in place in 2012. According to the AIG,"Worthy of mention is the robust relationship the zone enjoyed with members of the public who were always willing to give useful information in the area of crime fighting and prevention". He also mentioned the encouragement from the IG, inter agency support and cooperation from sister security agency as added boost which helped the Police in the zone. For the CP the credit goes to robust daily vehicular patrols, aggressive stop and search and committed daily raids on criminal hideouts by men of his command. Argungu praised governors in the zone for the numerous assistance rendered to commands in their states in terms of welfare and logistics, adding the efforts helped the war against crime and criminals.


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Fame to Shame: The Many Faces of Majek Fashek It is a thing of shame how hitherto top stars fall into shame when they could not manage their fame. From the likes of Michael Jackson, to Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, to our own music icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, a one-time top Nigerian reggae musician who was once touted to be the natural successor to Bob Marley. The iconic singer and guitarist who took the Nigerian music scene by storm and churned out several hit bangers that made people tag him a musical prophet, was so big that Tuff Gong records, the same label that had Marley in its stable, signed him on knowing that he had what it took to be the best. His song 'Send down the Rain' was as prophetic as it could be and he was known reggae artist in held in high esteem. Nigeria. However, Majek blew it, got into drugs His song 'Send down the and many other vices. Fashek was born in Rain' was a hit, and he Benin City, an Edo mother and a Yoruba won six US-based PMAN father first gained national fame on a television show in the early 1980s as a Music Awards. After member of Benin-based reggae group leaving Tabansi Records, Jastix. His band-mates included Ras he was signed to CBS Kimono and Amos McRoy Gregg. They Nigeria in the early 1990s toured for many years with fellow reggae before moving to Island group The Mandators. In 1988, shortly Records' Mango imprint, after Jastix disbanded, he began a solo a label more accustomed career and quickly became the best- to marketing reggae

recorded several albums for various labels since, including Rainmaker for Tuff Gong (1997) and Little Patience for Coral (2004). However, today, Majek is shadow of himself as he has been eaten by drugs and other d e v i c e s . We a r e n o t condemning here but we all want to see Majek Fashek get rehabilitated. Pulse.ng takes a look at the many faces of Majek from when he was a handsome young reggae act to now that he has become somewhat of a scarecrow. Who will help this wasted talent? internationally. His first album for the company included a cover version of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song'. In 1990, he was signed to Interscope Records and released the critically acclaimed album Spirit of Love, produced by 'Little Steven' Van Zandt. Flame Tree released 'The Best of Majek Fashek' in 1994. He

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SKO Ogbebor appointed as Entertainment, Culture and Tourism aide to Oredo Chairman Foremost musician Mr Senior Kingsley Ogbebor has been appointed the Special assistant on Entertaiment, Culture and Tourism to the Oredo local government chairman, Mr Osaro Obazee. The appointment which was announced in the new year by the chairman will see Ogbebor advising the council boss on matters related to entertainment, culture and tourism. It would be recalled that during his elecetioneering campaign for the office Obazee said he would be working hard if elected to revive the cultural and tourism potentials of the council. Ogbebor who has since assumed office would be espousing his agenda to make Oredo a tourist destination as soon as possible.


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Stories by Tony Agbogah

Tennis superstar Serena Williams and track and field champion Usain Bolt have been named the top athletes in the world by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) for the second year in a row. Bolt also won the prestigious award back in 2008 and 2009. Bolt earned 1,282 votes from the panel comprised of 4 7 0 s p o r t s journalists from 96 countries. Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel was second with 499 votes, and Real Madrid soccer s u p e r s t a r Christiano Ronald came in third with 437 votes. The results Bolt were a bit closer

second-place, Miami Heat by a staggering 1,128 votes.

about Williams. She received 915 votes, edging out Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva by only 271 votes. (Isinbayeva won the

award in 2006, 2008, and 2009.) Jamaican sprinter

Williams

Yaya Touré wins African footballer of the year award for the 3rd time! Yaya Touré, the Ivory Coast "I'm very proud and happy to midfielder, has landed his third successive be the winner today," Touré, dressed in African footballer of the year award. traditional Nigerian robes, told the The Manchester City player audience. "I congratulate my brother edged out Nigeria's Mikel John Obi and Obi Mikel who deserved it as well. It's an fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba to make it a unbelievable award for all those who hat-trick of wins, emulating Abedi Pele and helped me through my career a lot and those who supported me for a long Samuel Eto'o. time." Twenty-four hours after scoring The Ivorian came top of a poll in City's 6-0 demolition of West Ham United voted by Africa's national team in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, a teary-eyed Touré picked up the award at a coaches. gala ceremony in Lagos. Touré's success came at the end of a bleak 12-month period for individual achievement by African footballers.

Toure

His o f f i c i a l c i t a t i o n praised him for helping the Ivorians to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil but the choice is more likely for his consistency at club level and the dominant role he plays

at Manchester City.

Abedi Pele of Ghana won three in a row between 199193 while the Chelsea's Mikel was on the Cameroonian Eto'o took the award from shortlist after helping Nigeria to the African 2003-05 and also won it in 2010. Nations Cup title in February.

EPL RESULTS CLUB Arsenal

P 21

W 15

D 3

L 3

GF 39

GA 18

GD +22

PTS 48

Man City

21

15

2

4

57

23

+36

47

Chelsea

21

14

4

3

38

19

+21

46

Liverpool 21

13

3

5

46

23

+25

42

Everton

21

11

8

2

32

19

+15

41

Tot Hotspur21

12

4

5

24

25

+1

40

Man U

11

4

6

33

24

+12

37

21

N United

21

10

3

8

29

25

+2

33

S’mpton

21

8

6

7

26

23

+4

30

Hull City

21

6

5

10

22

25

-7

23

Aston Villa 21

6

5

10

19

25

-7

23

Stoke City 21

5

7

9

19

30

-13

22

S City

21

5

6

10

26

28

-4

21

WB Albion 21

4

9

8

23

27

-5

20

Norw City 21

6

14

10

17

33

-124

20

21

6

1

13

21

42

-21

19

Cardiff City21

Fulham

4

6

11

15

32

-19

18

C Palace

21

5

2

11

13

29

-18

17

WHutd

21

4

6

11

19

30

-11

18

Sunderland 21

4

5

12

15

33

-15

17

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