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$15m Ibori bribe: Court dismisses intervener’s application A FEDERAL High Court, Abuja yesterday dismissed the application brought by Mr. Olalekan Bayode, seeking to be admitted as a party in the $15 million Ibori bribe forfeiture matter. The presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, had on July 24, 2012 granted an interim order of forfeiture of an unclaimed $15m Ibori bribe to the Federal Government following an application by the Eco-

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nomic and Financial Crimes Commission. In granting the order, the judge upheld the federal government’s claim that the money “If left untouched and unspent in the state it was kept in the strong room (of the CBN) since April 2007, may eventually be destroyed, defaced, mutilated and become useless.” Justice Kolawole also ordered that the interim order should be published in na-

tional daily “for anyone who is interested in the property to appear before the court to show cause within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.” That publication triggered a rush of claimants. But Bayode, who claims to be a fridge and aircondition technician filed an application seeking to be an intervener to manage the fund for the benefit of Nigerians. He said he has decided to intervene because he did not

want the fund to go the way of previously recovered proceeds of crime which cannot be accounted for by the recipients. But a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the presiding judge rejected Bayode’s application The statement said: “Justice Kolawole, while striking out the application, noted that it was completely at variance with the interim order of court inviting interested parties to show cause why the money

should not be forfeited to the federal government. “When I read the affidavit, I asked myself whether they really heard of the opportunity given through the publication of the interim order. While I readily overlook the misconduct of the applicant, I cannot understand the conduct of his counsel. “The judge frowned at Barrister Femi Aina’s conduct which he said left much to be desired. “When the order I made is juxtaposed with the application brought by the intervener’s counsel, which is professionally hollow, I consider this as a disregard to court

process. Right of access to court must be made judiciously and not frivolously,” he warned. With the dismissal of the application, the coast is clear for the court to consider the claim of the Delta State government regarding ownership of the money. The case had been adjourned to December 11, 2012 for hearing.

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RESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan returned to the country yesterday after two days in Islamabad, Pakistan for the D-8 Summit. The President, who left Abuja on Tuesday night, attended the opening session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the D8 on Thursday, being the outgoing chairman of the organisation. Jonathan also handed over the chairmanship of the organisation to host President Azif Zardari who chaired the summit’s meeting.The summit deliberated on the theme “Democratic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity’’ and endorsed the D-8 Charter and the D-8 Global Vision. Jonathan took over the leadership of the body in April 2010 when Nigeria hosted its 7th bi-annual summit. On the sidelines of the summit, the President held bilateral meetings with the leaders of some member countries and also met with the Nigerian communities in Pakistan. The D-8 was established in 1997 in Istanbul, Turkey, to promote development cooperation among member countries. The members are Nigeria, Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Iran.

Community holds annual lecture IN its quest to contribute to the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria, Ubulu-Uku Development Union, Lagos branch will today hold its annual lecture at the Banquet Hall of Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja. In a statement signed by Barrister Onyeisi Chiemeke and Mr. Pius Oba, SecretaryGeneral and Chairman Project Committee respectively, described this year’s lecture as unique because of the launch also of its N75 million Civic Centre project during the occasion. According to the statement, distinguished humanitarian service awards will equally be bestowed on some deserving individuals at the event. The lecture which has its theme as Contemporary SocioEconomic and Political Challenges in Nigeria: What role for Mobilisation, Participation and Good Governance, will be delivered by Dr. Charles Ikedikwa Soeze of the Petroleum Training institute, Effurrun, Warri, Delta State.

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Oil revenue: Ex-militants demand renewal of NNPC pipelines contract

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EPENTANT militants in the Niger Delta are making a renewed bid for Federal Government’s renewal of the contract for the security of oil pipelines belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This, they say, would be a way of ensuring that oil production capacity of the nation remains at an all-time high. The ex-militants under the aegis of the Leadership Forum for Peace in the Niger Delta are also of the opinion that the prevailing peace in the region can be sustained if the Federal Government ensured adequate funding of the amnesty

programme. National President of the Forum, General Reuben Wilson, spoke in an interview in Port Harcourt on Friday, shortly after he arrived from Benin, Edo State where the exmilitants met to review the state of affairs in the region and passed a vote of confidence on the presidential adviser on the Niger Delta, Dr. Kingsley Kuku. Wilson lamented that cases of crude oil theft may be high because all the over 3,000 exmilitants that were engaged to protect the pipelines were now roaming the streets because the contract had been cancelled by the Federal Govern-

ment. According to him, if the Federal Government really wants the pipelines to be fully protected, it should ensure that the salaries meant for the security contract is released as and when due. “We can stop the illegal refineries in the creeks. You can see the difference between now and when we were in the creeks. We used to have a production capacity of 600 barrels per day. Now, we can produce up to 2.7 million barrels per day. The difference is clear. That means if we continued that way, the nation would make more money from oil. “They should renew the

contract and we will assure Mr President that the pipelines will be safe. We have told our boys to relax and we hope the Federal Government would see reasons and renew the contract.” Wilson also urged the Federal Government to ensure that the presidential amnesty office was not starved of funds because “ the presidential adviser has been able to drive the programme successfully over this period. “Those of us who are (former ex-militant) leaders met in Edo and we decided to pass a vote of confidence on Kuku because we believe that he has done very well.”

HE Senate President, Senator David Mark, is to lead the Federal Government delegation to the formal consecration of Archbishop John Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican today. Archbishop Onaiyekan’s elevation to the College of Cardinals was announced by the Vatican on October 24. Besides, the delegation according to the statement signed by the Presidential Spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati was also mandated by President Goodluck Jonathan to stop over in Germany to visit Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State who is receiving treatment for injuries sustained in a recent plane crash. Other members of the delegation are the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe; the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah; the Minister of State (FCT), Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide and the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba.

‘Only 2.5 per cent of lands in Nigeria are registered’

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INCE formal registration commenced in the country in 1863, not more than 2.5 per cent of lands in Nigeria have been registered, it was learnt yesterday. Across the country, well below two million land titles have been registered against the potential of over 150 million land titles. The Chairman, Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR), Prof. Peter Adeniyi, disclosed this in Abuja at the PTCLR Dialogue on legitimising systematic land titling and registration in Nigeria. Adeniyi expressed displeasure that Nigeria is ranked a dismal 180 on a scale of 183 countries in the world in

Gbenga OMOKHUNU, Abuja terms of the ease of concluding land transactions for business and investment while Ghana is in the 36th position. It was against what Adeniyi described as the unacceptable situation that the Federal Government set up the PTCLR not only to collaborate and provide technical assistance to states and local governments to undertake comprehensive cadastral mapping nationwide and determine individuals’ “possessory” rights using the best practices and most appropriate technology, “but also to make recommendations for the establishment of

(a) a national deposition for land title holdings and records in all the states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and (b) a mechanism for land valuation in both rural and urban areas as well as other recommendations that will ensure effective, simplified, sustained land administration in Nigeria.” His words: “Since formal land registration commenced in the country in 1863, not more than 2.5 per cent of lands in Nigeria have been registered. In fact, in the whole country, well below two million land titles have been registered against the potential of over 150 million

titles. It is no surprise, therefore, that Nigeria is ranked a dismal 180 on a scale of 183 countries in the world in terms of the ease of concluding land transactions for business and investment while Ghana is ranked number 36.” One of the steps being taken by the committee in pursuance of its task, Adeniyi said, “is the adoption of a systematic Land Titling and Registration System which is globally known to deliver secure titles to wide cross section of the population at reasonable cost to landholders. Its adoption, however, requires some legislations and regulations.” The main goal of the dialogue, he said, is to identify

and address legal issues and other constraints that may arise in or impede the process of implementing the systematic land titling and registration in Nigeria within the context of the Land Use Act and to proffer practical and programmatic solutions that will legitimise the process and the outcome. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Amal Pepple acknowledged that the issue of land titling and tenure has been a major problem of land governance in Nigeria and vowed to ensure that right things are done to successfully accomplish the pilot systematic land titling and registration in Nigeria.


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At last, CJN swears in Jombo-Offor

NPAN asks court to ignore APCON’s objection to suit over advert vetting

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HE Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mariam Aloma-Mukhtar, yesterday swore in the new Acting President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Zainab Bulkachuwa and a new Justice of the court, Ifeoma Jombo-Offor. Bulkachuwa replaces Justice Dalhatu Adamu whose tenure as PCA expired yesterday. Justice Jombo-Offor’s swearing in followed a unanimous decision by the National Judicial Council (NJC)

Kamarudeen OGUNDELE, Abuja on Wednesday after clearing the indigeneship hurdles on her way. On November 5, Justice Aloma-Mukhtar refused to swear her in with 11 other justices approved by President Goodluck Jonathan for elevation to the Court of Appeal. The CJN did not swear her in because she was said not to be an indigene of Abia State which recommended her elevation, even though

her husband hails from the state and she had served there for several years. While administering the oath of office to them separately, the CJN urged the two women jurists to adhere strictly to the ethics and code of the profession so as to justify the confidence reposed in women and the judiciary at large. She, however, emphasized that Justice Jombo-Offor’s seniority on the the Appeal court bench would start counting from the day she was sworn in.

•Justice Aloma-Mukhtar Justice Jombo-Offor was initially cleared by the National Assembly alongside 11 others who were sworn in on November 5, while hers was deferred.

NSCDC set to screen new recruits

•From left: Presiding Elder Babson Adeyemi presenting an award to the Chairman, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Mr Lolu Akinwunmi , during the investiture dinner in honour of Akinwunmi, organised by Brand Age magazine in Lagos at the weekend.

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HE authorities of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is set to kick out corps members who are deemed to have joined the service fraudulently. In 2010, more than 400 persons were discovered to have been illegally recruited by a policewoman into the service. They were sent out of the service while some were prosecuted. Few months ago, fake letters of appointment were discovered to have been issued to unsuspecting job seekers by fraudsters that opened fake NSCDC web sites. Three of such websites were discovered to have been opened in Abuja, Lagos and Benin-City. The operators, including a woman, were apprehended in a garden in Abuja while some other suspects were nabbed in their hideouts in Lagos and Benin City. The Nation gathered that 2000 new recruits came into the system as replacement to some officers and men that left the service. Although some persons considered unfit were discovered and prevented from joining the service at the point of collecting their letters of appointment, Mr. E.O. Okeh, spokesperson for the Service, said verification of certificate and letters of appointment would still be carried out at the beginning of every fiscal year. In addition, he said there are internal checks by officers trained by the ICPC and EFCC on anti-corruption and transparency to detect those with soiled fingers. “Screening is an ongoing exercise,” Okeh told The Nation on Thursday.

HE Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has asked a Federal High Court, Lagos to dismiss the objection raised against its suit by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). NPAN, is by the suit, challenging APCON’s powers to vet advertisement materials meant for newspaper publication, as contained in Articles 21 and 137(a) of the Nigerian Code of Advertising Practice and Sales Promotion. It argued that the provision violates constitutional provisions particularly as it relates to the freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinion, and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference. Lawyer to NPAN, Tayo

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Money laundering: Court jails courier over $286,400 cash A FEDERAL High Court in Lagos yesterday convicted a bulk cash courier arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). It also ordered him to forfeit 25 per cent of the $286,400.00 not declared to the security agencies before he was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos . The courier, Ikem Sabastine Ikechukwu, was intercepted by operatives of the EFCC, on Saturday, 29 September, 2012 carrying $286,400.00 at the airport on his way to Dubai , United Arab Emirates. He only declared the sum of $225,900.00 to the Nigerian Customs Service. A statement by the Head of

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Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the convict was arraigned on a one-count charge of money laundering. The statement said: “The one-count charge against Ikechukwu reads: That you Ikem Sabastine Ikechukwu on or about the 29th of September 2012 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court while transporting in cash the sum of $286, 400.00 only from Nigeria to Dubai, United Arab Emirates falsely

declared to the Nigerian Customs Service the sum of $225,900.00 only instead of the said sum of $286,400.00 as required under section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2 (3) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) Act, 2011 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011. “The accused pleaded guilty to the charge. Based on his plea, prosecuting counsel, A.M. Aliyu prayed the court to convict him.

“The defence counsel, B. O. Ndakara, however, pleaded with the court for leniency as the accused person was a firsttime offender who did not waste the court’s time. ‘I pray the court to apply discretion in the terms of punishment to be awarded to the convict,’ he told the court. “Justice Okechukwu Okeke convicted the accused person as charged. “He ruled that based on the provisions of Section 2(5) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011, the accused person should forfeit 25 percent of the undeclared sum which is $60,500 (Sixty Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars) to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

Army Colonel to appear in court for sexual assault SERVING Army officer with the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) is to appear before a Kaduna Magistrate Court sitting in Barnawa on Wednesday November, 28 2012 to answer charges of alleged sexual assault on a 16-yearold girl whose name was given as Muimuna Inusa. In an application of direct criminal complaint against the officer, the complainant is accusing the officer who is a lieutenant colonel, of luring her into his house and

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Tony AKOWE, Kaduna forcibly having sex with her against her wish, leaving her traumatised. In the case KMD/19DC/ 2012, she is accusing the colonel of committing criminal intimidation, rape, acts of gross indecency, abductions and threat to life contrary to sections 397,282,285,272 and 327 of the penal code. According to the statement of claim, he alleged that on the 22nd October, 2012, the ac-

cused person called her on the excuse that he wanted to send her on an errand without knowing that the officer had an ulterior motive for the invitation. She noted that after inviting her into the house, he forced himself on her and threatened to kill her if she made any noise. She said all her effort to resist him proved abortive since he was stronger than her. She said he he forcibly had canal knowledge of her and deflowered her in the process,

living her physically and mentally traumatised. She said further that she had to stay indoor for 48 hours and could not tell her guardian until the pains and injuries she suffered became severe and she was later rushed to the NDA Medical Centre where the doctor on duty, Dr Okochi, insisted on seeing the officer who committed the assault before she was admitted for one week. The Academy Public Relations Officer (PRO), Lt. Col. Abubakar Edun, said he was

aware of the incident. He, however, denied knowledge of the court summons. Edun said that the Academy was investigating the matter with a view to authenticating the truth, saying: “We are aware and carrying out thorough investigation into the matter to find out the truth. “Although I am not aware of the court summons, if there is any, according to your information, the accused person has no option but to appear in court and defend himself as the case may be.”

Eric IKHILAE Oyetibo (SAN), while opposing APCON’s objection yesterday, urged the court to hold that the plaintiff were competent to institute the case. He asked the court, presided over by Justice Musa Kurya, to assume jurisdiction over the suit on the grounds that NPAN has sufficient interest by suing on behalf of its members. Oyetibo contended that NPAN has a singular mandate of protecting the interests of its members, who are media owners and whose interests are being “adversely affected” by APCON’s “unconstitutional regulations.” He argued that contrary to APCON’s position, the suit is not meant to fight for employees of media houses being allegedly harrassed by APCON and the police, but instituted to challenge the power of APCON to control newspapers. APCON, in its objection to the suit, urged the court to dismiss it on the grounds that NPAN lacked the right to challenge the law meant to regulate its members’ conduct. APCON’s lawyer, Anthony Idigbe (SAN) argued that the suit was wrongly instituted because the law being challenged by the plaintiff was enacted to regulate the activities of advertising practitioners who are employees of the media houses. He argued that the relationship between APCON and advertising practitioners is like the one that exists between the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and bankers. He said advertising practitioners are only using the media houses as platforms for their work just like bankers, who are being regulated by CIBN, use various banks which employed them as their own platforms. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, named as the second defendant in the suit, has lost the opportunity to defend the case,s having failed to enter any legal appearance within 30 days of being served the papers of the suit. Justice Kurya fixed December 13 for ruling.

NIPSS graduates 56 participants Yusufu AMINU IDEGU, Jos, THE Vice President Namadi Sambo is expected to be at the National Insitute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru Jos tumorrow to supervise the graduation of 56 participants of the senior executice course Director-General of the national institute,Prof. Tijjani Muhammad Bande disclosed this in a pre-graduation press conference in his office Jos yesterday. He said the institute has completed the training of the 56 participants who began their resercg studies March this year. , Prof. Bande said the Institute has had its participants visit 12 states of the federation and 6 countries “to see how various economies of the world are managed and also to ensure that policies are made to ensure that Nigeria does not depend on a single source for revenue. The Director-General also said that Nigeria’s economy hinges on the agricultural and human resources and as such, all hands must be on deck to ensure that there is a synergy between all sectors. According to him, peace and culture are critical factors in nation building process as they are “binding forces between nation’s and societies”.


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The Senate President, Hon. David Mark (left) and Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra State (right) during the 4th Convocation Lecture at the Igbariam Campus of Anambra State University on Thursday.

Govt places N290m ransom on Boko Haram leaders

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ARELY a week after President Goodluck Jonathan denied any dialogue with Boko Haram, the Federal Government yesterday declared a N290 million ransom for anyone who could assist to locate the leader of the sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau and 18 other leaders. The Joint Task Force (JTF) headquatres, which made the declaration in a statement last night, said the 19 leaders are wanted over the spate of bombings and killings in the NorthEast. The statement appeared a declaration of battle line with the sect, thereby foreclosing any room for dialogue. The statement said in part: “They are wanted in connection with terrorist activities, particularly in the North East Zone of Nigeria that led to the killings, bombings and assassination of some civilians, religious leaders, traditional rulers, businessmen, politicians, civil servants and security personnel, amongst others. “They are also wanted for arson and destruction of properties worth millions of naira. “Therefore, anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of any of the listed terrorists or more will have the rewards as stated. The JTF’s list comprised five members of the Shurra Committee (the highest decisionmaking body of the sect) and 19 Boko Haram commanders. Those affected are five members of the Shurra Committee of the sect, including Imam Abubakar Shekau (N50 million); Habibu Yusuf (a.k.a Asalafi), N25 million; Khalid Albarnawai (N25 million); Momodu Bama (N25 million); and Mohammed Zangina (N25 million) The Boko Haram Commanders are Abu Saad (N10 million); Abba Kaka (N10 million); Abdulmalik Bama (N10 million) Umar Fulata (N10 million); Alhaji Mustapha (Massa) Ibrahim (N10 million); Abubakar SuleimanHabu (a.k.a Khalid), N10 mil-

Yusuf ALLI, Managing Editor, Northern Operation lion; Hassan Jazair, N10 million; Ali Jalingo (N10 million); Alhaji Musa Modu (N10 million); Bashir Aketa (N10 million); Abba Goroma (N10 million); Ibrahim Bashir (N10 million); Abubakar Zakariya (N10 million); and Tukur Ahmed Mohammed (N10 million). A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The government is all out to check terrorism in any part of the country. We need these key leaders.” Apart from local efforts to locate Boko Haram leaders, who are suspected to be in Mali , the UN has raised an Intervention Force from ECOWAS members. The US had earlier declared some members of the Shurra Committee as terrorists. Also the UK has made the membership of and support for the organisation a criminal offence. Earlier, United Kingdom Border Agency said that it will not grant any Nigerian asylum because of the Boko Haram insurgency. The position of the British Government is contained in the agency’s country report titled “Operational Guidance Note Nigeria.” The document said in part: “Boko Haram has said it carried out a number of attacks against churches and other establishments since 2009. More than 640 people have died in the country so far in 2012 in attacks blamed on the group. “It is thought that some members of Boko Haram have connections with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a group already designated as a terrorist organisation by the US . “Boko Haram says it wants Islamic Shari’a Law in place across Nigeria and analysts suggest it is trying to trigger clashes between Christians and Muslims. A country of 150 million people, Nigeria ’s population is equally divided between Christians and Mus-

lims. “Some applicants may make an asylum and/or human rights claim based on the grounds that they are not free to practice their religion and that they would face ill-treatment amounting to persecution. Some applicants may express fear of Shari’a Courts in Northern Nigeria to enforce Shari’a. “Some applicants may also fear persecution in the hands of Boko Haram or may fear being caught up in the violence perpetrated by members of Boko Haram. “The right to religious freedom is enshrined in the constitution and there are no reports of anyone experiencing problems with the Federal Government in practising their chosen religion. “Claims under this category will therefore be clearly un-

founded and as such should be certified. Applicants expressing fear of Hisbah groups are able to safely relocate elsewhere in Nigeria where such groups do not operate or have no influence. “Claims made on the basis of Hisbah groups are therefore also likely to be clearly unfounded and will similarly fail to be certified. “Those applicants who fear persecution at the hands of Boko Haram should be able to seek protection from the authorities and should be able to relocate to an area outside of the North of Nigeria where attacks by Boko Haram are less frequent. “Applicants claiming asylum in this category are likely to be refused but case owners should remember that each case should be looked at on its individual merits.”

ABU graduates 800,000 students in 50 years

HMADU Bello University (ABU) Zaria has graduated over 800,000 students since its inception about 50 years ago, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha said yesterday in Zaria. The univesity will today confer honourary doctoral degree on former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida; former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma; the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar AlSabah and the Iyalode of Lagos, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji. It will also unveil the ABU hall of fame among other activities. Speaking at the golden jubilee convocation ceremony, the Vice Chancellor said the figure included the 7,680 students which graduated on the occasion, with 21 of them obtaining first class degree in various disciplines. He said the performance of the graduating students was an improvement on the quantity and quality of graduates and an indication of a gradual, but inspiring return to excellence. He told the graduating students that in the last 50 years, ABU has in very difficult moments trained and produced graduates in a set of curricula which are based on the principles of learning for service. According to him, “we expect all our graduates to live, work and prosper on the basis of a solid character defined by humility, honesty, dedication, respect, tolerance, moderation and sacrifice for the sake of others and society. He noted that from training manpower for government, universities are now required to produce learned and skilful people for the open market and for self employment, pointing out that the days of assured em-

Tony AKOWE, Kaduna ployment are fast fading away while the dawn of creative employment of skills has just come. He assured that the current administration in the university will continue to partner with stakeholders to create a conducive atmosphere for learning, teaching and research so that knowledge production in the institution will be qualitatively higher and vastly useful to the beneficiaries and the society in which they live and work. Prof Mustapha noted that “since its inception about two and a half years ago, this university administration has been preoccupied with the creation of an enabling learning environment and the enhancement of municipal, recreational and medical services to staff and students as much as the limited resources permits. “It is worth remembering that we are celebrating ABU’s golden jubilee when the social, material, security and even spiritual situation in our dear country are in a precarious and explosive state. “In this type of situation, it is important to put in place a stable learning environment devoid of rancour, vanguardism and other disruptive tendencies. “Mindful of its enormous responsibility to create and nurture a secure intellectual climate, this administration has gone fairly far in instituting a student management system that is dynamic, responsive, but fairly depoliticised.” The Vice Chancellor announced that the institution has reviewed its curricula so that its products are better placed to operate within the emergent realities of the society.

PHCN: BPE receives $335.8m from preferred bidders

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IN line with the payment mechanism for the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor generation and distribution companies, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), yesterday received bank guarantees worth $335,854,986.15 from the preferred bidders for the enterprises. At its sixth meeting for 2012 which held on October 29, 2012 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) had approved the payment mechanism for the PHCN successor generation companies (Gencos) and successor distribution companies (Discos). It involves the submission by the preferred bidders of additional bid security in the form of a letter of credit or bank guarantee for fifteen percent (15%) of the transaction value to the BPE. In a statement, the BPE said the preferred bidders are required within 15 business days of notification from the BPE to submit a “Preferred Bidder’s Bank Guarantee.” The deadline for receipt of the bank guarantee was Friday, November 23, 2012. The preferred bidders for the Discos submitted bank guarantees worth $188,476,306.00 while the preferred bidders for Gencos submitted bank guarantees worth $147,378,680.15. The breakdown is as follows: DISCOs 1) Abuja Disco: Kann Consortium Utility Company Ltd – $24,600,000.00; 2) Benin Disco: Vigeo Power Consortium—$19,350,000.00; 3) Eko Disco: West Power and Gas—$20,250,000.00; 4) Enugu Disco: Interstate Electrics Ltd—$18,900,000.00; 5) Ibadan Disco: Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Ltd—$25,350,000.00; 6) Ikeja Disco: NEDC/KEPCO Consortium—$19,650,000.00; 7) Jos Disco: Aura Energy Ltd—$12,300,000.00; 8) Kano Disco: Sahelian Power Ltd—$20,550,000.00; 9) Port Harcourt Disco: 4Power Consortium—$18,636,306.00; and

Collins NWEZE 10) Yola Disco: Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Ltd—$8,890,000.00. GENCOs 1) Shiroro Hydro Power Plc: North-South Power Ltd— $16,748,180.00; 2) Kainji Hydro Power Plc: Mainstream Energy Solutions— $35,680,500; 3) Sapele Power Plc: CMEC/EURAFRIC Energy Ltd— $30,150,000.00; 4) Geregu Power Plc: Amperion Power Distribution Limited— $19,800,000.15; 5) Ughelli Power Plc: Transcorp/Woodrock/Sumbion/Medea/ PSL/ Thomassen—$45,000,000.00 It will be recalled that the NCP also approved the next steps for the conclusion of the privatization of the generation and distribution companies. The next stage is that the designated preferred bidder will be invited for negotiations with the BPE. Within fifteen (15) business days after signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement, the Shareholders’ Agreement or the Performance Agreement, whichever is earlier, or at a mutually agreed earlier time, the bidder shall make a down payment of twenty-five percent (25%) of the share purchase price. Within six (6) months after signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement or the Shareholders’ Agreement, whichever is earlier or mutually agreed upon time, the Bidder will be required to pay the outstanding seventy five per cent (75%) of the share purchase price to complete the transaction. Upon the payment of the 25 per cent of the purchase price, the preferred bidder’s bank guarantee will be returned to the bidder. After the completion of payment, the handover of the successor company to the Preferred Bidder will conclude the transaction.


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THE NATION, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2012

31 witnesses to testify against Fayose N O O fewer than 31 wit nesses will testify against former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose in his N1.2 billion money laundering case being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The matter has been pending in court since 2008. Fayose, who sat in the dock for nearly two hours on Thursday at the Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all 27 amended charges preferred against him by the anti graft agency. There was heavy security during the hearing. An Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was deployed to cordon off one lane of the road in front of the court. In the amended charges, the EFCC said Fayose at various times in 2004 in concert with and cooperation of Biological

should be in the custody of the court, to be restored to him only when he needed to travel out of the country. Fayose’s counsel, Chief Kunle Kalejaye, represented by Owoseni Ajayi, who failed to convince the court that the earlier position was to enable Fayose take hold of his international passport perpetually within the pendency of the case, equally failed to stop Mr Adeniyi Adebisi from holding brief for Rotimi Jacobs Owoseeni contended that there was no reason for the prosecution to raise objections to Fayose holding on to his passport as he (Fayose) had never absconded from prosecution. But Adeniyi, who eventually secured the sympathy of the presiding judge, Justice Adamu Hobon, to hold brief for Jacobs, averred that the former governor was allowed to secure his passport to enable him go for

medical checkup abroad and that he was expected to return it to the court’s custody on arrival. Owoseeni argued that the court allowed the former governor to keep his passport on health grounds, saying: “If an emergency occurred during the weekend, how does he access his passport?” In his ruling, Justice Hobon said the status quo (that the international passport should be in the custody of Fayose) should be maintained as he (Fayose) had not abused the privilege since the commencement of the case. The judge said: “If there is an abuse of this privilege or there is fear by the prosecution concerning this privilege, the court shall act accordingly,” Justice Hobon ruled. The next hearing was fixed for January 24, 2013 in respect of the amended charges.

Fayemi’s convoy foils robbery operation

Oyo begins registration of drivers, cyclists

Winners’ Chapel holds pre-Shiloh services

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HE Oyo State Government opened discussions with operators of commercial vehicles, commercial vehicle owners, operators of commercial motorcycles, popularly called okada, and other stakeholders in the transportation sector to flag off its enumeration and registration of all stakeholders in the state. The meeting, which was flagged off at the state secretariat yesterday, was aimed at educating stakeholders on the commencement of enumeration and registration exercise

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Concepts Nigeria Limited and Avian Specialists Nigeria Limited, took state funds for his personal use. The anti-graft agency said the offence is punishable under section 14 sub-section 1 of the money laundering Act 2004 The former governor may equally lose the privilege of travelling out of the country as at when he wishes should findings of the court reveal that an earlier judgment was against his holding on to his international passport perpetually while the case is pending in court. Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Adeniyi Adebisi from Rotimi Jacobs Chambers, explained that the seventh and last condition for the subsisting bail currently enjoyed by Fayose is that his international passport

Bisi LADELE, Ibadan in a fortnight. Declaring the meeting open yesterday, Mr Gbolagade Busari, who is the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Information and Orientation, explained that the initiative was among many others undertaken by the administration which are aimed at improving the transportation sector as part of its transformation agenda. Busari added that the enumeration and registration of all

operators and their owners became necessary in view of the rate of crimes committed with motorcycles and commercial vehicles in the state. According to him, the programme was designed to identify genuine stakeholders in the state transportation sector and also help government meet their needs. The programme, tagged "Oyo State Transporters Enumeration and Registration Scheme" (OYSTERS), intends to provide training and safety briefing to drivers and riders in order to minimize accidents

within the state. "We want to transform Oyo State and change the orientation of the people." Busari said. Giving the details of the programme, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Synercom Group, the consulting firm handling the project, Mr Adewale Adebiyi, said: “All taxi, okada, tipper and lorry drivers would be registered on local government basis. They would enjoy free eye and blood tests and would be given free high visibility jackets that are already numbered. All these would help commuters and other members of the public identify genuine commercial drivers and cyclists as well as help government offer free medical service up to N10, 000 value in cases of accident.”

Agbado Oke-Odo Council chair appeals judgment Dada ALADELOKUN, Assistant Editor

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HE chairman, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area in Lagos State, Dr. Augustine Arogundade, yesterday flied an appeal in the Lagos Appeal Court, challenging the nullification of his election into office on October 22, 2011 by the Justice Ade Awobiyi-led Election Tribunal on Thursday. The tribunal had, in its judgment on Thursday, voided the certificate of return earlier issued to Arogundade, the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), adding that the poll was won by Arogundade’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Busari Akande. In a swift reaction early yesterday, Arogundade filed an appeal against the judgment at the Appeal Court, expressing assurances that ultimately, he and his supporters would laugh. Speaking on the development, Arogundade told The Nation yesterday: “We have filed an appeal against the tribunal’s judgment this morning in Lagos. And the higher court has set aside the judgment of the lower court until the determination of the case. There is no cause for alarm; we are in full control.”

GUN State government has commended the Federal Government for its decision to expedite action on the reconstruction of the 106-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, the government said the decision of the Federal Government to revoke the concession agreement and re-award the contract to two construction firms was an indication that it agreed that the road deserves better attention than it was getting. The government also expressed its readiness to partner the federal government to ensure that the road is completed on schedule.

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ECURITY operatives attached to the convoy of Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, yesterday morning overpowered an armed robbery gang operating along Enugu-Awka Expressway and rescued over 500 stranded commuters. The armed robbers had laid siege to the route, five kilometres away from Aniocha, and had dispossessed many motorists of their belongings, leading to abandonment of scores of vehicles along the road before the convoy arrived the spot around 10.20am and dislodged the robbery gang following a superior fire exchange. After dislodging the gang, the convoy then led all the stranded commuters and motorists out of the area.

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HE Living Faith Church Worldwide, popularly known as Winners’ Chapel, has begun what it calls pre-Shiloh services. The services, which began some Sundays back, are to herald this year’s edition of Shiloh, which holds from Tuesday, December 4 to Saturday, December 8, 2012. The Shiloh event is a yearly convocation of all the members of the Living Faith Church from all over the world at the headquarters in Ota, Ogun State. Already, the usual four services have been reduced to three for the meantime, to allow more time for each service. According to the Crowd Control Unit (CCU), one of the service groups in the church, a special feature of the pre-Shiloh services is the release of prophetic blessings by the presiding Bishop, Dr. David Oyedepo. “Members of the church and others desiring the touch of God in their lives are, therefore, enjoined not to miss any of the services because of the outpouring of pre-Shiloh blessings. “In this month of ‘sudden divine visitation’, it is wisdom to stick to the services and be punctual as well”, CCU advises.

CAC Oke Iyanu celebrates

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T is going to be a day of great celebration at Christ Apos tolic Church, Mountain of Miracles District Headquarters, Olowoporoku in Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos as the church holds its adult harvest tomorrow. The event, scheduled to start at 10 am at the church auditorium, will have in attendance eminent people from all walks of life. Among these are the Chairman of C.A.C Mafoluku Zone, Pastor G.O. Dare, and other anointed Ministers of God, including Pastor A. O. Akinosun, President, C.A.C Worldwide. Host pastors are Pastor J. A. Oni, District Superintendent; and Pastor R. O Owolabi, Curate Pastor. The harvest, which has Total Sacrificial Life as theme, will feature wonderful praises by the C.A.C District choir and other popular gospel artistes. “Those who come to the event tomorrow will experience positive changes in their lives. Their problems will be solved by God, the Omnipotent,”said Pastor Oni.

Victoria Adetutu passes on

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HE death has been announced in Lagos of a prominent religious and community leader, Major (Mrs.) Victoria Adetutu Taiwo Banjoko (rtd). She was aged 73 years old. The funeral arrangements will commence Thursday, November 29 at 12noon with her lying-in-state at Okepo, beside St. Mary’s Primary School, Ijebu-Imushin, Ogun State and will be followed by a Christian wake at 5.00pm on the same day and at the same venue. The interment will take place Friday, November 30 after a funeral service at 10.00am at St. Mary’s Anglican Church , while the entertainment of guests will follow immediately at St. Mary’s Primary School.

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AZI Sam Ohuabunwa, the Chairman of Niemeth Pharmaceutical Plc and Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora will be the chairman and special guest of honour respectively at the fifth -memorial lecture of the late Elder (Dr.) IseOluwa Aworinde, former Chairman of May Clinics Ltd slated for Wednesday, November 28 at NECA House, Plot A2, Hakeem Balogun Street, near Marwa Garden, Alausa, Lagos by 10:00am. The event which is jointly sponsored by May Clinics and the St Paul Senior Citizens Foundation will also feature the presentation of the biography of Late Dr. Aworinde and the celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the St Paul’s Senior Citizens Foundation. Prof. Tayo Olurotimi, formerly of the Caleb University and Prof. Tomori Oyewale, formerly of the Redeemer’s University are billed to be guest lecturer and book reviewer respectively while Oba Adedoyin Adelakun and Dr. E.O. Ayoola are the book presenters. According to a press release signed by Mrs. Esther Aworinde, Chairman/CEO May Clinics, dignitaries from all walks of life are expected to grace the occasion.


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Edo governorship petition: Witnesses tender fake voter’s cards T WO voters’ cards tendered as exhibit by two witnesses at the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City were said to have been faked. One of the witnesses, Okhegwai Monday, said in his adopted statement that he voted at Unit 10, in Ward 11 of Afuze in Owan East Local Government Area of the state. Monday, however, said it was an error that his name was not in the voter register of Unit 10 but in the voter register of Unit 11. The other voters’ card without Voter Identification Number (VIN) and Poling Unit Number (PUN) was presented by Ibrahim Yakub. Both witnesses insisted that the cards were given to them by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). They were among the nine witnesses called by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, MajorGeneral Charles Airhiavbere in the on-going hearing of the petition he filed at the tribunal. Airhiavbere is challenging the outcome of the July 14 governorship election.

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Lead counsel to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Adeniyi Akintola informed the tribunal that the voters’ card presented by Monday was fake, as there was no Voter Identification Number (VIN) and Polling Unit Number on the card.

Adeniyi drew the tribunal’s attention to Section 149 of the Electoral Act which provides offences for electoral offender and urged His Lordship to take notice of the document tendered. He said taking such action would “discourage character of this nature. His

name is not on the voters register”. Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mu’azu Pindinga said they would take note of it. Other witnesses that testified included Ikpefua Mattias, Mohammed Aliu, Kadiri Yakubu, Atakoi Edeki Jacob, Abogunde

Agor and Imudia Godspower Adebayor. The witnesses said their deposition statements were written by lawyers of Airhiavbere and that they were not aware that paragraphs 8 to 12 of the statements were the same. Mohammed Aliu said he had just seen the PDP party tag for the first time a few minutes after he tendered same as exhibit before the tribunal.

•Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (right), welcomes Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru, Chairman House of Representatives Committe on Youth and Social Development to Government House, Port Harcourt... Yesterday

Constitution review: Amaechi pushes for two federating units, devolution of power

O V E R N O R , Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, has urged the National Assembly to put forward a structure of two federating units only, between the states and the federal government at the centre in the ongoing constitution review. He spoke when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Youth and Social Development led by Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt, Friday. Amaechi said: “There are only two federating units in most countries in the world In Germany, there are two federating units. In America, there are local governments, but there are only two federating units – the states and the federal government. The local counties (or what we call councils) are not part of the federating unit. So I want to urge the National Assembly to disregard this talk of autonomy for local government councils that would make them one of the federating units. We will not support it. Governors will not support it.” On financial autonomy for the state legislature, Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) said governors and the legislature should meet and discuss how much money the states get and how much both the legislature and the judiciary could get, so that

the executive could still perform its functions and responsibilities. “No matter what you do or say, the responsibility of disbursing resources still lie in the hands of the executive. Now if you compel by law that the governors pay whatever the Assembly passes as law, then you cripple the poor states in the North and probably in the South-East and probably some of the states in the South-West because budget is an estimate.” He pointed out that the state governments’ bid to support the country’s de-

mocracy should be strengthened by allowing state governors have concurrent powers in some areas. “What we are saying is that we should be allowed to have concurrent powers in those areas that the states should and can function. Anywhere there is a national interest then, the National Assembly can always make an overriding law that all states must comply with.” On the devolution of power, Governor Amaechi said: “The Federal Government is making the state governors not to keep to

their responsibilities to their states. We are carrying too many responsibilities that belong to the federal government. For instance, it is not our (state) responsibility to take care of the NYSC, but I would renovate the current NYSC camp in Onne, Rivers State and build more hostels. This is not my responsibility or that of any state governor. It is the responsibility of the federal government.” “You can see why we are talking about devolution of power. The Federal Government appears to be taking too many functions and

some of them, I am not saying they are not discharging properly, but they are not able to meet all of them because they are too many. So the best thing to do is that the powers of the Federal Government be devolved heavily and I mean heavily downwards, so that the states can perform some of those functions,” he added. Earlier, Chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Social Development said they were in the Rivers to see the state NYSC Camp and thanked the state governor for meeting the needs of serving Youth Corps members in the state.

Akwa Ibom to build two 4-star hotels

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KWA Ibom State Government has taken another giant step in its tourism industry by concluding arrangements to commence the construction of two new fourstar hotels in Eket and Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas of the state. Already, a five-star Le’ Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Nwaniba is functioning while another fivestar Tropicana Entertainment Centre to be managed by Hilton Group is under construction. Governor Godswill Akpabio announced this Thursday when the Project Manager of Julius Berger of Nigeria, Mr. Peter Reifenstuhl made a presen-

tation of the new 4-star Ikot Ekpene Hotel at the Governor’s Office, Uyo. He said: “The hotel is a further demonstration of the uncommon transformation here, through development, which would be ready by December next year. Soon, another 4-star hotel would be built in Eket, because if we have at least four five- star hotels in the state, this would automatically be a final destination in the state and country.” On payment of compensation to some land owners near the proposed hotels, the governor who argued that the land was predominantly owned by the government, directed the Com-

missioner for Lands and Survey to undertake an inspection and enumeration of the property with a view to knowing those that will benefit from the payment. Akpabio, however, hinted that the Federal Government has already given the approval for the construction of Uyo-Ikot-EkpeneAba Road, while construction would begin early next year. Mr. Reinfenstuhl, who handled the slide presentation of the project to members of the state executive council, explained that the hotel is a six-storey building and would boast 144 rooms, two presidential suites, 21 executive suites, six elevators, parking lot,

shopping mall, restaurant, pool bar, banquet hall, kitchen, tennis courts, moon bar, conference rooms, among others. In another development, Governor Akpabio has condoled with the wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs. Margret Peter Obi, on the death of her paternal uncle whose funeral service holds this weekend in Ikot Nkan in Onna Local Government Area. Akpabio commended her for witnessing the slide presentation and her husband for leading Anambra people well in bringing peace to their state, and taking Anambra state from an ordinary state to a state that produces oil.

Uduaghan presents N398.3bn budget for 2013Okungbowa AIWERIE, Asaba

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OVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday, presented a budget proposal of N398.31bn for the 2013 fiscal year. The budget is made up of N145.94bn or 36.64% for recurrent expenditure and N252.37bn or 63.36% for capital expenditure. The 2013 budget proposal shows a decrease of N38.9bn or 8.9% when compared to the year 2012 approved budget of N437.21bn. The main sources of funds for the 2013 budget are internally generated revenue of N61, 440,624,172 or 15.43% while statutory allocation is N198, 513,285,148 representing 49.84%. VAT receipts amounted to N11, 441,860,370 or 2.87%, just as other receipts total N126, 921,344,146, representing 31.86%. The total recurrent expenditure estimates for 2013 is N145.94bn is made up of personnel costs of N57.66bn or 39.79% and overhead costs of N49.20bn or 33.71%. The Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges has a proposed sum of N39.07bn or26.78%. On the whole, the recurrent proposal for 2013 is lower by N34.90bn or 19.30% when compared with N180.84 approved for 2012. The proposed capital expenditure estimates for 2013 is N252.37bn. The proposal is N3.96bn or 1.56% lower than the 2012 capital budget of N256.37bn.

Woman jailed for pouring hot water on neighbour’s face Osagie OTABOR, Benin

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Kano crisis: Seven churches burnt, 22 arrested -Police HE Kano State Police Command has confirmed that seven churches, eight shops and one house were burnt during the religious crisis that engulfed the town of Bichi, adding that two people were killed during the ugly incident. The information was contained in press statement by the Kano state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) ASP. Magaji I Musa Majia, who added that a total of 22 suspects have been nabbed in connection to the crisis. The statement read in part: “The Kano State Police Command wishes to update the general Public about the civil disturbance in Bichi town, where an Igbo man was accused of blasphemy. Based on that, some disgruntled elements who don’t wish the state and the country well went out to demonstrate by

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...bans motorbikes from dawn to dusk S part of measures to check the recent upsurge in attacks by gun men, suspected to be terrorists, on motor bikes, the Kano State Security Council has imposed a curfew on the operations of motorcycle operators in the city. The curfew, according to the council, will last between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and it is expected to be reviewed after the yuletide period. The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, while speaking with newsmen, yesterday in Kano, said that the action became necessary in order to curb the activities of suspected terrorists who use motorcycles to attack innocent citizens in the state. According to him, “the incessant use of motorcycles to attack innocent citizens in the state has made it necessary for the state security council to convene a meeting on Monday 20 November, 2012 and it was resolved that the imposition of a ban on the use of

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n Kolade ADEYEMI, Kano n motorcycles from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m within the state is enforced. “It is very necessary, considering the fact that criminals are using motorcycles to wreak havoc in the state. You are as well aware that almost all the incidents of killings and armed robberies in recent times in Kano State were carried out on motorcycles. We hereby call on motorcycle users to abide by the curfew without any exception. Snap checkpoints have been put in place across the state to check and arrest the violators.” Idris said that there would be water-tight security deployment at strategic locations, including places of worship, markets, motor parks, banks, schools, hospitals and other public utilities, infrastructures and offices during the ember period. While urging Kano residents to be security conscious and give maximum cooperation to

security agencies, including the police and the Joint Task Force, he added that the use of knock-outs and other fireworks are prohibited. “Parents and guardians are strictly warned to stop their children from purchasing and using such items as anybody caught will be prosecuted in the Court of Law,” he added, noting that there was need for road user to respect all traffic laws and regulations to ensure accident-free festivals. He bemoaned the havoc being wreaked by gun men on motor bikes in recent times, noting that the police recently engaged a gang of armed robbers on motorcycles in a gun duel, during which one Ahmed Tijjani of no fixed address and Safiyanu Abubakar from Kebbi State were arrested with severe bullet injuries, while one AK47 Riffle and 27 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them. “They confessed to a series of robbery attacks in Kano, including that of MC PVC

Ltd in Sharada Industrial Estate; robberies at Charanchi and Zangon Dakata filling stations; two robberies at Kantin Kwari Market; robberies at Gidan Keji BUK Rd and the one at Sharada Rubber Company They led operatives to their hideouts at Kofar Dawanau and Gaida Quarters whereby the following items were recovered: one bag of high density polythene chemical, four containers of readymade bombs, and one leather containing sulpur, 20 connecting cables, one Jincheng Motorcycle and other chemical substances,” he stated. Idris charged Kano residents to call the Command’s Control Room whenever there is an emergency. He listed the phone numbers for the Control Room to include 08032419754, 08123821575, 08099831808 and 064977005, while that of the Public Complain Bureau include 08066628450, 08031803555 and 08057959393.

Boko Haram: Peaceful co-existence possible in Nigeria –Amosun O GUN State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday said peaceful and harmonious co -existence is possible among Nigerians irrespective of their religious, historical, cultural differences and the attendant challenges. Amosun said further that peaceful is not only possible but also sustainable if every Nigerian imbibed tolerant and accommodating spirit towards others and not see them from the perspective of religion and ethnicity. The Governor Senator made this known at the formal foundation laying and fund raising ceremony for the completion of the Baytus-Salam Central Mosque of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library(OOPL) in

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Abeokuta, the state capital. He lauded former President Olusegun Obasanjo for conceptualizing the idea of having a mosque within the premises of his library. According to Amosun, "this is a clear demonstration that we can co-exist regardless of our religion. Baba is a Christian but he has shown we should not have issues about religion and where we came from." The Chief Promoter, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in his remarks said that the idea was to put down a legacy for posterity of global, continental, national, state and community nature such that knows no boundary

and reflects the mosaic of the community in terms of Christianity and Islam. Obasanjo revealed that the mosque would have other facilities like Imam’s residence, and an Islamic school, saying " the more you know about your God, the better you will be able to serve Him." " If you are religious, you will be a good citizen because religion behoves us to be better citizens." In his address, Prof. Kamaldeen Balogun, the Chief Imam of Olabisi Onabanjo University who also hailed Obasanjo for his dedication to the service of God noted that ‘mosque serves as a veritable centre of learning which is able to

impact basic Islamic knowledge to the young and capable of developing in concerted and forward looking manner the future generation of Islamic leaders and scholars. ‘It is my abiding hope that the formal opening of the foundation of Baytus-Salam Mosque would strengthen our efforts in peace building and reconciliation between the Muslims Ummah and followers of other faiths’,Prof. Balogun said. The occasion had in attendance the Governor of Sokoto,Alhaji Aliyu Wammako,Kebbi State Governor,Alh Usman Dangingari and Kano State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Kwankwaso as well as the Central Bank G o v e r n o r, L a m i d o Sanusi,among oters.

Police train men in anti-terrorist tactics he Commander of the Counter Terrorism Unit Base 12 in Minna, Niger State, Yakubu Yakubu, yesterday said that his men are battle-ready to ward off any form of insurrection in the state. He pleaded with members of the public to cooperate with security agencies in the task of combating criminals, adding that the police have embarked on special antiterrorist trainings to put their men in good shape for future challenges. The commander stated this yesterday at the Passing out Parade of 103 men of the Niger State Police Command, who were trained on Combat Operation readiness. He said 103 men have been trained on combat operations and counter terrorism as part of the strategies to prepare officers of the force to face the security challenges currently besieging the nation. According to him, “Terrorism has taken centre stage in our value system. Our policemen and police stations have become soft targets to these hoodlums, often times resulting to loss of lives of our dear policemen and in extreme cases, setting ablaze our police stations resulting to loss of relevant crime documents. “I ask myself, is it because we are not ready? Or is it because we lack the basic principles of how to

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approach these issues? These and many more other questions gave rise to these training. Today, I can beat my chest without any iota of doubt that we are battle ready to ward off any form of insurrection”, Yakubu said. The trainees were taught the safety rules of the AK47 rifle, stripling and assembling of the Ak-47 rifles and other rifles, mindset and tactical awareness, body positioning and aiming of a rifle, cordon and search and roadblocks. He charged them to go back to their various commands and divisions and translate the practical knowledge being acquired into meaningful symbols, while appealing to their heads not to let them become redundant and give them a place of relevance to display what they have learnt. Niger State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Desire Diseye Nsirim, who expressed joy over the completion of the training, said the state police command is now combatready to face any act of terrorism. Nsirim explained that the reason for the training was due to the way the insurgents have penetrated into the agencies, stressing that with the training, the men of the police in the state will be ready at any time there are attacks.

Benue restricts movement as council poll holds today n Uja EMMANUEL, Makurdi n head of today’s local government poll in Benue State, Governor Gabriel Suswam has assured the people of the state that adequate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free election. Governor Suswam, who spoke in a state-wide broadcast, appealed to the people to go about and exercise their franchise by voting for candidates of their choice without any fear of intimidation. He disclosed that security agencies have been mobilized to deal with anyone who attempts to disrupt the process, just as he warned trouble markers to stay away from polling stations. Meanwhile, the Benue State Independence Electoral Commission (BSIEC) has banned movement of people and vehicles during the period of the election. Restriction of movement will commence today from 6am to 4pm, while those on essential services would be allowed to move about during the period of the election.

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Meanwhile, leaders of the two major political parties in the state, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the People Democratic Party(PDP) have continued to trade blames over the pockets of violence in the run-up to the election. The chairman of the ruling PDP, Dr. Agbo Emmanuel, in a press conference yesterday, alleged that they have discovered a plan by opposition parties to unleash violence and disrupt today’s polls. But in a swift reaction, Chairman of Action Congress (ACN), Comrade Abba Yaro, said the ruling PDP should be held responsible for the violence that has engulfed the state for the past one week, noting that members of his party have been at the receiving end of the attacks by thugs of the PDP. The Benue State Independence Electoral Commission (BSIEC) said it has deployed 11,719 adhoc staff in the 276 wards for a smooth conduct of the council polls.


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OTHING illustrates what I have in mind today bet ter than two diplomatic shuttles involving the President of the US Barak Obama, his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the continent of Asia in recent times. While US President Barak Obama was facing the heat of his election campaign and reelection, his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on a diplomatic shuttle in Asia and was very assertive in Burma. Immediately after President Obama secured his re - election he followed his Secretary of State again to Asia to the Summit of South East Asian nations and still to Burma where both removed their shoes as they worshipped in a temple with their hosts. Around the same time as these shuttles, the Israeli air force was shelling Gaza, while Hamas was shooting rockets into Israel. Yet, it was only after Obama and Hillary had completed their assignment in Asia that Hillary headed to Israel and the Gaza Strip while the US president went back to the White House in Washington. Yet, Israel has not changed as the cornerstone of the US Middle East Foreign Policy. A few years back, it would have been unthinkable for a US Secretary of State to be in the Pacific while Israel was being attacked and was indeed contemplating a land invasion not to talk of a US president talking business with China, Thailand and Japan while Israel was on a high security alert. But times have changed and I can imagine Barack Obama chuckling quietly to himself as he recalled the response of a former British PM Lord Palmerstone to his attackers in the House of Commons on the charge that he was creating colonies overseas for Britain at the start of what was to become the Colonial era for Britain. ’I have brought a new world into existence to redress the balance of the old‘ - was Lord Palmerstone’s historic response in the Commons and I think that would be a very apt retort by Obama and Hillary to any charge of having abandoned Israel under attack; and I can bet there will be no shortage of such charges in

New global strategies and economic realignment

the foreseeable future. Undoubtedly the US president is changing US diplomatic landscape and policy and is doing it in a big way that even his opponents must concede has made a triumph of his first option of making diplomacy work. It is pertinent to recall that he was given the Nobel Prize for this just after he had only made the Cairo Speech just as he was elected for his first term. I confess that I was one of those who thought he had not done enough then to earn the Nobel prize. But now after the Asian shuttle preceded by the Spring Revolution in N Africa and the exit of the Arab despots, Obama is really now earning his Nobel Prize. Before going on to dilate on Obama’s Asian trip let me shed more light on the role of Lord Palmerstone in British diplomacy during the reign of Queen Victoria. Lord Palmerstone was disliked by the British monarch because Palmerstone thought Britain should use its power to expand its empire overseas and in pursuing this policy Palmerstone created embarrassing moments for the monarchy. This was because the monarchy believed the government should be more active in curbing the rebellious activities of those asking for republicanism in Europe as Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert were cous-

ins to many of the ruling houses in Europe instead of expanding the Empire as Palmerstone was more interested in. But Lord Palmerstone was a popular politician of his time and the Queen found it difficult to sack him. Palmerstone became Secretary at War in 1809 and served for 20 years under five PMs and was also Foreign Secretary which was when he made the famous quotation, before he too became PM in 1855 at age 70. Hillary Clinton to me is to the US President Barak Obama what Palmerstone was to Queen Victoria. The difference is that there is no hostility between the US duo unlike their British counterpart and the US and its business interests are the better for it. At a time when the EU, America’s natural and historic economic partner is comatose economically, Asia provides a life line for new business and investment for American firms and corporate business giants. Hence Obama’s swift visit to a meetng of the South East Asian nations involving nations like China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and so on in Canbodia. At the meeting President Obama met outgoing Chinese leader Wu Jia Bao and had a farewell meeting as it were with the Chinese leader who confirmed that USChinese business relations had never been better and that the good

business will continue under China’s new leaders. Hillary also had blazed a trail in getting the military in Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi the Burmese political icon who had been under house arrest for decades after winning the fairest election in the history of her nation. Suu Kyi is to Burma what the illustrious Nelson Mandela has been to S Africa, and the whole world, the epitome of freedom and the unbreakable spirit of human dignity. Unbelievably the military junta released her and allowed her party to contest elections into parliament even though military appointees are in majority in the new Burmese parliament. Hillary’s diplomatic shuttle have been rewarded by the military who have relaxed some of their dictatorial policies in Burma and even though the military is still in control, Obama’s visit was to encourage the military to move towards democracy. However Suu Kyi herself warned that the journey is long and people must not be complacent or have a false sense of accomplishment now so as not to be deceived eventually. Nigeria too is not to be left behind in the quest of seeking new partners and business realignments for national and global economic survival. President Goodluck Jonathan was on the front page of newspapers on Thursday showing his arrival at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan‘s capital Islamabad, for a meeting of the D 8 nations hosted by Nigeria in 2010. According to the Nigerian president’s address on the internet, he thanked the host of the Summit President Asif Zardari of Pakistan to whom he handed over the Chairmanship in Abuja two years ago. According to President Jonathan, Nigeria values its membership of the D8 as a platform for economic cooperation and

promotion of trade for sustainable development and welcomes investment in the country from member D 8 nations. President Jonathan noted that Nigeria has been very active in hosting many meetings of D 8 and values the goals of solidarity and joint and joint trade and commerce inherent in the association. To build on these gains President Jonathan said that Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Iran have jointly hosted the Working Group Meeting on Small and Medium Enterprises –SMEs –which are vital to the growth of the G8 economies. The D 8 nations are made up of nations with a large Muslim population and include host Pakistan, last host Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Iran. Egypt is not attending as President Mohammed Morsi is staying put in Cairo to monitor the Israeli – Hamas feud over Gaza and the testy ceasefire that came into effect last Tuesday. Aside from this however Egypt just got a huge loan from the IMF for its migration to full blown democracy, stemming from the Arab Spring and the Tahrir Square Street revolution that overthrew the Housni Mubarak regime, and may not be that hungry for D 8 businesses. In addition there is the danger of being seen as hobnobbing with Iran which has UN sanctions round its neck over its Nuclear Uranium enrichment program, a fact which does not seem to bother the Nigerian president very much. In addition Egypt does not support the Bashar Assad regime in Syria firmly supported by Iran in suppressing the popular uprising in Syria against the Assad dynasty. Surely political and diplomatic issues as well as regional differences still color pragmatic economic instincts by nations as they forge alliances and realign economic strategies to make ends meet in a fast changing world.


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THE NATION, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2012

Private jets as vehicles for the gospel

vincentakanmode@yahoo.com

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grew up in the Anglican Church with owo ni keke ihinrere (money is the bicycle that conveys the gospel) as the pastor’s refrain. Today, the gospel has become so sophisticated that it can no longer thrive on bicycle. Even the power bike has no more place in the onerous task of spreading the good news; a task Christ Himself executed by shunning horses and donkeys which were popular means of transport in his time, and trekking from one community to another. To be sure, cars and SUVs are still relevant to the gospel. But by the standard of the modern day preacher, they are far from being sufficient. Only an aeroplane would do. And not just an aeroplane but a jet, and it has to be privately owned. Hence, the current craze for private jets among our church leaders. Penultimate Saturday, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and founder of the Word of Life Bible Church, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, joined the league of Nigerian clergymen who own private jets after members of the church in Ajamimogha, Warri, Delta State gave the pastor a private jet as present for his birthday and 40th anniversary on the pulpit. He thus joined others like the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch

Adeboye; founder of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo; Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy Church and the founder of Living Faith Ministries a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo. The church founded by Christ was one that sought to discourage mindless urge for material acquisition. That explains why He resisted the temptation to bow to Satan in order to take possession of all the riches the latter had shown Him after taking Him to the mountain. For 21 of the 33 years He spent on earth, Christ went about preaching the gospel on his legs. It was not until the very last leg of his assignment that he rode on a donkey into Jerusalem because His mission on earth was so designed. At the Synagogue in Jerusalem, he turned the tables of money changers upside down and lambasted them for turning His father’s house into a business centre. That, however, is not the portion of modern day preachers, many of whom people in the secular world now watch to know the car and private jet in vogue. From Nearer My Lord to Thee, the craze for materialism in church circles has virtually corrupted one of the popular hymns that endeared us to the church as youngsters to Naira My Lord to Thee Unfortunately, the hunger for material acquisition in the church is catching on in the secular world, such that in spite of the grinding poverty that pervades the country, Nigeria today holds the abominable record of the African nation with the highest number of private jet owners. Joining wealthy individuals like Aliko Dangote, Ifeanyi Uba and Mike Adenuga in the quest for private jets are managing directors of banks and state governors, some whom are yet to implement the N18,000 minimum wage for workers. Going by

What, for instance, is the moral, social, religious or economic justification for a church leader to own three private jets when at least a quarter of his congregation does not know where their next meals would come from?

statistics, the number of private jets in Nigeria is believed to have risen from 50 in 2008 to 200 in 2012. With the cost of a jet ranging between N2.4 billion and N9 billion, more than N1.3 trillion is believed to have been spent on the acquisition of private jets in the last seven years. It is no surprise, therefore, that concerned patriots leaders are crying blue murder over the prevailing situation. At the annual Founder’s Day Anniversary lecture of Providence Baptist Church in Lagos last Saturday, Matthew Kukah, the fiery bishop of the Catholic Church known to always proceed upon the principle that two plus two is four, described the complacent exhibition of opulence by church leaders as embarrassing. The acquisition of private jets by Christian leaders, the erudite bishop noted, diminishes the moral voice of the church in the fight against corruption. The cleric, who as the guest speaker spoke on Church and the State in the Pursuit of the Common Good a few days after Oritsejafor got his gift of private jet in the presence of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, said: “The stories of corrupt men and

women being given recognition by their churches or mosques as gallant sons and daughters and the embarrassing stories of pastors displaying conspicuous wealth as we hear from the purchases of private jets and so on, clearly diminish our moral voice... CAN has become more visible in relation to national prayer sessions, pilgrimages, alliances with state power and so on. Unless we distance ourselves, we cannot speak the truth to power. We cannot hear the wails of the poor and the weak. We should not be seen as playing the praying wing of the party in power.” But beyond the moral issue of anti-corruption campaign, I think it is selfish of church leaders to think that the solution to the death traps that crisscross the country as roads is to acquire private jets, soar above the abyss and abandon the rest of the populace to their fate. What, for instance, is the moral, social, religious or economic justification for a church leader to own three private jets when at least a quarter of his congregation does not know where their next meals would come from? Is it to prove, like modern day preachers are wont to say, that the God he serves is not poor or to simply show that the church is the veritable ground for opulent lifestyle? If his church has branches all over the world and he must visit them in a private jet, would he also fly in two jets at a time? On what moral pedestal would such a church leader admonish the congregation against ostentatious lifestyle which is at the roots of the social problems that leave the country prostrate? Elsewhere, the church is at the vanguard of the fight against government’s ineptitude. But rather than tackle the government on the poor state of our roads, our church leaders have chosen to acquire jets and mind their business. It is a case of every man for himself and God for us all.

Of Louis Vuitton rice, Gucci beans and Knucklehead With Givenchy menu F

IRST, a confession: this headline was lifted from a picture on my Facebook page though with a slight adjustment. It was taken from an interesting placard displayed by a stunning beauty dubbed ‘a funky Occupy Nigeria protester’ during the January 2012 fuel subsidy protest in one of our major cities. The banner read: “N1 billion!!! Do you eat Louis Vuitton rice and Gucci beans?” Today, some ten months after a protest that shook the foundation of governance and forced the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration to reconsider its decision to fully deregulate the downstream sector of Nigeria’s corruptionridden oil industry, that conservative figure has been jerked up by over N300m. The new figure earmarked for the Presidency in the 2013 budget for refreshments, meals and miscellaneous expenses is now N1,305bn. Question is: what kind of condiments do they use in preparing Aso Rock’s delicacies that more than 25 per cent increment is being forced down the throats of millions of famished souls? If only you can pile loaves of cassava bread worth N1. 305 billion atop one another and stand on top, you can almost see other parts of our solar system! Such rarefied heights and dizzying expenditures confound ordinary folks. Don’t get it wrong. Knucklehead is not saying that the President or the people that toil with him daily to perfect his dream of injecting a breath of fresh air into the polity should not eat quality meals or have access to the best drinks money can buy. What rankles is the disturbing news that outrageously humongous figures are being gulped by their culinary tastes! Like the placardbearing lady, one is tempted to poke one’s nose into what constitutes a presidential meal beyond the fact that millions of Naira is set aside yearly to buy ornamental cutleries and other golden kitchen utensils ostensibly to complement the Presidential dining tables. We also need to know the kind of animals that are being fed with a whopping N30.5m by the Presidency. Those presidential dogs and other animals evidently have much better standard of living than millions of Nigerian families who eke out a living on less than three dollars a day. At a time when some European countries are struggling to introduce a regime of austerity measures in order to ameliorate the effects of the global economic meltdown, it is not in any way comforting that the Nigerian Presidency is toying with the idea of spending a combined eight-year salary package of the American President—inclusive of allowances—on refreshment, food and miscellaneous expenses in just one calendar year! By simple conversion, N1.3bn translates into $8.125m using N160 as the exchange rate to a single American dollar. And since it is public knowledge that President Barack Obama earns a base salary of $400,000 per year in addition to “nice bonuses like an annual expense account, a travel account and an entertainment stipend totalling over $550,000 each year”, it beggars belief that Nigeria can afford to waste an equivalent of that on feeding the overfed fat cats hanging around the corridors of power. And it is not as if they are not asking for more, anyway. Perhaps, it was this Oliver Twist mentality that inspired the State House Permanent Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Ogbile, to tell a stunned Senate last Tuesday that it was pointless for the populace to bleat over a meagre N1.3bn budgetary projections for food, refreshments and other miscellaneous expenses as the amount could barely take care of the anticipated spend for the year. According to media reports, Ogbile, who was in the Senate to defend the N4.3bn Presidency budget proposal for 2013, not only dismissed a Senator’s description of the allocation as ‘outrageous’ but also took ‘pains’ to lecture the lawmakers on the patriotic sacrifice being made by those in authority to manage the “insufficient’” fund. Probably keeping a straight face, Ogbile was quoted as saying: “I have taken pains to explain that this money is

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not just to fund the residence of the President and that of the Vice President. The experience I have had is that this fund is grossly insufficient. It’s not even enough!” He also told the senators that parts of the money will be used to take care of the refreshments and meals during the meetings of the National Economic Council (NEC), Council of State, and conferences in the Banquet Hall, presidential retreats, National Merit Award, Children’s Day and hosting of dignitaries. However, we were not told the frequency of these meetings and what happens to the budgetary allocations of some of the agencies that are directly in charge of some of the listed critical assignments. At best, Ogbile’s showing proved to be futile and puerile effort at defending the indefensible as one of the senators reminded him that the National Merit Award has its own budget while the Council of State meeting rarely holds more than twice in a year. So, who are the gluttons eating us to the bones? Besides, Ogbile needs not go through the stress of telling us that the money is not just to fund the residences of the President and Vice President Namadi Sambo. We may not know the number of family members that moved into Aso Villa with them. What is clear to us is that, from the personal account of the President as someone who eats sparingly, the two men would be mindful of people whose sole aim is simply to eat, purge and eat again. In any case, we have been told (and we do not have any reason to doubt it) that Jonathan eats the regular food which most middle class Nigerians have access to. His media aide, Dr. Reuben Abati, once gave an insight into Jonathan”s culinary preferences, painting the picture of a simple man - one who is not sold to the vexing, arrogant posture of most of the misfits that find themselves in public office today. Here is a copious quote of what Abati said of his boss: “We are not allowed to touch alcohol. Alcohol is not served during official duties. Yes, when there is an international function, wine is served, but nobody gets drunk around here. That will amount to an act of indiscipline. The President himself does not allow alcohol to be served at his table. What does he eat? Fish pepper soup. Cassava Bread. Slices of yam. Rice. Boiled plantain. Fruits and vegetables. He fasts when he chooses, and fasts all month during Ramadan and Lent. And because he takes

his exercises and keep fit regime seriously, he eats very little. Okay, he drinks coffee. And yet there are people out there who keep claiming that there is a feast in the Villa every day. They say at every meal, the table is decorated with roasted turkey, and every delicacy under the sun. Lies. Lies. This President is not a glutton. We have a disciplined, hardworking president who enjoys his privacy, and the company of intelligent people.” Jonathan gave credence to Abati’s summation when he told the nation, in the last Presidential Media Chat last Sunday, that there was a general misconception that the over N1bn food bill was for only the First and Second families. He said the bill covers all other events hosted by the Presidency. He also made it clear that he eats only twice and his meal ticket is neither scandalous nor outrageous. He said: “Those who know me and those who come around to eat with me know that I even eat two times a day. Breakfast and dinner. I eat small food, so you can ask anybody. So, there is a lot of misconception about the State House. The thinking of the average Nigerian is that the State House is the president and his wife and children, the vice president, the wife and children. The issue of cutlery sets, if you are privileged to visit countries like Ethiopia and they expose you to a dinner, then you will say that these figures are not something that is much. These are not cutleries for day to day use by President and Vice President. I don’t know the total cost but I don’t expect it to be an issue. And when you talk about feeding in the State House, we usually host a number of programmes. So far, we have not yet hosted the African Union, but we hosted some heads of states. Where do you get the money to spend?” Okay, we believe our President. We also would like to believe Abati that the seat of power has not been turned into a venue for Owanbe parties where otherwise respected dignitaries soak themselves in the pleasure of the best of choice wines and cognacs money can buy. We want to imagine that the aides of these persons would have also inculcated their bosses’ famed humble embrace of spartan living in the midst of the riches that surround them. In the light of these revelations, we want to submit that Ogbile erred on the part of decency to have insisted that the over £8m food bill was insufficient in a year. Like the Americans would say, it is utter balderdash. And so, we ask: if the landlord of Aso Villa has consistently resisted the temptation to adopt the kind of menu meant for money-miss-road Yahoozee fraudsters, oil thieves and drug lords, who then are the yamheadsin that mix gluttonously ravaging our treasury by insisting on eating Louis Vuitton rice, Gucci beans and Dolce and Gabbana bottled water? Jokes apart, it is not funny when those who rake in millions as salaries and several hidden allowances fritter away millions of dollars on food, refreshments and matters miscellaneous! Ogbile”s defence is, simply put, a joke carried too far. Who knows, maybe Mr. President would need to set up a committee to look into this matter before another panel would be set up to draft a white paper on injecting some sort of sanity as it concerns presidential chopchop! Surely, the Nigerian citizens cannot afford to see the national treasury being ruined by such expensive palates.


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Oil wealth, oil trouble •Tension as leadership tussle tears Ugborodo, Delta’s ‘oil capital’ apart

–Pages 20 - 21

Women, children most affected by violence in the North –Pages 48 - 49

Lies Achebe told about the civil war, by Gen. Alabi Isama

–Gombe First Lady Hajia Dankwabo


THE NATION, Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Tension as leadership tussle tears With oil royalties and local content contracts pouring in, in billions of naira monthly, Ugborodo, the oil capital of Delta State, is one of the richest, if not the richest community in West Africa. But a game of intrigues among some members of the community’s ‘elite club’ has unleashed bloodbaths on and stifled development in the community with far-reaching consequences on the Itsekiri nation. SHOLA O'NEIL reports HE crisis in Ugborodo Community of Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State is a classic tale of the gift and curse of the black gold - oil. A paradox fuelled by the massive ego of some old and young men. Ugborodo, a collection of five islands of Ode-Ugborodo, Ogidgben, Ajudaibo, Arunto and Madangho, has produced noveau rich billionaires in the last few years. Ever since it became a major hub of oil activities in the delta when Gulf Oil (now Chevron) began operation in the area in the early 1960s, it has had to contend with one crisis or the other, with sometimes huge collateral damages. The community has a three-tier government comprising the Council of Elders, headed by the Eghare-Aja (oldest man), youth council and the Ugborodo Community Trust, which oversees the community's interests with oil companies in the area, and by extension, is in charge of royalties. The trust was founded because of disagreement over appropriation of the oil and other royalties. A prominent Itsekiri indigene, who didn’t want her name mentioned in this report to avoid the risk of being labelled a member of any faction, said the unity brought by the Ijaw/Itsekiri crisis from the late 90s to early 2000s is being obliterated by internal wrangling and clique loyalty. "Crisis and deaths have always marked the change of leadership in the Ugborodo Community Trust. The trust is a product of crisis." Our source said the setting up of the trust in late 1960s was the fallout of an allegation of the embezzlement of £24,000 royalty against the then traditional institution in the community comprising the Eghare-Aja and Olaja-Orori (spiritual head) who hitherto were sole administrators of the community's affairs. Consequently, the matter went to court where the late Justice Ovie Whiskey ruled that a trust be set up to manage funds accruing to the community. "Today the protagonists come with an admixture of excess baggage of arrogance, huge propensity for violence, stupendous wealth and ego. They are also surrounded by fawning lackeys (advisers) and backers, most of them elders in the clan," the source stated. When friends become foes The two camps in the current crisis are led by two former associates and leaders of the Ugborodo Community Trust Governing Council - Mr. David Tonwe, a former Chairman of Warri South West Local Government Council and Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, who was his second-in-command. The duo who lead factions of the highly influential Ugborodo Community Trust Committee have polarised the community and are backed by a long line of prominent Itsekiri leaders, politicians, chiefs and businessmen. Interestingly, prior to this latest scramble for the soul of Ugborodo, the duo had a somewhat healthy relationship as leaders of the youth group before they were elevated to 'rulers' in 2003 or thereabouts during a similar leadership tussle in the early 2000s, when Chief Sandys Omadeli Uvwoh held sway. Confirming this, Uvwoh told our reporter that some of the current elders and leaders created the monsters that are now haunting the community. Uvwoh hinted that some leaders decided to hand-over the running of the affairs of the community to the youths because they thought he was too powerful. "When I insisted on due process (back then) on how to manage the community, instead of sitting down to do that, they (elders) decided to give powers to the youths because they saw the youths as my power," he said. When that decision was taken, Tonwe was made chairman of the trust, while Ereyitomi and Isaac Botosan were made first and second vice chairmen respectively. With the resolution of the Warri crisis by former Governor James Ibori, an election was called to fill the three vacant positions of Warri South, South West and North local government areas where council elections could not hold because of the crisis. "Due to the PDP arrangement, Tonwe was given the choice of continuing as Trust chairman or going for chairman of WSW LG. He chose the latter and relinquished the position of trust chair. Ereyitomi was elevated to the chairman and Botosan became his vice," a source familiar with the arrangement told our reporter. "That situation was maintained until 2008 when a trust board

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•Governor Uduaghan (first left) with Ogiadome in the latterʼs palace

‘Blame the elders for the crisis’ Chief Sandys Omadeli Uvwoh, a former Chairman of the Ugborodo Community Trust, is no stranger to the intrigues and dirty politics of the community. He was at one time or the other a victim, and accused and accuser in numerous crises. In this interview, he lays the blame for the ongoing crisis in the community at the doorsteps of the elders. Position on the crisis I am not happy as a former chairman of the board. But we must also do a soul searching as elders and leaders of the community. This is happening because the elders do not want the truth; we do not want things to be done the proper way. In 2005, we got N203million and the money was mismanaged. Based on that mismanagement, I went to the Zone 5, Police Headquarters and arrested some persons. At the end of the day they said I should go back and withdraw the case. I insisted that there should be an agreement on how the community should be run and a constitution put in place. The elders and the oil company used some persons to set me up and said I embezzled money. But

at the end of the day, I was discharged and acquitted. Before then the company was coming to me secretly to ask what I wanted that they would do it for me, but I said no, I don’t want anything for myself. When I insisted on due process on how to manage the community, instead of sitting down to do that, they decided to give powers to the youths. This was a plan to whittle my powers and influence in the community because they said it was the youths that I was using. They handed over the running of affairs of the community to the youths. They made (David) Tonwe the Chairman, Ereyitomi (Thomas) and Isaac Botosan Vice and second Vice respectively. After that, Tonwe became local government chairman and Ereyitomi took over as chairman. After the expiration of his (Tonwe's) tenure as council boss, he now wanted to take over the leadership of the body. Ereyitomi, who was duly elected as chairman in 2008, completed his tenure in 2011 but there is the provision for a second tenure in the constitution and he ran under the provision and duly won in Ugborodo townhall. On the way forward Now, you ask me what the way forward is. I will tell you: when parents are found wanting and children are found wanting, how can the parents correct the

was constituted and Ereyitomi was duly elected as a chairman. By then, Tonwe's tenure as local government chairman had expired and was fully into his private business." Our source claimed that there was a deal that on the completion of Tonwe's tenure as council boss, he would return to take over 'his' position of trust chairman. He indicated his interest to return in 2008 when the trust was dissolved. Tonwe told our reporter that he was pressured by the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to step down for the same opponent in 2008. "He (governor) called me and asked me to step down and because of my respect for him and his position, I did.’’ But in 2011, Ereyitomi insisted on another shot at the position on the expiration of his tenure. He was elected at the Ikpere

children? Ugborodo elders cannot correct the children because when the foundation is defective, the whole building is defective. The only person who can put it right is an experienced structural engineer and in this case that is the government. The elders now cannot control the youths because they intend to use them again at one time or the other. The elders in the community are divided. I said the two executives should be collapsed to make peace but both parties refused. Based on their refusal, I went to court in 2011 to restrain both parties. Peace efforts I went to Chief JOS Ayomike, I have a lot of respect for him. But he said I should withdraw the case from the court first. I said no because I went to court to achieve peace and there is no sign of that, I cannot go and withdraw the case. I would go to court for withdrawal if there is a sign that the reason why I went to court would be achieved. If after withdrawing the case I cannot achieve the peace that I crave, I won't go back to court because the judge will look at me as a foolish man. He refused to baulk - I went to him two or three times. Governor's peace shuttle The governor met us in Ayomike's house and I said those fighting are our children, let's •Continued on page 18

Town Hall, Ugborodo on September 18, 2011, but not without drama prior to and after the exercise. Intrigues and parallel trust After the expiration of the Chief Ereyitomi-led board of the trust, the chairman, as demanded by the charter, was expected to render the account of his stewardship to the Elders Council led by the Eghara-Aja, Chief Wellington Ojogho, and the surviving member of the trust's register, Mr. Tsebi Eworitsemogha, who accused him of shirking this task. Mr. Victor Omunu, a leader of thought in Ugborodo and member of the trust, countered that what would have been a simple and customary issue assumed a strange twist when the Eghare-Aja was whisked away from the community. "The Eghera-Aja is the head of Council of Elders. But in a


THE NATION, Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Ugborodo, Delta’s ‘oil capital’ apart

•Pa Ojoghor with his children

My story, by David Tonwe On bloodbath at Otumara I am an Ugborodo indigene and I know that Otumara is co-owned by the people of Deghele, Ugbegungun and Ugborodo. It is a disputed territory and the three communities dwell on the ground which comprises fishermen, farmers and hunters. Nobody can blame me for that incident. Allegation that the attack was carried out by your boys I do not have boys, and I take strong exception to the use of the word 'boys'. I am an Itsekiri man and I have brothers; all Itsekiri people are my brothers. The incident that occurred that day is a disservice to the people by the Youth Chairman, Mr. Julius Atete. He mobilised people, who are nonindigenes. They went to attack people erecting structures. This issue of using foreigners is a practice that they use under the guise that they will give them job slots. It is regrettable that there are casualties in this incident, but truth must be told. Those boys erecting the structures are from Deghele community and they are co-owners of the disputed land. Whatever it is, nobody can instruct them to erect structures because everybody has equal rights to claim ownership. What is your role in all this? I have told you, except you get to the root of the matter, you can't get the truth. I do not believe in rumour. Deghele people are not

•Tonwe part of the Ugborodo power tussle. I don’t want people to mix this. I am from Ugborodo, those who were involved in the attack are from Deghele. Let me also state that the Ugborodo tussle is about the trust not the youths (which Atete chairs). The issue of governing council of Ugborodo land is in court and it is the court that will decide. People keep saying things that they do not know about. The youth chairman (Atete) led the attack (Mr Atete, however, denied this allegation; see main text) and I do not have business with the

dramatic manner, he was taken from the community by his son, Tuoyo Ojogho." Tuoyo is a member of Tonwe's faction and his involvement was seen as a plot to halt the process. He, however, said he did it for the safety and health of his father. But the aged Eghare-Aja resurfaced within 24 hours at the Governor's Office Annexe, Warri, where a meeting was called by Governor Uduaghan to forge a truce. Early in September, 2011, the Special Adviser on Security to Governor Uduaghan, Rear Admiral John Kpokpogri, was an observer at the dissolution of the board and election in OdeUgborodo. Interestingly, Pa Ojoghor, Benson Omadeli, the spiritual leader and chief priest, Pa Tsebi, Mr. Ayomike, who had reportedly backed Ereyitomi months earlier, and other

erection of structure. Those saying things about my involvement are only trying to whip up sentiment. I am too civilised to join issues with people who are myopic and naive. There is no connection in the matter. It is their trademark and in no distant time it will be clear. Why have you gone into hiding? I am not in hiding; I am around and moving about freely. Why would I run over what I am not involved in? I have been moving about freely. In your view, what is the way forward? The way forward is simple. People who are not there do not understand. Ugborodo Community Trust was registered in 1984 and the trustees have the power for the day-to-day activities. The chairman and treasurers of the registered trust are dead. The secretary, Pa E E Tsebi, is the Managing Director of the trust. He is the one with the power to nominate and appoint the governing council to work with him. In 2008 - 2011, he appointed a trustee and at the expiration of that tenure, he asked them to render account but they bluntly refused •Continued on page 18

prominent Ugborode leaders, stayed away from both the rendition of account of stewardship and the election of September 18, 2011 where Ereyitomi was elected in the Ikpere Townhall. Kpokpogri congratulated the Ugborodo people for conducting a free and fair election." He said the process was peaceful. ‘’We are satisfied with the conduct,” he had said. Not surprising, Tonwe and Pa JOS Ayomike, a founding member of the trust, condemed the action of Kpokpogri and the state government. Tonwe said the government had no business whatsoever getting involved in what is a community matter. He also faulted the outcome of the election, maintaining that as the only surviving trustee, the responsibility of choosing the leadership of the trust rests with Pa Tsebi. Omunu differed, insisting that "Tsebi is not bigger than

Ugborodo people as a whole. He holds the trust as a trustee of the people and not for himself and that (position) does not make him bigger than some individuals. That he stayed back does not mean that the Ugborodo trust cannot handover. "The presence of the state government and the special adviser to the governor on security was as a result of the incidents leading up to the election. An election was duly held at the Ikpere Town hall in Ode-Ugborodo, which is specified as the venue for all elections and Chief Ereyitomi was duly elected in the presence of hundreds of Ugborodo people." Conversely, Tonwe accused his counterpart and Chief Ayiri Emami, a very influential leader in the community of mismanaging the trust's fund, stressing that they failed to render the account of their stewardship to the only surviving registered trustee of the community, Mr. Tsebi. "The trustee asked them to render account but they bluntly refused and did not show up. The account was to enable the trustee make a return to the Corporate Affairs Commission as demanded by law, because the trust was incorporated in 1984. "The trustee went to Pa Ayomike (JOS), Eghare-Aja (Chief Wellington Ojoghor) and the Olaja-Orori to report the situation," he added. More intrigues Undeterred by the outcome of the Ugborodo election, Pa Tsebi and members of the other faction met at the residence of Mr. JOS Ayomike in Warri, where Tonwe was chosen as the new 'chairman' of the trust, a development that threw up two parallel trust bodies in the UCTC. The two factions and Sandys Uvwoh all went to court. They obtained orders restraining one group or the other. This led to a hiatus in the leadership with the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited ostensibly brandishing the orders to justify refusal to deal with neither party. Omunu carpeted the move by Pa Tsebi and Ayomike. He said the constitution of the group, specifically the 1996 review constitution, provides that any process to pick the chair of the trust held outside Ode-Ugborodo was null and avoid. He listed a number of 'illegalities' perpetuated by the process: "Once an election is held outside Ikpere Town hall in Ode Ugborodo, it becomes null and void. The people of Ugborodo cannot allow this illegality to continue because if PA Ayomike is allowed to select Tonwe in faraway Warri, at his private residence, a time will come when somebody will pick the trust chair in his rented two-bedroom and expect it to stand. We risk having people selecting the trust's chair in Benin, Sapele Lagos or even outside the country. Illegality cannot stand," he maintained. Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Isaac Botosan noted that it was not possible to have an election outside Ode-Ugborodo, insisting that nominees must emanate from the families to the communities which nominate their representatives to make up the 21 members of the trust. "These members in turn choose their leaders as it is done in the National Assembly." Yet, the emergence of two leaders continued to cause tension and attract the attention of Governor Uduaghan, who held series of peace meetings with the key players at the home of Ayomike and his Warri office annexe. The issue assumed a worrisome dimension when octogenarian Ayomike raised the alarm over an alleged failed plot to assassinate him in his home located off Mission Road Warri. He said the plot was not unconnected with his position on the power tussle. He told newsmen that “On Saturday, 8 October (2011), at about 6:00p.m., four men allegedly arrived at the gate of my residence in a white Passat car and told the security men that they wanted to see me." Having failed to forcefully enter the compound, the renowned historian said the assailants opened fire on the gate, hitting a policeman there. "My role has been to support the traditional institutions in order to strengthen them. Is that why I must prematurely lose my life at 85 years?” Murder at Otumara The situation degenerated on Saturday, November 3, when some people allegedly attacked and killed three youths of the community at Otumara, location of a multibillion naira gas project. It is ironic and ominous that the first drop of blood in this fresh crisis in Ugborodo started from this strategic oil location, where the multibillion naira Otumara Gas Plant is expected to commence early next year. Already, Korean construction and engineering giant, Daewoo, is preparing to commence operation. The circumstances that led to the brutal killing of Gift Ebo Bazuaye, Stephen Enafe (aka Kurata) and Andrew Aboguwei, on that fateful day remained encased in controversy. Tonwe, who is fingered for the brutal murder, strongly denied his involvement when he spoke in a lengthy telephone interview with our reporter. Rather, he blamed the leader of the youth group, Mr. Julius Atete, for the incident. Atete, he alleged hired ‘foreign mercenaries’ to cause mayhem in the area. "That incident is a disservice to Atete, who hired mercenaries. It is a tactic they usually adopt under the guise of giving job slots to the foreigners," he stated. However, Mr. Julius Atete, who is the Chairman of Ugborodo Community Youth Council, the umbrella body of the youths,

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hey had ruled Lagos roads like kings. They commuted people in droves and helped “impatient” passengers to escape the usually nauseating traffic jam on Lagos roads. And while their reign lasted, they competed with vehicles on the roads and most times engaged in dangerous manoeuvrings that resulted in fatal accidents. Not a few of the commercial motorcycle operators popularly called okada riders now live with permanent disability. Their reign on Lagos roads has, however, been contained with restrictions placed on their operations on 475 major roads in the state, following the enforcement of new Lagos traffic laws. Left with no choice, the affected okada riders have embarked on massive relocation to neighbouring Ogun and Oyo states. Many others who are bent on staying in Lagos have resorted to doing their work in remote parts of the state with

•Babatunde

•Ojo

Fleeing okada

‘There is no Lagos in this Kunle AKINRINADE and Patience SADUWA

tales of lull in business. Findings by our correspondents revealed that many okada riders of northern extraction who had hitherto plied their trade on Lagos Island and other highbrow parts of the state, may have found a safe haven in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State capital. A number of them were sighted in Sabo area of the largest city in West Africa. Some of the fleeing motorcyclists, who spoke with our correspondents in Isashi, Akute, Sango-Ota, Lambe, Agbado-Station and Oke-Aro parts of Ogun State, bemoaned the reversal of their fortune which they hinged on their painful exit from Lagos. Sunday Oyewale, 52, who plies AkuteLambe Road, Ogun State, explained how he relocated from Berger area of Lagos State after restrictions were placed on okada operations. Hear said: ”I was operating at OjoduBerger in Lagos. Then, I used to make between N5000 and N6000 every day without stress. But I had to relocate because of incessant harassment by law enforcement agents who cashed in on the ban on our operations on major roads to extort money from us even in neighbourhood streets. “As I speak, I have not made up to N2000 because passengers in this community are peasants and cannot afford to ride for more than N50 or else they would resort to trekking to their destinations. Apart from this, the roads are in deplorable state with red sand. Hence I am usually dirty, contrary to what life was when I was operating in Lagos. “Many of my colleagues who are Hausa have since relocated to Sabo area of Ibadan where Hausa people live in large numbers.” The migration of okada riders from Lagos to Ogun, according to the Chairman of the Amalgamated

Motorcycle Operators and Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN), GiwaOke Aro Unit, Comrade Kazeem Bakare, is a welcome development provided it would not provoke the enactment of the laws from which they fled in Lagos. He said: “There is nothing bad in their relocation to Ogun State to earn a living. As a matter of fact, some of them had approached us, saying they would like to become members of our park here. I have directed that those who came should be scrutinised very well before they can be absorbed into our fold because we do not want to register queer characters as members.” A chieftain of the unit, Femi Tayo, said: “But more importantly, there is need to reflect on what actually led to their exit from Lagos State in order not to affect our operations here. We have been seeing some of them picking passengers on the roads without registering as our members. This is affecting our income because the passengers would prefer riding with them than coming to board at our park. “We don't want the Ogun State Government to cash in on the implication of the indiscretion of some of the returnee okada riders to ban our operations too.” Kolawole Abiodun, 30, who also recently relocated to the Agbado-Crossing park, also recalled the glorious days he had in Lagos State. He said: “I was operating on major roads in Agege before the ban on our operations by Lagos State Governor, Raji Fashola. I never made less than N6000 a day. But since I relocated to Ogun State, I have had to struggle to make N2000 which is not good enough as I still have to deliver N1000 to the owner of the motorcycle. Sola Babatunde echoed Abiodun's narration, saying: “Life has been hell for me since I moved to this part of Ogun State. I was operating in Lagos, specifically Agege, and I did not make less than N5000 on a daily bas

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place like business’

is before the new laws chased us away. Now, it is difficult to even make N1, 500 a day. To be honest with you, because of my poor income now, I currently owe multiple house rents while I have also not been able to defray my children's school fees.” Life has also not been the same for Afolabi Ojo who formerly plied the LagosAbeokuta road before he relocated to Agbado, Ogun State. In his days as a Lagos-based okada rider, his take-home was N7000. But he now barely makes N2000. “I was carrying passengers from Oshodi to Agbado, and I used to collect N500. I normally picked two passengers at a time, and my take-home was N6000. But that has changed since we were chased away from the highways by officials of Lagos State Government. Since I moved to Agbado, I cannot remember the last time I made N2000 in a day. “The only difference is that while plying Lagos roads, law enforcement agents, such as the police, men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and council officials, disturbed our operations and extort money from us a lot. But here in Ogun State, there is no such thing. Once an okada rider collects council revenue ticket, he will not be disturbed at all,” Ojo said. At the toll gate end of Ota, Ogun State, okada riders who had just relocated from Lagos now dot the road. Many of them who spoke with our correspondent explained that the area was a better alternative to Lagos despite the disparity in the fares collected. Ikechukwu Ogbonna, an indigene of Abia State, recalled how his recalcitrance nearly caused him his freedom while he operated in Lagos in spite of the ban. He said: “I thought there would not be any problem operating in Agege when I set out again on November 16. Unfortunately, I was arrested and brutalised by some policemen at the Pen Cinema area. In fact, I was handcuffed and dragged on the floor like a common criminal. It was not until I had paid N5000 that I was freed. Hence I moved to Ogun State to continue business. “However,

Giwa-Oke Aro, Ogun State

Lagos cannot be compared to Ogun as far as commercial activities are concerned. While I was operating in Lagos, I smiled home every day with between N5000 to N7000. But I barely make N1,500 now. The situation is becoming difficult for many of us returning from Lagos to Ogun State. The roads here are not only bad but dusty and dangerous to human health.” Many of those who have not relocated are daily grappling with harassment by security forces, council officials and low business activities. An okada operator in Lagos, Vincent Okoro, 34, who plies the Isolo/Ikotun-Egbe route, spoke on the alleged harassment by policemen. He said: "They are really disturbing us. If they catch you, they will seize your okada and still collect money from you, sometimes N10, 000 or even N20,000. “It is affecting our business seriously. I know some of my colleagues who are leaving town because of the new law. Many of them from Niger Republic are going back to their country. They say the business is no longer good. If things continue this way, I may also go back to the East." Another okada rider, who identified himself as Baba Chiamaka, a father of four, corroborated Okoro's story, saying: "Business is really bad now. As you can see, we are hiding ourselves and we don't come out like before because you don't know where the task force people are hiding. Some of us close early now. Once it is about 4 o' clock, we close and go home. “We no longer make as much money as we used to. After settling the owner of the okada, I don't even have much to take home to take care of my family." 53-year-old Ibeh Johnson, based in Okota part of Lagos, has been in the business since 2006 and was doing quite well until the new law came. He said: "I used to work at a factory at Ikeja. After it closed, I tried to get another job. But when I could not get

•An Okada rider in Agbado

•Another Okada rider carrying a female passenger with loads

any, I had to take to this job. I first started hiring a motorcycle from a church member. But with the money I was able to save, I bought my own motorcycle last year. Now this law wants to spoil business for me. “It is with this business that I train my six children in school. Two are in the university. Things are tough now because I'm making less money. What the government doesn't know is that this business is not just for those who didn't go to school alone. There are graduates from universities doing this job. They are just managing with it as they could not get better jobs. So, they should stop harassing us. “Many people's

livelihoods are being affected. If things continue like this, the crime rate in the city will increase, as people will do whatever it takes to survive.” Explaining why he decided to remain in Lagos in spite of the harsh environment, he said: "It is true that some of our members are leaving Lagos. Some from the North are going back. Others are relocating to neighboring states like Ogun and Oyo. My family is here, so I have to remain here. But I don't know for how long, as the Police are seriously harassing us. And the local governments too are still collecting levies from us. “If the government says we should not ride okada, why are the councils still taking money from us?”


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‘My story’ •Continued from page 13 and did not show up. The account was to enable the trustee make a return to the Corporate Affairs Commission as demanded by law, because the trust was incorporated in 1984. The trustee went to Pa Ayomike (JOS), Eghare-Aja (Chief Wellington Ojoghor) and the Olaja-Orori to tell them the situation. Instead, they went to Kpokpogri (Special Adviser to the Governor on Security) and brought in the state government. The state government does not have any business with our community; it is the trustee that has the power over the trust. This is not PDP where they can decide for us. The elders decided and Tsebi made the appointment and said 'these are the people I want to work with me'. That was the same way Thomas and Ayiri were appointed and there is nothing like second tenure because this is not PDP. Pa Tsebi gave me the seal and I assumed the position of trust chairman. After that, we asked them to give us financial report, but they refused; we asked for bank details and others, still they refused. So we wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Police who referred the matter to the fraud unit. The police are still investigating. There is a matter in the Federal High Court, Asaba. There is a perception that you are the cause of the crisis because of your refusal to heed the advice of the governor and the Olu The governor is my friend and in 2008 when I was appointed, he called me and asked me to step down and because of my respect for him and his position, I did. This affected me greatly because the elders were unhappy. When he came to me again (2011) because once bitten, twice shy, I said the governor should go and tell the elders because the governor is not from the community. He is my political associate, brother and friend. He is the governor today, what about tomorrow when he is no longer governor can he go to other communities like that? I gave him the respect because of his position and my relationship with him. On the issue of the Olu, our royal father, the monarch is a lawyer. When he called the meeting I was not around; I was not physically present. But the elders told him that the matter is before a competent court and we should wait for the court and outcome of police investigation. Ogiame did not call me personally. I was not there, so I did not disrespect him. Our respected traditional ruler is a legal man and he cannot adjudicate when there is a legal matter before the court. That is the truth of the matter. So, people should not just wake up and say things that they know very little or nothing about.

‘Blame the elders’ •Continued from page 12 bring them together. The governor begged Ayomike that there should be peace. Everybody in Ugborodo, both young and old, leaders and followers, have all taken their positions and are supporting one side or the other. There is no one person who is neutral. I also spoke with Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, who genuinely seemed to want peace. We went to the palace of the Olu with both parties. The Olu asked me: 'what is the way forward?' I asked for time to consult. But one of the parties said no, they wanted a decision that day. My own opinion is that the matter has got out of community level because lives have been lost, people have been killed. So, I want to advise the governor that as the Chief Security Officer of the state, he should step in and resolve the matter. He should not think that he would be accused or is being accused of taking side. Whatever is happening, he should still intervene because this has gone beyond the leaders of Ugborodo. The governor must be bold.

THE NATION, Saturday, November 24, 2012 to perform his traditional duties.” Killings won’t be swept under the carpet –Uduaghan Contacted on the crisis in the community, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan described the killing of the youths as unwarranted, stressing that the deaths would have been avoided if the factions had heeded the government’s plea. "We are in 2012 and in the next two years, the other man's (Ereyitomi's) tenure would have expired and another person would take over. But today three persons have been killed and that brings another dimension to the crisis. "Nobody has the right to take the life of another because we cannot create human life. Three persons were killed for what? Leadership? Nothing is worth a human's life and it is unacceptable. That is one death for each year of the three-year tenure," the •Ayiri Emami and Ereyitomi governor told our reporter in an interview at his private residence on Wednesday afternoon. Asked on the way forward, the governor maintained that the criminal aspect of the crisis must be handled by the police. He said security agencies must fish out the masterminds of the Otumara killings and perpetrators brought to book. "If we allow those responsible for this hideous crime to go unpunished, it will embolden others to take lives with impunity because they would assume that they will be easily forgiven. "After that, we shall all go back to the family; all Ugborodo people are members of one family and will find a lasting solution to the problem. But finding solution to the problem will not affect addressing the criminal aspect of this crisis," •...his brother, Rowland, shot in the thighs •Mr Atete he added. In spite of the governor's we managed to attract the attention of the position, a journey into the history of the •Continued from page 13 driver, who came to rescue us." debunked the allegation and vehemently On claims that Julius and he led politics and wealth of Ugborodo unearths a denied involvement in the incident that led mercenaries to attack Otumara, he said: list of unresolved murders. On September 23, 1998, Mr. Samuel (SAK) to the killing of the youths. Atete, who "How can that be? Can somebody fight himself escaped death by the whiskers, said: without arms or ammunition? And if Metseagharun was dragged out of his "One of these boys had been our (boat) indeed we went there to fight as they Mercedes Benz car and pummelled to death driver and they were shot dead in cold claimed, how come nobody in the other in broad day light in Warri. The former Sole blood." group suffered any casualty, not even a Administrator of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue was the chairman of the Narrating the circumstance that led to the bullet wound or scratch?" shooting, he said: "We heard a report that Monarch, Uduaghan upholds trust when the brutal murder occurred. Fourteen years later, the case has dragged some persons were building a camp in the Ereyitomi's election area and we went there to find out because Barely a week before the bloodbath at through various courts with no end in sight. Two other oil related murders occurred in we thought they wanted to erect structures Otumara, Ogiame Atuwatse II summoned as a means of claiming unwarranted the claimants to the position to a meeting at quick succession in 2005. Mr. Jackson damage from Shell. So we went there to stop his palace in Warri. The meeting, which was Edema (aka Sunny Deghele), a youth leader them. partly facilitated by Pa Sandys Uvwoh, had and chairman of a Community "But as our boat was nearing the shore, Dr. Ayo, son of Pa Ayomike and Vice Development Committee, was shot dead on scores of boys descended on us and started Chairman of Tonwe's faction and Pa Sunday December 24, 2005 by suspected assassins shooting. At first, I thought it was JTF on Daje leading the Tonwe faction, while who shunned N500,000 in the boot of his patrol in the area. But the boys on one of our Ereyitomi and Wyne Agba stood in for Mercedes Benz E Class. Exactly one week later - on the eve of the boats started shouting that they were Ugborodo community. New Year 2006 - another prominent Itsekiri shooting at us. He advised me to jump into The monarch, like Uduaghan did nearly a the river. Immediately, I saw that my year earlier, looked into the issues and youth leader, Mr. Sunny Yonyonyon, was younger brother had been shot on both affirmed the authority of Ereyitomi as the felled by suspected assassins’ bullets along legs." duly elected Chairman of Ugborodo Jakpa Road, Ekpan, in the presence of his Eyewitnesses said the water turned red as Community Trust. Sandys Uvwoh who wife. The deaths are believed to be related the blood of the victims mixed with the attended that peace meeting confirmed that to the battle for oil windfalls. Years later, their grieving families have murky water of Otumara creek. One of the the "Olu asked Tonwe to stop parading moved on. "At the end of the day, cases will bodies was recovered a few hours later, himself as the trust's chairman." while it took three days to retrieve the Unsatisfied with the verdict of Olu, as linger in courts, the affected families and decomposing remains of the two others. they were with that of Uduaghan, Tonwe's suspects will either reach a 'mutual When The Nation met Atete’s brother, supporters stormed out of the palace. Barely settlement' and the matter will die. That is the way it has been and this case will not be Rowland, on Tuesday morning, he was in a week later, the crisis escalated. deep pains in a private hospital where he is Another twist crept into the crisis with the different, considering that the victims are being treated for the gunshot wound from alleged kidnap of Chief Ojoghor. But barely just 'boys'," a leader of the community said. At the time of this report on Thursday the attack. A medical doctor told our hours later, the ailing and aged community reporter that he could "easily have been leader resurfaced in Ode-Ugborodo to morning, it was gathered that those who crippled if the bullets had gone in an inch dispel the rumour of his kidnap from his were arrested in connection with the higher on his left and right thighs." Warri residents. One of his sons, Oyebo, Otumara murder have been released by the He told our reporter: "My brother later said: “Who is talking about kidnap? police. This could, however, not be managed to pull me to a nearby mangrove, Who said my father was kidnapped? He confirmed as the Police Public Relations he tore his shirt and used the pieces to tie was never kidnapped. He asked us to bring Officer, Mr. Charles Muka, could not be my leg to stop the flow of blood. We were in him to Ugborodo, that he was tired of reached for comment because his telephone the bush for several hours until a boat came; staying outside the community and wanted was switched off.

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•Tunde Ponnle and Olufunke Ponnle

Madam MicCom goes home today The remains of the co-founder of MicCom Wires and Cables, a foremost indigenous wire engineering firm, Mrs. Comfort Ponnle, will be interred today in Ada, Osun State, but her deeds will last years to come, writes OLUKOREDE YISHAU

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ANY will shed tears today when her remains are interred in Ada, Osun State. The tears started the day she died. At the night of tributes on Thursday, and the Christian wake-keep yesterday, the deeds of the late Mrs. Comfort Olufunke Ponnle made many cry. But not a few also believe that her good deeds in her 67 years on earth are enough reasons for those she left behind to forget their sorrows. From her days in the civil service at the old Oyo State and later Osun State, the late Mrs. Ponnle gave a good account of herself. As a member of the Planning Committee for the setting up of LAUTECH in the old Oyo State, Council member of The Polytechnic Ibadan, in the Old Oyo State, member, Committee for the re-organisation of Technical Education in Osun State and member/Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, UNDP-Osun State Human Development Fund, diligence was her watchword. It was to diligence she owed her fellowship of both Yaba College of Technology and Federal Polytechnic, Ede as well as the fellowship of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. The late Mrs. Ponnle and her husband spent the last four decades empowering people and showing them the way to make their lives better. One of their phenomenal contributions to nation building was through the institutionalisation of a viable annual scholarship scheme - MicCom Foundation for Educational Development (MIFED). Apart from MIFED, she also supported her husband to contribute to the society in the form of several corporate philanthropic activities. She also engaged in several personal commitments that put smiles on the faces of so many individuals, families and institutions. Born on November 22, 1944 in Ibadan, Oyo State, to the late Chief Salami Oluyole Balogun and the late Alhaja Humani Atinuke Asabi, she grew up in Ibadan. She had her elementary education in Ibadan and lived most part of her early life with her late uncle, Chief Ajayi Fabunmi, the Odole Atobase of Ile-Ife. The Ife chief trained her through both secondary modern school and teachers’ training college. She attended African Church Primary

School, Eko-tedo, Ibadan from 1950 to 1957 and thereafter proceeded to Anglican Girls Secondary Modern School, Ile-Ife from 1959 to 1961, where she came out in flying colors in her final exams. It was in this school she met Tunde Ponnle, who later became her soulmate. He was a teacher in the school. They got married on Tuesday, April 26, 1966 in Ibadan. After modern school, she proceeded to the United Missionary College, Ibadan for teacher’s training course from 1962 to 64. She obtained her Grade Two teachers certificate before moving to the University of Ife in 1969 for her associate diploma in Education, which she completed in 1970. After obtaining her diploma, she taught briefly and later that year travelled abroad for her further studies and was admitted into the Polytechnic of North London, where she obtained the Higher Certificate in Telecom/Electrical Electronics. She emerged the best graduating student and left behind a record that was unbeatable for several years. She also obtained her certificate of practice from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Incorporated Engineers before returning to Nigeria. She returned to Nigeria in 1972 and worked as a technical officer in the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (WNBC)/ Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service (WNBS) in Ibadan. She subsequently moved

•Late Comfort Olufunke Ponnle

to Lagos, where she was employed as Production Engineer at the Adebowale Electrical Industry in 1973. She led the company to achieve new levels of product design, brand innovation and higher quality of technical services. She was soon poached by the Maiden Electronics as its Production Engineer. In 1974, she moved to the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) as a Senior Training Officer (Technical) where she focused primarily on administration and the transfer of

The late Mrs. Ponnle and her husband spent the last four decades empowering people and showing them the way to make their lives better. One of their phenomenal contributions to nation building was through the institutionalisation of a viable annual scholarship scheme - MicCom Foundation for Educational Development (MIFED)

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technical/technological skills to the next generation of Nigerians. The late Mrs. Ponnle and her husband later started MicCom, which is an acronym of Michael and Comfort, a combination of the first names of the co-founders. In the beginning, her interest in the business did not go beyond merely observing the staff doing the repairs of radio, TV and air-conditioning systems at their workshop. As time went on, she had the desire to become a professional engineer. MicCom Electronics Works was established in 1974. The company ultimately became fully incorporated with CAC and operated as an electrical contracting firm from this period until when MicCom Engineering Works was birthed. Soon after, MicCom Cables & Wires was established as the first indigenous cable and wire manufacturing company in Nigeria and the subSaharan Africa. On November 21, 1998, MicCom Golf Hotel & Resort was commissioned as the first privately owned golf course facility in Nigeria. The late Mrs. Ponnle is survived by her husband, five children and twelve grand children.


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Since it was first previewed in a foreign newspaper, There Was A Country, Prof. Chinua Achebe’s latest addition to the world of literature, has become an object of intense debate, particularly the allegation of genocide the literary giant levelled against the duo of Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Chief Obafemi Awolowo for their roles in the Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970. A veteran of the war, Gen. Alabi Isama, who was one of the commanders of the federal troops during the war, joined the debate in an interview he granted GBENGA ADERANTI, describing Achebe’s account of the war as grossly inadequate, particularly as it relates to the activities of the 3rd Marine Commando (3MCDO) where he led the Sector 3 and also functioned as the Chief of Staff.

•3MCDO feeding the natives during the war

Brimming with rage over what he described as the many lies that had been told about the war, Isama said he had initially chosen to keep quiet in order that Nigeria might move forward instead of pondering endlessly over the unfortunate incident. But he said he had decided to break his silence because Achebe's book is full of inaccuracies. He is particularly pained that most of the accounts in Achebe’s book were sourced from the third party. He said while he would not talk about the politics of the book, he has a responsibility as one of the war commanders to clarify “certain lies that are contained in the book.” "This book will be out there forever, and I need to defend myself and my actions during the civil war for posterity. Nothing but the truth will be good enough for today and tomorrow," Isama stated. He began by faulting Achebe’s account of the Asaba Massacre, saying that the incident that occurred at about 10 pm on August 8, 1967 was different from the account in Achebe’s book. He said: "I was the commander of the federal troops of 4th Area Command at Asaba. The Biafran troops broke the barricade on Niger River Bridge and went straight to a place called Ogbe Hausa at Cable Point area; where the Hausa community lived. “Biafran troops pounced on them and killed many of them. The few that escaped were moved to Onitsha end and they jubilated. Before my troops could reach me to report the situation, about 20 Biafran soldiers had attacked me at Catering Rest House where I was living at the time. I fought my way through and overpowered the 20 soldiers. I reported the situation to my boss, Major Henry Igboba, at Agbor. “When the tide turned and the federal troops recaptured the Midwestern Region and Asaba, the Hausa people among them retaliated. The Hausa who were there never denied doing that." On the Calabar massacre, as contained on Page 137 of Achebe 's book, Isama said

•Gen. Isama

contrary to what Achebe wrote, the Nigerian forces overran Calabar in early 1968 without much resistance and decided to purge the city of its Igbo inhabitants. By the time the Nigerian troops were done, he said, between 1,000 and 2,000 Igbo were killed. Describing this part of the story as unfortunate, Isama said as at that time, intelligence reports showed that Biafran troops had alienated the Efik people of Calabar. They did not recruit many into the Biafran Army and "had lousily defended the town and the beach area of Atimbo. 3MDCO therefore, led by Col Benjamin Adekunle, had an amphibious landing at Calabar, which was proof that the town and the beaches were not defended by Biafran troops with the seriousness they deserved. Hence, the natives welcomed 3MCDO with all the enthusiasm and the support it deserved. "I landed three days after the amphibious unit landed and the natives gave us all the support we needed—medical, casualty evacuation, food, off loading the ship of our

Lies Achebe told about the civil war, by Gen. Alabi Isama supplies and heavy weapons, “ he said. He said Achebe's claim on the same Page 137 that the Nigerian forces opened fire and murdered 14 nurses and the patients in the wards in Uyo could not be true because the federal troops needed all these personnel and there was no way they would have killed them. He said rather than accuse the federal troops of atrocities, the atrocities committed by Biafran troops on the people of Uyo and Annang were legendary. To drive home his point, he showed the reporter some pictures portraying the damages caused by Biafran soldiers among the Annang and the people of Uyo. He wondered why someone would hold the 3MDCO responsible for crimes committed by Biafran soldiers. Most of the atrocities allegedly committed by the 3MDCO, Isama insisted, were actually perpetrated by Biafran soldiers. He said his observations as an active participant in the war could be corroborated with a book written by Phillip Effiong, a former Biafran

general who, apart from being the Chief of Defence Staff of the Biafran Armed Forces was also a Mid-Western Igbo. According to Effiong in his book, Nigeria and Biafra: My Story (Pages 220 and 221) "… When I visited the Brigade shortly before the invasion, particularly in Uyo and Calabar areas, I received a lot of complaints from the local people about unsavoury treatment by our (Biafran) troops. I drew Colonel Eze’s attention to the complaints and urged him to improve relations with the civilians. “At Uyo, military-civilian relations were so strained that I had to personally intervene to release a local newspaper editor from detention. Such acts on my part were not just a question of feeling alone for my people, but also a question of justice and sense of belonging in an emergent Biafran State. Were these arrests, false accusations, and detentions a sign of things to come in an independent Biafra? These issues bothered me as they would anyone else in my position then..... “... With the fall of Calabar, Itu, Uyo and Ikot Ekpene the rest of the mainland was militarily threatened. Before this threat became imminent, I had strongly suggested


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•3MCDO taking care of the refugees

•3MCDO in a water-logged jungle

•PHOTOS: Gen Isamaʼs album

He also said it was impossible for his troops to embark on such frivolities because he being in command and "with only 30 days to accomplish my task of capturing 300 miles, my troops had no time for nonsense, as they had to cover at least 10 miles per day, including the plan to cross Opobo River. We advanced day and night fighting for every inch of the land. "With our back to the Atlantic Ocean and our chest to Biafran bullets, we had no place to hide loots even if we had time for that. That operation was in the mangrove forest in the rainy season and with rivers overflowing their banks. Every bit of land was marshy and water logged." On the capture of Aba on Pages 137 and 138, Achebe wrote that the Third Division slowly marched north, crossing the Imo River towards the market town of Aba. He further wrote that with heavy casualties along the way, Adekunle and his men shot gleefully through a fierce Biafran resistance and took Aba in August and Owerri in September. The Aba offensive, he said, was particularly gruesome. On Page 138, he wrote that on the Third Division’s entry into Aba, the Nigerian soldiers massacred more than 2,000 civilians. Achebe also wrote about a report written by

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to Ojukwu that as Ikot Ekpene was a vital junction town, it should be strongly defended. All he did was to sarcastically remind me that in fact we should also put a battalion at Nnewi. Nnewi was Ojukwu’s home town as Ikot Ekpene was supposed to be mine, because I lived and grew up there. However, I am from Ibiono in Itu, and not Ikot Ekpene. “After I received his sarcastic message, I did not mention the subject again. As it eventually turned out, the fall of Ikot Ekpene hastened the collapse of the Biafran 12th Division and, consequently, of Biafra....” Faulting Achebe's account on Page 139 of the book where he wrote that on the northern front, Mohammed Shuwa’s First Division easily overran Abakaliki and Afikpo, Isama insisted that he led the troops that captured Afikpo in February 1968. He said: "As part of my order to clear Biafran troops from South Eastern State and block the international border with Cameroun, after the capture of Ugep, Ediba, Itigidi and Obubra, I decided to have a feel of how fighting would be like in Igbo land. Therefore with 12 BDE commanded by Major Aliyu, we attacked Afikpo. But due to the urgency of Port Harcourt operation, which had to be captured before the Kampala peace conference in May 1968, I was ordered by Adekunle, the 3MDCO Commander, to hand over Afikpo to Ist Division and withdraw my troops to Calabar within seven days. "The capture of Port Harcourt was described on Page 137 of Achebe's book, that in April 1968, the Nigerians decided to mount a major strategic and tactical offensive designed to cut Biafra off from the sea coast; and that over 40,000 troops of the Third Division, led by Col. Benjamin Adekunle, engaged in an amphibious land and air onslaught on the Niger River Delta City of Port Harcourt. He went on to say that after several weeks of sustained air, land and sea pounding, a period reportedly characterised by military atrocities like rape, looting, outright brigandage – Port Harcourt fell to the Nigerians on May 12, 1968." Isama agreed with Achebe that the advance to capture Port Harcourt started from Calabar on 17th April 1968, a distance of about 300 miles. Port Harcourt, he said, had to be captured not later than 30 days. But he said the attack was not led by Adekunle, but he ordered him (Isama) to plan and lead the attack from Calabar to Port Harcourt. He said he did so and captured Port Harcourt in 30 days while Col Adekunle was in Lagos gathering supplies. He recalled that Port Harcourt was captured on May 18 1968 and not May 12, 1968 as contained in Achebe’s book. The general also took an exception to the words ‘rape, looting, and outright bigandry,’ which were used in describing the activities of the soldiers under his sector. He said: "Firstly, you do not rape Efik, Ibibio or Annang women. They were too sophisticated for that. Ikweres were the best people I had ever lived and worked with in my life.”

When elders like him (Achebe) talk, we listen. But I say here that his story is inconsistent with the truth. Many words had been used to describe Nigeria's situation as at today many years after the civil war. Unfortunately, I am not sure if my dear elder feels the same way as I do right now. Many of the readers of this book never saw or experienced the war. Those who saw it and were really involved, like myself, are over 70 years old, I was only 27 years old then; and on our way now to meet our Maker. Many others are gone. Are we really telling the truth to the next generation on what we did wrong?

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one Susan Masid of the French Press Agency on the horrifying incident. Faulting this, Isama said: “When we got to Aba, it was a ghost town because Biafran troops had blown bridges and advised the natives to vacate the town.” According to the general, being the Chief of Staff of 3MCDO during the period between 1967 and May 1969, the plans, strategy and the tactics applied by him were directed by Col. Adekunle, the General Officer Commanding the Division. He described Achebe as a story teller, noting that on many pages of his book, he either said ‘the story I heard’ (Page 133), ‘I was told’ (Page 138) or ‘we were told’ (Page 150). On Achebe’s cattle story, Isama said: “In 3MCDO, we had not enough cattle to do that. I am only concerned about the Atlantic sector of the war. The other sectors, if they wish, may defend their honour for posterity. “When Achebe spoke about bombing markets and many more, he forgot the first bombing of the war in Lagos in early 1967 when, despite the fact that the Igbo were killed in their hundreds in the northern part of the country during the unrest at the time, it was Yaba market and Casino, the most populated part of Lagos that the Biafran B-26 bomber came to throw bomb at civilians. Nigeria had no planes to bomb at that time. And in any case, 3MCDO while at Calabar had no planes capable of bombing beyond Uyo and Eket. Not even Ikot–Ekpene or Opobo and beyond.” Isama said whatever starvation was experienced in Biafra was self-induced. He alleged that during the war, planes and ships, which supposedly carried relief materials, were caught shipping arms into Biafran zone. Not only that, Ojukwu preferred to ship in the so-called relief materials in the night, which the federal troops were uncomfortable with. He believes that what Ojukwu did during the war made things difficult for Biafrans. According to Isama, while the Pope was in one of the countries in East Africa thinking about how to broker peace, Ojukwu allegedly killed some Europeans; a development that made the Pope and other European countries hands-off Biafra’s matter. He said the killing of the Europeans put paid to the food aid the State of Biafra was getting from Europe. He said while Biafran soldiers abandoned refugees and children, the federal troops picked them up anywhere and everywhere. Isama said: "Those that suffered most were children from ages three to five. They were too heavy to be carried about by their parents and too young to walk the distance. The aged, pregnant women and the disabled suffered more. My troops fed once a day at 5pm, in order to have enough for all. “When elders like him (Achebe) talk, we listen. But I say here that his story is inconsistent with the truth. Many words had been used to describe Nigeria's situation as at today many years after the civil war. Unfortunately, I am not sure if my dear elder feels the same way as I do right now. Many

of the readers of this book never saw or experienced the war. Those who saw it and were really involved, like myself, are over 70 years old, I was only 27 years old then; and on our way now to meet our Maker. Many others are gone. Are we really telling the truth to the next generation on what we did wrong?“ Isama doubted if Achebe meant what he wrote in the book because, according to him, he only succeeded in sowing a seed of discord between the progressive youths across the country. While Achebe writes about marginalisation and the Igbo not being fully integrated into Nigeria, Isama says there is no way one would discuss these without sounding like a tribalist. He said: “My mother was from Kwara – the backyard of the West or the front yard of the North when it suites those concerned. So also was my father from Kwale area, which also is the back yard of the West or the front yard of the East. I know that I have been detribalised in such a way that I can discuss Nigeria with the truth that the youths deserve with no apology to anybody. “In my opinion, Achebe's book is tribal and inconsistent with the truth. The Hausa did not deny killing the Igbo. And as Gen. Haruna said at the Oputa Panel in 2001, he had no apology for that. Bringing the 3MCDO into it and Awolowo in a derogatory way is evil and ungodly.” He said contrary to the starvation stories being bandied, the 3MCDO were feeding natives and Biafran soldiers to the extent that the federal troops under his command were feeding once in a day. He also argued that since independence in 1960, the Igbo have always been in the ruling class. In the First Republic, he said, it was NPC/NCNC (Hausa/Igbo); Second Republic, NPN/NPP (Hausa/Igbo); Third Republic, –PDP/PDP (Hausa/Ibo); Fourth Republic, it is PDP majority in the North, in the East and Delta State, again Hausa/Igbo. “So, who is Achebe writing about?” he queried. He said in the Balewa cabinet of 1960, there were 12 Hausa-led NPC ministers and 11 Igbo-led NCNC ministers. The army, the police, the navy, the air force were all from the East. He wondered why the Igbo ran back to the North after the civil war if they were so marginalised. “It is so easy to kill the Igbo because they own the sales of attractive items like cars, electronic items, building materials and others. The Yoruba man in the North or East is a low-lifer. The man drives a taxi, while the wife sells amala. As soon as there is unrest, the wife puts the cooking pot in the taxi and home they go. “I am sure that we all know the number of Igbo in western states and Lagos compared to the number of Yoruba in eastern states. Let’s get real. If the union of Igbo and Hausa is not working since 1960 till date, then change your direction. You cannot repeat the same thing and get a different result.” He said he had put his war memoirs into print and it would be out soon.


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Last Saturday, encomiums flowed for former President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Council, University of Ibadan, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN, OFR), at the commissioning of a modern auditorium/lecture theatre he donated to the Faculty of Law of the institution. Assistant Editor, DADA ALADELOKUN, was there:

•The Lecture Theatre donated by Olanipekun

•From left: Princess Omolara wife of Chief Olanipekun, Olanipekun and Minister of Education Prof. Ruqayyat Rufa'i

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UT for his exotic suit, shining shoes and tie to match, he cut the picture of a typical everyday Nigerian. “Oh, this man, with his wealth and towering influence, exemplifies humility. This is Godliness in action,” one of the guests whispered into the waiting ears of her co-guest. This man was no other than consumate lawyer and exemplary humanist, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, OFR. To him, the posture was an integral element of his inborn trait. But to many an onlooker, who was obviously bewitched, it was a display of humility so uncommon among most humans. Chief (Mrs.) Folake Solanke, the first female SAN in the country, was among the “leading lights” in what was obviously a carnival of applause for the Ikere, Ekiti Stateborn legal icon. Mr. Dele Adesina, also a Senior Advocate from Ekiti State was present with his wife. Others included: Prof Adebisi Balogun who represented the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC); University of Ibadan (UI) Vice Chancellor, Prof Isaac Folorunsho Adewole; Vice Chancellors of some other universities, Adebayo Adenipekun, SAN, Head, Afe Babalola Chambers; frontline industrialist, Adebayo Adetunji; UI Registrar, Olujimi Olukoya and Prof, Oluwayemi Bamgbose, Dean, UI Law Faculty. The spectacle sprang forth after Olanipekun, a former President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), by existing protocol, had delivered his remark at the commissioning of the multi-million-naira Wole Olanipekun Auditorium/Law Lecture Theatre he built and donated to the Law Fac-

ulty of the University of Ibadan where he is Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council. The 400-seater architectural masterpiece sits on a large piece of land at Ajibode, a suburb of the university which acquisition, The Nation learnt, was singularly facilitated by the former NBA President. The Chief Executive of I-JUNT Construczion Company, the firm that constructed the project, Engr. Adeoye Olabiyi Yusuf, disclosed that it took his firm about five months to put it up. Like other dignitaries on the occasion, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, OON, hung on Olanipekun’s lips as he, with his characteristic eloquence, revealed the rationale behind the gesture. “Fundamentally, the Holy Writ establishes it that it is more worthwhile to give than to receive. In my thoughts, utterances and actions, giving is part of me. Besides, law, the best profession in the world, is one that made me what I am today by God’s grace. I felt it is simply normal that I give back to the profession,” he said amid rousing applause. He briefly recalled and lauded the contributions of the late President Musa Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan in ensuring the approval of Ajibode for the use of the university. Every one present, including students of the beneficiary law faculty and uniformed men of the UI Campus Security Guard who mounted a guard of honour for the legal luminary, nodded in tacit appreciation of the rare philanthropist’s all-round generosity to the institution so far. He singled out for recognition and heartfelt praises, his amiable wife, Princess Omolara Olanipekun and Mr. Biola Oluwole who, he fondly recalled, laid the substratum

for his English language prowess at Ilesa Grammar School, over four decades ago. Everyone’s hair stood on edge in awe when, earlier, Prof Bamgbose delivered her impressive welcome address, praising to high heavens, the outstanding contributions of Olanipekun to changing the faculty’s story. “Under him as Pro-Chancellor, he has ensured a wonderful turnaround of the faculty,” she submitted amid ovation. It was a moment for Olanipekun to appreciate one fact: That all he had been doing for the learning citadel out of his natural altruistic instinct was being noted by some. For several minutes, Prof Adewole itemised some of his contributions to the development of the Premier university since assuming office as ProChancellor, submitting: “We have been having Pro-Chancellors here, but Chief (Olanipekun) is one with a difference. He has never taken a dime from the university. Rather, he has been giving out from his pocket.” It was on the strength of the VC’s words that The Nation later found out more of Olanipekun’s similar gestures to the school. On assuming duty, Olanipekun was said to have directed that all remunerations, including various allowances due to him by virtue of his official duties be put in a special pool by the bursary for disbursement as scholarships to qualified students in Medicine, Law and Computer Engineering. From his own pocket, he was said to have generously contributed to funding the pool for the scheme which is now serving the beneficiary students. A disciplinarian of no mean order, he was also said not to have got himself involved in any contract awards, and would not approve of any contract award that defies due process.

And besides financially assisting the Post Graduate School, he was also reputed to have financially assisted the Law Faculty in equipping its library when it was crying for books. On August 26, 2011, flood wreaked havoc on the university campus. Besides visiting the scenes of the wreckage, Olanipekun not only donated handsomely towards revamping it, he drew the attention of the Federal Government, an effort which, The Nation learnt, succeeded robustly. It was also found out from the school authorities and students that the legal icon had been using his influence to curry the favour of governments and wealthy individuals for the comprehensive uplift of the welfare of both the students, workers and the institution in general. Looking Olanipekun in the face when she took over the microphone, the Minister was also unsparing in extolling the donor’s virtues as a natural giver, emphasising: “This, that you have done for this university will go down in history as a major individual contribution to uplifting education in this country. I hope other privileged Nigerians and organisations will draw on this worthy gesture of yours and partner with the government as it cannot do it alone.” A gale of excitement gripped the venue when the Minister rose to cut the tape and pronounce the project commissioned “to the Glory of God and benefit of humanity.” For about two minutes, the minister and other guests turned “temporary students” as they took their seats in the new lecture theatre, admiring the furnishing with kind words for the contractor for doing a good job. Before Olanipekun, others hurried down to the venue of the school’s convocation ceremony holding that day, not a few jostled to have a handshake with the giver (Olanipekun) as cameras clicked right, left and centre. In his comment, Adenipekun, an alumnus of the faculty, who described Olanipekun as a man with a large heart, said he was not surprised because the ex-NBA President had executed similar projects for the benefit of the less-privileged, especially in his home town. He added: “When Chief Olanipekun was about starting this laudable project, he told me that he wanted to embark on certain things that would challenge all the alumni of the faculty. Today, I’m happy to witness its commissioning and I confess that I’m truly challenged. I’m going to get in touch with other alumni to see to how we can emulate him.” Adesina, who described the gesture as an inspiration to “those of us coming behind him,” added: “This is a lasting legacy and a manifest attempt by the learned Chief to give back to the society that has made him what he is today. Yes, he is today the Pro-Chancellor. His appointment has a tenure, but this project does not; it will last forever for the benefit of men and women coming behind to use it. We can only pray that God gives him the grace to do more for the society.” The President, UI Law Students, Ajewale Ajewole described Olanipekun as “not only an asset, but a father and everything, not only to the faculty, but the university as a whole.” He implored all privileged individuals and bodies across the country, the states and the federal government to emulate the legal giant’s philanthropic spirit to put education back on a sound footing. As prayers flowed for the cheerful giver of the moment, it was apparent that with the gesture, he had challenged many who never deemed it a virtue to imbibe the culture of giving.


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A consolation for High Life

think we worry unnecessarily, or perhaps, we don't give our worries deeper thoughts each time we raise concern over the seeming dominance of the music atmosphere by hip hop genre. More often, we fear with so much exaggeration that High Life, Juju, Apala, Fuji and other local genres are gradually facing extinction because of the overwhelming impact of the Hip hop and Rhythm and Blues on the youth. A careful examination of the current trend only shows that like old times, demographic factor in terms of population is always in favour of the youths. And so, it is not surprising that the major population that will go for contemporary genres would be found among the youths. As a result, every brand finds greater promotional values by identifying with this sect, except something is wrong with their market survey. The segmentation is a normal thing, except that unlike in the 70s, there is a closer gap between the youth and the young at heart such that the disparity in the type of music and excitement they both catch is not wide. When and how did the gap between the young man and the adult become widen? Evidences abound that the austerity measure that pushed an average Nigerian youth to seek greener pasture abroad became pronounced in the early 80s. About this time, an unconscious blend of the local and foreign talents began to be incubated, the maturity of which is found in the type of music that excites the youths today. But perhaps beyond the migration phenomenon is the media revolution that is also pushing the local content on TV and radio to the background, especially in the 80s. At that time, the disco jump became more dominant at local parties with Jamaican reggae (save for the New Edition group), Michael Jackson's pop, and rhythm and Blues that took turns of Michael Bolton, Lionel Richie, to mention just a few. But apart from the likes of Sir Shina Peters, Felix Liberty, Chris Okotie, Majek Fashek, Ras Kimono, Orit Wilikis and perhaps Chief Kollington Ayinla with Ijo Yoyo, who made remarkable impression among the youths, Sade Adu was about the only Nigerian act whose music could be said to contain ingredients of westernization. But as the country's musical exploit plunged into the late 90s,

The youths have even worsened the case for themselves through dress sense, haircuts, tattoos and heavy chains that an average moralist sees as an erosion of our cultural and moral values. Worse still are some unimaginable lyrics that leave the beauty of this brand of music to mere instrumentals there appeared to be a breathe of air that signalled a motion for independence from dominant foreign music and the trend not only hit the young man, it took even the adult by storm when the group Remedies came on board. From that time, a gradual take-over of power has culminated in a situation whereby Nigerian music at night clubs and other forms of partying is 100 percent today. Just as we were beginning to thank God for taking our pride back, critics of the new generation type of music found a loophole in the genre of music that the Nigerian youths of today play, owing to its American Hip hop origin. The youths have even worsened the case for themselves through dress sense, haircuts, tattoos and heavy chains that an average moralist sees as an erosion of our cultural and moral values. Worse still are some unimaginable lyrics that leave the beauty of this brand of music to mere instrumentals. But I have good news for you, and unless you lend an open mind to what is obtainable today, unless you employ a progressive rather than a conservative mind, you are still not likely to see anything good coming out of this 'Nazareth'. Our culture appears to me like something already built in the gene of our parents such that no matter where we go, and what we do, the 'Nigerianess' and by extension, the 'Africaness' in us reflects either voluntarily or involuntarily. In the first instance, what we discover is that the Nigerian hip hop artiste began to use the local language for his rap lyrics. The adulteration of which became more celebrated such that today, the late Olaitan

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Olaonipekun, aka Dagrin, remains an icon of that brand of transformation. Before this time, choruses, slangs, codes and code switching in Yoruba language was the order of the day such that it appeared as thus, unless your song had element of the Yoruba phrase, you are not sure of having given your fans the best. To this end, even singers from the North, East and the Niger Delta areas of Nigeria have surprisingly made hit songs, with interjections of the Yoruba language. That is a consolation in that we are able to still regard and value our own. With time, evidences of the beauty of the local language also reflected in the songs by Easter Nigerian singers like, Nigger Raw, to mention but one. However, the most appealing is the fact that High Life has been used to sweeten the taste of rap music in a way that even teenagers in Nigeria have savoured, let alone the young adult. And I take my inferences from the songs of Flavour, an Eastern Nigerian singer with the song, Asawo, and M.I in his song African Rapper Number One, also featuring Flavour. I can bet you that these two songs are the hottest at the moment for the two singers, and this is more so for one reason: the Highlife element in their tunes and beat. You may wish to ask me who the consumers of these songs are; you are socked stiff to know that even my 10 year old son finds some addiction to the rhythm of Highlife in the music, giving justification to my claim that our culture could have been passed to us through our parents' gene. Suffice to say that Flavour's hit song; Asawo is a remix of Osadebe's song under the same title. What about the new Osondi Owendi, by MC Loph? It is indeed one of the hit songs by late Oliver de Coque. I need not stress the fact that Paul Play Dairo also climbed on his father's hit song by doing Mosorire which became an instant hit that the youths identified with. The question is, are the youths averse to the music of old? The question you will get going through this analysis is no! Then what could be the dividing factor, and I think this is not short of the fact that the new generation simply want to do the old things in the new way. They aren't wrong anyway, because after all, the only thing that is constant about life is change.

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OR some time now, tales of miscarriage has been trailing Nollywood actress Funke Akindele. Despite the rumour going viral on the internet, the actress neither confirmed nor debunked the rumour. However, a friend of the actress has opened up and here's what she had to say; “Funke was never pregnant! Just a lot of food sometimes.

Funke is not pregnant yet. She has chosen to be silent on the true state of her condition because in Yoruba culture, it is more of a taboo for a married woman to publicly denounce or confirm whether she is pregnant or not. This is a private affair and that's why she was so amused and even surprised about the story claiming that she lost her pregnancy.”

NE act who has it going as far as the Nigeria music industry is concerned is Wizkid. However, being in the spotlight has not come with its fair share of gains and pains. Just a few days ago Nollywood actress Mary Uranta, encountered the music star and this is what she had to say about him; unknown to her that this reporter was listening on her. “I didn't know it was Wizkid. I wanted to use the toll-gate, on the way to Lekki and I beckoned on this guy as I tried to negotiate the lanes. He simply stopped and allowed me enter into his lane. Shocked at the spirit with which he allowed me get in front of him, I paused to take a second look at him and behold it was Wizkid.

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—Mary Uranta Most Nigerian men, I'm sorry, are not gentlemen. You will see them all the time struggling with women at toll-gates or in situation when they should just let go,” she said. The 2012 BON award nominee, Mary was spotted penultimate weekend at the awards ceremony, looking ravishingly beautiful in for Best actress in a Supporting Role.

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O'jez fetes Ejike Asiegbu at 50

Okon goes to School makes cinemas

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RIDAY, November 16, Ozone Cinemas, situated at Yaba, Lagos played host to the likes of Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Desmond Elliot, Uche JomboRodriguez, Rukky Sanda, Beverly Naya, Belinda Efah, Emem Isong and a host of movie star as they turnd out in numbers to grace the premiere of new flick, Okon goes to School. Produced by Uduak Isong Oguamanam and Directed by Lancelot Imasuen, Okon goes to School is a story centered on Okon, an eccentric hunter who after wasting a fortune on wine and women, enrols in University to learn money management. What he doesn't bargain for is cultism and women trouble. And what school doesn't bargain for is Okon and his crazy antics. Others at the events are Yolanda Okereke, Susan Peters, Moyo Lawal, and others.

The Meeting hits Cinemas

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FTER what has been described as the grandest movie premiere which had President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President, Nnamadi Sambo, Governor Rotimi Amaechi and many leading celebrities in attendance, the highly anticipated flick, The Meeting from The Audrey Silva Company finally hit cinemas across Nigeria on Friday, November 23, 2012. The movie which has been generating lots of buzz and enjoying rave reviews from movie critics is a romantic comedy starring Rita Dominic and Jide Kosoko and features appearances by Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Basorge Tariah, Nse Ikpe-Etim and Chinedu Ikedieze. The Meeting is directed by Mildred Okwo, produced by Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo and written by Tunde Babalola. The story, set in Abuja, follows the trials of a Lagos-based corporate executive Makinde Esho (Femi Jacobs) who finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, bureaucratic red tape and Cupid's arrow while in hot pursuit of a 'meeting' to secure a government contract. The Meeting it is said, addresses an array of contemporary issues, audiences are sure to identify with from love to African time, to the trials of tackling officials and manoeuvring red tape.

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Excitement as Nigerian Idol audition comes to Lagos

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FTER weeks of cavorting through the country in search of singing talents, the Nigerian Idol train finally came to Lagos for what can best be termed the grand finale of Season 3. On Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, thousands of Idol hopefuls made it to Dream Studios, Bamako Estate, Omole, the venue of the Nigerian Idol auditions to try out for a shot at global fame. As usual, lead sponsor Etisalat was on hand to ease the tension and entertain the hopefuls. There was a full blown concert headlined young and vibrant people already making waves in the industry, Chuddy K, MayD, and Olamide. “It has been a mind-blowing experience for the Idol team over the last one month, as we have seen and heard dynamic voices from the five states where auditions took place. There

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is a reason why Nigerian Idol is called the real-deal and this is why Nigerian youths look forward to the opportunity to be part of the show every year. Nigeria's haven't seen nothing yet from the last two seasons, an artiste that will hold his/her own against the Beyonce's and the Chris Browns of this world is going to revealed come December when the show will be on air,” said Tiwa Medubi, the Project Manger. Hosted by on-air personality; Ill Rymz, the judges for this season are; African-American dancer, singer and former Michael Jackson's personal choreographer; Jeffrey Daniels, veteran singer, Yinka Davies and Afro-beat legend, Femi Kuti. This season's prize is valued at $100,000 and the elements are thus; N7.5 million cash, a recording contract worth N7.5million and an SUV.

St. Lauren Nollywood Buzz honours movie veterans

EW weekly radio programme, St. Lauren Nollywood Buzz which showcases the best of Nollywood, presents special interview sessions with veterans who have been phenomenally successful, every last week of the month. The forthcoming edition celebrates a quintessential role model and actor-cumdirector, Desmond Elliot, who has made his mark as a highly successful veteran in Nollywood. The special edition comes up between next week Thursday and Saturday on several radio

stations across the country including Metro FM, Lagos; Peace FM, Jos; Love FM, Abuja;Cool FM, Kano and Port Harcourt;Adaba FM, Akure; Splash FM, Ibadan and Raypower FM, Enugu, and subsequently features on the same stations in December. Desmond, who for decades, distinguished himself, with perfect interpretation of lead roles in block buster movies, is a reknowned super star who has been decorated in Nigeria and beyond. St. Lauren Nollywood Buzz is a 30-minute weekly

programme, anchored by versatile and highly innovative on-air personality, Bukky Babalola, and sponsored by Grand Oak Limited, Lagos. The programme is named after one of the company's popular products, St. Lauren, a nonalcoholic fruit drink. According to Babalola, Desmond gives a peep into the challenges he had before attaining his present status. She hinted that the audience would love his objective analysis of social issues in this special edition.

ETERAN actor, Ejike Asiegbu turned 50 years a few days ago and to mark the auspicious occasion, key players in the industry which he has been a part of for about 27 years has planned a massive birthday party for him at this month's O'jez Entertainment Forum Award scheduled for Sunday, November 25 at the celebrity restaurant, O'jez. “The oncoming event is a special one for us at O'jez because Mr. Ejike Asiegbu is a member of the O'jez family, also, it is not every day one attains the golden year. So it is very special for us as we celebrate a film icon,” Chief Joseph Odobeatu, Chief Executive Officer of O'jez said. Odobeatu added that the event will be a unique difference from other O'jez monthly awards ceremonies. “We are bringing a large number of performers for Ejike Asiegbu. For the first time in many months, we are bringing wave making comedians MC Shakara and Elenu as well as Elder O together on one stage,” he said even as he described the actor as “one with a big heart, a fearless fighter, activist and humanitarian, that is Ejike Asiegbu and we all pray he lives much longer for the next generation to tap from this icon.” Asiegbu on his part expressed happiness over the planned Sunday show. “When members of your constituency decide to honour you, no honour is greater than it. I am pleased, I am excited and I am looking forward to the celebration.”

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Ninja Turtles returns in new Nickelodeon Series

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IZZA loving amphibian superheroes a.k.a the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making a triumphant return to television in their new CGanimated series premiering on Nickelodeon on Sunday 25 November 2012. One of the most popular kids' television programmes of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first made its debut as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a liveaction television series and

later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases. The property also has translated into a significant consumer products business - with DVDs, video games, toys and more - that has generated billions of dollars at retail. Taking place in present day New York City, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takes as its backdrop the glittering towers of Manhattan and the grimy depths of its deepest sewers, while following the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a sixfoot-tall rat (Master Splinter).

The series stars Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), Hoon Lee (Master Splinter) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder). The executive producers for the series are CiroNieli, Joshua Sternin& J.R. Ventimilia and Peter Hastings. Recently launched in the USA, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took audiences by storm, ranking as the week's top telecast with kids. During its premiere weekend the series reached nearly 12 million total viewers.


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He became an instant web hit when he dropped the Warri version of Iceprince's viral song, 'Oleku'. Since then, Onome Onokohwomo, popularly known as Yung6ix, has steadily built a strong profile for himself. In this interview with AHMED BOULOR, the fast-rising music act revealed a lot about himself and his sojourn into the world of rap music.

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OU became an instant web hit with the 'Oleku Warri Version' about 2 years ago. Why did you choose to use the beat of the song by Ice Prince? I have always been a loyal fan of Iceprince. He became one of my favorite Nigerian rappers after I heard his verse on M.I's first album. I was online the day he dropped the song 'Oleku', and I think I was one of the first 100 people to hear the song. It took only a few days before I got addicted to it. At that time, I was putting my mixtape together, so it was easy making a decision by jumping the beat of Iceprince's song. Is there any specific reason for christening your debut 'Green Light Green'? Well, I have always been a very creative individual, and I feel everything should have a meaning. The title 'Green Light Green' was coined from the Nigerian flag. But in this case, each word means a different thing and I put 'LIGHT' in the middle instead of 'WHITE'. The first 'GREEN' represents money; the 'LIGHT' represents positivity and victory, while the last 'GREEN' represents the motherland. It has been revealed that you don't write down your songs. How were you able to develop that kind of talent? At a very early age, I studied the model of delivery of two of my favorite rappers who also double as my role models. So I tried recording a freestyle some years back after winning several freestyle battles, and it turned out to be a crazy challenge. I had everyone in the studio watching me through the glass demarcating the studio from the boot. I went in for 5 minutes and came out wowing everybody. So I kept on challenging myself to live up to their expectations till I realized I was making music without a pen. Till date, every line you hear from me is from my head; I find it difficult and stressful to write lyrics down when it comes to making music. Do you not think that you will be depriving your fans the benefit of edifying lyrics by rapping offhand? The fact that I don't write down my songs doesn't mean I just put out everything that comes out of my mouth during freestyle. Some of the lyrics I drop have been edited mentally before they come out. It's like you're advising a kid, you don't need to write or to put your points across because you are being educated in such a way that you know the right words to use while putting your points across. That is because, psychologically everything comes out naturally and you are fluent because you are an experienced individual. Music to me is like having a normal conversation, you know the points to hit when there's a specific topic you're discussing without writing it down. It's already part of me. At what stage did you embrace music? To be sincere, I can't be specific about that. Music was part of me since I was a kid, I started with dancing, and then I joined the choir. I later joined the Boys Brigade band in my primary school. And later I started miming the songs of other artistes. I recorded my first song when I was in SS2. I just kept going from that point. Tell us a bit about yourself? My real names are Onome Onokohwomo; I am from Delta State, Ughelli North to be precise. I grew up in Warri and other neighbouring cities. I am a post graduate student of a private university at Ife, Osun State. I am the eldest in a family of five, including my mum and dad. Did you grow up with music around you? Yes. But it was tough because my parents never encouraged it. What do you think sets you apart from other rappers on the music scene? The fact that I am Yung6ix , the flair I

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than 150,000 views on YouTube, you are regarded as one of the biggest prospects out of Africa. How does that make you feel? In one word, I feel 'blessed', and it motivates me to do better. How do you handle your female admirers and fans? I get my fair share of the good, bad and the ugly, but I am a very focused individual and I never let anyone or anything distract me when I am working. What was it like when you started rapping in Warri at a very tender age? It wasn't easy at first, because people didn't believe in me. But I believed in myself, and it took a few years these same people who initially didn't believe in me were the ones spreading my music and telling more people about me. I made them believe and now they have great confidence in me. It has also been revealed that you started doing music immediately after you left secondary school. What was the response of your parents at the time? I was in my second year in the university when I got my record deal. I was recording songs even in high school. I forced my folks to support me, but they bring to my songs and the fact that I am insisted that I stay in school. It was the first rapper from the Niger Delta to difficult because my parents thought come this far with hip-hop in the history music would take me away from school of Africa. completely. Who inspired you into You had a group in secondary school. doing music? What was the experience like? No one. I just loved it, It was as the coming together of great and it felt like a better way minds. One of the members of G-squad is to express myself. currently a partner of my company. He What do you do to is in the process of acquiring shares in improve you rap skills? another member's company. He A lot, and I can't also owns a clothing line and he reveal all my tricks is doing very well. There's here. You know another one that will what they say: become a doctor in it's best to keep December. Everyone is the recipe to doing great, and we are yourself. all happy for ourselves. The Experience with Tell us about G-squad was 'Green Light rewarding. Green'. How did you come Fabulous! I about the nickname was surprised '9ja Carter'? and I never knew a mixtape could People started calling take any artiste me that because of the that far in way I delivered my Nigeria. We songs. The nickname have stuck on me like glue accumulated because I don't pen over half a down my lyrics, just million downloads like both Jay-z and Lil and views from it, Wayne. Both rappers which is astronomical don't pen their for an up and coming lyrics and they are act. Carters. That's how that name Most rappers, came about. especially the established ones, Have you ever evolved into music been stalked by production at some a female fan point in their careers. before? Do you see yourself Yes, even following in the same The fact that till date. direction? I don't write I have been a producer for about down my songs five years and doesn't mean I counting. I have produced a couple of just put out songs on my mixtape everything that as well. One of them has a video, entitled comes out of my 'No Where'. mouth during Sometimes, creativity makes you to explore freestyle. Some yourself. I never limit of the lyrics I myself to anything because I have a drop have been passion for edited making music. With more mentally...

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CMAN's Evang. Aderoju celebrates

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ODAY is another day of joy for multiple awards-winning international gospel singer, preaching icon, the National Coordinator, Christian Musicians Association of Nigeria (CMAN) and Secretary-General, Performing Musicians Employers' Association of Nigeria (PMAN) Oyo State chapter with South West, Nigeria, Evangelist Timothy Remi-Aderoju. Sharing in the joy with him is his wife, Prophetess Wumi Aderoju as they give out their beautiful first daughter, Sister Hannah Adesumbo-Aderoju in holy matrimony to Brother Emmanuel Adewale-Tanimomo of Pa Adebisi Busari Tanimomo family. Christian musicians and members of the CMAN and PMAN, sources hinted, are billed to flood the occasion in honour of Aderoju. The grand ceremony is billed for the SHILOH Bible Mission, opposite Lister Petrol station, Aremo (St.Peter) area, Ibadan, Oyo State capital. In a statement, Aderoju said that reception of guests will hold at the newly refurbished Mapo Multipurpose Hall, Ibadan. The engagement ceremony has taken place at No 26 b, 5-Talents House, IGEM City Road, Ife-Oluwa, Airport area, Ibadan.

Boy2much features Duncan Mighty in new video

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ORT-HARCOURT rave singer Isaiah Okandu popularly known as Boy 2much who dropped a selftitled album Boy 2 much recently has just shot a video for one of the tracks on the album. The video of the track titled Boy 2 much which features Port-Harcourt son Duncan Mighty has dropped. Since its release recently, the song has continued to gain grounds as it's the favourite of most music lovers and radio DJ's. Released under Bidian Music, the thirteen tracker album is said to contain eclectics, songs that will rock the air waves in time to come. The Marketing graduate from the University of Science and Technology, who started singing at 10 has come of age and is now ready to make a mark in the Nigerian music terrain. The last child of his parents, the artistes is said to be the only one who took after his musician father, late Joseph •Boy2much Ogbonna.


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Enny Okosun set to wow with gospel album

Linda Peters, Niki Laoye, others for Unstoppable Praise Concert

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LL is set for the maiden edition of Aity Dennis' Unstoppable Praise Concert which holds on November 25, at The MegaLife centre, Ago Palace Way, Lagos. Expected to thrill are Sammie Okposo, Niki Laoye, Praise machine, and Linda Peters among others including the host of the concert, Aity Dennis. “Come Sunday November 25 I and my friends in the industry will be thrilling guests at my concert tagged Unstoppable Praise Concert. It will be an evening of fun and excitement as guests would be thrilled to a full-dose of Gospel tunes. Gospel music lovers must not miss this opportunity,” Aity said. Meanwhile, Aity has been nominated for this year's edition of Nigerian Gospel Music Awards 2012. She is nominated in the Best Traditional Gospel Music

category for her hit track, Baraswene. Commenting, the singer who has seven albums to her credit and whose latest body of work, Unstoppable has been attracting rave reviews said that she is happy about the nomination and is looking forward to the awards which holds later in the year.

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Timi Dakolo excites Kenyan's

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CORES of Kenyans were thrilled beyond expectation last Saturday November 17 when one of Africa's amazing singers; Timi Dakolo gave a wonderful performance on the stage of a concert tagged 'The Evening' at the Safari Park Hotel. The concert, a production of Opa Williams, was organized to raise funds for people living with disabilities and it also featured Ali Baba from Nigeria, who provided comic relief. The audience was treated to performances by Chris Bittok,

Safaricom Choir, Suzzana Owiyo and Scott the Violinist among others before Timi Dakolo took the stage. The Now Muzik managed artiste rendered a spectacular performance of his hit songs, 'Heaven' with Aaron Rimbui and 'Is It Over' with Dela. The soulful singer has been involved in a number of charity works and just recently participated in raising hope for flood victims in Nigeria at the fund raising dinner put together by the presidential committee of flood relief and rehabilitation.

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N an event filled with glitterati, the ninth edition of the Annual Channel O Music Video Awards was held in South Africa, producing 14 winners. Proudly leading the winners list was none other than Nigerian superstar, D'Banj, carting away the most anticipated award of the night, the Most Gifted Video of the Year for his chart-topper, Oliver Twist. The video - the first to have emerged from D'Banj's deal with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label - also saw 2011 Special Recognition recipient take home the fiercely contested award for Most Gifted Male Video. One of 2012's biggest artists, Zahara, was named winner of the Most Gifted Female Video at the awards event - which took place in Soweto, Johannesburg, for the first time. The South African sensation took the highly coveted category for her breakthrough

Tu Face, Ali Baba lend helping hands to visually impaired clan

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FACE Idibia and ace comedian Ali Baba have joined forces with comedy merchant Opa Williams in bringing succour to the visually impaired clan as arrangements have reached top gear for this year's Williams' charity ball tagged 'The Evening'. Scheduled to hold on November 25 at the Muson Centre, Lagos, Williams disclosed that this year's 'The Evening' which is being done in association with the Nigerian Society for the Blind, is the “perfect Xmas gift” anyone can give to love ones. The comedy merchant and film producer said the event will turn out to be the “biggest and most unique 'charity' ball in 2012” as three tables in the high profile ball have been reserved for members of Nigerian Society for the Blind with over 30 per cent of proceeds

being set aside for the procurement of Brail machines as well as other visual support materials for the visually impaired. “We wish we can get guard dogs too but in this part of world, trained dogs that act as guards for visually impaired people are not popular,” Williams said. Ace comedian Ali Baba will also show why he is often referred to as the 'King of Comedy' while blind multi-talented singer and producer, Cobhams Asuquo will be on ground to prove that being visually impaired is no impediment to making a success of any career. And to wrap up performances for the evening is gospel artiste, Buchi, who has a unique reggae feel to his music. “All these will be watched while guests are being treated to a three-course meal and exotic wines on the card,” Opa Williams said.

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single Loliwe. Another of the night's most closely watched category, brought to you by Fish Eagle Brandy Naturally Supreme, highlights emerging talent from the continent, and this year, it was Nigeria's Davido took home the Most Gifted Newcomer trophy for his massive hit, Dami Duro. P Square once again proved to be a Channel O Music Video Awards favourite as the Nigerian twins won the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring Video for the third time for Chop My Money featuring Akon and May D. Still on the bill, rising Nigerian star, Brymo, took home the award for Most Gifted Afro Pop Video for Ara. Oyi, by Flavour featuring Tiwa Savage took home this year's Most Gifted R&B Video Award while the last of the genre categories, Most Gifted Hip Hop Video, was awarded to multi-talented Ice Prince for his massive hit, Superstar.

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OSPEL artiste, Enny Okosun dazzled spectators at the launch of his debut album at the spacious auditorium of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), last Sunday in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. The Chartered Engineer turn musician left no one in doubt about his musical prowess as he displayed a strong sense of style and elegance. Enny is a native of Edo state; but was born and brought up in Lagos. He speaks more about his album: “the album is titled In His Death Is My Birth. It talks about the death of Jesus. It also imparts positive virtues into our society. His death has given us power to proclaim His name all over. And that is what I am actually doing. That is why I titled the album In His Death Is My Birth. It is a rendition of spiritual songs targeted at impacting our society positively.” The talented artiste posited that he is going to stick to gospel music despite the temptation to go secular. “As a matter of fact, some of the tracks in my debut album are as old as 20 years. If wanted to go out of gospel, I would have gone out a long time; but I remain intact because I am committed and will I stay with gospel. I believe that it is the primary assignment which the Lord Jesus has given to us. He showed us the foot steps to follow. So definitely, the songs on the album are going to remain ever green.” He added.

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Samklef gives out production kit

FTER just completing his multi-million naira audio-visual studio co-owned by himself and his 7-months old son Jason, high in demand music producer, Samklef is releasing his production kit free online. This kit which has made hits for the likes of Samklef, Wizkid, Durella, D'Prince, Ice Prince, Olamide, Vector among others, is now available for free download by any interested producer on http://www.mediafire.com/?hb3lcyq50pjx5f6. This give-away is mainly directed at helping upcoming producers find and create their own sounds and make a name for themselves too. Meanwhile, Samklef will be releasing his new video for his current single 'The Rain' featuring Jesse Jagz next week. The music producer will also launch his production school before the year runs out.


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Harry Iwuala Strange and Interesting times in Sports

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T has been some interesting times in the nation’s sports, times that have witnessed so much cloak and dagger drawing than real progress for this window through which kids from poor homes migrate to comfort zones. How we will continue to toy with this tool for mass transformation beats the imagination at a time sociologists are at their wits end pontificating on the erosion of social values. We now find youths who otherwise would have been harnessed to excel in one sport or the other engaging in anti-social behaviours ranging from kidnapping, oil theft (bunkering), internet fraud and the deadliest of all, armed robbery. The Sports Festival starts four days hence but we are yet to hear of any strategic plan to use the festival as a tool for charting the path to the future. It worries one to no end that the National Council for Sports made up States Directors of Sports and the Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC) could be holding office, while the President will be organizing a retreat for sports. What then do they do if such a body of supposedly Sports Administration technocrats cannot design a long term policy document covering all facets of the industry? At the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), a rift is fast eroding all the tranquility that the members have enjoyed over the last ten months. The peace which the Honourable Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi negotiated for them and their external traducers have retreated into a potentially selfdestructive in-fighting. Rather than see injustice to one as injustice to all, the NFF Board played the executioner in the plot to unseat the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Board. This conjured alliance between the NSC and the NFF reminds one of an adage that says the cane used to flog the first wife is usually kept away for use against the newest wife. But how this pans out will again present an interesting spectacle in the weeks leading to the Nations Cup in South Africa. One piece of advice for those interested in running the NPL is that they should pause and take a critical look at the quality of personnel in the Management positions at the Secretariat. While it is important to have a quality board representation, it is more practical and realistic to hire persons with track performance for positions in Marketing, Finance, Communication, Human capital and Administration. The issue of the Board representation is steeped in the politics of appointments at the state level that there is nothing those seeking to reform the league can do about it. The NPL Congress is attended by the 20 club representatives (political appointees of state-owned clubs) and it is most times from within these persons that the Board emerges on geographical split. Merit has no place as the most politically savvy of the lot is bound to win. Whoever gets to be on the NPL Board at the end must also place premium on the good of the game

than on personal gains. A situation where the Board functions as an Executive Board is not in the best interest of the League. Yes, the statutes may not have been written by present occupiers but nothing says they cannot right what is incongruous to the well being of the league. Executive powers must be returned to the Management while the Board should function to approve policies and budgets. One of the issues raised in the audit query had to do with money expended on monitoring matches and this is one abnormality that can only be found in Nigeria. Again, it precedes the present Board but it is expected that they should have expunged this from their operational manual. Back to the NFF, Khadiri Ikhana has been singing unexpected and strange songs. It is still a mystery that he accepted the job of coaching the women team at the time he did and many have attempted to rationalize it without sounding convincing. To some, he simply needed the job while others suggested he wanted new challenges after many years of club management. But you don’t get to learn the use of the left hand at old age and in this era of specialization; the NFF will be hard-pressed explaining why they ignored the horde of specialist women football coaches to hand the job to Ikhana. RETURN OF THE LAGOS SWAN CUP Last Wednesday was special in the activities of members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in the Lagos chapter. A gathering of sports journalism icons to witness the unveiling of the logo for the 2012 Lagos SWAN Cup, marked the beginning of a real agenda to up the ante in the body which many had written off. The role call included Mitchel Obi, Dr. Larry Izamoje and Ejiro Omonode who were announced as the SWAN Cup Ambassadors. Also present were Jenkins Alumona, Muyiwa Daniel, Segun Adenuga, Femi Sowolu, Niyi Adeleke, Patrick Omorodion and Phillip Balepo. There were many more that can’t be listed here for lack of space. The Special Guests were former Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Peter Rufai, Fanny Amun, Patrick Ukah, Sam Ahmedu and Tajudeen Disu. Sports Journalists on the night, demonstrated their event management skills as the ceremony turned on glitz with some elegant dance performances, comedy and a rich flow of drinks provided by Nigeria Breweries. Godwin Enakhina, Chairman of the Sports Committee conducted the draw which saw the Nation drawn in Group A with SportsDay, This Day, Radio Lagos, FRCN and the Veterans. The tournament starts from December 12 (12-12-12) and ends on the 16th. The highlight of the 2012 Lagos SWAN Cup will be a Family Fun Day dedicated to building closer family bond amongst the members.

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HE children's race which precedes the main race attracts indigenes of the environs of the Obudu Cattle ranch. Children from neighbouring village, parents and well wishers come out en-masse to witness their own who normally root for the cash prizes of one hundred thousand naira, eighty thousand naira and fifty thousand naira respectively. It further spreads to 10th position as is applicable to the senior race. Therefore, 4th prize is N20,000, 5th prize N10,000, 6th prize N9,000, and 7th prize N8,000. Others are N7,000 for 8th position, N6,000 for 9th position and N5,000 for 10th position, totaling N590,000 prize money for the Children’s novelty race. However, many kids could not compete in this year's edition as proper documentation by relevant authorities was largely unsuccessful. Tears flowed freely as some could not compete in the race which they had high hopes of winning after several months of practice. In this year's edition of the media race, the organisers had to reduce the distance from 3km to 1km. Winners of the novelty race carted home prize

The 8th edition of the Obudu international Mountain race witnessed another dimension as runners had to run through the bush path unlike previous editions were athletes ran on tarred road. According to the President of the World Mountain Race Body, Bruno Guzelino, he stated that this was to serve as a standard practice guiding all mountain runners in the world. In view of the first World Mountain race to be hosted in Africa in 2014, the Cross River State government decided to use the 8th edition of the race as a test run for races on the bush path . Though the date for this year's edition had to be moved forward because of the National Sports Festival slated for Lagos next week, still, it was able to showcase athletes across the world including Ian Mconville, the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, who was among the top 100 mountain runners STELLA BAMAWO reports: monies of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Since inception, the Obudu International Mountain race has continued to produce winners from East African countries, mainly Ethiopia and Kenya. This year's winner, Ethiopia's Ethiopia’s Abebe Dinkesa, finished the race first making it his third victory at the annual race. The Ethiopian came ahead of others in 1hr 03mins to clinch the top place and a cash prize of $50,000 while Kenyan’s Macdonald Ondara was second in 1 hr 06 mins and his compatriot Chemosin Robert came third in 1hr 07mins.Dinkesa had in 2008, set a race course record of 41:45 minutes when he won his first title. He reclaimed the title, in 2010 and today, became the first man to

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win the men’s title three times since the race’s inaugural edition in 2005. The distance of the men's race, which until last year was 11.25 km, is now 12km. In a chat with the NationSport, the visibly excited Ethiopian said he owed his triumph to training hard after falling short in 2011. In fact, Dinkesa had served as an interpreter to his compatriot last year when he lost. The Ethiopian who is fluent in the English langua ge had accepted defea t in his stride only for him to stage come back this year to make history as the first person to triumph on the Obudu Mounatin bush path. Though he had tasted victory on the tarred road in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Having won a cash prize of $50,000(fity thousand dollars), Dimkesa who got married some few months back, was sure of completing his hotel project which was about seventy per cent completed. Dinkesa said: " I have to tell my new wife: 'Thank you very much'. I am very happy. The route has changed and it was very tough. I was determined to win this year because last year I was not as fit. I trained on my own. last year I was not among the top ten. I did not stop training. i read on the internet that we would run on the hills. I will come back next year. I am investing in hotel and I am gone 70 percent now I can finish my hotel because it is s good business." In the women’s race, it was yet another East Africans dominance as Etenesh Diro Neda of Ethiopia won the first position in 1hr 03mins, winning the $50,000 prize money and Kenyans again that took the second and the third position.However the first Nigerian male to finished the race was eleventh overall. Emmanual Gyang became the first Nigerian male to finish the 12km race on a bush path in a time of 1.11mins while Gideon Goyet took the

second position in a time of 1:11mins. Danjuma Gyang finished third in a time of 1:14mins. In a chat with Nationsports, Gyang was filled with nostalgia as he recalled how he had to work himself to the bone to ensure victory especially after many trials. He said:"It is not the first time, I am taking part in the race but it's the first time I am winning. In 2008, I clinched the 3rd, in 2011 -2nd and finally made it this year. I thank God I have a job.I work for the civil defence. I started training in July. I spent a larger percentage of my salary to train and make up in my training . The Athletics Federation of Nigeria(AFN) did not give me money. I sponsored myself. My coach died in 2007 and I came into prominence in 2008. its only some information i get from the national coach. We need support and once in a while I get information from the National coach." Deborah Pam ran a time of 1:12.49mins, while Janet Dung ran a time of 1:21.46mins to place second just as Aderonke Olumudi finished third in a time 1:21.46mins. The three Nigerian female athletes in separate interview with the Nation were of the opinion that they could have done better if they had the enabling tools at their disposal. Pam:" It is not first time, I am taking part in the race but I came first. I won on my fourth time. it is more difficult on tarred but bush path is okay for me. I am from Plateau state, I work for the civil defence and they have been giving me money to train. I started training in January." Olumodi:"My plan is to live Nigeria and train in Kenya. I think I will achieve more. The Federal Government is not helping us. Gyang: "They should be taking us outside for us to be like Kenyas and Ethiopians. They should camp us so that we can give them better results." In the same vein, the national long distance coach, buttressed the need to provide more funds for athletes in order, to perform better. "It is all about training. The East Africans train eleven months in one year. we train off and on we need people that will sponsor us so that we will be 100 percent. but you know that is the bane of athletics in

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Nigerian," he told Nationsports. Running on tarred roads has its problems you develop all sort of inconvenience but when you run on a natural terrain, you will do better. Majority of my athletes are not getting help from .We have •Echiejile been training on our own. right now we are we are the cheapest in terms of training. You can raise an international team with a little fund All we need is good food, conducive accommodatio n." Howe ver, Mr William Archib ong, the president of the L o c a l OrganisingC o m m i t t e e believes that the Obudu Cattle ranch is ready to host the world in 2014 while there will be a suspension of the regular mountain race. According to Achibong, the new course was designed by a team of WMR from Turkey who were in Obudu for three weeks in July for the purpose of perfecting the track: “They have done a fantastic job and we are pleased to say that we are ready for the World Mountain Race Championships that would take place here in 2014 the first of such in the whole of Africa.” The total prize money, from $245,500 to $278,000 (N45 million) was retained for this year’s edition. The prize money for the first to the 10th position for this year’s race remains the same with the winners in each gender category going home with $50,000 each, while $20,000 and $9,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers. The prizes for 4th to10th placed finishers in each category also remain at $4,500, $4,000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. The African Championship draws prize money of $15,000 for first team position, $10,000 for second and $7,500 for third team position for both men and women. Prize monies for best Nigerian finishers (men/women) are also unchanged with the top three finishers going home with $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

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OW far would Super Eagles go in the 2013 African Cup of Nations will depend largely on the consistency of the team in goal scoring and how the defenders are able to keep the strikers away from their goal-mouth. The team has scored nine goals in two games, one coming from the strikers, with the wingers and midfielders showing more sharpness in front of goal. The 1980 squad, led by Christian Chukwu, won the Nations Cup trophy parading a crop of skillful players and a poor striker. They worked hard for one another and goals came from every department of the team. Main striker Thompson Usiyen left for the USA in the late seventies, leaving a wide gap in the forward line and the replacement was a story in mediocrity as Usiyen was a deadly good striker. The 1994 squad that won in Tunisia was blessed with a good striker in Rasidi Yekini. Surrounded by exceptional players, though not hard working on the pitch, the team won through divine miracle as they had to come back from the dead several times to get to the final. The final against the Zambians was not an exception either. The 2000 squad, which lost to Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the final in Lagos through penalty shootout, had no distinct striker but comprised fairly good players and relied on its strength in the middle and the wings to get goals and reach the final. The 2012 Zambian squad that won in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea had a poor striker surrounded by average players but emerged champions through a dint of luck ahead of a balanced Ivorian team. I had cause to disagree with Stephen Keshi early in the week when he reportedly gloated over the retinue of forwards he has in his team, describing them as quality strikers. Nigeria has produced only one quality striker in her 52 years of soccer history in Richard Owubokiri. The former Sharks of Port Harcourt forward won the golden boot in Portugal in the nineties and was among the top five in the world in the height of his career. The striker, who finished his professional football in Brazil, scored over 30 goals in that particular season and is comparable to the likes of Lionel Messi, Chriatiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie of this age. Keshi’s team comprises strikers who hardly score 15 goals in a season and solely depend on defenders’s gaffes to get into the scorer’s sheet compared to

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THE NATION SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2012

AFTERMATH OF INJURY SPELL

I passed through Preview of 18th National hell – Oduamadi •Eyes end of the month return Sports Festival S

UPER Eagles' midfielder, Nnamdi Oduamadi has revealed that he passed through hell during his injury that ruled him out of action for five months. Oduamadi, who arrived Varese on loan from AC Milan this past summer window, has not played an official game for his Serie B club after having surgery on a troublesome knee in August. While narrating his ordeal during the injury spell, the former Genoa player also revealed that he will be back in action at the end of this month. “I passed through hell, I’ll say this is the first time I’m passing through this kind of injury and I pray this kind of injury will never come again, amen. During the injury time, I’ll just sit in the house, play games, watch TV, when I see them playing football, I’ll like o my God so I can’t play for five months, it was like passing through hell, seeing my team mates training, even training, I can’t do anything, I’ll just be

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By Akeem Lawal watching, it was very difficult for me, but I just thank God that everything is okay, that I’m back on my feet again “I will be coming to action at the end of this month as the doctors said, I’m okay now, I’ve started training with the trainers here and they said everything is okay and that I’ll start training and start playing with the team month end, so I’m very happy at this. Oduamadi’s recovery will be a good news for Super Eagles' Coach, Stephen Keshi who will need all the country’s best players available for selection for AFCON 2013 and the Pepsi Football Academy product believes it will be difficult for him to make the squad. “As for the Nations Cup, the aim of making it to the competition is on my mind, but I’m not the coach because many people will say he’s not fit, that he’s out for five months and he’s coming in now. I know it will be a very difficult for me to make the Nations Cup, I don’t know, everything depends on the coach, I just don’t know what to say about that.”

since 1995, while Temple who is the club’s Education Coordinator began working for the club in 1998. Thirty three young Victor Ikpeba, and his coaching crew, Tony Bafoe, talented boys from Ghana, Tijani Babangida and Zion Benin Republic and Nigeria scaled through Ogunfeyimi at the several weeks of rigorous Academy, which took off screening in 10 locations to last Sunday. qualify for the Academy. During their stay at the They moved into the Academy, the Grade 'A' coaches of youth football in Academy after an impressive ceremony Manchester United will witnessed by soccer take the boys through administrators, Nollywood critical soccer techniques icons and selected football that will help to shape the fans last weekend. career of the talented At the end of the youngsters. Academy, 16 finalists will The visit of the Manchester United coaches emerge and go on a is one of the benefits of the training tour of the Manchester United Soccer Glo-Manchester United partnership which the two Schools in Carrington, England. In addition, they world-class organisations will receive the G-Bam entered into in 2010. Both Smith and Temple Scholarship of N750,000 each. have the highest UEFA Out of the 16 top coaching 'A qualification. finalists, one of them who They have worked with Manchester United for over will emerge as the Most Valuable Player will go a decade. Smith who is home with N5 million, Manchester United's Hub while the remaining 15 will Development get N1 million each. Manager/Academy Coach has been with the club

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Rivers state born lecturer/coach and instructor at the National Institute of Sports, Lagos, Mr. Oberenieni Tamunosiki Adoki has commended the Bonny Local Government chairman, Hon. Barr. Edward Ebenezer Pepple over his decision to send seven (7) Bonny youths to the National Institute of Sports to be trained and to pursue a career in coaching. Mr. Adoki who made this assertion while speaking to newsmen also observed that since his sojourn as a lecturing academic staff in the school the seven Bonny trainees was the highest he has witnessed from the entire Rivers state even as he said it was amazing to figure out that the entire seven was sent by a single local government chairman in the state. W hile u r g in g o t he r chairmen to emulate the Bonny helmsman, Adoki said he is overjoyed to see Rivers sons and daughters offered lifetime opportunities to study in high brow internationally acclaimed centers like the National Institute for Sports, Lagos to better their lot. Adoki who is also the vice president of International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) further added, “Permit me to use

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HE two Grade A UEFA licensed coaches, Andrew Smith and Adam Temple, from Manchester United, scheduled to join the technical crew at the Glo Soccer Academy, will arrive Lagos on Saturday, November 24, 2012. They will be accompanied by Manchester United’s relationship Manager in charge of Telecommunications, Mike Higham and work with the Academy's technical team led by Ex-international,

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N the 27th of November 2012, the 18th National Sports Festival will commence in Lagos, the City from where its inaugural edition was held in 1973. This edition is the third time Lagos will be hosting the festival. The Government and people of Lagos State have done well by hosting the event on schedule without the usual postponement that characterized some of the previous editions. Much is expected of this event for obvious reasons. One, it is the 18th edition, coming after 39 years of its commencement; two, it is coming after the London 2012 Olympic Games in which Nigeria failed to perform well and three, there is a greater awareness and desire on the part of State contingents to improve on performance rankings in the competition. In view of all these, it is considered appropriate in this paper to undertake a preview of the sports festival to further understand its importance to the nation. Lagos can be considered the home of the National Sports Festival because that is where it was inaugurated in 1973 in the early years after the civil war. Lagos is the commercial and industrial capital of Nigeria. It is a prime tourist destination and so, the festival provides an opportunity for most of the participants to have a feel of the city and enjoy the robust social atmosphere that is typical of the city. Going to Lagos, therefore, is more than going for a sports competition. It extends to going to experience Nigeria’s foremost industrial and socio economically advanced state. This festival enables Lagos State to showcase its organizational capability and competence in managing a multi-sports event involving several thousands of athletes, officials, spectators and tourists. Furthermore, it also exposed the decadence of the National Stadium in Surulere. Many would have loved to behold the majesty and magnificence of the sports city that hosted the maiden edition of the sports festival. Unfortunately, they will meet it on its sick bed, gasping for breath. The National stadium in Lagos will mainly serve as car park while the baby stadium on the opposite side, takes the shine and honour of hosting the main event. I am sure that a lot of people will be unhappy seeing the National stadium in Surulere in such a state. Will this festival trigger its reform and repairs? Time will tell. Participants in this festival must prepare for the traffic challenge that Lagos presents. Athletes and officials must endeavor to depart early for the venues of their events. I hope too that the organizers have planned for a smooth movement of athletes and officials to event venues. Nigeria is in search of fresh talents in sports. I hope that the festival will excel in this regard. Medals may not wroth much eventually if the standards of performance on which they are won, are poor. States that top the medals table should also be the supply chain of Olympic hopefuls for Nigeria. There must be Olympic bound performances at the National Sports festival for it to be worth its salt as a national sports competition. The National Sports Commission, the owners of the Games need to put in place an Athletes Performance Monitoring Committee (AMPC) in the priontized sports, in particular, to gather information about the profile of athletes and performances that are very promising. The National Sports festival is a unifying factor for Nigeria. It is also a cultural event. I hope that time will be provided for arts and cultural shows during the events for ‘WAZOBIA’ to take centre stage. By and large, this column wishes all the participants a successful 18th National Sports Festival.

Rivers Lecturer/coach thumbs up for Bonny LG boss youth empowerment this opportunity to personally commend the executive chairman of Bonny Local Government area, Hon. Barr. Edward Ebenezer Pepple for such a huge and positive venture that is apparently geared towards enhancing

the capacity of the people and consequently offering them a lifetime empowerment that is sustainable”. It will be recalled that the Bonny local government chairman in line with his

objective of developing the capacity of the people had sent seven youths to the National Institute of Sports Lagos for training as coaches; he also granted them a monthly stipend of N25,000 for their up keep.

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THE NATION SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2012

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T is more than 27 years ago since Nigeria’s Unknown Eleven (later renamed World Golden Eaglets by an ecstatic Federal Government) travelled unsung and came back from China with the FIFA/Kodak U-16 World Cup. Not many people, outside then NFA and the Sports Ministry, knew there was such a team. The Green Eagles, yes. Flying Eagles, yes. But U-16 team? What people knew then was the YSFON agegrade teams, that travelled round the world to play in the Gothia Cup, Dallas Cup, Brazilian Cup and other such tournaments. The women teams had not been born, and the Olympic Football Tournament still welcomed the senior teams of each country, not U-23 as we know it today. The Nigeria U-16 team to China, made up largely of those we knew in the YSFON squads, steamrolled the best from Italy, Hungary, west African neighbours Guinea and Germany, among others. Two classical goals in the final, by Babatunde Joseph and Victor Igbinoba gave the team the glittering trophy. That team was captained by Nduka Ugbade. Two years later, the team came close to retaining the trophy, but had to contend with a stubborn USSR team and the antics of a Brazilian referee. They lost the final to

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We don’t need to cheat! USSR. But six years later, the Eaglets were back on the highest podium, led by Wilson Oruma and Nwankwo Kanu, to pick up what had become known as FIFA/JVC U-17 World Cup. And five years ago, in Korea Republic, Nigeria won the trophy again, after a sensational penalty shootout defeat of Spain at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Apart from Canada 1987, the Eaglets also finished second in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001 and at home in Nigeria in 2009. West African neighbours Ghana have done almost as much. In Nigeria’s absence (following a ban for discrepancies in the documented ages of a couple of players), Ghana’s Starlets dominated the world and won the first FIFA/JVC U-17

trophy in Italy in 1991. The Starlets were also in magnificent fashion to win in Ecuador in 2005 (defeating Brazil in the final) and finished second in Japan 1993 (behind Nigeria) and Egypt 1997 (behind Brazil). At U-20 level, our dear Flying Eagles finished third in USSR in 1985 (behind Brazil and Spain) and second in Saudi Arabia 1989 and in Netherlands 2005. Ghana’s Black Satellites went one step better, finishing as world champions in Egypt in 2009 after finishing second in Australia 1993 (behind Brazil) and in Argentina 2001. When Nigeria hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup (then known as FIFA World Youth Championship) in 1999, Mali’s Junior Eagles finished third.

However, it must be disheartening, though noteworthy, that despite these ‘successes’ at kindergarten levels, African teams have failed to make the grade at the level where it really mattered – FIFA World Cup. It is also to be noted that the first two African countries to have gone farthest (quarter finals) at the FIFA World Cup (Cameroon, in 1990 and Senegal, in 2002) were not even the rampant Nigerian and Ghanaian teams! Ghana did reach the quarter finals in 2010, when South Africa hosted, and Nigeria came within two minutes of a place in the quarter finals in America in 1994. But surely, these have been little drops that do not in anyway match the achievements at junior levels. If ‘our best’ can beat ‘their

best’ decades ago, then we should have managed to win the FIFA World Cup, even if once, except there was more to it than met the eye. Definitely, there was more to the Malian U-17 Team than met the eye when they clashed with the Golden Eaglets in a 2013 African U-17 Championship qualifying match in Calabar last Sunday. I have been quoted severally in the media and I am not ashamed to lead this campaign for African teams to do away with this penchant to present overgrown and overmatured players for the U17 category. I am sure that the Mali U17 players did the MRI examination and also submitted their results to the CAF headquarters. While we were talking about the impossibility of the Malian players being of U-17 grade, someone reminded me that they have played an earlier round against Mauritania and the Mauritanians did not complain. However, we are complaining because we want to see that African teams start to learn to play by the rules, even if we did not in the past. It is important that if we have been able to curb ourselves, the other nations in the continent should do the same. What is the point of

cheating when, at the end of the day, you are actually harming the development of the game in your country? I saw the Malian players upclose because I was part of the train of dignitaries that performed the pre-match formalities. I shook hands with each and everyone of them, because after the formalities on the pitch, we moved to shake hands with those on the bench as well (led by Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Barrister Efiok Cobham). Some of the other dignitaries marvelled at the size and maturity of the Malian players and asked me, innocently, whether the players were truly of the age grade. I said they certainly were not. And at the end of the match, the NFF sent a protest letter to CAF. Perhaps, nothing can be done about this before the return leg in Bamako next weekend. But we have made a serious point, and the heartening thing is that despite their size, the Golden Eaglets were able to take them to the cleaners, because size does not play the game. Someone once said that it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. I am very confident that when the Eaglets take on the Malian in Bamako next weekend, they will again spank them to underline their superiority. So, what is the point in

NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL EKO 2012

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H E A c t i n g Director-General, Imo Sports Council, Mrs Chizotam Aritola, said on Thursday that only the best athletes would represent the state at the 18th National Sports Festival. Aritola said the athletes selected from the various rural communities had gone through intensive training to enable them to acquire more skills in their various sports. She

D-G tips Imo athletes to finish in top 3 disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, where the athletes were receiving what she described as last instructions. A r i t o l a s a i d arrangements had been made for the athletes to proceed to Lagos on Nov. 24, promising that they had trained hard to win laurels

at the Games. The directorgeneral said Imo would participate in 21 sports at the NSF and assured the people that the state would be among the top three at the 14-day fiesta. She warned the athletes against indiscipline, adding that anyone found wanting would face appropriate sanctions. Aritola commended the

government for approving funds for the state's participation at the Games. NAN reports that the Imo male football team would not participate in the festival, following its elimination during the National Sports Commission's Zone II qualifiers. However, the female football team qualified for the Games.

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HE Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) has said that it supports plans by the Professional Squash Players to form an association that will organise competitions for them. Femi Ajagbe, the President of the NSF made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. NAN reports that association which would be known as the Squash Players Association will be launched on Nov. 25 at the Ikeja Club. The president added that he

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was yet to be briefed about the Association, told NAN that plans by the players to form an the body had always treated the players fairly. The association. Ajagbe stressed that the NSF president also told NAN that had always given unflinching t h e b o d y i s w o r k i n g support to its player and would strenuously to ensure a good outing for the discipline at the strive to sustain it. ``As I speak to you I have not forthcoming 18th National being invited, but they have a Sports Festival in Lagos. ``We recently concluded a right to form any association. Whatever they do is in line with what they are expected to do, the federation has no objection to the idea, we will continue to NAMBRA Youth support them as we have a n d S p o r t s always done,’’ Ajagbe said. Commissioner, Dr Ajagbe, who is also the VicePresident of the Africa Squash Edozie Aroh, on Thursday

refresher course for our technical officials in Calabar Last week in Calabar in readiness for the NSF which held from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18. Our officials were updated with the current scoring techniques, which will ensure that players are treated fairly at the festival,’’ the president said.

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Commissioner tasks officials on fairness as camp closes

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charged members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and other officials of the 18th National Sports Festival (NSF) to ensure fairness at the Games. Aroh gave the plea during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka. He explained that Team Anambra would be winding up its closed camping, ahead of the Games, on Nov. 24.

The commissioner described the NSF as essentially an arena for discovering budding talents that would fly the nation’s flag in international competitions. He warned that the desperation to win medals at all costs by some states should not rob the NSF of its essence, which said, was to foster national unity. ``The National Sports Festival is a platform where budding talents are usually discovered and nurtured to stardom. Lagos has shown class in terms of preparations, and the LOC members are working assiduously and I

must commend them, but there is need to ensure fairness during the games proper. Meritocracy, rather than favouritism and mediocrity, should be the order of the day,” Aroh said. The commissioner disclosed that Team Anambra's two-week closed camping would end on Saturday, to enable the athletes observe a one-day rest, before departing for Lagos on Nov. 25.. ``Expectations are high, the athletes and coaches have promised to do themselves, as well as the

state proud. Incentives have been put in place to spur them to perform well at the Games. Our governor is very passionate about sports and he has thrown his weight behind sports development in Anambra. ``He has provided funds for the games, as well as special prizes for team members who excel in Lagos,” the commissioner said. NAN reports that Team Anambra would present a contingent of about 214 athletes and 45 officials at the Games.


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Nollywood was thrown into mourning when news broke about the death of veteran actor Pete Eneh. The actor undoubtedly left an indelible mark in the minds of many as his colleagues in the industry are saddened about his unfortunate demise. AHMED BOULOR and OVWE MEDEME report.

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OMMENTS have continued impact resounding. His flexibility to pour in following the and acting skill was unique; he was demise of Nollywood actor, eloquent and he communicated his Pete Eneh, who passed on recently characters effectively. He will surely after a protracted infection which be missed and my fear is that many led to his leg being amputated. practitioners are constrained by the His death closely on the heels of wider perception of viewers enough that of several thespians such as to ignore health related issues,” he Sam Loco Efe, Ashley Nwosu, said. Geraldine Ekeocha and Segun Keppy also talked about the Ogunlade casting more light on the AGN's plan to introduce health sad plight of a number of the packages for willing practitioners: industry's veterans. “The Actors Guild under Ibinabo National President of the Actors Fiberesima's dispensation is poised Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo to introduce health packages for Fiberesima has described the death willing practitioners. I subscribe to of the veteran as a big blow to the this following the death of our motion picture industry, stressing colleagues due to health related that it is one of the reasons she is issue,” he added. keen on securing health, pension The Veteran actor passed on and insurance schemes for Thursday, November 15 at the practitioners. Enugu State University “On behalf of AGN and Teaching Hospital where he the entire motion picture had been receiving industry, I express my treatment. Prior to his condolences to the demise, the actor had family of late Pete been suffering from a Eneh. Sadly, death is a chronic leg infection necessary end that which led to it being will come when it amputated by doctors will come. But when at the Hospital, death takes away a otherwise called Park good man, the heart lane Hospital, bleeds. I am in grief October 24. Eneh's and utter shock over his demise. Actors and death was confirmed practitioners alike by the Special should borrow a leaf Assistant to the State from this amiable Governor, Afam Okereke, •Pete Eneh gentleman who just passed himself an actor. on," she said His travails was said to have In the words of erstwhile started last year, after he sustained President of the Guild, Segun an injury that later led to a serious Arinze, “Eneh was a gentleman, infection, thereby making treatment professional and like a father to all near impossible. Reports said then of us. May his soul rest in peace.” that the injury degenerated into a While paying tribute to the late sore, which was further actor, award-winning film director, compounded by the fact that the Daniel Ademinokan said “Uncle actor was diabetic. Pete was a very gentle soul and Having spent three months at the peace-loving man. I remember the first time I saw him in a movie in hospital without making headway which he suffered so much; I was so as regards treatment, the actor was drawn to his performance even at advised to get the leg amputated to his age. I knew I had to work with reduce the risk of the infection him at some point. spreading to other parts of his body. A visibly saddened Keppy Bassey Famed for always playing the Ekpeyong also aired his thoughts on father in movies, in his day, the actor the death of the late actor: “I am not featured in several films including too sure of what encouraged Pete Lonely Life (2006), Divided Kingdom Eneh's participation in the movie (2005), Price of Ignorance (2005), industry but everyone can testify Heavy Rain (2004), Arrows (2003), By that his entry was refreshing and his His Grace (2003) and a host of others.

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Omotola births new reality show

OME December, DStv audiences and lovers of AfricaMagic Entertainment will, an up close and exclusive look, get to peek at their darling megastar, Omotola JoladeEjehinde's personal life in the new reality series Omotola: The Real Me. Through the series, the famous actress will launch her latest movies, expand her business interests and take on all the challenges of being a ground-breaking celebrity with fans across the continent. At the same time she remains devoted to her marriage and her family, working to maintain a balance between her professional and personal responsibilities. Filmed on location in Lagos, London, Ghana, Miami and Kingston

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the world. “Audiences love that they can see the stars as they go about their daily lives; as they chase their dreams; as they live, love, work and play,” she adds. Omotola: The Real Me has as Executive Producers IFactory Live, Oh Africa and Red Hot Concepts.

9ice lays romance tales to rest

OR once 9ice who is known for not responding to negative stories has decided to throw light into the story of his romance tales with Funmi Omotosho, an undergraduate of Babcock University and has decided to let the cat out of the bag Wondering why he had to come all out to refute the rumour, the multiple award winning act, was said to have been prevailed upon by his close aides to set the record straight on the false allegation. According to those in the know, Funmi Omotosho and her boyfriend are friends with 9ice and they have all found the publication misleading and embarrassing. 9ice spoke on the report which he described as unfounded. “I attended Funmi's birthday not quite long which also had her boyfriend in attendance. Sincerely, I can't fathom where the whole story is coming from but I know that the mischief makers are at it again”. In a couple of days, the singer will be releasing four new singles titled Ike Kan, I Dare You, Obawon and Get Into. The four singles are from next double album, GRA (Galvanizing Right Ahead) and CNN (Cancelling Numerous Negativity). Meanwhile, he has shot two more videos from the Bashorun Gaa album, 3310 and Attitude as part of the video compilation he will be releasing by December.

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ITH a desire to take Ivy added that studies fashion to another have shown that a lot of level comes Icon actresses here do not have a Mode, an image consultancy brand. Without the roles and modelling outfit. coming, she said, they tend Speaking at the formal unveil to fizzle out. “That is the of the outfit held recently in reason why we came out lagos, founder of Icon Mode with a structure and added it and ex beauty queen, Ivy as part of what we do, our Ekong said that for her, it is training is to brand about celebrity branding. upcoming acts because Ivy, an Economics and those are the ones Business Management who you can still graduate said that beyond model around a image consultancy, there are brand so even when other issues around fashion they are not acting and styling which Icon Mode or they are not seeks to adress. “We do getting roles, image consultation, personal branding, celebrity branding and training for private companies who want to train their key employees on business ethics, how to present themselves in the work environment, clothes and colours of the clothes to wear to the office and a host of other stuff,” she said. • Ivy Ekong

they will have a particular brand that speaks for them. Rihanna brand is her hair. That is a brand. Something that differentiates one from other people,” she opined. Icon Mode, she said, was established in the UK three years ago but has decided to come home. Some of the clients she has worked with include Adebayo Jones, Kosibah Bridal, Ouch, Ahdookeh, Fashion Finest Magazine London, Jose Hendo Contour, African Fashion Week London and many more.


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t is no longer news that Prince Samuel Adedoyin, the billionaire businessman, lost his aged mother, Madam Racheal Oni Adedoyin recently. The news is that the final burial ceremony is taking place today in the ancient city of Agbamu, Irepodun Local Government Area, Kwara State. Preparations for the event have been in full throttle, particularly in the household of the wealthy businessman. The high point of the event, which will attract gospel music star, Yinka Ayefele, and some other entertainers, will be the reception organised for guests after a church service at Jekoyemikale Oluwa Estate, Agbamu, Kwara State. Thanksgiving and outing service will take place at St. Paul's Anglican Church (Diocese of Igbomina West), Agbamu. Madam Adedoyin died at the age of 118 on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. She was survived by Prince (Dr) Samuel Adedoyin, Chairman Doyin Group of Companies; Prince Jacob Adedoyin, Chairman, Damilola Industry Nigeria Limited and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Funmi Iyanda still in grief

F THERE is anything that emphasises the vanity there is to human existence, it is the inability to escape the claws of death at some point in one's life. Recently, death struck in the household of the Osholankes and took away Remi Osholanke, owner of popular fashion place, Remi Lagos, and close pal of the popular TV gal, Funmi Iyanda. Grief-stricken Funmi's home has since been

Tope Adeboye retreats

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receiving all manner of condolence visits. The deceased died of a cancer-related disease in London a few weeks ago. Happenstances gathered that her remains were cremated at Golders Green Crematorium and Mausoleum, the first crematorium to be opened in London, and one of the oldest crematoria in Britain. Insiders informed Happenstances that Funmi was worst hit because she maintained very special closeness with the deceased as her best friend.

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ARTHA NAJOMO, the beautiful wife of Captain Najomo and close friend of many in the Lagos social space, is 50. The dark and beautiful woman is one of the pillars of high society. Her husband, who is known not to do his things in half measures, has pulled all the stops to ensure a memorable celebration for his wife today at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. People in the corridors of power, pillars of high society and fashion icons will be on hand to support one of their own. The lovely woman, who is reputed for making out time for fun, revels in all the wonderful things of life. After a long absence from social engagements, she is now a regular face at social events around Lagos. Courteous with a good heart, she wears panache on her sleeves for those who are able to decipher.

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o Dr. Oluwadamilare Okufuwa, popular philanthropist businessman and Chairman/ Managing Director of Bang Amos Nig. Ltd, the maker of Ogidiga herbal liquor, the saying, 'mother is gold' is an incontrovertible truth. Even before fortune smiled on him, he had never shirked his responsibility to his mother, Madam Hannah Alake Okufuwa, JP (a.k.a Yeade). Today, he is telling whoever cares to listen how much he loves the lucky woman as she celebrates her 73rd birthday. But it is one with a difference. The occasion will be used to warm the house, Tiyin Naa Adara Villa, built for her by Okufuwa, which is located on Alake Okufuwa, JP Avenue, Oke-Depolu Titun, Ojowo, Ijebu-Igbo. With the support of City People Magazine, Apala music sensation, Alhaji Musiliu Haruna Ishola and Juju music crooner, Wale Thompson, will jointly spice the occasion. Whoever does not believe in the value of a mother has a lesson to learn from Okufuwa, no doubt.


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Nigerian-born Mrs Susan FajanaThomas is the former Speaker of Hackney Council, London. OKORIE UGURU met the UK-based politician representing the Stoke Newington Central in Hackney, London, and she spoke about her life as a black politician in a whitedominated society. She also offered an insight into her personality and style. Excerpts:

I am a British-Nigerian from Ekiti State. My early years were spent in Ekiti and Ondo states. Where in Ekiti? I am from Ado-Ekiti. My father hailed from Ado-Ekiti, while my mum was a native of Ilawe-Ekiti. I spent my early years in Ado-Ekiti. I had my primary and secondary education in Ekiti. Then I did my ‘A’ Level and went to the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where I had a degree in Dramatic Arts, specialising in film and television production. That is really what I can say about my background. I am fortunate to come from a privileged, closely-knitted family. I have three brothers and three sisters. What was your childhood like? My childhood was perfect. I had a father generally called FO (Festus Olusola). May his soul rest in peace. My father's position wasn't about wealth; it was about knowledge. He was a very knowledgeable man and community activist. So, from a young age, I learnt how to be an advocate for other people through what my father used to do in Ekiti communities in those days. I remember there was the Igbira tribe in Ado Ekiti in those days. Igbira children used to walk for almost five miles to get to the nearest primary school. It was my father who fought for them to have a primary school in their settlement so that education would be accessible to them. That was the kind of person my father was. So one could say that advocacy runs in your blood? Yea, it does. My father would tell you that success was in the context of helping other people. You can have money; you can have everything; but when you are able to say, you've been an inspiration to other people, you've been able to help other people, to bring other people up, that is what my father counted as success. Ekiti-Ondo axis is different from the cosmopolitan setting of London where you are making a mark political ly. What next

after completing your degree at the university? I lived in Ekiti like you said. I grew up in Ekiti primarily. But we are a sort family that when you are growing up, during holiday, you go to other parts of the country. So, I spent quite a lot of time in Lagos as well. I had a taste of what it looked like to be in the countryside and to be in the city. So, I did have a taste of both. When I finished at Ife, I had a job in Lagos. There was what we called the Schools Management Committees (SMC) in those days. I don't think they have them anymore. From there, I went back to the NTA, Akure in Ondo State. I was at the place until I came to London. I started there as a duty continuity announcer, a presenter and later a producer. I left the NTA as the Head of Presentation. Was your decision to leave informed by lack of job satisfaction? No. I had an amazing life in Nigeria. I enjoyed what I did as a presenter- cum- producer. It was a conscious decision that I wanted to come abroad. At that time, I had a fiancé who lived abroad. That was why I left Nigeria. It wasn't because of job dissatisfaction at all. You came to London and got caught up in the politics of your community. What was the transition from a media personality to a British politician like? I didn't plan to become a politician. I don't even refer to myself as a politician. I refer to myself as a socio-political campaigner. As I said earlier, I am somebody who wants to help people. Again, I am a very strong-headed person. I've got opinions, I've got very strong views on issues and people that are close to me know when I have views on issues, I want to express them . So, I started not as a politician but as a social campaigner. There must have been a reason for getting yourself involved in social campaign. Was there a particular incident that drove you into it? I cannot say there was an incident. There were different reasons. At that time, we are talking about 20 years ago in London, there were dissatisfaction in various areas of life. During that period, there was the Balkan War and I got involved in becoming a mentor to asylum seekers in London. That was actually how I started. I registered and got trained to become a mentor and started helping asylum seekers from the Bosnian war. So, that was how I started. I was part of helping people. I remember being part of the housing campaign. A certain lady said: 'Susan, you are so much into community. Why don't you join your tenants and residents association? We are looking for somebody who can lead the organisation. You will be good in doing that.' I thought about it and said yes, I can do it. That was how I started. At what point did you decide to contest an elective position? Like I said, I always like to express my views and opinions. I joined the Labour Party. I used to

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work for British Telecom. As a British Telecom worker, my union is the Communications Workers Union (CWU). So, because of the link with the Labour Party, I joined the party from work. I started attending meetings. I got interested in various campaigns. So, that is basically what it was. I didn't actually want to become a councillor or stand for election at that time. But that changed because people were saying to me, 'Susan, we need people like you who are grassroots campaigners.' I had done quite a lot in this area, representing people on our estate and also representing the working class people. That was when I said I would start thinking about it. Although it was a logical progression. From being a social campaigner, you go around, you attend meetings, help people to form opinions as regards certain policies, but you don't have the opportunity of being a policy maker. So, having a political position gives you that opportunity. That is how I see that. I still don't see that as the big political move rather than the opportunity to queue into politics and positively affect people. How would you compare politics here with what obtains back home? I am proud to say that I am involved in a political structure that is called democracy. Politicians in Nigeria would tell you that they are in a democratic structure as well. But it is a totally different thing. It is difficult to compare the political system in this country to that of Nigeria. In this country, we see politics as service to people. So, it is your nation; you want to make it different, you want to affect people's lives. But in Nigeria… I do talk to some Nigerian politicians. On paper, they are able to tell you why they got into politics. But in reality and the way they operate the democracy in Nigeria, you know it is not really what is called democracy. Nigerian politicians need to step out of their self-centredness. They need to know what it means to be an advocate for the people. They need to step out from the corruption and lack of accountability. All these are the things that make up democracy. So, if you are not able to do that, there is no way you can be a good or effective politician and there is no way you can run a well-managed nation. When you say a politician, it is all about you or your family, not about the masses. I haven't seen any real sign from any of our political leaders in Nigeria that is about the people, it is not about the people; it is about themselves. What are some of the positions you have held? I am a councillor. I had the privilege of being the Speaker which is the Mayor from 2011 up till May this year. If it were within the context of Nigeria, would you have gone into politics? No, I wouldn't have gone into politics. But I would be a social campaigner because I would have loved to make a difference. It is likely that the way things are done there, they would not have allowed me to do that through one means or the other because anyone that presents himself or herself as a social campaigner either gets killed or the Federal Government deals with him in one way or the other. But I know if I were in

voting is not because they are not qualified; it is just not something they would do. Do you think it is a spillover from home? It is a spillover from Nigeria. It is a complex issue. Again, things are improving. I am glad that I got the opportunity which in the past we didn't have as black and ethnic minorities. We didn't have the opportunity to go into politics to be where we can engage and become decision makers. I try knocking at people's doors when I recognize a Nigerian name. That is how we campaign in this country. I introduce myself and tell them I don't represent Nigerians; I represent Hackney and I represent Britain. But with the family name and being from where I come from, I want to engage them. It is then that you even find a degree of hostility because they regard that as thinking that you are better than them. I am not saying that all Nigerians are like that. Please, don't get me wrong. But with my experience in London knocking on people's doors, I discover other Nigerian councillors would tell you the same story Nigeria, I would be a social campaigner. that it is even our people who don't support Do you see yourself from the perspective us. They look at us like what is it that you've of Britain's gain being Nigeria's loss? got that we don't have? We want more of us It is not about gain or loss. I am not in to be engaged. It is only when you are there Nigeria. But as a Nigerian, I do contribute that you can make the difference. immensely to my country. To be honest Today, people in England say they want with you, but because of my children, there parliament to reflect the community, seeing is nothing stopping me from going to that the community is no longer the Nigeria to contribute to Nigeria's political community of 100 years ago where people development. It was just because I could not were pure white. They want the parliament leave my children alone. But my children to reflect the people that live in England; the are grown-up now. They have left the diversity. We need many people, many house. So, there is nothing stopping me blacks and ethnic minority to engage. from doing that. Nigeria is a place where There seems to be a kind of an you get contained. I am not the sort of unofficial marriage between some Britons person that likes restriction or containment. of Nigeria extraction and the Labour Party. The impression that one gets talking to You and Chuks Umunnah immediately you is that of an iron lady... come to mind. There might be others. What is this bond between British It is not about iron lady; I am a Nigerians and the Labour Party? formidable woman who believes in myself. My belief doesn't come from not thinking There are two things: the Labour Party is deep. My belief comes from knowledge. My one of the mainstream parties working belief comes from morality and values. So, it tirelessly to give blacks and ethnic minority is not about me waking up and saying this a voice. That attracts Blacks , Asians and is right or wrong. I know what minority ethnic groups to is right because I have the party. Again, when it educated myself. I've got a comes to values, an average degree of values and morals ethnic minority or somebody It is difficult to that tells me what is good from like me who comes from what is wrong. Nigeria, our political compare the inclination will be to the Does the Ekiti blood have political system in Labour Party. anything to do with some of these strong views? With your activities on this country to that social and political fronts, I am not too sure. Perhaps of Nigeria. In this has the home front not this is the Fajana blood rather suffered? than the Ekiti blood. My father country we see No, I've got a balanced was very disciplined with very politics as service to life. Like I said earlier on, I strong opinions. Again, they are not opinions that are people. So, it is your have been a social campaigner for almost baseless; they are opinions nation; you want to 20 years. The first that are based on facts and time I stood for values. So, it is not just about make it different, election was in 2006. waking up and saying I think you want to affect The first 10 years of this is right or wrong. We are being a social saying that when you look people's lives. But campaigner, I did deep, when the average in Nigeria… I do talk not put myself Nigerian looks deep into what forward for he is doing, deep down in him, to some Nigerian election; the reason he knows it is not good. But being that my son politicians. On that is the culture. That is what was young and I people tell me. paper, they are able did not want to be The part of Britain where leaving him in a to tell you why they you serve as a councillor has a child minder's preponderance of Nigerians… got into politics. But house until No, unfortunately, no. evening in reality and the But I learn that Hackney because I had has a large population of way they operate meetings to Nigerians… attend. That the democracy in When you talk about was the Nigerian population, Hackney Nigeria, you know it main is a device borough. It has a lot reason is not really what is of black and ethnic minorities, why I but not Nigerians actually. I called democracy was not represent a place in Hackney able to that has a large number of do whites. I can proudly say that 80 per cent of the people in the area I represent are actually whites; not blacks or ethnic minorities. So, your electoral success was not because there is a huge population of Nigerians in Hackney? Not at all. That is another sad thing about us. In this country, we are educating our people. Most Nigerians in this country don't actually vote. That I can tell you. Their not

45 what I am doing now. Fortunately now, my children are grown-up. Are you married to a Nigerian? No, I am not married to a Nigerian. So, how do you juggle the two fronts? To be honest with you, when I am out, I am out, and when I am in the house, I am in the house. They are two separate things entirely. I don't get my political life mixed up with my family. They are two separate things whose paths don't cross at all. You've been here for over 20 years. What do you miss most about Nigeria? I miss my family, although I do go back to see them. You know there are conversations you sometimes have with your family and some of your childhood friends which are difficult to have with anyone else. These are the sort of things I miss about Nigeria. But apart from that, where you make home is your home. I know my roots. I know I am from Nigeria. I am from Ekiti State. After this point in your career, what next? I know I am going to greater heights, but I don't know where I am going after here. So, I am preparing myself for whatever comes tomorrow. I do hope to move forward in my political career. I hope to go further, but the further I don't know at this point in time. Does that include the Nigerian political terrain? You can never say never. I am not one of those that say something today and in 10 years time, they will be playing your tape back: 'Oh, you said you would never come to Nigeria.' There is nothing stopping me from coming to Nigeria to be able to add to what is happening in Nigeria. But there will be a change. What I know is that to be part of what is happening in Nigeria at the moment is difficult because of my belief. But that doesn't stop me if there is something I think I can do to bring about positive change, real change that makes the difference in people's lives in Nigeria. Let's talk about your fashion sense. What informs what you wear? You may not know this: I am actually a trained image consultant. So, I do have a company that does personal and business image management. I do have a distinctive or dramatic fashion sense. To some degree, I am flamboyant in my style. That is my natural inclination. Naturally, I am somebody that is very stylish. Again that is probably something that robbed off on me from when I was growing up. I believe that looking successful is half way to being successful. I am one of those people that you will hardly catch not looking my best. At every point in time? At every point in time. One of my friends' little daughter came to my house one morning. I had not had my bath, and she said: 'Oh, Auntie Suzan, where is your face?' I was wondering. She turned to her mum and said: 'Mum, where is her face?' Her mum was saying: 'No, she has not made up.' She said you know she had never seen you without your make-up.


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NNUALLY, the world gathers in Custom House, ExCel, London for the biggest travel and tourism event, the World Travel Market (WTM). It has in attendance more than 180 countries. Almost 48,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international journalists attend the event in London to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion. The WTM, now in its 33rd year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals. The fair in 2011 generated £1,653 million of travel industry contracts. Countries, airlines, international hospitality chains, IT solution providers in the tourism industry, resorts, top travel agencies, tour operators all come together under one roof to do business. That is why it is catastrophic for any country interested in its tourism growth to miss this annual event. For a country like Nigeria seeking to create an identity for itself and build its profile as an emerging destination, the need to put up a very strong presence and also articulate and market its products was imperative. Slowly over the last few years, due to Nigeria’s strong presence and visibility in WTM and some other key travel fairs, the travel world is now conscious of the country as an emerging destination in Africa and is also taking a look at some of the things that are making Nigeria tick. The African Section of the fair came

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tourism. The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Okorie UGURU to a standstill as people trooped to listen to Nigerian music, watch dancers and have a thirst of the nation’s cuisines. They had it so good that most refused to go and had to when the music stopped. The high point of this year’s event was the Nigeria Day. The Nigerian tourism

drive was given a boost by the 2012 Industry Report of the WTM which in addition to steady progress the country is making stated that: “The Nigerian film industry dubbed Nollywood has made the country the highlight of the African tourist industry with Africans making use of the increase no-frills airline routes to visit the country made famous in the movies.”

However, it must be added here that one of the strong areas for inbound tourists to Nigeria is religious tourism. The annual convention of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners’ Chapel), the Redeemed Christian Church of God Holy Ghost convention and Pastor T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations are all building the market for pilgrimage and religious

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HE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Olugbenga Ashiru, has been commended for his recent directive asking Nigerian missions abroad to ensure that the issuance of visas does not last more than 48 hours. At the forefront of the commendation is the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, who said in a statement in Abuja that the directive was most timely as it conformed with the president’s transformation agenda on tourism. According to Otunba Runsewe, prompt issuance of visas to tourists and investors alike was overdue in view of the desire of tourists to visit Nigeria as their preferred destination and in conformity

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with the President Goodluck Jonathan on transformation of tourism as a major revenue earner for the country. He said the usual delays being experienced in some of our missions abroad would now become a thing of the past as consular service delay had always been the usual complaints of some visitors

wishing to come to Nigeria. “This directive will surely help increase the tourist traffic into Nigeria as complaints have always been in this regards,” Otunba Runsewe said. The minister had said during the signing of “performance” contract with heads of Nigerian missions in

the United States at the Nigerian House in New York that the era of visa delay to visitors and investors, among others, to Nigeria was over. According to the minister, “heads of missions are to hold their individual officers accountable for the delivery of agreed outcome such as the number and timeliness of visas and passports issued, the periodicity and quality of reports that are rendered among other deliverables”. In a related development, the NTDC boss has also commended the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom for promptly issuing a travel document to a staff of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation whose passport was lost while entering the United Kingdom recently.

(NTDC) boss, Otunba Segun Runsewe, assessed the impact of Nigeria at the this year WTM: “ Nigeria had its bold and imposing stand at the African section of the market, showing remarkable improvement in not articulating its presence in the market, but being able to create a platform for states and private sector operators to showcase what Nigeria has to offer in tourism. “While the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) cocoordinated the Nigeria ’s participation, key private sector operators in the tourism industry had the opportunity to market and network with their counterparts from all over the world. It was an encouraging participation by the Nigerian private sector practitioners. “States like Cross River State , Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had a strong presence. The umbrella tourism body for Nigeria, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), led by its Presi-

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HE Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara, has charged intending pilgrims from Niger and Nasarawa states to be good ambassadors of Christ and Nigeria while in the holy land. Mr. Opara gave this charge recently at the Local Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport through his representative, Mr Simeon Gana, the Director of Administration of the NCPC during the airlift of intending pilgrims from Niger and Nasarawa states to Israel for this year’s pilgrimage exercise. Mr. Opara advised the intending pilgrims to conduct themselves decently while in Israel because, according to him, “as soon as

you are out of this country, you are abmbassadors of Nigeria”. He further said, “You are representatives of our Lord Jesus Christ and ambassadors of Nigeria”. The NCPC helmsman also admonished the intending pilgrims to ensure that they guard their travel documents jealously while in Israel, eat moderately, obey table manners and abide by the Israeli laws. Three members of the Federal Government delegation were also at the airport to observe the procedures for the airlift and they all took turns to address the intending pilgrims. In his own remarks, the Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba, stressed the need for the intending pilgrims to be good Christians that their states and the nation would be proud of. He charged them to work with


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dent, Chief Samuel Alabi, led the private sector operators, including the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), National Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), Arik Airline, Remlord Group, Naija Seven Wonders, Eko Hotel and Suites, Tarzan Balogun Marine Services

Limited and many others. “In the 2012 World Travel market, we have seen that more countries are coming to the WTM and with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) also opening their windows and bringing in their members, we have seen that it is an opportunity to bring a very strong inbound tourists traf-

fic to Nigeria . So, we are using the opportunity to showcase the strength of Nigeria basically in terms of our history which is also part of the history of the African-Americans. We are also looking at our craft, festival, waterfalls, rocks and so on. So for us, it is an opportunity to invite more foreigners to Ni-

L-R: Joy Ugomma, Executive Director, Brozom JP Nig; Anne Maingi, Head, Trade Marketing, Unilever Nigeria; Joyce Kibe, Head, Strategic Planning British American Tobacco; Ubong Nseobot, PRSales Manager, Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi and Mrs Ibru at a recent cocktail in Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi

e ambassadors their heads high while in Israel and not to be timid. He thus wished them well and prayed that they would go in good health and come back in like manner. In his own remarks, Prof. Joseph Otubu, who is also a member of the Federal Government delegation for this year’s pilgrimage, said, “Nigerians are very good people”. He posited that the transformation of one person would lead to the transformation of many others.

geria to come and see for themselves. “The most recent thing that happened was the Americans that we invited to Nigeria who were pleasantly surprised. They were surprised by the number of tourism opportunities and tourist destinations we have in Nigeria . So, we want to use the opportunity of the WTM to reassure every tourist coming to Nigeria of their safety and security. Let me use this opportunity to also explain one very important issue. There is no country in the world that has total security. We would have some challenges. What is more important is how to overcome them. That is what we are working on. So, the World Travel Market is a total opportunity for us to showcase our strength as a people and invite more inbound tourists to Nigeria, considering the fact that two major factors are not a problem in Nigeria, in fact three, one language, two accommodation, all the major hotels in the world now have facilities in Nigeria, all the major airlines in the world fly to Nigeria. So, the language, accommodation and transportation are not problems. We have also created an advantage to make Nigeria a preferred destination.” The NTDC boss explained that every country in the world has its challenges, especially in the area of security, but the most important thing is the efforts the country is making to combat it and also ensuring the safety of tourists that visit the country. Commenting on the WTM Global Trends report, Runswe said: “The report we are getting from the WTM is the sixth in the world in the recent past. That means Nigeria is making major impact in terms of tourism development. I want to be very grateful to the organizers for bringing out the real fact that Nigeria has made concerted efforts and still making until tourism becomes a major income earner for the country.”

Visa partners South Africa to promote tourism

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EW alliance aims to strengthen global tourism interest in South Africa and its many wonders Visa and South African Tourism (SA Tourism) have signed an agreement that will

see the two organisations working closely together to promote the country’s tourist attractions to an international audience. The ‘South Africa and Visa Welcomes You’ campaign will look to amplify SA Tourism’s existing efforts to promote South

•Egyptair recently sponsored the Miss University competition. Th e winner receiving her prize

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Africa as a travel destination for tourists and promote the use of Visa cards by visitors. Mandy Lamb, Country Manager for Visa in South Africa, said the agreement was a “natural progression” in the company’s existing role in the global tourism industry. “South Africa remains a firm favourite among tourists from various parts of the world because of the country’s diverse tourist attractions. As a major contributor to South Africa’s GPD, the tourism sector is key to unlocking economic growth and our aim is to put efforts behind articulating South Africa’s advanced electronic payment network, which supports payments by Visa cards,” Lamb said.

Soweto Gospel Choir for CARNIRIV 2012

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HE Soweto Gospel Choir, a Grammy Award winner, will be top on the bill for this year’s CARNIRIV. They will be performing at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt December 9. This is part of the activities for this year’s festival. The organisers, in a release, stated that this is part of the efforts of the Chibuike Amaechi-led government to promote River State as a destination. The Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) has even promised that this year’s edition will be the best so far organized and that it has made ready everything that is necessary for •Gov Amaechi the hosting of the biggest carnival ever known. According to Dr. Sam Dede, RSTDA director-general, this year’s carnival is a commemorative edition, and it has been titled CARNIRIV 2012 Port Harcourt 100 Edition in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the existence of Port Harcourt. He said the carnival will be celebrated with its unique blends of culture, music and entertainment as well as the participation of international stars, thereby underlining the distinctiveness and multifaceted character of CARNIRIV as a global carnival brand compared to any similar carnival held elsewhere. He also promised that local and international tourists that will attend the carnival will savour the full bouquet of A-list events already packaged to make CARNIRIV 2012 an unforgettable experience. To this end, he revealed that Grammy Award-winning reggae star and rapper, Shaggy; compatriot and fellow reggae singer, Patra ,popularly called the Queen of the Pack; and gospel music sensation, Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, are some of the international music acts and groups that will light up the state at this year’s edition of CARNIRIV. The carnival holds from December 8 to 15 in Port Harcourt, the capital city. The directorgeneral explained that arrangements have been concluded with a number of local and international stars and entertainers that will thrill guests on various days and across various segments of the carnival including the opening and closing ceremonies on December 10 and 15 respectively. According to him, one of the high profile events for this year is the Christian interdenominational CARNIRIV Praise Jam slated for Sunday, December 9 at 7pm at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt during which Grammy Award winner, the Soweto Gospel Choir, will be in their best element with soul-lifting songs. ‘‘This is an ice-breaker event for CARNIRIV 2012. The best gospel artistes within and outside the country are expected to grace this stage in an evening fused with soulful and uplifting music requisite for inspiring the added spiritual ambience which the Port Harcourt Carnival ordinarily thrives on’’, Dede said. He revealed further that Shaggy and Patra alongside other top local and international artistes are expected to storm Reggae-360, an event organised for reggae lovers and connoisseurs alike on Thursday, December 13. ‘‘As music is largely incomplete without a tinge of reggae timbering away in its familiar pulse-like rhythm, so is the carnival incomplete without a wellrounded reggae feast’’, he declared. While informing that Dance of Fireflies (DOFF) is another thrilling event in which renowned musicians and entertainment buffs will be treated to good music, Dede said DOFF forms the theme of the opening ceremony concert. He said the concert will feature a well-choreographed, dance collage compromising indigenous riverine dances and calisthenics for the enactment of a dance Drama titled “The Return of the Mangrove Giant”.

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Women, children most affected by violence in the North The First Lady of Gombe State, Hajia Adama Dankwambo, recently hosted wives of Northern governors at her residence in Abuja, where issues affecting the zone were discussed. In an encounter with our Abuja Bureau Chief, YOMI ODUNUGA, she spoke on the challenges being faced by women and how the killings of the menfolk is impacting negatively on family lives. Excerpts:

That the violence is rarely visited on women is no comfort to us because the elimination of the menfolk inflicts heartbreak, destitution and general loss of social and economic standing upon their widows, orphans and other dependants. In most cases, the poor widow is forced to take charge of the family with all the challenges and frustrations of single parenting

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Experiencing true love in your life

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S true love a once in a lifetime experi ence? Not really. You can experience them many times over, and with many people at the same time. You can experience true love with your spouse or your lover, your children and any other person you’re attached to in your life. But true love too, can fade with time. For most of us, our first love is the first time we would have experienced the purest form of true love. We aren’t afraid to let this special someone into our heart and we aren’t afraid to experience heartbreak because we still don’t know what heartbreak feels like. We’re fearless in love and we love passionately with all our heart. [Read: But when the first ro-

mance dies, the true love we had for our first partner too eventually fades, even if it takes years and several new relationships to overcome. And as we enter more relationships, most of us split into two groups. One that believes in true romantic love and the other group that convinces itself that true love doesn’t exist. The kind of relationships you’ve had in your lifetime can play a big part in your understanding of, and expectations from, true love.And if you’re wondering whether true love and romantic love are the same, it really isn’t, even though we almost always associate true love with romantic love. True love is love in its

purest form, while romantic love needs sexual attraction to stay alive. True love can’t be forced True love has to be experienced naturally and wholeheartedly. You can’t fake true love no matter how hard you try. If a couple fails to pass the test of compatibility in their infatuation stage, it’s pretty hard for both of them to ever experience true love.On the other hand, if both partners can understand each other and relate to each other, they’ll start to love each other’s company and start to become inseparable. And eventually, this bond will turn into a pure and selfless love that we call true love.

The 12 signs of true love in a perfect romance

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RUE love may be hard to define, but the signs to read true love can be clearly seen in every perfect loving relationship. If you’re in a relationship and want to know if you’re experiencing the purest form of love, use these 12 signs of true love to find out for yourself.

1 Give and take in love. You give to the relationship wholeheartedly, without any desire or expectations of getting something back in return from your partner to justify your actions. 2 Pure happiness. Just watching this special person smile or laugh out loud fills you with intense happiness, even if you’re suffering or having a hard day. 3 Pain and anger. You get terribly hurt when your lover upsets you, but their actions never anger you. You may get annoyed or frustrated now and then momentarily, but you just can’t stay mad at them for long because staying mad or giving them the silent treatment hurts you more. 4 Sacrifices. You make sacrifices for their happiness or wellbeing, even if they may never realize it. 5 The right effort. You go to great lengths and make an effort to improve the relationship, and play a conscious part in trying to please your partner and make them feel loved and special. 6 You can’t ever hurt them. When you’re truly in love with someone, you can’t even imagine hurting them, emotionally or physically. Payback is a strong human instinct,

but true love makes you completely selfless. 7 You keep your promises. When you make a promise to them, you stick to your word even if this person will never find out if you broke their promise. When you experience true love, your moral conscience becomes very strong when it comes to this one special person. 8 We. In a perfect relationship, it’s good to have your own space to grow as individuals. But at the same time, if you truly love your partner, you’d see them as a part of your life. When you think of your future, you can’t help but see them by your side. 9 You share their burden. And you do that even if you don’t really have to. You can’t bear to see this special someone suffering. If they’re dealing with some issue, you’re always willing to offer them a helping hand even when you have your own difficulties to look into. 10 Pride and jealousy. You beam with pride when they achieve something, even if it’s the same thing you failed at. You may get jealous of a friend who outdid you, but when you love someone, jealousy never enters the picture. 11 Suffering. You’d be willing to suffer, just to see them happy. 12 Their perspective. Everything you do, you keep your lover in mind and think from their perspective, be it about planning a surprise party or hanging out with your own friends after work. You don’t ever want to hurt your lover, so you always think from their point of view before making any decision that involves them in any way.

My man is too temperamental Hi Adeola, I’m 19 and an undergraduate. I’m dating a guy who believes in me and who will never do anything without my consent, even though he’s 10 years older. But he’s very temperamental; how can I curb his temper and how can one be less quiet? Help me. Please reply me through my cell number. God bless you. - From P. Dear P, we all have them in our families – parents, brothers and sisters, cousins etc. When they are angry, tempers fly but we don’t leave them. So, stay on except it gets physical. I pray it doesn’t. Below are tips on handling your temperamental partner: Stop sulking: If you have a demand to him you shouldn’t be sulking or whining because temperamental people have no patience for such behaviors. Pampered at the right time: Don’t hope he can spoil you at all times, especially not when he is having some prob-

lems with his work. You should be able to see the situation, when the time is right he will do what you want. Cool head: When he is angry you have to react with a cool head. Don’t reward him with

the same fury because it will not solve the problem. Pull him with a soft touch and caress his back and ask what the problem that makes him angry, and find the best solution together. Patience: One important

thing is patience. A temperamental person can indeed change, but it takes a long time because he has to learn a few things to adjust. People change and you can change them with the right attitude.

I’m 16 but my guy is dating my friend Good day ma, may God bless you. I’m 16 and just finished my secondary school. I have been dating a guy for 11 months now, though we were childhood lovers, recently, I found out he was dating my friend, please ma what should I do? I need your help because i really do love this guy. Let me start by saying that I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to relationships. Also, as a parent who has a child not quite your age in the university, I must be very firm with you on my opinion.

I honestly wouldn’t approve of a relationship for people under 19 years of age. In your case, you started at 15!At the age you are now, the focus should be on what to make of your future. I like making youths see the bright future in front of them and how this bright future could be destroyed with premature relationships and sex. Instead of being concerned about the beautiful life in front of you, here you are bothering about one small boy (I’m sure) who is

just catching his fun with you and your friend.What roles would a boy still getting pocket money and maybe who is even still being spanked at home play in your life order than to fondle with you, take your mind away from studies and mess with your mind. Leave him and your friend to get busy with their ‘love lives’ while you get busy with how to make your life bright and beautiful.

With Adeola Agoro E-mail: libranadeola@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 08023162609

The 7 secret signs that reveal a bad romance in progress

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ONSTANT arguments, affairs or unhappiness may be the big signs of a bad relationship. But these big signs don’t just crop up out of nowhere. And it’s the secret signs, those subtle hints that can even seem funny at first, that make way for the bigger problems to seep in. If you’re looking for signs of a bad relationship, focus on these 7 signs to begin with. After all, even the biggest of relationship problems have to start with these little secret signs. Read these subtle signs of a bad relationship, and if you do experience something in your own relationship, weed them out before it affects your relationship further. 1 Eye rolling: Do you take your partner or their suggestions seriously? You may find yourself dumbly smiling at your lover or ignoring your partner when they’re trying to say something to you. And your partner may even laugh about it. But the fact that you didn’t listen to your partner or assumed that you were superior to your partner in that aspect shows that you don’t take your partner seriously. To begin with, it may just be a one off incident. But if you find yourself rolling your eyes each time you hear something from the next room or repeating ‘whatever’ inside your head, ask yourself why you’re taking your partner so lightly? 2 Dominance: Dominance and power play in a relationship can be confusing to read, especially if you’re being subtle about it. Do you feel like one of you has more power in the relationship? A happy relationship has to have an equal balance of power between the two lovers. If you feel like you’re being dominated or not given enough control of the relationship and its direction, speak about it with your partner 3 Loss of respect: Respect for each other is crucial in a relationship. If you don’t respect your lover, your lover would start to shy away from giving suggestions or even playing a part in the functioning of the relationship. And almost all the time, your partner will end up getting attracted to someone else who respects them and likes them for the person they are. 4 Speaking ill of each other: Don’t insult each other just to get even or win an argument. And this is especially important when others are around. Don’t ridicule your partner, and definitely avoid saying anything demeaning to your partner when others are around. No matter how you say it, it’ll always be taken badly by your partner.On the other hand, some people love talking about their partner’s inefficiencies to their friends, as if to expect solace and comfort. But by speaking ill of your partner to others, you’re only reassuring yourself that your partner is not good enough for you. How can a relationship last when all you’re trying to do is convince yourself that your lover is not good enough for you? 5 Avoiding conflict and avoiding resolutions: Sometimes, it’s easier to overlook a few differences rather than pick a fight over it. But if something bothers you, don’t avoid talking about it with your partner. If you find yourself grumbling to yourself about something, be it the dirty sink or the clothes lying around, but you still avoid talking about it to your partner, it’ll do more damage than good. The rage that accumulates inside you would start to distance you from your partner, and yet, your partner would have no idea about what’s bothering you. 6 Taking each other for granted: This is one of the most common signs of a bad relationship. All of us take our partners for granted. But there’s a thin line between feeling good about helping someone and feeling like an overworked mule. It’s very easy to unknowingly take your partner for granted. Learn to put yourself in your partner’s shoes and ask yourself how you’d feel. It’ll help you realize when you’re being overbearing and annoying. 7 Silence: Talk is cheap and silence is golden. True, almost in all cases, but not in a relationship. When you’re in love, communication helps open up both your minds and creates a better bond. Do both of you spend your evenings watching your favorite telly shows after work, and hardly talk about anything with each other? It may seem like a perfect way to relax after a tiring and long day. But over times, this lack of communication will disconnect both of you from each other. And soon enough, both of you won’t have anything to share with each other because your minds and ideas are so far apart.

What is true love?

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’M responding to the numer ous questions I have been re ceiving on how to identify or even define true love. True love, ironically, can’t be defined. It’s the kind of love many of us chase after, but few truly find or realize it until it’s too late. So what is true love really? True love is the kind of love and affection you have for someone that isn’t bound by the laws of human behavior. Human behavior is simple to understand. When someone hurts you, you get angry with them. When someone gets lucky or gets a better job, you get jealous of them. And when someone shatters your ego or humiliates you, you want your revenge. This is human behavior, because these traits are engrained within us. But when

you experience true love with someone, your primal instincts and behavior change only towards this person. True love transcends typical human behavior. It makes you a better human being towards a special someone When does one experience true love? True love takes time to bloom. What you experience in the first year or so of a relationship is infatuation and sexual attraction. As the bursts of infatuation start to fade with the first few arguments and the first few misunderstandings, that’s when love starts to enter the picture. And this is where most couples start to drift away emotionally, or even end up breaking up because of incompatibilities.If you’re in a

relationship where both of you truly understand each other and feel compatible with each other, and most importantly, love each other, chances are, you’re experiencing true love already. Secret signs of a bad relationship When you’re floating on the high of a happy relationship, it’s easy to overlook all the little nagging issues that crop up now and then. But before long, it’s the little things that’ll create bigger problems as they snowball over time. Don’t let infatuation and intense affection for each other blind either of you from building a successful relationship on constructive grounds. Keep an eye out for the hints of a bad relationship that show up now and then, and fix them before it gets worse.


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Y this time, the rain had reduced to a slight drizzle and it was nearly sunset. We couldn’t sit in the car all day talk ing so I started the engine and drove to an eatery not too far away from my home at Ikeja. I ordered for a drink while Flora, who said she was hungry asked for some food. “You are sure your head is ok? You are not feeling any pain?” I enquired glancing at her head which was covered in a headscarf. “I’m fine. Stop worrying,” she said looking up at the waiter who had brought the food. I watched her closely as she ate. She looked up then, saw me looking at her and smiled. “Want some?” she asked, offering me a piece of chicken. I shook my head. “I’m ok. I ate at my friend’s place,” I told her. “Is she a girlfriend?” she enquired. “I see you are not married,” she added, glancing at my left hand. “You are right. I’m still single. But she’s just a friend,” I stated. That was not the whole truth but more about that later... “Anyway,” I began. “We are not here to talk about my love life. You were supposed to tell me about your husband,” I pointed out. The animated look on her face disappeared then and she sat, staring gloomily into her plate. Seeing the sad look on her face and fearing she might start crying again, I said softly: “It’s ok if you don’t want to talk about it. I’ll understand.” “No. I’m fine,” she stated, looking calmly at me. Then after taking a sip of water, she began to speak. And this was her story: She was in her second year at the university when her father died. Her mother had passed away some years earlier during childbirth. The baby, Patricia had lived and the bereaved family had tried to raise the little motherless child as best it could. “My dad really tried. He refused to remarry though there were opportunities for him to do so. He said he didn’t want another woman to come and spoil the love and unity in the family. You see, we were a very close-knit family, my siblings- four of us- and our dad. I have an older brother Michael who lives abroad, though we don’t know if he’s still alive as we’ve not heard from him for some years now.” She said after her dad died, things became tough for the family. “Michael and I were at Uni then,” she explained. “Though my elder sister, Janet had left school, she had not started working as she was planning to go for her Masters degree. With our dad’s death, everything was affected- our education, lifestyle and other things. My dad worked as a senior manager in a big manufacturing company and though we were not swimming in money, we were at least comfortable. We had inherited some money from him but that ran out in no time. When things became really tough, we had to seek help from relatives. None was willing to help except for an aunt, one of my mother’s sisters. She had a successful business and was doing quite well. “She agreed to pay my school fees and that of Michael who was by then in his third year. She kept to her promise and helped with our education. Among her various businesses was a restaurant. During the holidays, due to my aunty’s promptings, I began helping out there. If I had known, I should have stayed away from that place because of what happened later.” At this point, she stopped speaking and took a drink of water. “Do you want anything else? Let me order for some soft drinks...” I stated but she shook her head. “I’m ok,” she said and began to speak once more. The restaurant, she stated was a fairly large one and quite popular. “It was always filled with customers, especially male ones who often came in expensive-looking cars which they parked across the road in an undeveloped plot of land. Initially, I thought they came just for the food which was quite good. It was later I discovered it was for something else. A lot of girls worked at the place and most times, some just hung around doing nothing. They would be in one of the rooms in the building, chatting, fixing their make-up or doing their hair. Whenever I told my aunty how they were lazing around doing nothing, she would tell me to ignore them and face my duties. “I helped with the accounts as my aunt said I was good with figures. Then one night, I had to help out serving the customers as we were short of waitresses. That opened my eyes to the other aspect of the business. After their meals, some of the male customers would leave with a girl or even

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two and they would not return. I observed this most nights and I began to have my suspicions which were confirmed by one of the girls who worked in the kitchen. “They take the girls out to sleep with them after paying Madam. It has been going on for years,” she whispered to me. In other words, my aunt was running a prostitution ring, using the restaurant as a front! I was shocked because I had always seen her as a decent person who would never be involved in something so shoddy. But you could never tell with people. Later, she tried to involve me in her evil deeds. After serving them, some of the customers would ask for me, saying: “Where is that fine girl? Call her for me!” “They made all kinds of offers- lots of money, trips abroad, any car of my choice. But I wasn’t interested and I made it clear to them. When it came to my aunty’s notice that I was rejecting her customers, she was not happy. She accused me of being stubborn and trying to ruin her business. “Mind you, it’s from this business that I pay your school fees and that of your siblings. So, you better cooperate or you will have to look for another sponsor,” she threatened me. I still refused the men’s advances. But something happened one day to change all that. There was this man who was really persistent. Larry was his name and he was a regular customer who came nearly everyday. The more he pestered me, the more I turned him down. Then one day, I heard he gave a very large sum of money to my aunt so he could have me. My aunt told me I either complied or she would no longer have anything to do with our education. I was more concerned about my brother

who was already in his final year then. What if he was forced to drop out of school due to lack of sponsorship at that stage in his education? It would be my fault. I could never forgive myself for that. So, because of my aunty’s threats and maybe my age then- I was just 18- I succumbed. I began to date Larry and to be fair to him, he treated me well at the beginning. He was a rich businessman and was unmarried. Larry became responsible for my education and upkeep. The only condition was that I was not to date any other person as long as we were together as he loved me too much to share me with any other man. About six months later, I found out I was pregnant and when I told Larry, he said we should get married. I was against it as I was still in school and I felt my education would be disrupted if I had a baby. But he assured me that I could always return to school after the baby was born. My aunt and even my sister Janet said the same thing. “School will always be there but good men like Larry are hard to find,” they told me. I took their advice and married Larry. I had my daughter Ivy soon after that. And before I could think of returning to school, I was pregnant again with my second child. I had to put my education on hold so I could take care of my children. Besides, by this time, I was having problems in my marriage. Larry, to my shock changed from the loving, caring man I dated. He began to drink heavily, often came home late and would beat me without provoca-

tion. I tried to reason with him but it was no use. There was a night he beat me so hard, I became unconscious and it was the neighbours who had to take me to the hospital. When I recovered and returned home, I found another woman in the house. Larry threw me out, stating he had married someone else who would give him sons as I had only female children in my womb! I had to move in with my sister with my children. He took everything away including the car he bought for me, though we had been together for eight years. That was six months ago. He doesn’t even care about the children’s welfare or their education. That morning of the accident, I had gone to see him at home concerning Princess, my first daughter’s school fees as she attends an expensive private school. He chased me out, saying he didn’t have money to train ‘those brats’ as he called his own kids. I was really upset. I just walked along the road not really seeing where I was going, thinking about my life and how badly things had turned out for me when you hit me.” She stopped speaking then and just sat staring glumly down at the table. I felt really sorry for her after listening to her tale. ‘What kind of man would do this to a beautiful lady like this, his own wife?’ I thought as I gazed at her. “It’s really sad that such things happened to you at such a young age,” I told her softly, reaching across the table to take her hand in mine. She looked up then and shrugged. “That’s life. Full of ups and downs,” she noted. “My main concern now are my children. I’ve been looking for a job so I can earn some money to take care of them. But it’s been tough as they always ask for qualifications and I didn’t finish school.” I thought about what she said. “If it’s a job you want, I have something in mind. Can you...?” To be continued What did Bari say to Flora concerning her job search? Details next Saturday! Send comments to 08023201831(sms only) or psaduwa@yahoo.com Correction Last week’s story was the first part of our new series and it should have been titled, ‘Flora forever (1)’ instead of Bride of Winter (4) that was erroneously used.

Conmen on the prowl, beware!

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IKE hungry beasts in the jungle, they are on the loose looking for unsuspecting victims to devour. They are the conmen in our midst, or what we refer as yahoo yahoo guys (and women too as there are some females in the ‘business’). I don’t know about you but in the past couple of months, I have been inundated with fake phone calls, emails, text messages and others which bear the signature of these dupes. How do I know they are from them? Well, it’s easy to spot with a little bit

of scrutiny and vigilance. The mails ‘emanate’ from all sources- banks, government agencies, blue chip companies, international organizations like the WHO and its affiliates. Even the Presidency is not spared. I recently got a mail from a supposed ‘P.A’ to the President on International Affairs who claimed he had a large sum of money (about 50 million dollars) that needed to be remitted abroad. He wanted my assistance in making the transaction, promising me a large cut of

the deal. Most of the other letters are in likewise manner. How those foreign victims of these conmen fell to their tricks in the past beats me. For it must take a complete fool (or mugu in yahoo yahoo language) or a very greedy person to want to be involved in that kind of deal. The victims wanted to make quick bucks, by reaping where they did not sow. In the end, their greed got them, with many left with their life’s savings and other personal possessions cleaned out. Among other things, the yahoo yahoo ‘business’ is one of the most evil things we have exported to the world

that has all but destroyed our reputation in the comity of nations. Wherever we go outside the country, we are looked on with suspicion as if we are up to no good. For those who travel abroad, you must understand what it means to carry the green passport- it’s like having a bold sign with the word ‘criminal’ carved on your forehead. It doesn’t matter who you arebe it a top government official, an honest businessman or professional or a general in the military- it’s the same attitude. It’s that bad. Now, like Frankenstein’s monster, these conmen have turned on their ‘master’. With the economic recession in Europe and other coun-

tries in the West that used to be their former ‘hunting ground’ biting hard, their foreign mugus no longer have the resources to be conned. They have have now turned their greedy eyes on their fellow countrymen like you and I to practise their nefarious activities on. So, be vigilant especially with the Yuletide season round the corner. Immediately delete any suspiciouslooking mail particularly those from banks asking for your account number, pin number and other personal details. No bank would ask for your PIN especially by mail. These fake mails are easy to spot as most are badly

written with poor grammar like a letter written by a Primary 6 pupil still learning the rudiments of the English language. As for those sending me these fake mails, you better stop as you can never get me that easily. For I’m one of those who believe that whatever I achieve in life is through hard work (with some luck thrown in) and not through doing fast deals. As the saying goes; easy come, easy goes. You make quick money, it slips through your fingers faster than lightning! If in doubt, ask any exconmen some of who now beg to eat, having squandered their ill-gotten loot on fast cars, fast women and fast living!


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Keeping your teenagers pure (4)

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EAR Reader, You are most welcome to this wonderful, and life changing edition. In the first week we discussed the beauty of teenagers. In the second week, I shared with you how to understanding your teenagers. Last week, I taught on Reasons for keeping your teenagers. This week I shall be exploring the Tools for keeping your teenager. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). To train means “to mould the character, to instruct by exercise, drill; make obedient; to put or point in an exact direction, to prepare for contest.” A necessary part of child training is discipline; it is what completes and makes it effective. There is a way to train up a child, and discipline is a part of that way. Discipline means training, especially of the mind and character, aimed at producing self-control, obedience, etc. The child who refuses to go to bed at night, is the same child that refuses to learn scriptures and follow the Lord. Just as surely as I’d see that child so to bed, I’d see that child come to God. To refuse to discipline your child is to prepare Him for your destruction. That was how Phinehas and Hophni, the two sons of Eli were destroyed. Their father refused to discipline them. He knew about their immorality, yet he was complacent. 1 Samuel 3:13 says: For quite some time now I am not able to stay on with my wife for more than five minutes. They told me it is called premature ejaculation. What could be responsible? What drugs can you prescribe? By the training they have received and continue to receive, Medical doctors don't just sit down and prescribe drugs for any condition, no matter how simple it may seem especially in situations like the one you have . There are issues ; Your age, state of mind enthusiasm, your wife's age and what she does and allows or does not allow you to do are all important. Some men are borne that way, others develop the problem because they naturally can not delay gratification. The management pattern that can be sustained and has had success in over 50% of cases is conditioning of the body and mind. This takes time, and requires near perfect understanding

For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. Child training is the responsibility of the parents (both father and the mother); It is God who opens our ears to discipline and commands us to return from iniquity. How does God expect us to discipline our children? He expects us to do it with the “rod.” The rod is the tool of discipline; it must be used to mould the character and give shape to the live of our children. Scripturally, there are two types of “rod”- the spiritual and the physical. The Spiritual Rod The spiritual rod is the Word of God. It is the strongest rod you can use in disciplining your child. It has the inbuild capability to change and transform the life of your child, more than any physical cane can. Only the Word of God can reach into the soul and spirit of a man, penetrating deep into places where a physical rod cannot go. I want to challenge you to use more of the spiritual rod than physical; it has a more lasting effect. The Physical Rod The physical rod is the cane. Never form a habit of always beating your child with cane. It may, however, become necessary to reprove a child with a cane once in a while. There’s an adage that says, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” This has some truth to it, particularly when you understand the rod to mean both the Word of God and the physical rod. But spanking a child should be very occasional, or else the child becomes hardened. You must never beat your child out of anger. Otherwise it would be just to placate your anger. Prayer We can never underestimate the life-changing effect of prayer. Prayer releases the power of God to be at work in the lives of your children. The physical world is controlled

From The Mail Box between you and your wife. Look for a sex therapist in the city where you live, or a clinical psychologist in any of the teaching Hospitals near you. In the interim, take it easy and take it slow. Don't rush your cake. Do other things with your mind while it lasts. I have been experiencing hot flashes and some of the other symptoms of menopause for over three years. It has really been an uncomfortable experience. What is the cause and How much longer will I have to bear it. Please know that you are the first person I am discussing this with; my Husband is not aware of what I have been going through.

The current opinion is that the hormone that was shooting up at certain regular periods of your menstrual cycle so you can ovulate is the one responsible for the hot flushes. This is the Luteinizing hormone(LH) which together with the others ; Follicle stimulating hormone, Esradiol, Progesterone and Prolactine are commonly asked for, when a woman presents with a problem of inability to achieve pregnancy, after 12 to 24 months of regular sexual intercourse The whole thing however involves the part of the brain that regulates body temperature, as well as other parts of the brain that produce chemicals re-

How to tell if someone is having a stroke

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CCORDING to the American Heart As sociation, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds. But there’s good news: Even if you or someone you know suffers a stroke, immediate treatment can greatly reduce the damage. For many strokes, treatment with intravenous clot-busting drugs can make a significant difference. These drugs need to be administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. And the sooner treatment starts, the better the outcome. To give someone the best possible chance of recovery, individuals need to familiarize themselves with the warning signs of stroke. Remember that not all strokes are the same. Even if a friend or someone in one’s family has had a stroke before, a second stroke or a stroke in another family member might not have the same symptoms. What to do if someone shows signs of having a stroke It’s common for someone having a stroke to try to downplay the situation because he’s embarrassed and

Signs of stroke to watch for and what to do doesn’t want to cause a scene for no reason. Take charge and call for help even if he tries to talk you out of it. Don’t wait to see if his symptoms go away — and call even if his symptoms suddenly disappear. He may be having a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or ministroke, which is itself a warning sign that a full-blown stroke may be on the horizon. If you notice one or more of the following stroke signs, call the family doctor right away. Make a note of the exact time when symptoms began; this information can be extremely helpful for the emergency room personnel. •Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg — especially on one side of the body You may notice that the stroke victim’s mouth suddenly looks “uneven.” Ask him to smile and see if one side droops. He may have difficulty moving his arm or controlling his fingers. Have him close his eyes and raise both arms to see if one of

them drifts downward. •Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Language problems are among the most common signs of stroke. Someone having a stroke may suddenly begin slurring his speech or have trouble speaking. He may not be able to understand what you’re saying to him. Ask him to repeat a simple sentence back to you, such as “I went to the store today.” If he has difficulty getting the words out, the cause could be a stroke. •Sudden vision trouble in one or both eyes Vision problems that come on suddenly is another common stroke symptom. What to look for: Someone having a stoke may not be able to see clearly out of one eye, or may have difficulty looking to the right or left. He may complain of blurry or double vision. •Sudden difficulty walking, loss of balance or coor-

dination, dizziness Walking as if intoxicated, stumbling, or even falling down are all stroke symptoms. Other similar signs to watch for: Walking with legs spread apart or a sudden loss of fine motor ability, such as an inability to write. •Sudden severe headache with no known cause A headache is not necessarily a stroke symptom. But if a headache strikes unexpectedly or seems unusually intense, it’s reason for concern. If a stiff neck, facial pain, or vomiting accompanies the headache, the cause could be an intracranial hemorrhage, also known as a “red stroke.” Not all of these warning signs occur with every stroke. Don’t ignore stroke symptoms even if they disappear. And don’t let the person talk you out of calling 911. Tell him you understand that he’s upset, but you’re going to call anyway because you love him. The most precious gift you can give someone who’s having a stroke is immediate treatment.

by the spiritual. In prayer, you wield control over the physical realm. As Christian parents who desire to see their children brought up in the way of the Lord, make out time to pray with and for them. Praying with them is important, because in the process, they learn the art of prayer. On the other hand, praying for your children will help them walk in God’s plan for their lives. LOVE Love is very patient and kind… it is never glade about injustices whenever truth wins out. 1 Corinthians 13:4, 6 (LTD) Your use of the rod and prayer should be to ensure that what is right should be done by your children. However, when administering these instructions of discipline, remember that love is patient and kind. Always let your children know you love them, and that your reason for disciplining them is because of your love for them. However, for you to be able to keep your teenager in the way of the Lord. You need the help of the Holy Spirit, for Him to help you. You need to accept Him into your life as your Lord and Saviour. Are you born again? If your answer is no, please say this prayer with me. Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again! Congratulations! Until I come your way next time, please call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: E-mail: faithdavid@yahoo.com; Tel. No: 234-17747546-8, 07026385437, 07094254102 For more insight, these books authored by Pastor Faith Oyedepo are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian Bookstores: Singles with a Difference and a Living Witness

Health Matters With DR MIKE OYAKHIRE 08170268670 email: drmikeoyakhire@yahoo.com sponsible for preparing a person to run away in fear or stay and fight. As was discussed in that article, the duration of this natural event that every normal woman must go through depends on the genetic make up of the woman, her state of health, how sociable or reclusive she is, her physical and mental activity profile, and how well she is able to cope with the ups and downs of life. If however, after four years from commencement, these symptoms persist, it will be wise to see a Gynecologist Good day sir, I am a regular reader of your column. What can I use for my menses that is not flowing well. Plus I have stomach ache . what drug can I use ? I will be glad to see your reply Readers should please bear with me if the response they get to their questions are not as prompt as they would have expected Every one is busy doing one thing or the other ,but I am very busy indeed, so you can call me, shoot your questions and then we discuss. For very many women menstrual flow should lasts for five days. In nature, there are only very few things that do not vary from one living person to another ,and so there is a range, 3-7days. Some women may bleed for more or less days depending on whether they have a 26 day, 28 day or 30 day cycle. Those who use contraceptive pills may experience shorter or longer days depending on which type and for how long. Users of Leavo norgestrel, LNG(Postinor)may experience inter menstrual bleeding as well as scanty menstrual flow. Seriously, whenever there is a combination of lower abdominal pains, decreased menstrual flow, especially one of sudden onset, it is better to see a Gynecologist, or the Family physician. Drugs come in after answers are provided for additional questions , adequate and appropriate physical examination and thorough investigations Good day Dr. Mike. I do enjoy your Health Matters Column. I feel pains on my backbone, almost every day when I wake up. What could be the problem Sir? The key words and phrases here are, pain, back bone , every day, when I wake up, and daily. Early morning pain and stiffness are commonly associated with rheumatoid type of arthritis. When the back bone is involved, we now want to know whether we are dealing with differentials that may include tuberculous disease of the spine, cancer somewhere sending seeds to the back bone, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis or simple muscle spasm involving the muscle complex of the back , the Erector Spinae. Bottom line is that , you need to see first your family Doctor and then another specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon for possible imaging studies such as x-ray of the lumbosacral spine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or CT


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Poisons in our homes

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once considered a choice between two options: to live with a malicious person or to live with a stupid person. I couldn’t make up my mind because they can both hurt me equally. I hope I never have to live like that. When it comes to the topic “poison,” the malicious person would deliberately give it to you and the stupid person would accidentally give it to you, so either of them will kill you. Life and love are perhaps the two most precious things we can enjoy in this world therefore we do well to learn to live and to learn to love and we want to always have both given to us. However, in the reality of life, we do not always want to love someone and we do not always want someone to live. Throughout history we have employed poisons to vent out hatred and to cut life. Apart from deliberate poisoning, we can get poisoned by inadvertent exposure to dangerous substances. Our homes have many dangerous substances that we use daily or from time to time. Some of our cosmetics, cleaning and laundry products, gardening supplies, pesticides, motor vehicle maintenance products, fuels, paints, and pool products have poisonous components. They often have attractive smells that make the ignorant sniff them. They should be kept out of sight and reach of children. If you employ a house help that is not well schooled, you need to teach him or her about all these products and set rules for the usage and storage of these products within your home. First, it helps if you, yourself, familiarize yourself with all the properties of the products given by the manufacturers. Some of these are in fine print on the containers or on inserts. Having extra reading glasses in strategic places (kitchen, laundry, etc.,) or keeping your glasses with you all the time will help you not to ignore safety information because they are tedious to read. Pass •Put all medicines and up and away – on the information to your house- vitamins out of reach and out of help. In our fast paced busy lives, sight. Children are curiwe can never predict when an igno- ous and put all sorts of rant person can do something dan- things in their mouths gerous. Prevent accidents in your home by teaching the members how to use household products well. Some kitchen, laundry,and cleaning products that contain hazardous substances and can be very harmful if they are swallowed, over-inhaled, or if they make prolonged contact with the skin include: air fresheners, antiseptics and disinfectants, ammonia, bleach, carpet and upholstery cleaners, stain removers, floor cleaners, dishwasher and laundry detergents, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, fabric softeners, hand sanitizers, furniture polishes, metal cleaners, oven cleaners, scouring powder, rust removers, insecticides, and spray starches. All these products come in attractive packaging and some have interesting smells, bright colours, and look delicious

T to children.Some of our seeming-harmless bathroom products should also be utilized with care. They include: after-shave lotions, shaving creams, deodorants, colognes and perfumes, false fingernail removers, nail polish removers, hair remover, hair relaxers, hair styling products, lotions, creams and oils, hand sanitizers, makeup, mouthwash, rubbing alcohol or spirit, soaps, deodorants, and shampoos. These products are meant for topical use (that is on the skin and in body cavities) and are not meant to be swallowed or ingested to reach the blood stream in large amounts. You should inform your house-help about them and also teach children about them. Those of us who like gardening tend to keep various products such as pest (insect, rat) killers, fertilizers, and weed killers. In our stores and hobby compartments we may also have useful products such as: petrol, kerosene, lighter fluid, turpentine, glues, lime, lye, paints, paint thinner, swimming pool supplies, and windshield wiper fluid. The members of our household, especially the house-help, should be taught about the good utilization and proper storage of these products and they should be kept out of reach of children. Sometimes during petrol crises, people initiate the suction of petrol from jerry cans by sucking with their mouths and they feel safe about it because there is no immediate harm. This is a risky practice. We should beware that dangerous products do not always present immediate harm but can initiate harm that develops and devastates with time. Chronic diseases such as cancer take time to manifest therefore we should not be deceived by apparent immediate safety of any substance we are exposed to. We live in a materially advanced world with many artificial products available to us. These are products of scientific research, hard work, and daring investments and are meant to improve our standards of living. We must use them wisely and appropriately so that they do indeed improve our lives and we avoid acquiring modern richman’s diseases and destroying our lives by their misuse. Dr. ’Bola John is a biomedical scientist based in Nigeria and in the USA. For any comments or questions on this column, please Email bolajohnwritings@yahoo.com or call 07028338910

Ways to a healthy life

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OU hear a lot about liv ing a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? In general, a healthy person doesn’t smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The trick to healthy living is making small changes, taking more steps, adding fruit to your diet, having an extra glass of water; these are just a few ways you can start living healthy without drastic changes. Exercise One of the biggest problems of modern life today especially for urbanites, is lack of activity. We know it’s good for us but avoid it like the plague either because we’re used to being sedentary or afraid that exercise has to be vigorous to be worth our time. The truth is, movement is movement and the more you do, the healthier you’ll be. Even moderate activities like chores, gardening and walking can make a difference. Just adding a little movement to your life can: •Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes •Improve joint stability •Increase and improve range of movement •Help maintain flexibility as you age •Maintain bone mass •Prevent osteoporosis and fractures •Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression •Enhance self esteem •Improve memory in elderly people

•Reduce stress So, even if you opt for small changes and a more modest weight loss, you can see the benefits are still pretty good. One study has found that just a 10% weight reduction helped obese patients reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and increase longevity. Simple Ways to Move Your Body If you are overweight and wish to shed some exercise baggage, you can start the process of weight loss by adding a little more activity to your life. If you’re not ready for a structured program, start small. Every little bit counts and it all adds up to burning more calories. •Turn off the TV. Once a week, turn off the TV and do something a little more physical with your family. Play games, take a walk; almost anything will be more active than sitting on the couch. •Walk more. Look for small ways to walk more.

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When you get the mail, take a walk around the block or walk on your treadmill for 5 minutes before getting ready for work. •Do some chores. Working in the garden, raking leaves, sweeping the floor, these kinds of activities may not be ‘vigorous’ exercise, but they can keep you moving while getting your house in order. •Pace while you talk. When you’re on the phone, pace around or even do some cleaning while gabbing. This is a great way to stay moving while doing something you enjoy. •Be aware. Make a list of all the physical activities you do on a typical day. If you find that the bulk of your time is spent sitting, make another list of all the ways you could move more, getting up each hour to stretch or walk, walk the stairs at work, etc. Eating Well Eating a healthy diet is another part of the healthy lifestyle. Not only can a clean

diet help with weight management, it can also improve your health and quality of life as you get older. You can use these tips for simple ways to change how you eat: •Eat more fruit. Add it to your cereal, your salads or even your dinners •Sneak in more veggies. Add them wherever you can— a tomato on your sandwich, peppers on your pizza, or extra veggies in your pasta sauce. Keep pre-cut or canned/ frozen veggies ready for quick snacks. •Switch your salad dressing. If you eat full-fat dressing, switch to something lighter and you’ll automatically eat less calories. •Eat low-fat or fat-free dairy. Switching to skim milk or fat free yogurt is another simple way to eat less calories without having to change too much in your diet. •Make some substitutes. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick 3 foods you eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the next time you’re at the store, find lower-calorie substitutes for just those 3 items. Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean drastic changes. In fact, drastic changes almost always lead to failure. Making small changes in how you live each day can lead to big rewards, so figure out what you can to be healthy today.

HIV/ AIDS

HE term AIDS is an acronym that stands for “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome”. It is acquired because the victims do not inherit the condition, but contract it. Immune deficiency means that the victim’s natural bodily defense mechanisms are unable to function properly, and “syndrome” refers to the combination of different abnormalities or diseases making up this condition. AIDS is a complex of diseases and symptoms resulting from unexplained immune deficiency; caused by a retrovirus, culminating in a “mixed-bag” of life-threatening opportunistic infections, which invariably results in death. The retrovirus that causes AIDS is known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) with types I, II, and III already isolated. Although there have been wide speculations and insinuations as to the origin of the virus (HIV), the fact still remains that the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed in North America, Europe and Central Africa about the same time in 1981. Since then, cases are being reported all over the world and most countries now have people with “full-blown” AIDS as well as carriers infected with the virus. It occurs in about 1 to 10% of the population and the incubation period is 4 to 10 years. The virus has been isolated mostly from semen, vaginal secretion and blood. It is generally believed to be contracted through sexual intercourse, transfusion of contaminated blood, use of un-sterile instruments such as needles, blades and catheters, trans-placental infection, organ transplant, tattooing and circumcision as well as breast-feeding. The major characteristic feature of AIDS is weight loss of about 10kg within 1 month without a known cause. Other symptoms include chronic diarrhoea, persistent cough, skin infections, oro-pharyngeal candidiasis, swollen lymph glands and night sweating. Prevention Prevention of AIDS is achieved through avoidance of casual sex, and other factors that may predispose to HIV infection; as well as sterile procedures in clinico-surgical practices. Treatment and Control Before recommending our treatment and control packages for HIV/ AIDS, it is pertinent to ask the following questions: 1. Why do outbreaks of serious infectious diseases leave some people devastated and others free? 2. If some people are known to be carriers and could go around with the virus for up to 15 years before they physically breakdown, couldn’t there be ways of helping to cleanse the virus from the system before it manifests? 3. Are the sufferer’s thoughts, aspirations and living habits not affecting the disease cycle as well as response to treatment? If yes, then in Holistic Lifecare, we are committed to total cure of HIV/AIDS sufferers when they have just been tested and diagnosed positive, when they are still able to eat, drink and move around on their own, but not when they are expecting their funeral the next day! The Holistic Natural Remedy being suggested for restoring good health, vitality, and total cure in HIV/AIDS sufferers; is a combination of herbal, nutritional and psycho-social therapies at the appropriate time and in the right proportion. Notable among the useful herbs for HIV/AIDS are Aloe vera, Allium sativum, Harpagophytum zeyheri, Echinacea augustifolia and Zingiber officinale. For further information and consultation on Holistic Lifecare research and services, especially on Blood Infections, Infertility, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Chronic Debilitating Conditions as well as mental and social problems, please call on: 0803-330-3897 or visit: Mosebolatan Holistic Lifecare Centre, Adeyalo Layout, Ogbere-Tioya, Off Olorunsogo Express Bridge, Ibadan. Website: www.holisticlifecare.com. Distance is no barrier, we can send remedies by courier if need be. We also have facilities for accommodation, admission and hospitalization in a serene and homely environment.


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Police officer beats, rapes nursing mother in Imo

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RANDY police officer is currently cooling his heels for raping a nursing mother who had taken refuge in a police station in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The serial rapist, who was booked for a similar offense in the past, was said to have beaten the hapless mother to stupor after he had thrown away her suckling child in a nearby bush. The police personnel (names withheld) who is a corporal was attached to Umuguma Police Station in Owerri West Local Government Area. Mrs. Maureen Ayalebechi, who hails from Umukabi Okpalla in Ngor Okpalla Local Government Area of the state was said to be returning from a Church crusade but decided to spend the night in her brother’s residence around World Bank Estate, but was unable to locate the place

Okodili NDIDI, Owerri before it was too late that she could not safely return back home. It was gathered that she decided to take refuge at the police station, believing that the place was safe for her and her seven months old baby to pass the night.

She approached the police station and appealed to them to allow her to pass the night there since she could not continue the endless search for her brother’s house. After her explanation, one of the police officers, who later turned out to be her assailant, offered to assist her by taking her to a room where she and

her baby would not be beaten by mosquito. “I thanked him and followed him immediately, but to my surprise I was hit from behind by the police officer and before I knew what was happening, he flung my baby away and continuously beat me. “I became weak as a result of the beating and he held my

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HE Imo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has chided the Imo State government over the recent demolition of a school building constructed by the Ikedi Ohakim administration, describing the action as a vendetta. The party noted that the actions of Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, two years after his election, are vindictive and targeted against perceived enemies of his political party. Addressing journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the state Chairman of the party, Eze Duru Iheoma (SAN), said: “It has become imperative to alert Imo people on the current practice in the state. We have observed that the state thrives on vendetta and this is not in the interest of the state.” According to him, the pulling down of the structure at Owerri Township School, was uncalled for, stating that it was an attempt by the current administration to obliterate all the legacies of the previous administration. “A school building erected by the Ohakim administration was pulled down. Again the only reason for this uncivilized conduct is the need to obliterate every legacy of Ohakim’s administration. “In carrying out this exercise, it did not occur to the administration that it is the collective patrimony of Imo people that was demolished. We must all condemn this act of vindictiveness, especially when the structure was not defective,” he argued. The party also called for the investigation of the recently inaugurated Imo State security network, adding that “the use of vigilante is not new in Imo State but we are worried by the mode of operation of the Imo State Security Network, the sophisticated arms paraded by the group has continued to instill fear in the minds of residents of the state.

poral and waited patiently until the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) arrived office in the morning. After narrating her ordeal, the stunned DPO immediately ordered for the detention of the officer pending police investigations. Speaking to The Nation, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Vitalis Onugu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that “the accused police corporal is undergoing administrative trial, adding that if he is found culpable he will be dismissed.”

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neck and mouth to stop me from shouting before he raped me,” she narrated. According to the victim, after the police corporal was done with her, he helped her to pick up her baby before leading them back to the station. “When we got back, a lady police at the station who saw the corporal take me away was shocked to notice how tattered I was and tried to find out what had happened but the police corporal tried to deceive her by denying what he has done.” She said that she managed to get the name of the police cor-

NAMBRA State governor, Mr. Peter Obi has been hailed for zoning the governorship position in 2014 to the North Senatorial Zone in the state. Since the creation of the state in 1991, the zone has not produced the governor of the state, while the South and Central zones had produced six governors. Rising from a meeting yesterday in Awka, the ‘Forum 99’, a pressure group in the state, mainly members of the

Flood camp inmates lament diversion of relief materials

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OME inmates at the Ogbaru relief center, Ogbaru Local Government Area and other camps have decried what they called dehumanizing activities of camp officials who they alleged divert relief materials brought to the camp. 82-year-old Mrs. Veronica Obiora regretted the nefarious activities of the camp commanders, who she alleged have subjected them to severe

•I eat once a day, says 9-yr-old Odogwu EMEKA ODOGWU, Nnewi hunger, despite the huge relief materials brought to them in the camp by groups and individuals. She said if she dies, her spirit will never forgive those behind the evil acts. Also lamenting, nine-yearold Miss Nnenna Nwaora noted that she eats once in a

day and confirmed the steady inflow of food items to the camp. She alleged that some people who receive the items on their behalf divert some. She called on the government to checkmate the bad activities of the camp commanders. Another inmate who spoke on condition of anonymity alleged: “I can tell you that people bring food and other

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MUCHUKWU Community in Orumba South Local Government Area has lauded Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and Dr Godwin Maduka who is based in Europe for the total transformation of their community. Umuchukwu was formerly known as Nkerehi community before it changed name through a referendum monitored by the Ministry of Local Government in the state. That change of name brought some disagreements which led to internal bickering and near anarchy before Obi intervened and urged the people to accept the name change. President General of Umuchukwu Progressive Union, Mr Okechukwu Nwele who announced this after a town union congress said Umuchukwu community is eternally grateful to their illustrious son, Dr Godwin Maduka and Governor Obi for championing the cause of democracy dividends for their people. He said the community has never had it so good as they had before now been abandoned and dejected without a voice to speak for them.

Odogwu EMEKA ODOGWU, Nnewi “This kind of total transformation in our community can only be likened to the will of God who used our son to build many infrastructural facilities for us. Our son, Dr Godwin Maduka has invested billions of naira in projects that have rated the town as one of the fastest developing community in Anambra State. We cannot thank Dr. Maduka without thanking Okwute Ndigbo, Governor Peter Obi who has passion for development in our community. Having seen what our son did, he came in and supported that vision with tarred roads link-

ing us to other communities, even with two 100 meter-long bridges. “We are very grateful to Governor Peter Obi and Maduka for transforming our community. Obi did not stop at tarring our roads but he supplied transformers to us for steady power supply. Meanwhile, Governor Peter Obi has flagged off more road constructions in the community.

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things for us here on a daily basis but we don’t see them afterwards. Even the money the people give us, we don’t see it. All the beverages they give us are nowhere to be seen. We are crying of over what had happened to us and those who should have helped us here are making our condition worse. They are adding insult to injury. In fact, if I begin to tell you what these people are doing to us here, you will shed tears,” the victim said. In a swift reaction, two camp commandants who would not want their names in print, debunked the allegations, saying that they were doing humanitarian services to their people who were affected by the flood disaster, but wondered why such allegations were heaped on them. They described it as malicious and unfounded.

Nwanosike ONU, Awka Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Obi had shown exemplary leadership for the decision. Governor Obi has been drumming support for the next governor of the state from the North which has gladdened the hearts of people like the Onitsha Monarch, Igwe Alfred Achebe and billionaire business man, Prince Arthur Eze. One of the organizers of the Forum 99, Amedu Udeoji, a two-time council chairman in the state, told The Nation yesterday that the only thing left for the people of the zone was to choose a credible candidate for the position. According to him, “Governor Peter Obi and other elder statesmen such as Prince Arthur Eze are only trumpeting the views of the generality of Anambrarians and the widespread support for the inclusion of zoning of the office of the governor. “This action has put a lie to those who had under pseudo names been writing and casting aspersions on Obi, who has been in the forefront of the campaign that Anambra people give support to the zone to have one of their own elected in 2014.” The group, however, urged the national leadership of PDP not to miss this golden opportunity to win back Anambra in 2014, as choosing a credible candidate from the north with a pan-Anambra posturing would surely achieve victory for the party.


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ACN applies for inspection of election materials n Damisi OJO, Akure n HE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN} and its candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) have filed an application before the Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Akure. They are seeking for an order allowing the petitioners’ inspection of all election materials used during October 20 governorship election in Ondo State. The application was filed by ACN lawyers, Titiloye Charles, Kola Olawoye and Victor Olatoyeun. ACN and Akeredolu are praying the tribunal to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the petitioners inspect, make copies and certify documents, forms and all processes used in the conduct of the election for the purpose of maintaining the petition. Besides, they are praying the tribunal to allow scanning by electronic process of the used and unused ballot papers purportedly used by the INEC to conduct the election. They averred that all the documents have been pleaded in the petition and will be required during pre-hearing session. The tribunal is yet to fix a date for hearing of the application.

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Under Shekau, Boko Haram has become more radical and carried out more killings He says he only escaped summary execution by Maiduguri police after an intelligence officer intervened. "He is one of those who believes that you can sacrifice anything for your belief," Mr Salkida says. Shekau is fluent in his native Kanuri, Hausa and Arabic languages, and he does not speak English. "I used to joke with him that he should teach me Arabic and I would teach him English," Mr Salkida says. When Yusuf was killed, Mr Shekau is said to have married one of his four wives and adopted their children - perhaps, say sources who do not want to be named, to preserve Boko Haram's cohesion or "purity". The group has a highly decentralised structure, with ideology as the unifying force. Shekau also does not communicate directly with the group's foot soldiers. He is said to wield his power through a few select cell leaders, but even then contact is minimal. "A lot of those calling themselves leaders in the group do not even have contact with him," Mr Salkida says.

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bubakar Shekau is the leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has carried out a series of deadly attacks across northern Nigeria. The notoriety of his group has earned him the ignoble tag of Nigeria's most wanted man, while he has been designated a terrorist by the US government. Shekau is said to be a fearless loner, a complex, paradoxical man - part intellectual, part gangster. Fondly called imam or leader by his followers, Abubakar Muhammad Shekau was born in Shekau village in Nigeria's northeastern state of Yobe. Some say he is 34 or 35, while others say that he may be 43. This uncertainty about his exact age has added to the myths surrounding Nigeria's most wanted man. Shekau was believed to have been killed by security forces in 2009, only for him to reappear in videos posted on the internet less than a year later, when he emerged as Boko Haram's new leader. The group's founder, Muhammad Yusuf died in police custody, and hundreds of others were killed during that massive crackdown, which many have blamed for making the group even more violent. One of his favourite quotes is: “I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill” However, Shekau has not been seen in public since. Instead, still images and video clips of him are released from time to time, mostly online, by the group's faceless "public enlightenment department". The militant leader is said to have met his predecessor in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State and now Boko Haram's headquarters, through a mutual friend, one Mamman Nur. Nigeria's authorities say Mr Nur masterminded the August 2011 bombing of the UN office complex in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. All three were theology students, and Shekau was seen as the quietest and perhaps the most radical of them. "He hardly talks, he is fearless," says Ahmed Salkida, a journalist with good access to Boko Haram that, at one stage, he was suspected of being a member.

The group has a highly decentralised structure, with ideology as the unifying force. Shekau also does not communicate directly with the group's foot soldiers. He is said to wield his power through a few select cell leaders, but even then contact is minimal

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Mr Shekau has neither the charismatic streak nor the oratorical skills of his predecessor, but he has an intense ideological commitment and ruthlessness, say people who study the group. "He is the leader of the more militant wing of the group as testified by his aping of Osama Bin Laden in his video appearances," says Abubakar Mu'azu from the University of Maiduguri. Shekau issued a chilling message in one of those appearances, which provides a major insight into what his leadership of the group will bring. "I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill - the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams," he said in the video clip released just after Boko Haram had carried out its deadliest attack so far, killing at least 180 people in Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city. Shekau is also the group's spiritual leader, and, judging by video footage, he seems equally comfortable delivering sermons to his followers. "He has a photographic memory and is well versed in theology," Mr Salkida said. He is nicknamed "Darul Tawheed", which translates as a specialist in Tawheed. This is an orthodox doctrine of the uniqueness and oneness of Allah, which is the very cornerstone of Islam. But Nigeria's mainstream Muslim clerics do not regard Mr Shekau as a scholar and question his understanding of Islam. They regularly condemn the bombings and driveby shootings committed by his followers against anyone who disagrees with them. Timeline of Boko Haram attacks: December 2010: Bombed Jos, killing 80 people; blamed for New Year's Eve attack on Abuja barracks June-August 2011: Bomb attacks on Abuja police HQ and UN building December 2011: Multiple bomb attacks on Christmas Day kill dozens January 2012: Wave of violence across northeast Nigeria; Kano bombing kills at least 180 May 2012: Offices of ThisDay newspaper bombed, the first time media houses have been targeted. •Sourced from BBC

Soldiers arrest one, recover grenade, IEDs in Mubi OLDIERS in Mubi, Adamawa State, have arrested a 24-year-old man, Mohammed Ibrahim, and recovered a pistol and N3.5 million from him. Briefing newsmen on Friday in Mubi, the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Armour Brigade, Yola, Brig. Gen. John Nwaoga, said the suspect was arrested in a Honda Saloon car. He said after interrogation, the suspect led security agents to a house, where Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), grenade, tear gas and police uniforms, among others, were recovered. He said nobody was found in the house, adding that investigation was ongoing to track down others and the owner of the house. Nwaoga re-iterated the commitment of the Army and other security agencies to combat terrorism and urged stakeholders, particularly the media, to support them to flush out criminals from the society. He lamented the attempt by some people to blackmail the security through bad publicity, warning that no amount of blackmail would deter them from their assignment.

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EQUITIES NIGERIAN STOCK EXCHANGE DAILY SUMMARY AS AT 24-11-12

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HE Nigerian Stock market closed the week with moderate gain as stock rallied against the largely bearish sentiments that had dominated the market. The moderate appreciation by the market capitalisation and All-Share-Index can be attributed to the boost from a handful of some highly and moderately capitalised stocks. This brought to a total of two upticks and three downticks in the just concluded week. NSE-ASI closed with an increase of 52.57 points to close at 26,322.18 points while Market Capitalisation recorded a N10 billion growth to close at N8.381 trillion. However, the divergence in both lead indicators was due to the listing of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc in placed of old Stanbic-IBTC Plc on the floor of the exchange. A total of 10,000,000,000 shares of N0.50 each at N13.03 per share were admitted on the Daily Official

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List in favour of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday, November 23, 2012 under the Other Financial Institutions sub sector. This replaced the shares of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. The erstwhile bank (Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc) transformed into a holding company (Hold Co). It would be recalled that the company was placed on full suspension on the November 8th 2012 at N7.35 per share. Consequently, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc was delisted from the Daily official List of the Exchange. Specifically, yesterday, the upturn in the market was boosted by value appreciations recorded in Access Bank, UACN, Unilever, NB, Flour Mills, Cadbury, Oando and Lafarge WAPCO. Market breadth revved up marginally with a tally of 19 advancers against 18 decliners. Leading the gainers table was Cutix

with an increase of N0.07 to close at N1.52 followed by Ikeja Hotel with a gain of N0.04 to close at N0.98. Others on the list were Unity Bank, Japaul Oil, Access Bank, Cadbury, Flourmills, Vitafoam, UACN and NEM Insurance. On the flip side of the table, Fidson led the lots with a drop of N0.06 to close at N1.01 followed by Eterna Oil & Gas with a drop of N0.08 to close at N1.52. Also on the list were Trans express, Evans medical, RT Briscoe, Air Services, Sterling Bank, UBN, Honeywell Flour and Livestocks. As a whole the market traded 164.151 million shares worth N1.635 billion in 3,739 deals. The Financial Service sector led the activities table with a volume of 118.494 million shares worth N880.239 million across 2,362 deals. Oil & Gas was next on the list with 14.454 million shares worth N25.243 million in 151 deals. Other significantly traded sectors were Industrial Goods, Consumer Goods, Conglomerates and Natural resources with 12.632 million shares, 8.815 million shares, 4.544 million shares and 2.068 million shares respectively.

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ARK HUGHES has been sacked as manager of QPR and Harry Redknapp has been appointed as his replacement. Hughes’ assistant manager Mark Bowen will take Rangers, winless and rock-bottom of the Barclays Premier League, to Old Trafford tonight with former Tottenham boss Redknapp in the stands. QPR are the only team out of 92 league clubs yet to win a match this season. But Harry has performed miracles before. When he took over from Juande Ramos at Tottenham the team had only two points and his only brief was to stop them slipping into the Championship. He managed to finish in eight place that very season, and took Tottenham to the Champions League two years later. Hughes’s position has been hanging in the balance all week after defeat to Southampton at Loftus Road, a match dubbed ‘El Sackico’. The former Manchester United striker had been preparing his team for the clash at Manchester United with the expectation that he would be on the touchline. However, owner Tony Fernandes finally snapped this morning, showing Hughes, who had replaced, Neil Warnock the door after 10 months. Crisis talks were held at the club’s Harlington training base on Monday evening. But the decision was taken by the board to end Hughes’ tenure as boss with the board aware that any increase in the five-point gap between QPR and Reading in 17th would make it harder to find a new boss to take charge. A club statement Friday morning said the Rangers board were now looking to appoint a replacement as soon

Ameobi major doubt for EPL clash • Ameobi

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EWCASTLE striker Shola Ameobi is nursing a groin injury and so is a major doubt for Sunday’s EPL game against Southampton. The Nigeria international has already missed an all-important Europa League game against Maritimo which ended 1-1 on account of the injury. Newcastle coach Alan Pardew said ahead of the clash with Maritimo that Ameobi was a big doubt for the team. “The only one we are a little bit concerned about is Shola. He’s got a slight groin niggle, so we are going to have to see how he shapes up for the game,” Pardew said. His injury would force the return of Senegal international Pape Cisse for the Europa League game against Maritimo.

as possible, however Sportsmail is able to confirm that Redknapp is the new manager. The club’s statement read: ‘Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today (Friday) terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect. ‘This decision has been taken after careful consideration by the Board of Directors, following numerous meetings over the last few days. ‘The Board of Directors wish to thank Mark for his commitment, hard work and dedication in his ten months in charge. ‘Mark has shown integrity and professionalism throughout his time here, but ultimately the circumstances we find ourselves in have left the Board of Directors with very little choice but to make a change. ‘The Board will now be working actively to put a new managerial structure in place as soon as possible. ‘Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the R’s trip to Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon. ‘The club will be making a further announcement in due course.’

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•As Maigari hails Cross River State condition in Bamako so that the host would not have an undue advantage over the Nigerian youngsters. “Our training in Calabar in the last one week has been very good but we need to familiarise the players with the artificial surface ahead of the game in Bamako,”Garba said.” Playing on synthetic surface is not a new thing to most of the players and we are confident they would cope well.” In the meantime, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, the President of the NFF, has again hailed the impact of the government and people of Cross River State towards the success of the Golden Eaglets’ campaign. “The NFF cannot be tired of

Ogun storms ‘Eko 2012’ with 661 strong contingent

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GUN State will be represented by 661 strong contingents at the 18th National Sports Festival billed to start next week in Lagos. A statement from the Press Officer of the State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Rotimi Oduniyi said the contingent will consist of athletes, coaches, organisers, technical and administrative officials.. Team Ogun will take part in all the 25 major sports that will be completed for at the festival. They are Track and Field, Football, Swimming, Boxing, Volleyball, Abula, Squash, Table Tennis, tennis, Handball, Basket Ball, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Badminton, chess and Cricket. The rest are Cycling, Gymnastic,

Edo athletes undergo medical fitness test

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DO athletes for the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos on Friday took the medical fitness test ahead of their departure for the Games holding from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9. Felix Otoikhide, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone in Benin. “I am at the hospital where the athletes are undergoing medical fitness test preparatory to their departure to Lagos,’’ Otoikhide said but did not name the hospital. On allegations of unpaid allowances and discrepancies in the lists of coaches and athletes for the Games, he declined comment, saying: “I won’t comment on that on the

Traditional Sports, hockey, Para Athletics,DeafAthletics,ParaTable tennis, Deaf Table tennis, Power lifting, Dambe and Kokowa. The contingents will arrive in Lagos on Sunday for the competition. Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged the contingents to do the state proud at the festival. Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave the charge when he visited the team’s camp venues today in Abeokuta. The Governor who said the state Government has fulfilled its own part of the bargain by preparing the athletes well for the competition urged item to reciprocate government gesture by wining many laurels at the competition.

singing the praises of Governor Liyel Imoke and people of Cross River State,” Maigari explained.” Without the support of Cross River State, it would have been hard to take the Golden Eaglets to this level and we pray all the efforts would not be in vain.” Meanwhile, coach Garba has enthused that Nigeria would be in the pot when the Confederation of African Football hold the Final draws for the 2013 Orange CAF U17 African Championship on December 9th of at the CAF headquarters in Cairo. The tournaments would feature eight team finals with the top four teams qualifying to represent Africa at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE.

telephone’’. He also did not say when Team Edo would depart for Lagos because of alleged paucity of funds. But competent sources told NAN that the ministry was trying to calm the protesting athletes most of whom are yet to receive the promised allowances and equipment for their associations. The sources said the situation was like that because of paucity of funds. A NAN check showed that of the N120 million approved by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole for the festival, only N20 million has so far been released. “The ministry is only hoping to get more today (Friday) following the governor’s instruction to that effect before he travelled out of the country on Thursday,’’ the source said.

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BATTLE OF BAMAKO HE Golden Eaglets will on Sunday move to Abuja from Calabar to fine-tune their preparation for the second leg of the 2013 African U-17 final round qualifier against Mali. With confirmation that the match would hold on a synthetic pitch, the coaching crew sought the approval of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to conclude the team’s final preparations in Abuja. Incidentally, the team had taken off from the NFF/FIFA Goal Project site in Abuja which has an artificial surface in February where the bulk of the team was selected from over 3,000 that took part in the screening exercise. Coach Manu Garba (MFR) said it’s imperative to expose the players to the likely

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ITH just four days to the commencement of the 18th National Sports Festival (NSF), the Abalti Barracks venue for Kokowa and Dambe (traditional sports) seems not to be ready. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the development has put the authorities in a quandary of sort. A routine visit by NAN to the venue revealed that nothing was on ground to indicate that an event of the magnitude of the NSF was due to take place at the venue. NAN reports that, Emmanuel Egenamba, the Technical Director, Traditional Sports Federation of Nigeria, had called for the fixing of the facility during an inspection tour. The tour which took place under the auspices of the Main Organising Committee on Nov.9 ratified the Teslim Balogun Sports Bar for Ayo Olopon, while the National Stadium was endorsed for Langa. In the same vein the venue for Abula at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the

Abalti Barracks for Kokowa and Dambe were also ratified. According to him, Abalti Barracks was chosen for Kokowa and Dambe because of the combative nature and the security in the barracks. “I want to commend the Lagos State Government for picking Abalti Barracks for Langa and Dambe because the two are combat sports. “We have been having problems with the choice of venue due to the nature of the two sports. So, the approved venue is appropriate to demonstrate the events. “However, only the field is available. There is nothing on ground now. We need a ring of 25m and white sharp sand, to make the venue ready for use,’’ he said. Egenamba, however, urged the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to make the Kokowa, Dambe and Abula venues ready before the commencement of the tournament. NAN reports that works at the Abula venue at UNILAG was still ongoing with the floor, poles and nets being fixed.

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HE Akwa Ibom contingent to the 18th National Sports Festival, “Eko 2012,’’ on Friday lamented the poor state of facilities for the preparation of their athletes for the festival. The 14-day festival kicks off in Lagos on Nov. 27. Some of the athletes, who pleaded anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo that they were not excited at some of unfulfilled promises earlier made to them. They said that in spite of promises of new training equipment, none was purchased. The athletes claimed that between now and the Games,

the time was too short for the state government to be able to redeem all its promises, before the contingent left for Lagos. Some of the athletes also claimed that they had not been eating good food since their arrival in camp. “We are here because we want to showcase our talents to the world’’. However, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Ita Udoh, in a reaction, pleaded with the athletes to manage whatever was made available to them at the training venue, noting that government would soon address some of their challenges. The commissioner later said that in spite of some few

hiccups being experienced, the state would win more medals from the festival. Udoh claimed that the athletes were set to put in more efforts in some sports where they had some competitive edge, to make the state proud. Akwa Ibom placed eight on the overall medals table at the 17th edition of the festival, tagged “Garden City Games’’ which was staged in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital in 2011. NAN also gathered that as part of plans to encourage the contingent, Gov. Godswill Akpabio will address the athletes before their scheduled departure to Lagos on Nov. 24.


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Ikhana’s needless attack on Green It appears too that we are in a season of allegations. Most people have saluted Coach Kadiri Ikhana for having the courage to resign after leading the Super Falcons to its worst football outing on the continent. I waited patiently to comment because I know that many a Nigerians is not known to surrender such jobs without potshots at his employer. I didn’t wait too long. I read Ikhana’s tales against NFF’s Technical Committee Chairman Chris Green. Ikhana alleged that Green and indeed, the NFF failed to secure the release of two players for the assignment. Ikhana showed clearly that he didn’t watch his country’s female teams that played in the two age grade World Cup competitions. If he did, he could have seen some girls that would have done the job. Ikhana ought to have known that he would fail, having not handled a female team before. Why he accepted the job speaks volumes about the absence of structures in our football. It is laughable that Ikhana could accuse Green of sabotage in his post- competition technical report after he told us that he picked the best for the country. Not once in the competition did Ikhana tell Nigerians that the Falcons wouldn’t lift the trophy, despite their uninspiring perfor-

Westerhof’s reckless statement mances. If Ikhana had issues with Green or the NFF technical committee, he should have dumped the Falcons before the competition. Having accepted what has turned out to be a poisoned chalice, he should keep his traps shut. Again, Ikhana should apologise to Nigerians for the shameful showing of the Super Falcons. He should pray against the temptation that brought him out of retirement to accept such a sensitive job. Ikhana’s decision to coach the Falcons has rubbished his feat as the first Nigerian coach to tinker with a domestic club to lift the Africa Champions League diadem, after 38 years of misadventure. Ikhana was the coach of Enyimba FC of Aba in 2003, when they lifted the Africa champions League diadem.

Amadu’s Freudian slip on Onuoha My heart bled when I read the report credited to NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu that Nedum Onouha must show interest to play for Nigeria before he can be invited to the Super Eagles. The statement was unlike what Amadu could say. I hesitated to comment on it, but it is over three weeks and no retraction has come from Amadu. Amadu sir, I had the privilege of talking with Onuoha’s mum, a medical doctor, and her grouse was that Samson Siasia treated them with levity by asking Nedum to travel from Manchester to Newcastle

to see him. Onouha’s mum couldn’t understand why Siaisa could visit Shola Amoebi where he lived and not visit them. Indeed, her angst heightened when Siasia sent the message through an intermediary or what she called an agent. Onuoha’s mum was miffed that the former Eagles coach could treat them with disrespect after keeping them waiting. Siaisa never forgave me that I broke the story, especially as he felt that I had provided the side he may have hidden from

his employers. The truth must be said sir, that no professional player would call NFF, seeking to play for Nigeria. If Siasia could hop into the plane to visit Ameobi in England and then head for Germany to talk with Sidney Sam, it was only fair that he visited the Onuohas at home, even if he felt he didn’t need him. It smacked of double standard. I was excited when Stephen Keshi told me that he had spoken with Sidney Sam. That is the way things are done. Our football officials must know

that the world is a global village. Whatever we say is read globally, hence the urgent need to guide our utterances. Cote d’Ivoire wanted Crystal Palace FC of England’s whiz-kid Wilfred Zaha to play for them, rather than for England. Cote d’Ivoire’s FA chiefs sensibly sent Didier Drogba to woo him. England got wind of Drogba’s move and capped Zaha for six minutes against Sweden, which the Three Lions lost by 4-2, a game where Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored easily the best goal ever seen in the world.

Joseph Yobo convinced Victor Anichebe to play for Nigeria because they were mates at Everton. Anichebe didn’t call NFF that he wanted to play. Yobo introduced him to our football chiefs and they contacted him. Yobo again troubled everyone about Emmanuel Emenike’s exploits in Turkey before he was invited. So, Amadu, let’s contact Onuoha, if we truly need him. You will appreciate what the boy is going through, if he tells you his story. I wish Onuoha’s mum a speedy recovery from her ailment. Please, don’t ask me what the ailment is.

Re: Achebe, Awo and Igbo-Yoruba relations •Continued from Back Page •Dear Segun, eziokwu bu ndu, and it will follow you and, of course, be perpetuated in your lineage. Your prescription is more or less the panacea to the doldrums and abyss the country has found itself. It is in sync with Dr. Ezeife’s vociferous recommendation (campaign). Be multiplied and blessed, P.L. Osuagwu, 08093912933. •My dear Segun, your piece titled ‘Achebe, Awo and IgboYoruba relations’ is very good. You exhibited an exemplary judgement which if followed will do the Igbos and Yorubas a world of good. Thanks for your sense of balance, Chief Okey Muo Aroh, 08033125794. •Sege, bawo ni. Read your today’s stuff. Great as usual and soothing too. Problem is, instead of fixing their mercantile political trait, our ‘broth-

ers’ lazily prefer to look for non-existent fall guys. Anyway, sorry about the proof reading goof in paragraph 3 – (legitimate instead of legitimize) because I know you are a thorough guy. Printer’s devil may be. Happy weekend, Olu. •Segun, the thorough manner you handle issues and dexterous touch of syntax and diction makes you my idol. Bravo, a writer par excellence, Livinus Nwaugha, Benin City, 08061260517. •Thank you for your honest and candid analysis of Achebe, Awo and IgboYoruba relations. It is unfortunate that people quarrel with history, what is already known and even in a black and white colour. The position of Achebe is immutable, Abaranoye Onwukwe, 08153987618. •Mr Ayobolu, your illuminations column was so objec-

tive. Many past commentators have pitched their arguments as Igbo or Yoruba jingoists – for or against Achebe or Awolowo. I have not read Achebe’s book, neither am I Igbo or Yoruba. Your objective presentation will help us understand the book well. Keep on, Kessim, Abuja, 07036991406 •When Achebe rejected a national merit award, few Nigerians hijacked the media to say bravo. Their man whom I think is suffering from incurable senility now wants to sink Nigeria in the ocean of ‘ethnic –war- war’. Those who know Achebe should tell him that we have gone beyond the era of our civil war. What we need is how to build a better society where peace, unity and solidarity prevail. Achebe, I beg you to focus on things that can bind us together, Ehi, 08076823815.

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•Your article on ‘Achebe, Awo and Igbo-Yoruba relations’ is the most objective and historically balanced view on the issue so far, Okoro, Ibadan, 08065312667 •I love you Segun. This is very objective and fair. Well done sir, Ambrose Onwuebguzie, Isheri, 08023157952. •You are a bit right but what about the 20 pounds policy? Wasn’t Awo the architect?, 08186136551. •Segun, thanks for your piece on Achebe’s new book. I know that the Yoruba race has its hands full of independentminded scholars like you who can fetch ideas from among the thorns of conspiracy of tribalism. Your likes can save this already doomed Nigeria. Keep on teaching our ignorant people, Dr. Sam Madugba, Owerri, 08037110950.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2012 TRUTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM VOL.7, NO. 2319

TOMORROWPUNCHLINE IN THE NATION Despite frantic efforts by legislators to claim to be the first set of lawmakers to consult citizens in respect of constitution making, the relegation of citizens' direct input at the recent public hearings suggests that citizens are tagged at the end of the list principally to add some legitimacy to the National Assembly's decision to address over 20 distinct items in a constitution that citizens prefer to be replaced, rather than retouched —Ropo Sekoni

•Tribalism is not just Yoruba and Igbo problem but that of the whole country. Apart from tribalism, I want to say that we should equally eschew religious and political affiliation if we want to move ahead as one country and please let bygone be bygone. God bless Nigria, Don Ezeala, Port Harcourt, 08064843000. •Awolowo said in 1966 that if East goes west follows. But when Ojukwu declared Biafra, Awolowo did not declare ODUDUWA REPUBLIC. Instead he was working against Zik’s return from exile and he said at a Tinubu Square Ministry of Finance Headquarters news conference that starvation is the best weapon to win a war. I am a Yoruba man like 1964 born Segun Ayobolu. Yoruba leaders are treacherous. Tell them in your column to stop it, Ambassador Fagbongbe, Abuja, 07054666333. •I think your piece on ‘Achebe, Awo and Igbo-Yoruba relations’ said it all about what Achebe must have had in mind in his comment on Awo’s role during the civil war. Of course, excessive deification of our heroes can sometimes make us forget that they, however seemingly peculiar or sacrosanct in their socio-political conduct, still have their own failings. Awolowo no doubt was one of the great Nigerians nay Africans that ever lived. But like every one of us he had his biases and uncomplimentary sides. He was the war-time Finance Minister who designed the policy of food blockade that saw the death of millions of Igbos during the war. By blaming such death on him, Achebe was merely stating the facts of history which was arguably not meant to diminish Awo’s status or greatness whatsoever. How this would generate these kinds of Attack on Achebe only goes to confirm that after all here is Nigeria, Emmanuel Egwu, Enugu, 08037921541. •Sir, can you recall Achebe’s comment on Wole Soyinka’s Nobel prize award in 1986? Inferiority complex is his problem, Tayo Ayoola, 08035297811. •Segun, I just read your piece on ‘Achebe, Awo and Igbo-Yoruba relations’. I must admit that it is the most dialectically rational and impassioned analysis of the viewpoints expressed by Achebe. Among the cacophony of abuses and rebukes – one ridiculously canvassing the delisting of ‘Things Fall Apart’ from our schools’ curriculum – your piece appears to have recast a wider perspective from which Achebe’s position should be viewed. May your ink never run dry, Barrister Samuel Ehis Irabor, Makurdi, Benue State, 07035680060. •Your piece on Achebe’s book in ‘The Na-

us into a war only to turn back to join our enemy to attack us. At the end of the day it was Awolowo’s intelligence that won the war. For a true handshake across the Niger, Yorubas need to apologise to the Igbos and compensate them. Look at how the Igbos compensated the South South. Why don’t the Yorubas support the Igbos for 2015 for a start? It will go a long way to heal the old wound instead of all these denials, Andrew Udeze, Abuja, 08133790744.

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tion’ is an intellectual gift to Nigerians. IUnlike many myopic and parochial thinking Nigerians who see nothing beyond ethnic sentiments, yours was devoid of tribalism. While drinking from Achebe’s “well of wisdom”, you are equally nourishing us with more wisdom, 08099312423.

balance things than playing tribalism, 08035091248. •Your memoir on the rivalry between Zik and Awo is quite impressive. However, it has also gone ahead to justify the claims in Achebe’s book. That is to say that the starvation of Biafra as recommended by Awolowo could be seen as a continuation of this same rivalry since Zik was a Biafran. If this was the case, then Achebe was right, 08033337981.

•Hi Segun, thanks for using fewer words and no bitterness to make all the clarifications and points to be made about Achebe’s memoir and the major contending issues it raises. Yours is a very articulate and level headed presentation, Amanze, 08037988252. •I read your write-up on Achebe, Awo and Igbo-Yoruba relations. I must confess that you are intelligent but a core tribalistic person. This is for public consumption, try and

•Sir, your article today on Chinua Achebe’s new book is very interesting and educative. However, you are still scratching the surface on the real hindrance to the long awaited handshake across the Niger. Remember that Zik is not so much loved by the new generation OIgbos, Chinua Achebe inclusive. Our main grudge is that Awolowo goaded

•Mr Segun, I must thank you for illuminating someone like me, in fact, I love you even though I have never seen you in person. May the Almighty God bless you and keep you for we the younger generation, Anyanwu Ben, Enugu State, 08062992066. •War is a large scale conflict where one seeks to defeat the other by whatever means. War is a matter of life and death. Therefore, woe betides anyone who provokes a war which he lacks strategies and capacity of prosecuting to a logical conclusion. Achebe’s submission betrays high intelligence he is known for. He has made it clear that being a literary icon is not synonymous with having sound judgement and being objective. For whatever reason, Ojukwu fought gallantly but lost to superior brain and fire power. Simple!, Gbenga, FCE, Pankshin, 07034887257. •Dear Ayobolu, your article – Achebe, Awo and Igbo-Yoruba relations – lacks the usual poignanct and depth that characterize your writings because you were begging the issues. As a young ladin Biafra, I know that all the relief materials that made its way into the Biafran enclave was through air lift, which was constantly under federal fire. Why did the questionable philantrophists and even more doubtful federalists want a land corridor to bring food into Biafra? No commander-in-chief of Ojukwu’s ilk will, after the Aburi saga and Awo’s failed promise to declare Oduduwa Satte, trustingly allow an enemy easy access to his heartland under the pretext of food supply, Elder Victor, 08036675773. •God will bless you. I just finished reading your good presentation on Achebe, Awo and Igbo-Yoruba relations. You have said it all. Your last paragraph rested every contention. Once more, thank you, Isichei O. S, 08035906787. •Wonderful write up today. Though I haven’t seen or read Achebe’s book, a lot has been said but you looked at it differently, Dr. Iyekolo Oluwaseyi Gbenga, 08059391879.

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Westerhof’s reckless statement

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ANY have described him as the mes siah of our football. Some believe that he achieved much because he had the ears of the government top shots. Many players ascribe their emergence on the European football scene to his technical savvy. Others feel that the Dutch was overrated especially as he couldn’t replicate his feat with the Super Eagles. But the Dutchgerian, as the media later tagged him, deserves all the accolades that the beautiful game has brought to this country. He laid the structure that transformed our football to the heights where most countries watched in awe as our hitherto rookies dazzled top stars with their sublime skills, zest and an undying determination to excel, despite the odds. He left in controversial circumstances in 1994 after guiding the country to her historic debut at the USA’94 World Cup. Since his exit, the Super Eagles have been tottering. The once famed Super Eagles have earned the sobriquet Super Chicken after a

series of shambolic outings. Pundits have rooted for his return to tinker the Eagles, especially after his second-in-command, Johannes Bonfrere, handled the country’s U23 side to win the gold medal of the football event at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games. Clemens Westerhof has fouled the air with his unsubstantiated allegation that players bribed their way into the Super Eagles before he took over the squad. He alleged that these corrupt players paid as much as $15,000 to get shirts to play for Nigeria. Westerhof chose the international media to make these claims about Nigerian’ coaches and players. There isn’t any problem with that. But he should have had the courtesy to name the culprits, if he was convinced that he was saying the truth. Making the allegations without providing these details isn’t fair to our Europe-based players. Westehof’s uncouth utterance is capable of ridiculing our foreign-based stars. It also suggests that we are cheats. It gives the impression that our players are desperate and could be prone to receiving bribes to fix matches, since they have the culture of inducing people to play.

We may flip over it because he didn’t provide details. But in other climes, Westerhof would be challenged. In England, Spain, Italy and Germany, for instance, a judicial panel would have been constituted to probe the veracity of his claims. Many eminent coaches such as Adegboye Onigbinde, Sebastin Brodericks-Imasuen and others, have coached the Eagles. Westerhof’s reckless statement is targeted at them. I just hope that Onigbinde can challenge Westerhof to name the coaches and players, or face a legal battle. He has unwittingly smeared the character and reputation of the coaches before him. The biggest people slandered by his shameful talk are the coaches in the squad that he replaced. Westerhof’s jibes add vent to previous claims that Nigerian coaches take bribe from players to play for the national teams. Will NFF men cast an indulgent eye on Westerhof’s claims because the era wasn’t theirs? Is it right for the NFF as the regulatory body to ask the Dutchman to substantiate his allegation at a time when he is doing football business with their affiliate football

federations in the states? Westerhof must be called to order. He can’t be doing football business with us and deriding us. We are not a polity of cheats nor are we a people who earn things through inducements. Akpoborie did not spare Westerhof, who had the balls to lift the lid on the bribery scandal in Nigeria’s national team in the past. “My question to him (Westerhof) would have been, was it the bribes he received, then, that made him not to play me at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations? He was chief coach, so that statement does not separate (exonerate) him,” he said. Good question, Akpoborie. What was Westerhof before he came to Nigeria? What did he achieve after the Eagles’ feats? Don’t we know how Westerhof was employed through the back down? Can we call that bribery? Did Westerhof go through any open screening before he was employed? Was it not through the Nigeria way of peddling influence that he got the job? Would it be fair, Westerhof, if those who lost out of the Eagles job then, allege that you paid those

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