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•The celebrated twin sisters: Princess Taiwo Olukoya (left), and Princess Kehinde Olukoga (now late) at their 100th birthday in March, this year •The centenerian, Princess Taiwo Olukoya

I thought I would die first


– One of Nigeria’s 100-yrold celebrated twins •‘My only wish now is to serve God and make heaven’




HEY caught the attention of the world in March this year when they marked their 100-year birthday celebration. Kings, governors and chiefs were among dignitaries that turned up during the celebration, turning both Esther Taiwo Olukoya and Kehinde Olukoga to instant celebrities. Their house, located in the Obalende area of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, became an instant ‘Mecca’ for visitors who trooped there to see the ‘miracle twin sisters’. But euphoria of their status as centenarians did not last long, as news filtered in last week that one of the twin sisters, Mama Kehinde Olukoga, passed on in her Ibadan, Oyo State, home. But despite losing her twin sister, with whom she had spent the better part of the last hundred years, to the cold hands of death, Mama Olukoya has not she lost her faith in God and sense of humour. When The Nation visited her home early Wednesday, all these were on display as she cracked jokes with family members and our correspondent. Even at such an advanced age, Mama is still blessed with a complete set of white

Her (twin sister’s) death was a huge loss to me. It is still like a dream to me. I thought I would die before her. You know that I am Taye and she is Kehinde; so I believed I would die before her. Aside this, she was the stronger of the two of us. Until she died, she still moved around without any support...

n Segun AJIBOYE & Dimeji SALAM n gleaming teeth, which she regularly flashed to the admiration of all. Perhaps the only sign of age is her set of eye glasses and the fact that she can no longer move about freely, a situation which her niece attributed to an accident in the past. However, she attributed her longevity to family trait and God’s blessings. “There is no doubt that God has been wonderful towards us. But we also lived a good life, ate good foods and did things in moderation. We also inherited it from our

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parents. For instance, my mother died at the age of 107.” Reminiscing about her younger days with her late sister, Mama said she and her twin sister were the toast of all in the neighbourhood as they did almost everything together. “We wore the same clothes, ate together and went everywhere together. As a matter of fact, it was difficult for anybody not to notice us. God did wonders in our lives. There was nothing that we desired as young women that was not achieved. We both trained our children, who are today successful men and women all over the

world. And that was why we were happy when our children decided to celebrate when we clocked 100 years.” On how she felt during the celebration, Mama, though a princess of the present ruling house in Ijebu-Ode, said she never dreamt of having the type of A-list guests that attended the event. “We were very happy to have such dignitaries attend our birthday ceremony. The main reason we were happy was that such thing happened in our lifetime.” A trained seam mistress, Mama disclosed that she attended primary school before her parents decided that she and sister learn a trade. Prodded to speak on how she and her twin sister handled fashion and lifestyle,

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EARING was aborted yesterday in a suit filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), its Chairman, Bamanga Tukur and 11 others against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and three other members of the breakaway faction of the party owing to the late service of court documents on the defendants. PDP, Tukur and others are by the suit before the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking among others, to restrain Atiku; factional Chairman of the PDP, Abubakar Baraje; former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Jaja Sam Jaja from acting as executive members of the breakaway PDP. Parties were to adopt their final written addresses yester-

Hearing stalled in Tukur-led PDP’s suit against Atiku, Oyinlola, others

•Absence of plaintiff’s lawyer grounds suit on PDP’s guber candidate in Anambra Eric IKHILAE, Abuja day in respect of the substantive suit and preliminary objection, but for the late service of the plaintiffs’ response to the preliminary objection on the defendants. Ahmed Raji (SAN) for Baraje, Robert Clarke (SAN) for Sam Jaja and E. R. Enukpoeuo for Oyinlola told the court that they were served the plaintiff’s response late the previous day

and needed time to react. They applied for an adjournment, which plaintiffs’ lawyer, Tochukwu Onwubufor (SAN) did not object to. Justice Elvis Chukwu adjourned the case to September 30 at 2pm. Also, hearing in a suit relating to the dispute over who is the actual candidate of the PDP for the next governorship election in Anambra State was stalled

yesterday by the absence of the plaintiff’s lawyer, Yusuf Ali (SAN). The suit, also before Justice Chukwu, was filed by Tony Nwoye, who is seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP to uphold him as the party’s candidate for the election. Yesterday, parties were to address the court on the implication of a judgment by the Port-Harcourt division of the court on the suit by

Nwoye. The judgement by Justice S. A. Aliyu of the FHC, PortHarcourt, delivered on September 17 this year, in suit FHC/PH/CS/296/2013 disqualified Nwoye, directed INEC and the PDP to recognise the plaintiff, Nicholas Ukachukwu, as the party’s candidate for the election. Yesterday, Alex Akoja, who announced appearance for the plaintiff, told the court that his principal, Ali, was absent because he just got a copy of the Port-Harcourt court’s judgment and needed time to study it, to enable him to properly address the court. He sought for a short adjournment. Defence lawyers, including Ahmed Raji (SAN), who rep-

resented INEC, did not object to Akoja’s application for adjournment. But lawyer to Ukachukwu, Orji Nwafoe-Orizu, who has applied to be joined as a party in the suit, told the court that Ali’s absence was part of the plan by the PDP and INEC to delay the hearing of the case and frustrate the victory handed to his client in the Port-Harcourt judgment. Justice Chukwu elected to grant the request for adjournment to enable the plaintiff address the court on the effect of the Port-Harcourt judgment on the present suit. He consequently adjourned to September 30 at 2pm for parties to address the court on the effect of the Port-Harcourt judgment on the case before the Abuja court.

PDP crisis: Tukur’s faction cautions Baraje’s on utterances •Says it’s not a fight to the finish


.Winners of N1 million in the ongoing Glo "Recharge to Stardom" promo. From left: Alfred Nzeaka, a driver; Anthonia Dickson, a caterer; Emily Ajaino, a trader and Akpan Sampson, a civil servant who won N25,000, displaying their cheques during the prize presentation ceremony to winners, held in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Ekwueme, Clark, others hail Senate President’s call for national conference


HE Southern Nigerian Peoples Assembly (SNPA) has thrown its weight behind the renewed call by the Senate President, David Mark, for the convocation of national conference as a way of resolving the country’s political crises. The group noted that the Senate President’s call that ethnic nationalities be given the space to discuss the future of the country is most germane and timely. The Senate President had at the opening session of the new Senate session in Abuja last Tuesday called for a national conference to foster frank and open discussions on the national question. In a statement signed by Rev. Emmanuel Gbonigi for the South West, Dr. Alex Ekwueme for the South East and Chief Edwin Clark for the South South, the group


Vincent IKUOMOLA, Abuja

stated that it was elated by the call which it said was in line with its own view. Part of the statement reads: “The Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly welcomes the remarks made by the Senate President, Senator David Mark, on the urgent need for a national conference while addressing senators back from vacation. “The Senate President’s call that ethnic nationalities should be given the space to discuss the future of Nigeria is most germane and could not have come at a better time. “We are indeed elated that the Senate President has aligned with our long-held view that a conference of ethnic nationalities is imperative in correcting the enormous discontent in the Nigeria polity.

“Instructively, the position of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly in resolving burning national issues threatening the corporate existence of the nation has been very clear.” The group noted that since their inaugural conference in 2012 and the succeeding conference early this year, it had “affirmed it’s commitment to the convening of a national conference.” This position, it further claimed, was reaffirmed in the communique issued at the end of it’s general assembly conference held in Lagos on May 20, 2013. Extracts of the communique relating to the call for national conference reads: “That the observed unease in the polity culminating from the several threats and drums of war is a clear expression of the continually shrinking space for national

Onwenu bags FG appointment

RESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Nigeria’s pop music sensation, Onyeka Onwenu, the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Abuja. Onwenu’s appointment was contained in a letter signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Ayim Pius Ayim. The appointment, according to the letter, is for a four-year term and is effective from Sep-

tember 13, 2013. Onwenu confirmed the appointment to our reporter on telephone, saying: “Yes, it is true. But I am in Enugu right now.” Onwenu had since the dawn of the present democratic dispensation unsuccessfully contested election as the chairman of Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State. Her last public office was as the chairman of Imo State Arts Council, a position she was appointed to by ex-Governor Ikedi Ohakim.

dialogue. “As we move gradually towards the precipice, our rescue lies only in the convocation of a national conference which shall provide an unfettered platform for Nigerians to negotiate and agree on terms of living together on the basis of mutual respect and trust. This is the only way to justify and make meaningful our centenary celebrations. “Accordingly, President Goodluck Jonathan is urged to take every appropriate step leading to the convening of a national conference without further delay. “That a committee is hereby established to work out strategies and modalities to assist in the convocation of national conference by not later than December, 2013. “We therefore call on President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a committee to work out strategies and modalities for the convocation of a national conference by not later than December 2013. “Giving the ethnic nationalities of Nigeria the opportunity to discuss their collective future after a ‘forced’ marriage of 100 years remains the most rewarding centenary gift President Jonathan can give to Nigerians.”

HE Bamanga Tukur-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Abubakar Barajeled faction against provocative and unguarded utterances in the raging crisis within the ruling party. Tukur admonished the faction not to see the crisis as a fight to the finish, saying that ongoing peace efforts by prominent elders and leaders of the party should be given a chance. At a briefing by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Friday, the party appealed to the faction to thread carefully so as not to jeopardise the peace process. Metuh said: “The party has taken a critical look at the implications of cascading developments arising from the challenges posed by the actions and utterances of our estranged brothers in our membership. “We have seriously taken into account steps taken as well as the gravity of utterances credited to our brothers, especially in the wake of our last reconciliation meeting. “We therefore wish to state for the avoidance of doubt that the fact that our leaders are wisely decided on the path of caution and decorum, does not in any way suggest that we are afraid of the consequences of doing otherwise. “We have only applied a common African wisdom that yes, we have the strength of a lion but better when not applied needlessly.” The party expressed the hope that the crisis would be amicably resolved and that the challenges would be surmounted if both parties exercise discretion. According to the PDP, the party’s constitution has adequate procedures for dispute resolution among members, stressing that it is unnecessary to make a public theatre of the crisis. “To leaders among them, we say once more, this macabre dance is unnecessary. This grotesque dance in the manner of an avant-garde Nollywood actor will surely satisfy emotions but will incredibly lead to loss of faith

Gbade OGUNWALE, Assistant Editor, Abuja and throw up anti-heroes instead of heroes,” the party spokesman said. He reminded the factional members that most of them have at one time or the other benefitted from the platform of the PDP, adding that they also should allow the party the benefit of their commitment. Regretting the fracas that ensued during the visit of the G7 governors and the factional leaders to the National Assembly on Tuesday, Metuh said the leadership of the party had decided not to react to the ugly incident in the interest of peace. “The provisions of the constitution of our great party must therefore be held sacrosanct by all members. We the leaders, even have a greater responsibility to show worthy examples,” he quipped. Metuh admonished the estranged members to spare some respect for President Goodluck Jonathan, the party chairman, the Board of Trustees chair and other leaders of the party by refraining from provocative actions and utterances. He ruled out the option of removing Tukur as chairman of the party as one of the conditions for peace, saying that the entire National Working Committee of the party reposed absolute confidence in him. The Baraje faction is demanding, among others, the removal of Tukur, lifting of the suspension order on Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, return of party structures in the states to the governors and rescission of Jonathan’s 2015 re-election bid. “The differences for now remain challenges of intepretation of process, procedures and trust. It must neither be blown out of proportion nor be allowed to obstruct the cause and course of good governance. “We must bear in mind that what makes or mars our strength is our ultimate performance as a ruling party,” he stated.

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INE people were feared dead and 16 injured yesterday in an early morning raid of a suspected hideout in Gudu District of Abuja by security agents. The suspected hideout, a twin duplex, is alleged by security officials to be inhabited by Boko Haram members. While the injured are being treated at Asokoro General Hospital, about 12 others were arrested by security agencies. The clash with the suspected insurgents was directly behind the Apo Legislative Quarters, which houses some Senators and members of the House of Representatives. The incident sent panic with some Senators and House members in Zone E part of the Legislative Quarters temporarily relocating their families. The hideout was still being combed by soldiers and intelligence operatives yesterday afternoon. But independent investigation revealed that the uncompleted twin-duplex at Sabo Barkin Zuwo Street in Gudu was being occupied by about 200 migrant and menial workers. Many commercial tricycles(aka Keke NAPEP) belonging to some of the victims/ suspects were seen littering the embattled street. While neighbours claimed that the incident happened at about 12 am, the State Security Service(SSS) said the raid of the hideout took place at about 12.30am. A statement by the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar(msi) said: “In the early hours of 20th September, 2013, about 0030 hours, a combined security team went for an operation behind the Apo legislative quarters. “ The operation was sequel to information obtained from two (2) Boko Haram elements Kamal Abullahi and Mohammed Adamu, who had earlier been arrested for terrorist activities. “They led the security team to uncompleted buildings where arms were purported to have been buried underground. “No sooner had the team commenced digging for the arms, than they came under heavy gunfire attack by other Boko Haram elements within the area, which prompted immediate response from the security team. “As a result, some persons were injured and twelve (12) others have been arrested in connection with the incident, and are making useful statements.


•Deputy Director (Information) of the State Security Service (SSS), Ms. Marilyn Ogar, briefing newsmen at the scene of the incident... yesterday

•A crowd at the scene after the incident... yesterday

Nine killed, 16 injured in Abuja gun duel

•Victims are Boko Haram members - Security •Survivors: They’re homeless menial workers Yusuf ALLI, Managing Editor, Northern Operation and Sanni ONOGU, Abuja “Normalcy has returned to the area. Members of the public are advised to go about their normal businesses, as appropriate security measures have been emplaced to ensure the safety of citizens in the FCT. “We want to reiterate the need for all Nigerians to be vigilant of their immediate environment and promptly report suspicious activities to security agencies. Our National security must remain the collective responsibility of all Nigerians.” But a reliable source, who recorded the aftermath of the clash on video, gave a different insight into the incident. The source said: “We started hearing gunshots at about 12 am and most of us along the street and Zone E part of the Apo Legislative Quarters could not sleep throughout the night. “I think the exchange of shots lasted for about one and a half hours. This morning when I visited the uncompleted duplex, I video-taped nine dead persons and I am aware that about 15 had been taken to Asokoro General Hospital for treatment.” Responding to a question, the source said: “The security agencies may have had their

•Sleeping mats inside the suspected hideout PHOTOS: Sanni ONOGU •Bodies of some of the casualties

facts, but the truth is that more than 200 migrant and menial workers had been living in the duplex in the last two years. They included homeless labourers and commercial tricycles drivers. “These migrant workers mostly from Northern parts used to pay N200 per week to the security guard manning the duplex, who was not on duty when the security agents or gunmen as known to us came around. “We did not suspect them

to be Boko Haram members because many people in the neighborhood have had contact with them in one way or the other.” Asked if there was any sign of a likely raid of the duplex, the source added: “Actually, we learnt that the duplex is allegedly owned by a top military officer who was uncomfortable with how the uncompleted building had been turned into a hostel overnight. “Some days ago, the son of

the officer was said to have come around and gave the migrant workers up till next Wednesday to vacate the premises or else he would deploy soldiers to deal with them. “Barely 72 hours after the threat, the gunmen in Nigeria Army camouflage invaded the duplex. “Our security agencies ought to do more work because these migrant workers had been living in the duplex for almost two years and no one had taken pre-emptive action. “I think the interrogation of

those injured by security agencies will lead to more clues.” Another source added: “We learnt that a top Boko Haram leader used to visit these boys in this hideout. “Maybe they are targeting Apo Legislative Quarters to kill senators and members of the House of Respresentatives. “We are sitting on bombs and living with suspected terrorists without knowing. You can see that the entire neighborhood is owned by the noveau riche.”

mony because he wanted the money stolen by Ibori to be returned to Nigeria, especially to the people of Delta State who were robbed. Meanwhile, the much awaited judgment in the case over who should take custody of the disputed $15 million (N4.6 billion) former Delta State governor, James Ibori’s alleged bribe money was aborted yesterday owing to the absence of Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja. The dispute over who should keep the money is between the Federal Government and the Delta State Government. The money was allegedly offered

as bribe to former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, to avert his investigation by the EFCC. Justice Kolawole had at the last date adjourned to yesterday for judgment. But when the parties got to court yesterday, they were told that the judge was not available and that the judgment was not ready. No new date has been fixed. On July 10 this year, when the parties adopted their final written addresses, the FG advised the court against handing to Delta State the •Continued on Page 62

$15m bribe money: Ibori, Ribadu trade tackles in London court

TWIST occurred yesterday in the disputed sum of $15 million (about N4.6 billion) which former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori allegedly offered as bribe to former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu. Speaking through his counsel, Ivan Krolick, in a British court yesterday, Ibori said the allegation that he offered $15 million dollars bribe money to Ribadu to get clearance certificate for corruption was a fabrication and a set-up. Ibori’s lawyer, after almost three hours of cross examining Nuhu Ribadu in court 14,

•Ex-Delta governor denies offering Ribadu money Eric IKHILAE, Abuja

Southwark Crown Court, told the court that Ibori never offered the bribe money and was never present in Andy Ubah’s house where the money was handed over in Abuja to Ribadu and EFCC operatives. According to Krolick, no money was given. Everything is fabricated. The money here is government money used to set Ibori up, and it was returned to CBN, government bank. In the second day of court

proceedings, Ribadu took the stand as witness to be cross examined by Ibori’s lawyer. In a tortuous questioning process, Ibori’ s counsel sought to exonerate Ibori from the allegation of offering 15 million US dollars bribe money to EFCC. He sought to punch holes in Ribadu’s testimony and create doubts about the investigations surrounding Ibori’s corruption. He however met his match in Ribadu, who insisted that bribe money was offered and the EFCC performed above board. He provided graphic details of the cat and mouse game between the agency and Ibori and

how the bribe money collection was staged. The state prosecutor later stood up to ask the court to request Ibori’s counsel to tell the open court what his point was in asking repeated questions about the bribe money and the place and time of its collection. Ivan Krolick said the whole thing was a set up against his client. Ribadu revealed that Ibori was very persistent in asking for the termination of the case against him and demanding for a clearance certificate. Ribadu said he was making the sacrifice to go back to London to undergo hours of testi-



Cold war in Presidency over plot to sack Chief of Staff


HERE is a cold war in the Presidency over pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack his Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe. The fate of Oghiadomhe has split the kitchen cabinet of the President and his top aides into two. It was learnt that the recommendation of the Chairman of AIT, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, by some forces as a replacement to Oghiadomhe is at the heart of the war in the Presidency. According to findings, some forces outside the Presidency are collaborating with a few aides to prevail on the President to remove Oghiadomhe. They alleged that the Chief of Staff had been preventing them from “having

•President’s strategists still favour Oghiadomhe Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation the ears of the President to get juicy contracts and political appointments.” They alleged that Oghiadomhe has also been a stickler for “due process” even when political compromise was needed. The forces decided to go for Dokpesi who was once a Chief of Staff to Bamanga Tukur when he was the governor of Old Gongola State, that they consider “politically amenable.” They alleged that the Chief of Staff had also been “rude” to the Chairman of

the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih. It was gathered it was on the basis of the push for Dokpesi that the media mogul had been reaching out to key Northern leaders to softpedal on their opposition to the President’s second term bid. A top source said: “Some people are making a strong case for Dokpesi because in a crisis situation like this, the President needs a Chief of Staff with political mileage. “We are moving towards 2015 and Oghiadomhe is sticking to his role as a bureaucrat. With Dokpesi, Jonathan can reclaim the

North.” It was learnt that some members of the kitchen cabinet of Jonathan, including two governors, had met with the President and cautioned him against appointment of Dokpesi as Chief of Staff. One of the aides said: “Some of us have said that we cannot work with Dokpesi because when it mattered most, he was the Director-General of the IBB Campaign Organization during the countdown to the 2011 poll. “Dokpesi was a good Chief of Staff to Tukur, and he has recorded success in every business. But in politics, you do not take things

for granted. The businessman has a good network of friends that would hinder him from working as a Chief of Staff to the President. “The disagreement between AIT and the government on broadcast equipment for the U-17 World Cup also became a personal issue which made Dokpesi oppose the election of Jonathan as President. “Although the President has reconciled with Dokpesi, we are asking him to be cautious.” But those seeking for the retention of Oghiadomhe attributed the gang-up against the Chief of Staff to “the consequences of Edo politics.” A source said: “Some forces are just out to call Oghiadomhe a bad name in order to hang him. None of them has been able to fault the Chief of Staff on his performance in office. “Since he became the Chief of Staff, there is no situation where he has led the President to sign a wrong document or where

Oghiadomhe has initiated a policy which was rejected by the President. “You cannot fault Oghiadomhe as an administrator. He has fared well in office. But for political reasons, some people are not happy with him. “All they accuse him of doing is alleged disrespect to Anenih which is not true at all. The Chief of Staff is not fighting Anenih at all. “It is those who are proAnenih that excluded the name of the Chief of Staff from the Edo PDP delegates’ list to the recently-concluded National Convention of the party to cast a slight on him. “Yet, Oghiadomhe does not interfere with the party structure in the state.” As at press time, it was learnt that the President was considering security reports on Oghiadomhe and Dokpesi. A third source added: “We are seriously divided, but the majority prefer Oghiadomhe. Some people have protested to some agencies. “We are awaiting the President’s response to the security reports.”

ASUU: Needs Implementation Committee constitutes monitoring teams

T Governor Danbaba Suntai (right) in a warm handshake with Mr. Rebo Usman, former Taraba State Commissioner for MORE PICTURES ON PAGE 7 Water Resources, at the Government House, Jalingo...yesterday

PDP crisis: Anti-Baraje, Tambuwal lawmakers in secret breakfast meeting


HE crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party con tinued yesterday with 40 members of the House of Representatives opposed to the Kawu Baraje faction and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, holding a suspicious breakfast meeting in Abuja. The meeting was held behind closed doors in Plateau Hall of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Barely a few hours after the meeting, the President removed his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Mrs. Joy Emordi, as part of a new strategy by the Presidency to take control of the National Assembly. Emordi was alleged to be using the carrot and stick method in dealing with National Assembly members instead of going for the stick policy. According to our investigation, the 40 House members met to review the disruption of the visit of the Kawu Baraje faction to the House on Tuesday and how to form a “standing army” to resist moves by the New PDP members and the opposition to frustrate bills from the Presidency. They also summoned the session, which was held be-

Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation tween 9am and 10.30am, to design how to checkmate Speaker Aminu Tambuwal who is alleged to be sympathetic to the New PDP. A text message inviting the affected members to the meeting reads in part: “You are invited to a Breakfast Meeting as follows: Date: Friday, 20th September, 2013 (yesterday). Venue: Plateau Hall, Tarnscorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Time: 9.00am prompt. Kindly mobilize and attend with all those of our members who signed for peace and stability in our country, from your state (being one of our co-ordinators). Dr. Pat Asadu.” The affected lawmakers tried to hide the session away from the public, but one of our correspondents was able to enter the hall without them suspecting. The small hall in Transcorp Hilton with about eight to ten tables was filled, but there were no indications outside the hall to suggest the importance of the gathering as the aides and hangers-on that usually accompany the lawmakers were absent. The front of the hall was

empty, except for the hotel's staff and security officers that even pretended not to be aware of the calibre of people in the hall. The meeting was, however, presided over by a member of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon. Bethel Amadi, who is eyeing the governorship ticket of Imo State. At the end of the meeting, a few of the lawmakers took their time to take a bite of the breakfast, while many left in groups with smiling faces. One of the lawmakers, who spoke in confidence, said: “We decided to meet in order to bring in more members into our fold. “We want to ensure a smooth reign for President Goodluck Jonathan between now and 2015.” Another source said: “The lawmakers agreed to form a “standing army” to checkmate the majority in the House (New PDP and the opposition) who are already planning to frustrate all bills from the President. “We are not after the impeachment of Tambuwal, but he has to watch it. With what happened on Tuesday, we have shown that Tambuwal has not caged all members of the House. “Tambuwal should know

that he is sitting on the edge. He has cause to be fair in all proceedings or else members will decide appropriately. “We may not have our way, but we can cause enough trouble for Nigerians to appreciate the tyranny of the majority.” Some of those in attendance were Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi), Dr. Abiola Ajaja (Accord Party, Oyo), Friday Itulah (PDP, Edo) and many women representatives from the South-South and SouthEast axis. Barely a few hours after the session, the Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Mrs. Joy Emordi, was removed by the Presidency for what a source described as allegedly being too weak in dealing with National Assembly members. The source said: “Emordi believes in the carrot and stick method, but this is the time to call a spade a spade in the National Assembly. “The invasion of the National Assembly by the Kawu Baraje faction was embarrassing and legislative aides to the President were not circumspect enough. “If the National Assembly wants to draw a battle line with the Presidency, let it be done right away.”

HE Needs Assessment Implementation Com mittee for Public Universities in Nigeria chaired by Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has constituted monitoring teams to oversee the execution of various infrastructure projects on the campuses of the 59 federal and state universities which are beneficiaries of the N100 billion intervention fund from the Federal Government. The constitution of the monitoring teams was the high point of the committee's meeting which held Thursday at the Benue Governor's Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. The meeting, chaired by Governor Suswam, was attended by the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike; representatives of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Education; Dr Macjohn Nwaobiala; Permanent Secretary, Federal Minister of Education; Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission; and leaders of industrial unions in the university system(NASU, SSANU and NAATS) with the Acting Executive Secretary of TeTFund as Secretary. In order to effectively monitor the implementation of the projects, the committee constituted a national monitoring team with the committee's Chairman, Governor Suswam as Chairman. Members of the national team include the Minister of Education; Minister of Labour; Senator Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, representing the Senate Committee on Education; Hon Jerry Alagbaoso, representing the House of Representaives Committee on Education; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education; Executive Secretary, NUC;

Chairman, Board of TeTFund; Presidents of ASUU, NASU, SSANU and NAATS, while Mr. Ifiok Ukim, Head of Legal Services at TeTFund will serve as Secretary of the team. The committee constituted six monitoring teams for the six geo- political zones with responsibility to monitor project implementation in all the universities within the zones. The North- Central team which has Hajia Hindat Abdullahi as chairperson will monitor the projects in the zone, while Mr Oluwole Oluleye will chair the monitoring team for North- East zone. The North-West team has Mallam Aliyu Na'Iya, Acting Executive Secretary of TeTFund as Chairman with Professor Kimse Okoko, Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors as Chairman of South East team. The South South team will be led by Dr. (Mrs) Sarah Alade, representing of CBN, while the representative of the NNPC, Dr. Dan Efebo, will chair the monitoring team for the South-West geopolitical zone. Governor Suswam urged the various monitoring teams to take the assignment seriously, describing the exercise as a call to national service. He appealed to the governing councils of the 59 benefitting universities in the first phase of the intervention programme to expedite action on their procurement processes so that the actual work on the projects will commence in earnest. The Federal Government had last month disbursed N100billion to the public universities in the country in a bold move to redress the serious infrastructural deficit in the Nigerian university system.



Governor Danbaba Suntai meets with cross-section of Taraba stakeholders

•Governor Danbaba Suntai sitting recieving leaders of Igbo Community Government House, Jalingo...

• The governor receiving a member of NBA Jalingo

•Gov. Suntai (rigbt) with chairman of Ussa LGA; Aminu Jika, COS and another chairman of LGA

•The governor (right) with HRH Aku Uka, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masaibi Kuvyon 11




If they must fight…

T comes close but a fray in the hallowed chambers by ‘honourable’ members cannot be likened to the brawl of mere motor-park touts. If asked, I’ll be the first to admit that the general outcry over the free-for-all that broke out in the House of Representatives on Tuesday was more than justified. But before we get carried away with the usually euphoric ecstasy and short-lived angry response to our lawbreakers’ fumbles and foibles, we need to situate the latest sickening display in the green chambers. First, we must understand that there is nothing constitutionally ultra vires if the right-thinking persons we voted for regale in using pugilistic expressions and indulging in nearly animalistic disorder within the confines of the hallowed chambers. It’s legit. Second, it would be inhuman for anyone to expect these characters to always tread the sanity lane, having been internationally acknowledged as the world’s highest paid lawmakers. They are now no mere mortals! Let’s face it; these fully inebriated guys need to let off some steam occasionally lest they get choked by the everincreasing humongous pay packets! So, some pugilistic artistry shouldn’t be of any major concern to us for as long these folks do it for the collective good. Question is: can they, in all honesty, swear that those fights were in the nation’s interest? Unfortunately, the history of legislators’ brawls and undiluted descent into hooliganism makes no pretence about oversized egos. If they are not fighting over allowances or allocations for legislative responsibilities, you can be rest assured that they would be flinging chairs and throwing punches in the interest of a nebulous paymaster. It was not, therefore, surprising that Tuesday’s fight had nothing to do with the price of fish or the growing public discontent over a cataclysmic economy. If it were, that would have been a departure from the norm. With all eyes set on 2015 and political darts flying with biting rage, it would have been unpardonable for the lawmakers not to show their true colour after gulping all the indulgences that a sevenweek recess and multi-million quarterly allowances offer. If they had gone straight to the business of sitting on bills that will never see the light of the day or ever receive the president’s assent, how would they justify the over one trillion naira they had milked from the national purse without such loud announcement of their arrival with a free-for-all? In a ‘developing’ or self-underdeveloped economy like Nigeria’s, the more your hedonistic entitlements, the greater your claims to extreme bragging rights. When you are part of the ‘distinguished’ 109 Senators or 360 ‘Honourables’ who make up Nigeria’s upper and lower federal legislative chambers, drawing a whopping N150bn from the national economy annually to take care of official business, you should be able to get away with anything. The executive arm condones impunity, so, you deserve or claim your own elastic latitude for misbehaviour or misdemeanour. And so when ‘honourable” men and women in the Green Chamber pulled off the gloves earlier in the week, howling depravities, tearing robes and physically attacking one another over who should take the pole position in queuing behind the BamangaTukur-led Peoples Democratic Party and the AbubakarBaraje-led nPDP, those familiar with the


intriguing politics of survival here were not in any way jolted. Someone said it was shameful that all they could do, after such a long, undeserved break from legislative duties, was to turn the place into a boxing ring. And I ask: when was the last time that shame, or any semblance of it,was allowed to play a critical part in our politics? Sometimes, I wonder why governments at the national, state and local government levels waste millions of dolE-mail:yomi.odunuga lars yearly on the capacity training of their lawmakers in foreign lands. More often than not, they travel to these SMS only: 07028006913 places with their consorts, presumably to be trained on legislative etiquette and effective law-making. That, I assume, must be an additional knowledge to the natural skills most frustrating ASUU strike that has dragged on for more than of them have garnered in past incidences of street fighting 84 days without any end in sight. If they are truly sensitive and total abuse of power. Don’t get it twisted. I am not say- to the growing public rage over their world record allowing that they have totally ignored whatever must have been ances, they would have convened an emergency meeting learnt from the capacity-building courses. It’s just that they to address the issue of prevalent poverty and mass unemhave never wavered in applying such principles selectively, ployment in Nigeria. In fact, we wouldn’t have minded if especially when the legislation has to do with their per- they had dislocated some bones, fighting for the establishsonal emoluments and welfare. That is when they converge ment of a social security agency for the millions of denuded pensioners and unemployed youth scavenging for surto disagree to agree! Sports journalist, AfolabiGambari, hit the nail on its head vival. We would have praised them to high heavens if any when he posted on his Facebook account that Nigeria has of them had been given a black eye for demanding that the over 10 million children reported to be out of the misfortune school ought to find their way back to the classof having a rooms. It would have been a breath of fresh Sometimes, I wonder why bunch of lawair if any of the lawmakers had been dragged makers who are governments at the national, on the floor for daring to insist that Nigerians completely igdeserve a better deal from the crooks, the VIP state and local government norant of why brigands in the corridors of power. “they are in the But then, what do we know? For all they levels waste millions of dollars otherwise halcare, education sector may take a tumbling lowed chamyearly on the capacity training for thetheworse for as long as they continue to ber.” Ordiappropriate enough money to send their wards of their lawmakers in foreign to narily, they are schools abroad or the criminally-expensive constitutionally lands. More often than not, private ones at home. Our health institutions empowered to may continue its free fall as long they can visit they travel to these places with Germany, initiate bills for the United Kingdom and United the common States of America to be treated by the over their consorts, presumably to good, fight for 40,000 Nigerian doctors scattered across the the right of the be trained on legislative globe while the citizens walk to their death poor, the rich here. Infrastructural development needs no etiquette and effective lawand the vulnerurgent attention so long as Dubai, London and able, check the making. That, I assume, must other exotic destinations are merely one flight excesses of the away. Our graduates’ plight with the demeanbe an additional knowledge to ing executive and appellation of being “unemployed and unsustain a robust the natural skills most of them employable” can endure for as long the fat cats oversight can influence the employment of their children mechanism that have garnered in past by blue chip companies or turn them into overenergises develnight billionaires as briefcase oil moguls. Who incidences of street fighting opment. Sadly, cares? Certainly, not Nigerians who are too docyou hardly ever and total abuse of power ile to demand for equity, justice and good govsee them puternance from this bunch of unfathomable nating their hats in the ring for these purposes. What we see daily is an agenda tional liabilities! If we must halt this drift into anarchy, we must first into perpetuate base, self-centred pleasure principles against the idealistic expectations of the electorate that voted them sist that the clowns pretending to be fighting for us must get their priorities right. Obviously, breaking empty heads into power. If they are the real fighters for democracy and good gov- over their party’s internal power squabbles ought not to ernance, they would have been asking questions about the rank among these priorities! Do they get it? Sure, they are yet to grasp the essence of why they are in power.Pity.


Yomi Odunuga

Is Kaduna about to break jobs jinx? Ogochukwu Ikeje 08084235961 (SMS only)


T the state and federal levels, the un employment profile is depressing. The last time he checked the statistics, Dr Christopher Kolade, chairman of the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SureP), found that over 40m Nigerians were without jobs. This figure, grossly underestimated and clearly a year or two behind current profile, does not represent everyone that is not working. Those who can work, though are not prospecting, are not included. The figure essentially, if roughly, covers those who are looking for work. Add 40m to the other undocumented segment of the jobless and you have a bustling, frustrated and angry army in our midst. This dismal picture is seen across the country and it worsens every year in spite of the rhetoric and best efforts of the state governors and federal authorities. Something good seems to be happening in Kaduna State. Reports suggest the textile industry there may come to life after it was left to decline over the years, with much of it eventually dying off. After talks with the Governor Mukhtar Yero administration, foreign investors are said to have visited the state with a view to assessing business viability and setting up shop. Textile is reported to be one cru-

cial area of interest, although other businesses have also caught the eye of the investors. Pakistanis seem to be ahead of the Indians and Chinese in reviving comatose industries in Kaduna. Textile holds a lot of interest to me, too, though not as an investor, of course. The industry is a veritable employer, and therefore a problem solver. A recent report said in Kaduna, textile firms had a 300,000-strong combined workforce. That was many years ago when the population of the state was nothing to compare with the present figure. Those workers took their incomes home and sorted out many needs. As everyone knows, unsettled is the home whose bills are scarcely ever settled. And it also spills into the outer society. Brothels, I imagine, are filled with women who were once girls growing up in unsettled homes. Among the community of armed robbers I am sure you will find a good number with similar backgrounds, young men from homes whose breadwinners lost their sources of income because the firms where they worked wound down. The causes of our jobs crisis are not difficult to determine. Nor do you have far to look before seeing why just about every state seems to be perpetually strapped to federal allocation, which in itself has created another problem of its own. There is almost as much hustle for federal cash as there is to share it, fuelling Nigeria’s most intractable problem: corruption. The drive of industry has remarkably slackened, and with it the dignity of labour. There is this thinking that every seat of government, whether local, state or federal, has some good cash to throw around and if you are smart you just might catch as much as possible. Once thriving lo-

cal industries have since collapsed, giving rise to roadside entrepreneurs: mechanics, vulcanisers, battery technicians, commercial motorcyclists and tricycle operators and such other hard-working but low-earning workers. Among them, unfortunately, you will find graduates of tertiary institutions. One other troubling thing. Whereas Kaduna textile firms once engaged over 300,000, our universities and other tertiary institutions are reckoned to be graduating about that number every year without any hopes of jobs for them. If industries are revived in Kaduna it is a

Textile holds a lot of interest to me, too, though not as an investor, of course. The industry is a veritable employer, and therefore a problem solver. A recent report said in Kaduna, textile firms had a 300,000-strong combined workforce. That was many years ago when the population of the state was nothing to compare with the present figure

good thing. But politicians are difficult to follow. Sometimes the picture they project may differ from reality while what they promise may tarry interminably. Still, the news from Kaduna is uplifting. If the dead factories do indeed rise up again, the residents will tell new and exciting stories. Some have argued eloquently that the insurgency in the North fed directly from immediate social dislocations, including poor jobs profile in the region. I agree and I also believe that getting industries working again will make insurgency less attractive. What about the rest of the country? I am persuaded that each of the regions has or had its own brand of insurgency, even if by other names. But at its heart is a common economic cause. The Niger Delta question is still fresh in memory. The violence started with breaching pipelines and taking some expatriate oil workers hostage, then the scope widened, with the kidnapping of kings, grandfathers and their grand kids. While all that lasted, the economy of the region suffered as firms were locked up, some relocating to safer grounds far afield. The national economy was hurt too. Can anyone say how much taxpayers’ money went into containing the Niger Delta violence. And who can tell how much the federal government sank into the amnesty programme which involved not just getting the fighters to lay down their arms but also to train many in professions and skills and starting them off in their new vocations? If it gets it right, Kaduna may be on the way to inspiring a brand new order in the country. It just might be leading everyone in the direction of solving old problems by exorcising the demons of joblessness.









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•Oba Akiolu

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‘Agagu’s unfulfilled dreams’


Working with him was like going to a leadership school where you learn new things every day. He was also very liberal. Agagu was a man, who unlike most public office holders, was not carried away by the attraction or distraction of office

•From left, Wife of the Former Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Feyi Fayose, Wife of the Former Oyo State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Mutiat Ladoja and Wife of deceased Mrs. Olufunke Agagu during their condolence visit to the family of Former Late Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu at his residence New Bodija, Ibadan 17/9/2013, Photo: FEMI ILESANMI

IS death was a shock to many. Though he had been very quiet since he quit as governor of Ondo State in 2009, Dr. Olusegun Kokumo Agagu, according to sources, as leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, had before his death penultimate Friday, been busy trying to mend the highly-fragmented party structure, especially since after the November 2012 governorship election. Interestingly, one constant attribute that many have noticed about him was his cerebral capacity. It is therefore not surprising that most of those who worked with him continue to view it as a big opportunity and a leadership training. In his private life, Agagu was no doubt a fulfilled man. This much was on display last March when he had a quiet celebration to mark his 65th birthday. Speaking at the event, a visibly happy Agagu said he was happy to have lived longer than his parents. His father, the late Issac Olorunfemi Agagu, died at the age of 62, while his mother, Madam Leah Omopelumi Agagu, died at the age of 56. While many view his profile as deputy governor, minister and eventually governor, as very impressive, it is no doubt that Dr. Agagu died without achieving many of the lofty dreams he had for Ondo State in particular, and Nigeria in general. For instance, the state’s golden goose, the Olokola Free Trade Zone, a project he commissioned as governor in 2007, has been described as the future of Ondo State by experts. In the same vein, his blueprint on how to move the entire South West and Nigeria forward has been described as one of the best by those who are opportune to see the document.


n Segun AJIBOYE, Damisi OJO (Akure) n and Gbenga KUTELU As governor, he was a workaholic, rising early in the morning to work on documents and reports from aides, and working late into the night. It was for good reason that his aides described him as almost “a perfectionist”. Therefore, it was not surprising that Agagu died on active duty barely 24 hours after arriving from a trip to the US while attending a meeting of representatives of the PDP from Ondo State. Since his death, encomiums have continued to pour in from even the most unlike quaters, as Nigerians mourn the passing of the man many have described as highly cerebral. Below are some of the enconmiums which political leaders, some of his aides in office, some family members and others have been paying to the former Ondo State governor. They were garnered from comments in the condolence register opened in his honour and direct interviews: Governor Ibilunle Amosun: Egbon, Adieu. You were a gentleman, a cerebral and dependable politician. May the good Lord grant you eternal rest. Governor Babatunde Fashola: A tragic loss of a man of deep passion for nature and humanity. He would be sorely missed. Senator Remi Tinubu: My heart-felt condolence to Mrs. Agagu and the family. May the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace. Rear Admiral Olukoya (former military governor of Ondo State):


A colossus, great and jolly good fellow is gone. A seasoned administrator and lover of people is gone. May God grant the repose of your caring soul, my brother. Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos: Dr. Agagu was an assuring brilliant and hard working governor who served the nation meritoriously. Chief Tayo Alasoadura (former Ondo Commissioner for Finance and Planning): He was a thoroughbred administrator who had genuine passion for the development of Ondo State. Our time together in the course of finding a positive rhythm for the development in Ondo State would forever remain green in the minds of Ondo State people. Dr. Oluwadare Bada, Chairman Hospital Board during Agagu's administration: I received the news of the sudden death of Dr Olusegun Agagu with shock and sadness. He was an egg head, former Deputy Governor of the old Ondo state, former Minister of Aviation, and later of Power and Steel. He was executive Governor of Ondo State for six years. His contributions to the progress and emancipation of Ondo State and Nigeria at large will keep his memory alive for posterity. Charles Titiloye, an Akure–based lawyer and rights activist: He was a man that meant many things to many people. To us in the human rights community, we respected him for his tolerance of criticism and opposition to the policies of his government. He bore no grudges for your criticism but would try to make amendments where possible. Political office holders have a lot to learn from his life. He shaped his government policies on ideas, and did not deceive or pretend on the direction of the policies of his government. Various publications made by his government on how to fast-track progress and development in Ondo State are literatures and guides that will endure and motivate generations to

•The late Dr Agagu

come. He might not be fast in taking decisions, but he was very calculating and, indeed, a respectable gentleman. Yemi Olowolabi, his Chief Press Secretary: He was a great man, an erudite man, a man blessed with big intellectual insight and sense of humour. Working with him was like going to a leadership school where you learn new things every day. He was also very liberal. Agagu was a man, who unlike most public office holders, was not carried away by the attraction or distraction of office. Personally, he was a fulfilled man. In March this year, when he marked his 65th birthday, he said he was happy to have clocked 65 because his father died at 62, while his mother died at 56. All his children are married and he saw his grandchildren. He was deputy governor, a minister and a governor. How many Nigerians have that kind of records? But in public life, you could say there were many things he would have loved to achieve. His dreams for Ondo State and for Nigeria, many of those things he dreamt for the state and Nigeria were not achieved. Femi Agagu (younger brother and Chief of Staff): This is definitely a difficult task for me. But the truth is that Dr. Olusegun Agagu was a gentleman in every sense of the word. As an administrator, you cannot question his competence. And this perhaps is responsible for all the comments Nigerians have been making about him in the last one week. As the governor of Ondo State, he hated playing to the gallery and believed more in making positive impact on the people. One of his projects, the Olokola Free Trade Zone, was designed to rescue Ondo State from the shackles of poverty and turn it into a state where the federal allocation from Abuja would mean little or nothing compared to what it would making as internally generated revenue. The revitalisation programme of his administration was massive. The projects include the oil palm company, the Ifon Ceramic and the Oluwa Glass companies, the Omotosho/Oluwa Industrial Park and the Olokola Free Trade Zone. All these were meant to energise industrial development, not only in Ondo State or Nigeria, but in the West African context. Take the the Owena multi-purpose dam water, a 30-million gallon water supply every day, as an example. We had built the dam through our effort. The water treatment plant was completed and designed to transmit and reticulate the water to all of Ifedore Local Government, Akure South Local Govenmen, Akure North Local and Idanre Local Governments. His plan was to supply water to Ondo east and west. The plan was to solve the water problem of the six local governments. All these laudable dreams were not fulfilled.




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FOUR years after the love story broke between The Nation girl, Indian Ayuba, and her mother, who is mentally-ill, the girl is ever determined to keep her dream of becoming a doctor alive. But is she ready for the challenges ahead? EVELYN OSAGIE, who interacted with Indian recently, reports. FTER over a month of fun at home, once again, children are back to school. As the new school year begins, pupils of Our Lady of Apostle Girls College (OLA), Akwanga, Nasarawa State, have also resumed. Shuttling between the administrative block, dormitories and classrooms, the girls seemed more determined to make good this new school’s session. Decked in clean white and blue uniforms and white stockings, they carried their books with certain pride, the pride that goes with being a student in a prestigious school. Their determination is fired further by the writing on the wall of the Principal’s office that explains clearly the vision of the school, which reads: "To form young women who will excel in moral character and academics and make a difference in society". Among those girls is The Nation girl, Indian Ayuba, whose uncanny love for her mentally-ill mother, endeared her to the hearts of many. That love story not only earned her a scholarship from well-meaning Nigerians but also her closest friend, Laurencia Amandi, who is now preparing to get into the School of Health, after her School Certificate. Shortly before Indian left for school, Laurencia was there to give her moral support, encouraging her to stay focused on her dream. Both girls have a common dream of saving and touching the lives of others by becoming medical practitioners some day. Laurencia, who is Indian’s age mate, has just graduated from school and has gone ahead to take the School of Health Examination, saying: "I have not forgotten my dream; now I know by God’s Grace, it will soon come to pass". Like Laurencia, Indian, who was out of school for some years before this reporter discovered her, is also determined to live her dream. When asked what class she would love to be put in this new school year, she said: "I would love to be in Science class because I have always wanted to be a doctor to save the lives of people; and I don’t like seeing people suffering." Her resilient spirit, according her Principal, Rev. Sister Esther Anyanwu, is not only glaring but she never stops sharing and working towards it. Sister Anyanwu observed that she is also inspired by her love for her mother. "She seemed to have a target and knows what she wants and is determined and confident; she keeps at achieving her goal, judiciously. Despite her background, she doesn’t allow that to interfere with her life. Another thing that moves her is her desire to help her mother one day by becoming a doctor someday. It comes out in many ways, especially whenever I interact with her," she said. But is such determination enough to get her into Science Class? And is she

My impression of The Nation girl Indian –Principal


•Happy, smiling Indian as she returns to school. Inset: with Laurencia her friend

•Rev. Sister Anyanwu, her principal

ready to brace the challenge that awaits her in the class? Or is her case like the proverbial saying: "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride?" Besides determination, the principal said: "Ability and interest" also count. "To be in Science Class or any other class in the Senior Secondary School, pupils would be judged by their ability and interest. But I have seen a lot of changes/growth in Indian. She is very serious and committed to her books and I think she is very determined now more than ever. I have seen her stay in one corner studying and when I asked what she was doing there, she said, she was there because she didn’t want to be disturbed. I think she is really inspired by Ben Carson’s story," she said. The Reverend Sister praised The Nation and well-meaning Nigerians for giving her life a meaning, saying: "And there is a lot of Indians out there that need this kind of support to bring out their God-given potential. I really thank you for picking her up and all those who are supporting and helping her to bring out her potentials and to believe she has something special inside. And that is what School Sister of Notre Dame, which I belong, believes in. We believe in bringing out the full potentials in individual so they would share their gift with the society. On our part in the school, we would continue to encourage her to put in more efforts." And to keep Indian’s dream alive, her scholarship account is still open for donations at First Bank Plc, Ilupeju Branch with the account name: Indian Ayuba Trust and the account number: 2013716583.

I have seen a lot of changes/growth in Indian. She is very serious and committed to her books and I think she is very determined now more than ever. I have seen her stay in one corner studying and when I asked what she was doing there, she said she was there because she didn’t want to be disturbed. I think she is really inspired by Ben Carson’s story –Her principal













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How can I get over my heartbreak?


EAR Aunty Adeola, thank god for your column. It has taught me many things about life. I need your help now about how to heal after my boyfriend of 5 years dumped me for another girl. I still love him but I have enough pride to go and beg when I know he’s always with this new girl. I want to put him behind me but I don’t know how to go about it. Please tell me what to do. – Irene. Dear Irene, I’m glad that you have a lot of dignity and you’re smart enough to know that there’s no point is trying to get this guy’s attention now that he’s drunk with the affection he must be feeling for this new person in his life. I know it can feel like the end of the world when you’re losing the love of your life. Heartbreak can feel equally devastating when you thought you’d found your soul mate. You may feel deeply upset, bleak and rejected. It’s a truly awful time. There are few experiences in life that are more hideously painful than having your heart broken. And it can happen at any age. But the happy fact is that most people not only get over heartbreak, but they go on to love again. Your broken heart will heal. Yes, it won’t be so easy, but if you give yourself time, your heart will sing a new song soon, but you must let go of this guy completely as you desire. Below are tips on how to mend a broken heart:

Get someone to look after you

If the break-up comes out of the blue, you’ll be in a state of shock. You certainly won’t be thinking straight, and you’ll probably have physical symptoms such as insomnia and weeping, or you may feel completely numb. Don’t try to struggle through this alone: get someone to look after you. If need be, arrange a few days off work.

Treat yourself with care

In the weeks after a split it’s normal to feel as though you are physically ill. So try to treat yourself with the care you would if you were recovering from an illness. Get plenty of rest. Have scented baths. Tempt yourself with healthy, delicious foods. Maybe buy some luxury fleecy pyjamas and a furry hot water bottle cover. This is a time when you need

to indulge and comfort yourself.

List 50 good things about you

When your heart is broken, it’s easy to feel that you are to blame and that you are worthless. These feelings contribute to you feeling really wretched. So it would help if you could remind yourself of just how great you are. Write a list of 50 things that are good and worthwhile about you. Once you’ve completed the list, add one more thing to it every day. This will help to improve your self-esteem, which has doubtless taken a knock.

Talk things through

Now is the time you need your confidants to listen while you go over and over what has happened. As you talk things out, the worst of your feelings will gradually lose their hold on you. Your friends will probably be very available to you in the early days. And some may even listen if you ring them at three in the morning. You’d do the same for them - wouldn’t you? List bad things about your ex When we’re heartbroken, we tend to dwell on all the perfect times we spent with our ex. But, to get over him or her, you need to start seeing things more realistically. Maybe he was controlling or boring when he’d had too much to drink. Perhaps she was too possessive or had a family who kept interfering in your lives. Make a list of everything that was bad and that you don’t miss. Put this list somewhere prominent, like on the fridge. Add to it every time you think of something new - which may well be often!

as mates. But this is something the person who wants out usually suggests to the partner being rejected, and is far more about the dumper’s guilt than real friendship. It will not help you to try to be friends – at least not initially. Having contact with each other when the break is still recent just prolongs the agony. Every time your ex says something nice to you, you will interpret it as meaning that the relationship can be rekindled. Don’t do it.

Never have sex with your ex

There may come a time when your ex comes round to see your children or to sort out some belongings. You’ll get talking, and you may even crack open a bottle of wine. At this point it is all too easy to find yourself hugging and kissing - and heading for the bedroom. Unfortunately, having sex will only confuse and upset you further, especially if your ex leaves immediately afterwards, which is very likely indeed.

Aunty Adeola, I’m a mother to three active children and I work too. I feel exhausted at the end of each day and I can’t help feeling that I’m not enjoying my life the way I should. What can I do to make myself happy after taking care of the family? – Bunmi.

Your ex may have suggested you keep on seeing each other

tra lucky and very smart as to have the money ready before resumption. But with most families in these hard times, there’s hardly any money to keep aside till September in the moths preceding resumption because everything that comes in goes back to running the house. You actually start preparing for September and school resumption as early as July… in fact, as early as schools go on vacation. But it is one thing to prepare, it is another for the money to available when needed. As a parent myself, I’ve gone through my own share of the tension that comes

with September. I had to pray earnestly for cheques for jobs done to come in and I had to call school authorities to warn that it may come late. Well, it finally came in and I have no anxiety flew away. I pray for all parents who are still struggling with payment of school fees. God will come to your rescues and you won’t be shamed. All in all, as we all fulfill our duties towards giving these children a bright future, we deserve a lot of encouragements. Kudos to you all! May we reap the good fruits of our labour. Enjoy your weekend!

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man beings. Not many people will come out to say they have been embarrassed after using such herbs. Luckily, you’re not asking about such herbs here. Yes, there are indeed penis enlargement drugs. I know because I got some bottles from the UK and gave family members and friends who reported seeing changes after using it. Before I talk about how penis enlargement drugs work, let me ask you this: what is small and what is not small? The fear that a man’s penis or your partner’s penis looks too small or is too small to satisfy your partner during sex is a common

fear. But a number of studies have shown that most men who think their penises are too small actually have normalsized penises. Similarly, studies suggest than many men have an exaggerated idea of what constitutes “normal” penis size. Consider that: The average penis measures somewhere between 3 and 5 inches (or about 8 to 13 centimeters) when not erect, and between 5 and 7 inches (13 to 18 centimeters) when erect. A penis is considered abnormally small only if it measures less than 3 inches (or about 7 centimeters) when erect, a condition called micropenis.

The popular media and advertisers would have you believe that your partner cares deeply about penis size. The issue of attraction is complex, but numerous studies suggest that penis size is much lower on the list of priorities for women than such issues as a man’s personality. But keep in mind that understanding your partner’s needs and desires is more likely to improve your

sexual relationship than trying to change the size of your penis.

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Yes, some penis enlargement drugs work

There are some penis enlargement pills that work and they are safe. But it is not for me to advertise for the companies that sell them. You may however call me for details on the side effects of some of them. Cheers!

What can I do to make myself happy after taking care of the family?

Dear Bunmi, I know what you’re talking about. You come back home from work and you still have to cook, clean, serve and make sure everybody is okay. You may find yourself thinking that you’re an unpaid house help. You must know that everyone needs a day off once in a while. The tips blow are to make you know you can give yourself a treat every once in a while. 1. Get out that bubble bath and the radio. Draw a bath, of course with extra bubbles. Tune the radio to a relaxing station, light some candles or incense, and just relax! Don’t clean, just soak your troubles away. Then wash your body with refreshing-smelling body soap. 2. Whenever you are done soaking, get out, dry off, and get dressed in nice shirts or T shirt, or whatever makes you feel comfy. You can even try bum

Some people are so angry they destroy all photos of their ex and cut him or her out of any shots of them together. Certainly, it isn’t helpful to keep seeing images of your beloved. But you may one day regret destroying all photos from this time in your life. Instead, collect up all photographs and put them in the loft or give them to your friend or mum for safekeeping until you’re sure you know what you want to do with them.


am in a great fan of your page on relationships. Well done. I have a boyfriend whom I see a future with, but his penis is just 3.5 inches when erect. This concerns me as it is small beyond satisfaction. He is fantastic in every other way but I just can’t get this thought out of my head, that he’s small and that I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy penetrative sex with him. I’ve read some of your previous responses to men who have enquired about this and your advice is that there are drugs that work with penis enlargement. Are there really such drugs and are they safe? – Shandy. Dear Shandy, I bet you have seen those men with megaphones around proclaiming the wonders of their herbs. And I’m sure you must know that they remain in business because people patronize them. People patronize you either because they want to try your product or they have tried it and are coming back for more. The truth however is that some of these herbs have terrible side effects as they have not passed through tests and evaluation for safe use hy hu-

shorts! You’ll feel sexy. 3. Pull your hair back into a bun, and put on a headband. You want to make sure your hair is out of our face for these next few steps. 4. Rinse and pat your face dry. 5. Apply a facial mask. If you don’t have one, make one (1/2 mashed up banana with 2 tbs. honey. Leave on for 10-20 minutes.) Then rinse. While you’re waiting, read a good magazine or watch TV. 6. Rinse the facial and pat your face dry. Now wash with a great toner. 7. Now, it’s time for the nails. Remove any old nail polish from your finger nails and toe nails. Also file your nails and remove dirt under them with the edge of the file. Then paint your nails a clear color and leave them to dry. 8. Rent or watch on TV a good chick flick. Paint your nails and

eat yummy popcorn while doing this. 9. Get a tub of your favorite ice cream plus cookies and enjoy. Or, if you’re a health nut and don’t like sweets and fattening foods, go vegan for a day, or check out recipes on Google by search-

ing ‘spa day recipes’. 10. After the movie, read a good book for as long as you’d like. 11. After you’ve read, go to sleep, or, take a nice nap and let the household take care of themselves just this once!

From you to me •I love your site in The Nation newspaper. More grease to your elbow – John Ogah. •People love you for what you are and your contribution to the upliftment of so many homes and lives. Keep it up but welcome more friends. Test your popularity. – Ayodele Agbaje. •Good morning ma. it’s been so long you’ve been on Facebook ma, hope all is well. I believe you are fine because any human being that rises against you will prepare food in live and eat in the grave and

you will grow in spirit, grow materially, grow finacially. More wisdom, more understanding and more knowledge. Your good work will never spoil. Please take care ma and remain blessed. Its me Boyenle Olajide, 07033636900. •I love you ma! - Emmanuel Iorhanakaa. I’ courageous each time I see your posts, I’m happy to have a courageous person like you as a friend. Keep your head up and stay strong. - Kemisola Ogunleye.

Thumbs up for good parents as schools resume


T’S September again and most parents will tell you that this is the most expensive period as far as children are concerned. September is when most kids go back to school and we all know what that means. There are fees to pay, bills to settle and arrangements to about school runs if your children are not in the boarding house and you’re a busy parent. When you see the rush most parents make as schools resume, you may wonder why they cannot make keep money ready for school and plan everything before resumption. Well, maybe some parents are ex-

•From left: President of Music Advertisement Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Alhaji Waheed Oyediran, presenting Mayor of Music award to a Juju artiste, Yemi Akin during MAAN Day celebration recently



The torn veil (3) D

ENNIS was busy entertaining some friends of his who had come visiting when I arrived his house that Sunday evening. We were supposed to go out on an outing but I was not in the mood. So, after his guests left, I took him by the hand and led him to his bedroom. He looked up at me askiance as I stood, gazing down at him. “What’s the matter, Meg? You look so serious! Did anything happen?” “That’s what I want to know. What’s with you and my Mum?” I queried. “What’s that supposed to mean?” he asked, looking at me quizzically. “I want to know what you’ve done to her that she seems to dislike you so much! That she doesn’t want you around me! What is it?” I demanded. He shrugged. “I don’t have a clue. Perhaps you should ask her...” he stated. “Please don’t give me that! I know there’s something going on and I want the truth!” I was determined to get to the root of the matter no matter what it took. Dennis was silent for a while, then he said quietly: “I think it will be better if you ask your mother. She will explain things to you better.” “Explain what?” I asked, my curiosity piqued. But no matter how much I pressed him, he refused to speak more on the matter. The revelation Back home, I confronted my mother as soon as I stepped in through the front door. We had the house to ourselves as my father was at a meeting and Harry was at the home of a friend who lived on our street. Initially, she was reluctant to speak but on seeing the determined look in my eyes, she later opened up.

What she told me shocked me to the core of my being. “It happened over ten years ago,” she began softly. “It was that time your dad travelled abroad for a course his company sent him for. Remember?” she stated. I did. I had just finished secondary school and was preparing to go to the university. I nodded, impatient for her to continue. “When your dad left, I missed him terribly. I felt so lonely without him. To add to my loneliness, you were away on campus and your brothers, Joe and Paul were in boarding school. Harry was not born then. I’m not trying to make excuses for my behaviour but just to give you an idea of what made me do it.” She paused briefly then continued: “I met Dennis one evening on my way from work. My car had a flat tyre. I was standing by the car confused and wondering what to do as I didn’t know how to change a tyre when this young man came up to me. He helped with the tyre and out of gratitude, I gave him a ride home. His office back then was close to where I used to work before my resignation. So, after work, I would wait for him to close and I would drop him at home. That was how we became friends. And before long, it developed into something else and we became lovers.” I just stood gaping at her as the words sank into my mind. Was this real or a dream? Was this really my mother, a woman I loved and respected more than any other person on earth confessing to an affair? With my fiance? Was she really telling me she had cheated on her husband, my dad while he was away? But she was still speaking... “I know, Meg that this must come to you as a shock. I don’t know what came over

Patience Edirin Saduwa

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O doubt, the Internet is one of the greatest inventions of man in recent times. It has revolutionized so many things particularly in the area of communication. The world today has ‘shrunk’ drastically thanks to the Intenet which can link up people thousands of miles apart in seconds. The advent of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others have changed the way people communicate and interact with one another, making keeping in touch with family, friends, associates and

others easier and cheaper. On a professional level, it’s a God-send for many. As any journalist will tell you, it has helped a lot in our job especially in the area of research. Previously, when working on a story and you needed some background information, one had to go to the office library and go through piles of (most often) dusty files to get what you needed. With the ‘net’ all that has been eliminated. All you do now is just ‘google’ whatever you want and it’s on your screen instantly.

me that made me do it. It was temptation and I guess I was too weak to resist. You are now a woman and you can understand these things,” she stated. She added that she ended things with Dennis when my Dad returned to Nigeria. She then said that because of the affair with Dennis, I could not continue with the relationship with him and should call off the wedding. I gazed at her as she spoke, my mouth turned up in what must look like disgust to her. It was bad enough her cheating on my dad with my fiancé. Now she was even justifying her bad actions! “Mum, how could you do that to dad? Don’t you have any conscience? Don’t you know it’s a big offense in our culture for a married woman to have an affair outside her matrimonial home? How could you?” I raved at her, getting increasingly worked up. The thought of my mother with my beloved fiancé, the man I loved so much and wanted to marry was nearly driving me crazy. After I had screamed and ranted at her, I stormed up to my room and began packing. I couldn’t bear the thought of continuing to live under the same roof with such a woman who could betray her husband so cheaply. To the outside world, my Mum presented this veneer of respectability of a married woman. She covered herself with a moral veil, as if she could do no

wrong. This was a woman who was always advising me about men, not to be loose and to respect myself. See what she had done! The veil was torn now, revealing her true face! I called my friend Pat to come and pick me up. As I was throwing my clothes and other stuff into my suitcase, my Mum came into my room. She looked surprised to see what I was doing. “What are you doing?” she queried. “What does it look like?” I countered angrily. “Don’t tell me you are moving out of the house! It’s late. Where will you go by this time of the night?” she stated. I didn’t care where I went as long as she was not there.

I met Dennis one evening on my way from work. My car had a flat tyre. I was standing by the car confused and wondering what to do as I didn’t know how to change a tyre when this young man came up to me. He helped with the tyre and out of gratitude, I gave him a ride home


As I dragged my large suitcase downstairs and made for the front door, my mother kept begging me not to go, that I should stay so we could sort out things. “Please don’t go, my daughter! What will your father say when he hears you have packed out of the house?” she said, holding onto my hand. I shook her hand off. That was her problem not mine. She caused the whole mess and she should clean it up. A few days later, Dennis came to see me at my friend’s place where I was staying temporarily. I was still angry at what they had done but after he spoke to me, I calmed down a bit. “I was young and stupid then. It was all so long ago. Please honey, don’t let what happened in the past between your Mum and I spoil our relationship. I love you,” he pleaded. That was the problem. I love Dennis so much that the thought of breaking up with him is making me ill. How could I go on without him? If I listened to my mother, that was what would happen. But why should I sacrifice my happiness because of what my mother did in the past?

I love Dennis too much to give him up. Based on that, I have decided to ignore my Mum’s words and continue with my relationship with him. My problem now is my Dad. He is still unaware of the reason I moved out of our home. He has been calling, wanting to know what caused the quarrel between my Mum and I. There are times I feel like opening up to him and telling him what my Mum did to him. But when I think about the devastating effects it could have on their marriage and our family life, I keep quiet. I don’t know what to do. Should I tell my Dad or let what happened in the past remain in the past? And did I take the right decision by staying with Dennis despite his affair with my Mum in the past? Please I will appreciate if readers can advise me. Thanks. •Concluded •Names have been changed to protect the identities of the narrator and other individuals in the story. •Send comments/suggestions to 08023201831(sms only), or

The dark side of the Internet So, many of us are quite happy with the advent of the Internet because of its many benefits. But like most good things, the Internet also has its downsides. Infact, there’s a dark side to it that’s threatening to undo all the good the medium has brought to the world. Those with criminal tendencies, for instance have invaded the world wide web turning it into a haven for criminal activities like advanced fee fraud (yahoo yahoo or 419), drug dealing, child pornography, credit card fraud, human trafficking among others. Indeed, security officials worldwide have warned that organised gangs are increasingly switching from traditional crimes to cyber scams to tap lucrative new opportunities through the relative anonymity of the web. That is for the criminallyminded. What about the

bloggers who have jumped on the Internet train to set up blogs for all kinds of things? In Nigeria today, for instance, some of these people have elevated themselves to the status of journalists, never mind that many had never practised the profession anywhere and cannot tell the difference between a headline and a caption. What many do is ‘steal’ stories from the mainstream media and slam on their blogs without giving credits for the stories. Indeed, the matter has reached such a critical level that the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) is planning to intervene in it. Deji Elumoye, Chairman of the Union, while expressing his displeasure with the activities of the bloggers stated recently: “One thing I would want you to know is that, bloggers are not really consid-

ered as journalists. We are noting their notoriety and something shall be done about it in due course. Blogging means any idiot can just pick a pen and write rubbish in the name of social media. Professional journalists have their process of verifying information before going to press. What bloggers do is to hear a story and without verifying, they just post it to the public.” Another bad side of the Internet is the kind of language people use while commenting on issues on some sites, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Some posters use some of the most shocking language, full of crudity, expletive-laden, abusive and heavily sprinkled with the ‘F’ word. It’s on some of these sites you see a young boy for instance, abusing a man old enough to be his grandfather. Besides, sensitive issues like religion, tribe, ethnicity, are

openly discussed in very unguarded manner bound to cause disaffection, anger and bad blood. Some of the issues that can’t be said in mainstream forum like the print or broadcast media are recklessly thrashed without any moderation online. Maybe, it’s the anonymity of the medium. For it seems to make many people lose all inhibitions and sense of decorum, making them say things they dare not say in a more physical, one-on-one conversation. What makes it even worse is that some of these sites are not moderated so comments are placed unedited by the bloggers. I believe, its time the appropriate authorities work out a way to monitor the activities of these sites to prevent excesses. While there’s freedom of speech in the country, it should not be abused in the name of blogging.



•Bird’s-eye view of Lokoja

Mount Patti ROM the vantage height of Mount Patti, Lokoja spreads out like beautiful canvass by virtuoso artist. The view changes based on the particular position one is on the mountain top. A little close to the point of ascent, not far from the single lane road that snakes its way to the top, there is the beautiful spread of the town. Although one could not actually place a pattern on the spread of houses down, the sheer sight of the kaleidoscope of thousands of houses, red, white, blue and so on, all within the


sight of one’s eyes was impressive. Of course, this is accentuated by the muddy colour River Niger imposing itself behind. From another vantage point on the mountain, Lokoja, as a city, disappears leaving only the River Niger as it cuts through patches of green peninsulas and flows towards its confluence with the River Benue. The mountain is even more beautiful with cloudy rain weather as the cloud wraps up the mountain in a temporary embrace only broken by the sun. Although there is a radio

•Lord Lugard’s lodge under renovation

station on top the mountain, one could promenade on the mountain for hours drinking in the unpolluted and serene flora and fauna. Near the radio station is the Lord Lugard Rest House. Coming up the mountain, towards the radio station, it is on the left. According to history, the first Governor-General of Nigeria used to come there to rest and relax. The rest house is still standing and currently being refurbished by the state government. According to the contractor, on completion, it will be turned into a colonial museum. Mount Patti , the Kogi State Commisioner for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Thomas Achollo said, stretches for about 10 kilometres of plain land. He said the government, through private-public partnership, plans developing the place into a tourist haven with facilities such

as golf course, top starrated hospitality facilities and other leisure facilities. Lord Lugard, Flora Shaw, Lokoja and Nigeria Although one of the most accessible cities in Nigeria, Lokoja is not known as a tourist destination. The city was the first place the British settled in the Nigerian hinterland. The name Nigeria was coined in Lokoja by Flora Shaw. She was

then a British journalist. She later got married to Fredrick Lugard. According history, she was gazing at the River Niger from Lokoja when the name came to her. After the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Protectorates in 1914, Lord Lugard ruled Nigeria from Lokoja. Melting point for tribes and culture The history of Lokoja is re-

•First World War artefact

flected in the composition of the inhabitants. According to a tour guide from the Kogi State Tourism Board, the original inhabitants of Lokoja stayed on the hills of Mount Patti for thousands of years before coming down. A large chunk of those that form the inhabitants of the city are the Nupe. According to the tour guide, even the name Patti given to the mountain that cocoons Lokoja is a Nupe word. However, the colonialists ascribe the founding of the town to a certain William Balfour Baikie. It is very obvious that the siting of an army garrison and consequent trading activities by the Europeans at the bank of the Niger in Lokoja must have led to the influx of people from different parts of the country to the place. They settled there, inter-married and became indigenes of the town. There are many reasons why Lokoja is a special place in Nigerian history. First, it was the first administrative and commercial capital of Nigeria. Lokoja was a centre for slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. It also served as a strategic location for free slaves. The late Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, who led antislavery crusade in Nigeria, was said to have erected the Iron of Liberty at a spot where slaves were set free in Lokoja. Around the same spot, he erected the first primary school in Northern Nigeria for all Nigerians who wanted to seek freedom from ignorance. Rich tourism asset For many, Lokoja is just a footnote going on a trip to Abuja. It is a convenient point for those on road trip to disembark, eat and ease themselves and then hop back into the vehicle to continue on the trip. But the Kogi State capital is more than that as seen in a recent visit, courtesy of the Nigerian Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR). Like the late Nigerian Mr. Tourism, Mr. Matts Da Silva, would say, water, anywhere in the world, is a huge tourism asset in any place. Lokoja has water. In addition, this town that initially came into existence as a garrison town for the British colonial army has so many landmarks and rich history behind it. To do a comprehensive tour of just the historical sites in the town, without touching the it eco-tourist assets, takes more than one day. Colonial heritage everywhere First is the colonial cemetery. It is built for mostly missionaries and non-African British soldiers who died in the course of the



•Where Royal Niger Company’s flag was lowered by Lord Lugard

expedition trips to pacify the natives in the hinterland and bring them under the suzerainty of the either the company holding the charter for the British Empire, Royal Niger Company or the colonial army. Among the names on the tombs include: Lieutenant Sodyn who died July 16, 1898; Corporal J. Carpenter who died June 14, 1898; Corporal Sergent M. Roach who died May 16, 1905. Another war site worth visiting in Lokoja is the memorial site for First World War fallen soldiers. It was gratifying that here the names on display include both natives and non-natives. However, while the museum for the First World War fallen soldiers is well kept, the colonial cemetery is in a very deplorable condition and needs urgent rehabilitation. It is unfortunate that such a key historic site in Nigeria is in such a deplorable condition. It is now patronized by hemp smokers who used the place as a joint for smoking the dangerous drug. That Lokoja is a living history of the story of Nigeria is accentuated getting to the tourism board office and the museum. The

original fabricated wooden structure used as office by the colonialists are still being retained, but with a little bit of renovation. At the River Niger bank is a local market that has probably be on for more than 200 years. The old Royal Niger Company warehouses used to keep produce from the hinterland that was then shipped

to the Atlantic Ocean for onward movement to Britain is still there. The government, either state or federal, is yet to understand the import of this structure, and as such had allowed them to be taken over by petty traders. The condition of the place seems to be deteriorating rapidly. Lokoja is located in the heart of Nigeria, the present North Central of the country. It was a former capital of the Northern Protectorate and it also remained a convenient administrative town for the British colonial government after the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates into one nation called Nigeria in 1914. The site where the Royal Niger Company was lowered and the British flag hoisted by Lugard to signify the coming into existence of a territory known as Nigeria is also in Lokoja. There is a cenotaph erected in the place. Despite these huge tourism assets, Lokoja still needs to do a lot for it to be considered serious in tourism. The accommodation facility in Lokoja is in no way near a standard facility for a destination. Most of the hotels still need to do more in the area of services and cuisines and doing the basic things required to make an average tourist comfortable. Lokoja has every ingredient to be a top tourist destination, but does the state government have the will to transform the place into a tourist haven?

•From left: Mr. Thomas Acholo, Kogi State Commissioner for Tourism; Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede, SSG, Kogi State; Governor Idris Wada and Dr. Munzali Dantata, NIHOTOUR boss, at the event

Tourism should take its rightful place, says Dantata


HE Director-General of the Nigerian In stitute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Dr. Munzali Dantata, has called for greater emphasis on tourism as a catalyst for the nation’s economic growth. Dantata was speaking during a two-day seminar held by his parastatal in Lokoja. He said the seminar was aimed at creating awareness on prospects within the tourism using the Nigerian centenary celebration as theme. He said: “ The potential of tourism as a vehicle of transformation is in line with the current administration agenda. We hope to become a catalyst for tourism practitioners taking their rightful place because any celebration is embedded in tourism. So if we are celebrating 100 years of Nigeria and there is a movement of people, it is a tourism activity. “Tourism should be at the centre and so that is one of the objectives here, the sensitisation of tourism and also as a vehicle not only for the transformation of Nigeria, but for the promotion of the centenary which will be at its peak on the first day of January 2014 which is the actual date of the amalgamation. So things will be happening then and I am sure that within the next two months, we will start witnessing activities from the state and from the federal government until the climax on January 1, 2014. “We are preparing the practitioners to even explore the centenary because there are opportunities from tourism practitioners from tour

operators who will move people around to the hoteliers and others as well. “That is why we came to Lokoja because we feel that there is no better place to come and we have also a willing governor who has a vision for tourism who came and saw his state behind in tourism and he told me that tourism is a cornerstone for driving the economic development of his state which he repeated today. “Also they are claiming to be the centre for the centenary and you wonder why Nigerians are not trooping down for the centenary. We identify two things, promoting tourism and centenary because these two ingredients are here in Lokoja and coinciding with your training (travel and tourism writers). Munzali said the seminar achieved the objective considering the impressive turnout of stakeholders and practitioners. The seminar was attended by practitioners from Niger, Kwara, Plateau, Nasarawa and many other states in North Central area. The NIHOTOUR boss said his institute has been given a mandate by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to prepare a curriculum for the training the tourism subsector of the economy. His words: “The biggest opportunity which came to us was when we got a letter from the NBTE which is basically in charge of technical education in the country.”

Tourism Day to be celebrated Friday


•Grave of a colonial soldier

•One of the colonial buildings

ORLD Tourism Day will be marked the world over on Friday, Septem ber 27. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address the global challenges outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlight the tourism sector´s contribution in reaching these goals. In support of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 is being held under the theme, Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future. This year’s theme highlights tourism’s role in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken by the sector in order to contribute to a more sustainable water future, as well as the challenges ahead. Official WTD celebrations will take place in the Maldives on September 27, but the UNWTO will be addressing the many links between tourism and water all year. As a trillion dollar economic sector, tourism is a powerful force capable of tackling this challenge by offering effective solutions geared towards a more sustainable water future. With over one billion people travelling internationally each year, tourism can also be an important vehicle of raising awareness and changing behaviour. According to the UNWTO, “as one of the largest economic sectors in the world, it is the responsibility of the tourism sector to take a leadership role and ensure companies and destinations invest in adequate water management throughout the value chain. If managed sustainably, tourism can bring benefits to the national and local communities and support water preservation,” said UNWTO SecretaryGeneral Taleb Rifai in his official WTD 2013 message. “I urge all those involved in the tour-

•Taleb Rifai ism sector to join our global World Tourism Day campaign and continue to devise innovate solutions to ensuring sustainable access to water resources worldwide.” Clean, accessible water is vital to tourism, running most of the sector´s businesses, from hotels and restaurants to leisure facilities and transportation. More importantly, wetland tourism is growing, with many of the world’s coastlines, lakes and other wetlands among the most popular tourism destinations. World Tourism Day will be a unique opportunity to examine the challenges facing water management in tourism and the measures being undertaken by the sector to protect and promote water resources, while creating benefits for local populations around water tourism destinations. Official WTD celebrations in the Maldives will include a high-level think tank, bringing together public and private tourism stakeholders and water experts to devise policies and strategies aimed at ensuring the tourism sector’s contribution to protecting water resources.



Row over death of man pushed off moving bus Family demands body for burial

Tawakalitu and one of her children

, The late Saheed Kunle AKINRINADE




‘Switching profession gave me my breakthrough’ fter years of studying Mining Engineering in the university, Kayode Owolabi was certain he would get himself a plum job when he finally left the university. But he was dead wrong. Four years after graduation, his dreams for a good life were everything but light years away. Life was no doubt difficult as he waited for the opportunity. But rather than wallow in self-pity or remained cocky about his academic attainment, he had a quick rethink and explored other areas, a decision he still appreciates till today. Luck would smile on him when he eventually got a job in the engineering department of cement company. . But a somewhat unimportant incident led him to make a rethink about his future. Reminiscing about that day, he said: "Let me tell you my story. I was working with that cement company as an engineer. I was working under a Works Manager who later became the chief operating officer. Now, there was one finance director at the time. He was a chartered accountant, so anytime something hap-



pened, he would threaten to resign." While the finance director, a chartered accountant, saw himself as a super star, Owolabi could not comprehend why a single person would so rate himself. "People would say: ‘Ah, this man must not resign: if he did, we will feel the pitch.’ I was asking myself: ‘Are you saying this man is working more than the works manager?’ My works manager would get to the office at 7am and he would not leave till midnight. I was asking myself, who is this finance director? They said he was a chartered accountant. “So, I was curious; I was told that I could become a chartered accountant through any of these accounting firms. And I said if that is the case, I could become a chartered accountant too.” That particular incident ensured that the young Owolabi would double his efforts until he became a chartered accountant in 2000. Soon after, he joined Balogun Badejo & Co as a chartered accountant. Transmuting from one profession to another could be tasking and difficult, but Owolabi was lucky. "Yes it was not difficult. Thank God, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria is open to all the disciplines, as long as you are a graduate, you are free to take it, irrespective of your discipline.” That decision to become an accountant was no doubt a lucky break for him, as it has opened many doors for him. It also availed him the opportunity of getting the best of trainings in the United States, Britain and South Africa, among other countries. He is also a non-executive director of many organisations. Owolabi, the current President of Rotary Club Omole, Lagos, started his accounting career when he joined Balogun Badejo & Co, an accounting firm. He was at HOPEWorldwide Nigeria for 10 years as director finance and administration. There, he was responsible for instituting a structure for sound financial management. However, despite his seeming lucky ride in life, Owolabi confessed that he has seen the good , the bad and the ugly side of life. "Well, everybody has his ups and downs. After graduation, I had some challenges. I read engineering, but it was difficult getting a job. I was home for a period of time, and I can tell you that it wasn’t pleasant to stay at home for about four years. But it was also one of those things that actually motivated me to change my course of study. “My father happened to be a transport magnate. We enjoyed the privilege of being taken to school in a car, which was something to show off in those days. But beyond that, I’ve tasted both sides. At a time, my father was distressed and I experienced what could be described as going through hardship... My father had always advised me to be straight to people, do good to people, give people money and that it is always good to give. Perhaps such things have influenced me." Owolabi has also kept to his father’s advice. "Yes, I have remained rigid in keeping to my father’s advice. • Kayode Owolabi, You must give people and learn to share. If not, the perPresident of Rotary son that you are unable able to rescue today may be the Club Omole, Lagos one that will violate you in the future. Anything that you can do to prevent such violain future, it is better for you to do it People would say: ‘Ah, this man must not tion now.” As president of Rotary Club, he also has inresign: if he did, we will feel the pitch.’ I terest in the vulnerable groups in the society. was asking myself: ‘Are you saying this "For me in particular, I’m passionate about reduction in maternal and child mortality. man is working more than the works is my area of focus. This year, we are manager?’ My works manager would get That planning to give a minimum of three incubato the office at 7am and he would not leave tors and six phototherapy machines to GenHospital, Ifako, Ijaye. As we speak, we till midnight. I was asking myself, who is eral have done one incubator and two phototherthis finance director? They said he was a apies. And before the end of the year, we have committed ourselves to the fact that we chartered accountant

are going to give two additional incubators and four phototherapy machines. “There are some things we cannot joke with, and I think preservation of life should concern everybody. That is why I’m so passionate about the vulnerable group like women and children. I am quite passionate about them because they are the future leaders of this country.” It is natural to dedicate time for leisure, but Owolabi finds it difficult to draw a line between work and leisure. He confessed that he does not have a particular time for leisure, because, according to him, unwinding is an ongoing thing."It is part of the job because in each of our meetings, there must be something to chew and something to water it down. The life of an executive is a very busy one life, but in between, you must unwind. "I attended a training programme in South Africa, and there were two things I was told: ‘As an executive or a manager, you are to read and you are to attend meetings. When you are reading, you are gaining knowledge, when you are attending meetings, you are disseminating knowledge’. I took it quite seriously, and that is exactly what I do. After work, we hang out. “I’m a very passionate person. So I have deliberately tuned off my interest in football. I used to play ball. My mother prevented me from playing football for whatever reason. Cleverly, she introduced me into playing tennis. And eventually, I became a very good tennis player. But I don’t have anything to do with these European clubs because I don’t want to have heart attack; I don’t want to die before my time. I deliberately avoid watching those matches.”




Why Success in the family (2)

EAR Reader, I welcome you to this exciting column, in Jesus’ name! Last week, I showed you some of the reasons why your marriage must succeed. Today, I want to show you some of the principles you need to know, for success to be the order of the day in your family. Understanding Male And Female Differences: As human beings, we are complex creatures with a complex four-fold makeup of the mind, heart, body and soul. These four areas of our lives are all tied together very intimately, to make us who we are. Each has specific needs and when one area is ill or hurting, it affects the whole person. As male and female partners in marriage, it is very important that you understand and appreciate the peculiarities, which make your personalities. Why is it necessary to know all these? Because many are suffering in silence! They have great marriage plan, but because of lack of understanding, their marriage fail to succeed. Look at this testimony: “Somebody brought me to Winners’ Chapel and I gave my life to Christ. I later enrolled for the Word of Faith Bible Institute (WOFBI) October Special course, where I learnt many things through the Word of God. My husband also got the form, paid the fees and started the programme. On the second day of the programme, my husband came back home and the first thing he said was, ‘Mummy, you are a woman of wisdom!’ On the fourth day, when he returned, he said, ‘Mummy, I have to kneel down to beg you, because I now realize that all the things you have been telling me are true. But I didn’t listen, because I lacked knowledge.’ He even confessed that all this while, it was Satan that blinded his eyes. My house is so peaceful now as my husband is now a transformed man! In fact, my honeymoon has just started! I give God all the glory!” - U. F. (Mrs.) Share Your Life With Your Mate: A second principle of a successful marriage is to share with each other. This may sound strange on the surface, when it is usually the real problem in many marriages. There are several areas where sharing is very important in marriage.

Health tips: The dangers of sugar have been so widely publicized that many people mistakenly think anything “sweet” equals bad news for the body. While refined sugar is indeed harmful, if not toxic, to your health, nature provides a wonderfully delicious array of natural sugars found in fruits, root vegetables and honey that nourish the body and promote good health. Getting back to the rich abundance of nature, especially when it comes to the health benefits of honey, is one of the simplest, yet most powerful ways to protect your body. When using sweetener, always reach for raw, organic honey in order to reap the most benefits. Here are some delicious ways that honey improves your health: Skin Care: Both honey and milk possess antimicrobial and cleansing properties. These properties are enhanced when the two are taken together. Numerous cleansers are prepared using milk and honey, because the mixture gives the skin a healthy glow. One can also enjoy a milk and honey bath, by mixing them in equal quantities in the water. The combination is often used in popular spas throughout the world. Digestion: Honey has long been known as a source of prebiotics, which are nutrients that stimulate the growth and development of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that grow and develop in our intestines and digestive system.


The first is in the sharing of companionship, to play and worship together. Another is in the sharing of common and personal goals. This could involve financial goals, family goals, spiritual goals, educational goals, hobbies and career. There is the sharing of burdens and joys. We all need someone to talk with, when things go wrong and when they go well. We need a loving and supportive ear. Also, husband and wife should learn to share their physical bodies with one another. After marriage, the physical body of the husband belongs to the wife, and that of the wife belongs to the husband. Both husband and wife are to enjoy satisfaction from each other’s body. They are not expected to refrain their bodies from each other anymore. The Word of God says: The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife (1 Corinthians 7:4). Create A Healthy And Trusting Relationship: Another principle for a successful marriage is trust. As husband and wife, you must trust each other completely and explicitly, if you are to enjoy a long term relationship. But you must keep in mind that trust cannot be expected or demanded; it must be earned. The beginning of trust is an open relationship, where communication is free and truthful. It is an outgrowth of one’s spiritual life, where the relationship with God has been fully resolved. A sinner cannot be totally truthful in all their life’s activities. Your marriage has a good foundation for success, when your spouse is a born-again follower of Christ. There is no deception when your life is pure and clean. It involves the disclosure on one’s morality and commitment to God, spouse and family. It involves being passionately interested in one’s life and the life of those around one. It involves being free and honest with yourself and everyone else. It involves character. Love Your Mate With “Agape” Love: Love is one of those words that isn’t totally adequate in itself. We use and overuse it for almost every emotion from sexual feelings to friendship. The problem with “love” is that when we use a word to mean everything, it soon means nothing. It becomes shallow and soon the phrase, “I love you” carries little weight. There are three Greek words which we interpret in English language as “love”. The first is “eros” meaning

sexual love. The second is “phileo” love meaning friendship. It’s the word from where the city of Philadelphia got it name, meaning “brotherly love”. A third word, “agape” is the kind of love that God has, a self-giving love that keeps loving even when we become unlovable. “Agape” love is kind and patient. It seeks the welfare of the other person and centres its attention on their needs. Agape is forgiving and merciful. The Bible teaches about this kind of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Let Christ Rule Your Home: God is all you need to have all your needs met. Without the help of God, you cannot amount to anything in life, especially in the area of marriage and home. The Word of God says: Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man (Psalm 60:11). We need God’s help. In order to love and relate to one another, you need the wisdom and power that is only available through Christ. The wealthiest people in the world have failed in marriage. The reason is simply because they don’t have the inner strength or righteousness to relate to another human being on the high level of “agape” love. Grace to accept responsibility that makes for success in the home, can only come from God. If you are not born again, you need to surrender your life to Christ. Surrendering your life to Christ entails confessing your sins and accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour. If you want to do that right now, you can please say this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: E-mail: Tel. No: 08141320204; 07026385437; 07094254102 For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Single With A Difference, Building A Successful Family, and Success In Marriage (Co-Authored with Bishop David Oyedepo).

Benefits of milk and honey Prebiotics have demonstrated a stimulatory effect on bifidobacteria, a type of probiotic that is found in milk. The carbohydrates and oligosaccharides in honey promote the healthy and proper function of these beneficial bacteria that are essential for the healthy maintenance and function of the GI tract. When the bacterial balance in the digestive tract is good, it eliminates a number of irritating conditions, including constipation, cramps, bloating, and it prevents the development of detrimental bacterial growth! Advertisement Stamina: A glass of milk and honey every morning is known to improve a person’s stamina. While milk contains proteins, honey contains the necessary carbohydrates required for effective stimulus of the metabolism. Milk and honey provides a boost in strength to everyone, including children and the elderly. Animal proteins from milk are broken down by enzymes into their basic amino acids, and are then reformed to create usable proteins for humans. The excess material in this transformation is then oxidized as usable energy. Proteins are an essential part of the human diet, and honey helps to stimulate their metabolism!

Bone Health: As research on honey continues, it is gradually becoming clear that honey acts as a carrier and a transport of nutrients from food throughout the body. Specifically, honey has shown itself to be integral in the body’s uptake of calcium, of which milk is a rich source. Therefore, consuming honey and milk together will not only give your body the necessary nutrient (calcium) to benefit your bone health, but also the nutrient to maximize the absorption of it into your The wor ld’s original beauty skin care treatment body. Proper calcium levels can pre-

vent conditions like osteoporosis and inflammation of the joints as we age! Insomnia: Honey and milk have both been traditionally used as remedies for insomnia and sleeplessness. Individually, they are both effective, but the effects are strengthened when taken together. Honey is one of the rare sugary foods that causes a controlled increase in the amount of insulin being se-

creted, which also promotes tryptophan to be released into the brain. Tryptophan is normally converted into serotonin, which induces a feeling of relaxation. Furthermore, serotonin is commonly converted to melatonin, a well-researched sleep aid. Through that rather confusing chemical pathway, honey and milk can be used to reduce sleeplessness! Anti-Aging Properties: The combination of milk and honey impacts not only the skin, but also the rest of the body, by making it agile and youthful. People in many ancient civilizations, including the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Indians, drank milk and honey to preserve their youth. Since milk and honey can help to ensure long life, the combination was known as “the elixir of life.” Advertisement The many antioxidant properties that occur when milk and honey are combined are the scientific explanation behind the antiaging properties, because antioxidants attack the free radicals which so drastically affect the organ systems. They are also one of the primary causes behind skin degradation, wrinkles, blotches, and general failing health of your body’s largest organ, the skin! Antibacterial Properties: Research has shown that milk and honey have a more pronounced effect on staphylococcus bacteria than milk or honey when taken alone. It is also believed that honey, added to warm milk, cures constipation, flatulence and intestine disorders. It is also good for treating respiratory disorders such as colds and coughs. The benefits of honey and milk on the human body are so enormous that the phrase “land of milk and honey” meaning “a place which has plenty” is commonly used. Jerusalem is referred to as the land of milk and honey in the Old Testament, so they probably enjoyed a wealth of health benefits back then! Source: Organic Facts




Drugs you should know about


ANY of us take drugs without prescription there fore we ought to know about what drugs are, how they work, and about the most commonly used overthe-counter drugs. Drugs are chemical structures that very often resemble the natural chemical structures within our bodies or within the bodies of the disease causing organisms that we want to destroy. Drugs intervene in, interfere with, or block normal or abnormal body processes or they alter or destroy body structures. They may therefore remove harm and also cause harm. The potential of side and toxic effects makes it necessary to exercise caution in the use of drugs. We need to know about drugs not just for ourselves but in order to support members of our families, especially the children and the elderly. Encounters with drugs vary for different age groups and for the different phases we may go through in life. For example, teenagers often use entertainment drugs for social purposes without mature understanding of life and the choices we make in life. Such drug-use can create an early-life crises and a point of no return to normal life and progress. Elderly often have more than one prescribed drug to consume and management of such drug use to obtain appropriate effects requires the enlightenment of their caregivers within the family. Mid-lifers under pressure often rush to use over-the-counter drugs that are generally available in pharmacies and affordable. Such drugs include pain killers, antimalarials, antibiotics, antacids, and stimulants including energy drinks. The drug industry is big business and while manufacturers and distributors do a good job of making drugs available, consumers need to accept and use drugs intelligently. In our present time, with the development of pharmacogenomics, we are recognizing more and more how individuals may vary in the way the same drug affects them.

Health Matters With DR MIKE OYAKHIRE 08170268670

email: Continued from last week Some of the problems here include, excessive adherence to religious doctrines, complete breakdown in communication. No interest, in anything, stressful family environment sorrow, misconceptions, fantasies, check background, history of same sex relationship. Your current ways of doing things;-monotony of style or position, place and duration, .no foreplay Lack of foreplay are sometimes responsible—psychotherapy through open discussion between husband and wife, counseling, reconditioning eligion. Dyspareunia- coitus is painful in a woman that is not virgo intact. For the matured older woman, The problems of having a child considered dangerous for any woman from age 40 years and above may create fear and disturb the normal physiological response .Other possible causes include Cancer ,anxiety, infections, PID, Phallo vaginal disproportion Some cases can be managed successfully by encouraging personal hygiene, treatment of underlying conditions;- Vaginal and uterine infections ,odor, health education on sexual health Culture, religion , stress management etc. The older man, only sees the net and ignores that it is anchored to the earth and goal post until he stops breathing while atop of a younger woman . There is increased tendency to use alcohol in most of his encounters so his judgment is clouded. He is under performance pressure and so he uses performance enhancing drugs, most of which contain three times the dry weight of the ingredients written on them—many cases of sudden death in Hotels have been traced to acrobatic sex scenarios involving old men and teenage girls. Acquisition and spread of infections including HIV aids, is usually ignored under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Parents with the problem of child abuse and neglect;- common in polygamous and polyandrous marriages are very likely to produce generations of individuals who themselves would become child abusers Whatever happens Men tend to carry higher blame scores compared with women. Some (not all)young men by reasons trust upon them grow up with bloated rules strengthened by age old societal prescriptions that overwhelm a man with the mindset that a woman is nothing but an item that can removed and replaced. They waste no time deciding to run away from endless unfriendly facial expressions and verbal complaints bothering on vanity and the mundane, but in many cases, they (women) can not completely absolve themselves of blame .There are divergent views when you do quick surveys, men are quick to comment that sex is a thing of the mind and so age matters very little. Majority are of the opinion that when sex enters the mind of a woman, nothing else matters, because it takes the whole of her mind, all sense of decorum or self respect is lost. They point out that compared with white men and women African women are modest and chaste, but acknowledge that there unavoidably a few who rush to enter the fast lanes of life and die faster than they imagined. There is consensus among men that women irrespective of race and social status would succumb any time anywhere so long pressure is sustained and there is assurance of money and power, and so young women would not want to endure a non sexual relationship . They would prefer that a man solved his problems or else even his friends would take his place for years without anyone knowing anything. While they do nothing and leave the young man to his fate, solutions to his problems come by way of the embrace of an ever smiling young lady. A young field Engineer got a confusing mixture of responses

Therefore even when we know the general principles of how particular drugs work, we also need to be aware of our own individual peculiarities such as genetic make-up, culture, diet, environment, religion, and other factors that predispose us to variant response and particular choices. This is an aspect of pharmacovigilance. Drugs of various categories are used by sick persons and by healthy persons. Drugs can be used to enhance our natural capacities. Caffeine in coffee is believed to be the most widely used drug in the world. Nootropics are used to improve cognition. Someof these drugs may improve memory, concentration, thinking, mood, learning, and other brain functions, especially in elderly persons. Steroids are often used by sportsmen and sportswomen to improve physical capabilities. People of status, executives, and performers sometimes use drugs to enhance wakefulness, perception, consciousness, mood, personality, or behavior. Recreational drugs are used across age groups and walks of life for fun. Psychoactive substances called entheogens are used in some religious or spiritual ritualsor environments to

•Assorted drugs

produce hallucination, delirium, stimulation, sedation and psychedelic (mind alteration with extraordinary visual, auditory, and other sensory) effects. The drugs you should know about are the drugs that you and members of your familycan access without a doctor’s or other medical expert’s prescription or supply. These include over-the-counter-drugs (OTC drugs) that can be purchased according to your choice in pharmacies and supermarkets (they always have good information and instructions in their inserts which we sometimes do not bother to read); social and recreational drugs; and enhancers which too often readily beat government regulation and are popularly and widely used. Drugs that are generally used to treat disease conditions are mainly supplied behind-the-counter (BTC) and you can have access to them with your doctor’s prescription. Your health care providers will certainly enlighten you about such drugs if they need to prescribe them or supply them for you or for your dependent. We will discuss the drugs you need to know about for your safety and that of members of your family. Dr. ’Bola John is a biomedical scientist based in Nigeria and in the USA. For any comments or questions on this column, please email or call 07028338910 or 08160944635

Social medicine: Sexual health matters of men and women in the 35-50-year age bracket when he asked;’ in what ways can a beautiful young 38 year old woman successfully prevent a husband of 20 years from contemplating marrying a 14 year old girl? And in what ways can a woman of similar description encourage or prepare an otherwise faithful husband in the same or similar direction?’’ As is the case in any life issues, there are individual differences, and many groups would argue that it is left for the woman and not the man in any legitimate relationship to ensure she doesn’t lose her husband or legitimate partner to anyone else no matter how unfavorable the prevailing atmosphere and you beg to ask a number of questions; In the words of a woman in a banking establishment, ‘the healing balm is to have a forgiving spirit , and ensure that outside death, no man or woman can take away my man, because I shudder to imagine myself without him’’. An older woman 47 years, raising her hands and shrugging in resignation exclaimed she had been happily married for 20 years. According to her she observed she was no longer enthusiastic about get-

ting very intimate with her husband when she celebrated her 40th birthday? (Falling brain levels of estrogen and testorone), her husband whom she described as a very special person before then reacted in a way she never expected; he began to drink and became a different person until according to her God intervened. She concluded by saying she had gone beyond bothering her self if he had begun to look elsewhere after 15 years of very regular and satisfying intimacy. Some women for instance maintain creeds for their husbands; ‘This man, his Excellency whose name I have inscribed in my heart is my husband’’. ‘There are many husbands like him, but this one is mine’’ ‘Though tribes and tongues may differ, my husband and I are one entity’’ ‘My husband is my head and I am his body’’ ‘I will forever take my husband as my friend, my lover, my everything etc’’. •To be continued

Matters arising •A thirty something young man is a Cryptorchid(has one testicle out, the other one is un descended),and wants to know if he can father children? The answer is that with one normal healthy testicle in its normal place inside the scrotal sac, you can produce sperm cells of enough quality and quantity to fertilize a woman, but you need to first know what is available at this point ; go to the nearest Teaching Hospital near you and do seminal fluid analysis and culture(SFAC). Then see a Urologist. The major problem is that the un descended testicle is in danger of undergoing changes that will make it become a malignant tumour. The earlier you have it taken out by a surgical procedure, the safer for youbut you must know your sperm count and other things before going further. •A 40 year old man suspects his wife has sexual relationships outside their marriage. The’ve been married for 9 years with two kids , and he is currently on antihypertensive drugs. Has been managing to have a go with her once or twice in a month. Most of the time the penis is flaccid and wife simply lies there or gets off the bed in anger. Should he stop the antihypertensive drugs ? what about herbal treatment? Marriage almost collapsing but cant bear to be separated from his kids Only your physician can decide whether you can be weaned off your drugs, and how it can be done. You must have been told you don’t just stop taking your prescribed drugs. This is because the tiny nerves that supply the blood vessels and the heart have been conditioned to these drugs. On the other hand If your wife has actually discussed the issue with her mother instead of your own mother, then it has gone beyond the province of

medical people . You must pick up courage and have faith in your Doctors’ ability to make you strong and also work on your attitude as regards romance- there are drugs, but only your physician can prescribe the ones that can solve this problem without causing heart attack. I don’t know what herbal drugs you can try. Pharmacovigillance is a big issue there. •A lady says she is beautiful , but thinks her fat legs are making her sexually unattractive to her husband-wants drugs to be prescribed for her to get rid of the fat Kindly accept my apologies for responding late to this request( other readers also).I suppose you are referring to your thighs and legs ? What ever the case, God you remember said ‘let us create man in our own image image……. Which means that many of us can be in the image of God, appearing in different shapes and in many forms and yet remain beautiful. There are many beautiful women that are fat with their legs acting actually possessing aphrodisiac properties, but ‘ different strokes for different folk’-’ Was there no courtship? Or you became careless with your weight when you started living with him because you found food everywhere? Please be informed that it is very difficult to lose fat deposits in the thighs and legs compared to those localized to upper parts of the body. Besides, all fat removing drugs especially the ones with fantastic names are not organ friendly. If a drug can shrink tissues from any part of the body , it can also shrink tissues from the heart and deposit them in the kidneys. Instead, cut down on fats, oils and sugars-direct and indirect sugars, take walking exercise trips, go register with a gym or do NEAT(Non exercise activity thermo genesis).Play football if you can •A 37 year old male civil servant claims

wife is like a giant. She is disrespectful and has very poor personal health habits like not cleaning teeth and can stay for days without washing herself. She fights him to have sex only when she is in the mood ,otherwise keeps away from him. Wants to know if she has mental problems and to ‘caution her’’(words in italics not mine) Please see a practicing pastor who also has medical training. There are thousands of medical Doctors holding pastoral duties in many Churches, or their branches . See any of them, preferably a female •Another young man thinks of no other thing other than sex. Is it harmful ? Of course it is harmful. Surmise it is human to think about it when you are old enough to do so, but whatever is done in excess is dangerous. When you fret away your brain over such things, you will find it difficult to handle major issues when such issues challenge your mental capacity ,and you find yourself easily fatigued and stressed up because your brain stamina has significantly gone down. Do other things, sports, clubs, travel, meeting people, single partnering with adequate romance, READING(Avoid reading stuff vulgar stuff though) Other issues Please I once again appeal to the pastor who requested permission to use three of my articles with the promise that copies of the church Magazine will be sent to me. Kindly return the favor done to you freely so it does not appear you used the name of God in vain. Those who called in connection with the article on seizure syndrome and epilepsy can call again; I had issues with the line and phone and so response was difficult. Kindest regards .










Jonathan for UN General Assembly in New York


RESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan will travel to New York today to participate in the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly billed to focus on identifying parameters for the post-2015 global development agenda. Jonathan, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, is also expected to meet with President Barack Obama of the United States in New York. At the UN, he will join other world leaders for highlevel discussions on ways and means of building on the progress made thus far towards achieving the millennium development goals agreed in 2000. Jonathan and members of his delegation will participate in other high-level events focussing on women, youth and civil society, human rights and the rule of law, as well as the use of information communications technology for development. The statement said: “The Nigerian delegation led by President Jonathan will also contribute to thematic debates on the role of partnerships; how stable and peaceful societies can contribute to development; and the role of


Augustine EHIKIOYA, Abuja

potable water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 global development agenda. “Before delivering Nigeria’s statement to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly which will be broadcast live by the Nigerian Television Authority on Tuesday, President Jonathan will on Monday take his administration’s drive for greater foreign investment in Nigeria to the famous New York Stock Exchange where he will be honoured with the opportunity of ringing the closing bell for the day.” President Jonathan, who will be accompanied by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, representatives of the governors’ forum, representatives of the National Assembly and several ministers, will also confer with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban KiMoon and hold bilateral talks with other heads of state and government. He will also host a reception for the Nigerian community in the United States before leaving New York for Abuja on Wednesday.

From left: Mr. Tunde Bank-Anthony, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Sports Endowment Fund (LSSEF); Real Admiral Anthony Okanlawon-Oni (rtd), Chairman, LSSEF Board, presenting the LSSEF working document to Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, Iyaloja-General of Lagos State; Mr. Tajudeen Ajide, Chairman, Surulere Local Government; and Chief Emeka Dikke, a board member of the LSSEF, during a visit to the Iyaloja-General on the awareness campaign for fundraising for the LSSEF

Marketers to support sports develoment


ARKET associations in Lagos State have pledged to partner the Lagos State government in the development of sports infrastructure in the state. The Iyaloja-General of Lagos State, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, who spoke on behalf of the marketers, stated that it was necessary for the marketers as parents to assist the government in raising funds to develop sporting facilities in the state for the ben-

Cynthia: Drama as suspect alleges shortage of food in Ikoyi Prisons

HERE was a drama at a Lagos High Court, Igbosere yesterday, following the allegation by one of the suspected murderers of Cynthia Osokogu that there was insufficient food in the Ikoyi Prisons. Okwumo Nwabufor (first defendant), while praying the court for his transfer to the Kirikiri Prisons, alleged that there was food shortage in the prisons. But his claim was swiftly debunked by a warder identified as John who told Justice Olabisi Akinlade that Nwabufor was caught with a mobile phone. He said: “The main reason the defendant is seeking transfer is because his cell was changed after he was caught using a mobile phone in the prison yard. “Since no one knew how he came about the phone, prison authorities decided to change his cell.” Akinlade, having listened to the prison warder, turned down Nwabufor’s request. Earlier, the court heard from an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, and Area E Commander, Dan Okoro, that Nwabufor and the second defendant, Olisaeloka Ezike, made voluntary confessional statements when they were arrested last year in Festac, Lagos. Contrary to the claims by counsel for the defendants, Victor Okpara and Micheal Ajayi, Okoro said both defendants were not tortured and asserted their written statements in a video record-


ing. He gave the testimonies at the trial-within-trial to ascertain the admissibility of the confessional statements made by Nwabufor and Ezike. Nwabufor and Ezike are standing trial for conspiracy, rape and murder, while a pharmacist, Osita Orji, who sold the Rophynol drug to the alleged murderers, is standing trial for reckless and negligent act. Nonso Ezike is also in court for possessing Cynthia’s stolen phone. Led in cross-examination by Ajayi, Okoro said he had asked Nwabufor and Ezike when they were brought to his office with their statements if they were tortured and they said no. He said: ‘’When the first and second defendants were brought to my office, I read through their confessional statements and I asked them whether they made them voluntarily and they answered in the affirmative. “I then asked them to narrate to me what they actually wrote in their statements. In the midst of their narrations, I stopped them and sent the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Inspector Joseph Edo, to arrange for a video coverage of their oral testimony and it was recorded.” Okoro said when the video recorder was brought, he told the suspects that their oral statements would

be recorded and that whatever they said would be used against them in court. ‘’They were willing and narrated what transpired during the period they were with the late Cynthia. They were very free. It was like a drama session. “While the first defendant said it was the second defendant that held Cynthia at the throat, the second defendant also accused the first defendant of chaining Cynthia’s hands backwards’’, he said. Led in evidence by the state’s Attorney General, Ade Ipaye, IPO Edo and a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gregory Imoh, told the court the roles they played in obtaining statements from the defendants. Edo said that Nwabufor and Ezike made voluntary statements on August 20, last year after they were duly cautioned that the statements would be used against them in court. He told the court that the two defendants voluntarily made confessional statements and that they were not brutalised or pressured to do so as alleged by the lawyers. Corroborating Edo, Imoh said when the defendants were brought to his office by the IPO and his team members, he read the statements aloud to them (suspects) and asked if they made them voluntarily and they said yes. After listening to the prosecution witnesses, Akinlade adjourned the matter to November 20 and December 11 for the continuation of the trial-within-trial.

efit of their children and wards who could develop their skills and talents through sports. Mrs Tinubu-Ojo made this pledge in Lgoas during an awareness visit to her by some board members of the Lagos State Sports Endowment Fund (LSSEF) comprising the Chairman, Real Admiral Anthony OkanlawonOni (rtd); Executive Secretary, Mr. Tunde Bank-Anthony; Mr. Lateef Bashorun, a director in the Lagos State

Ministry of Local Government and Chiefstancy Affairs; and Chief Emeka Dikke, former Chairman of the Alaba International Market Association. The Iyaloja-General promised to mobilize the various groups in the state to raise funds to assist the LSSEF in their effort towards sports development, as a way of giving back to the community. Earlier, Real Admiral Okanlawon-Oni (rtd), while

presenting a working document on the fund-raising to the Iyaloja, had explained that the funds being sought would be spent on providing sporting facilities for the development of youths in the state. Also speaking during the visit, Chief Dikke said the market associations in Lagos State would utilize their potent force as a group to contribute towards the development of sporting infrastructure in Lagos State.



Two killed in fresh Jos attack n Yusufu Aminu IDEGU Jos n WO people were killed Friday morning by gunmen in fresh attacks on communities in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State. According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen, numbering about twenty, attacked Nbiyak village, a Kadarko district of Wase LGA, setting houses on fire and shooting sporadically as the residents ran for cover. Two people were allegedly killed by the gunmen. A member of the community who confirmed the attack, Samuel Wuyep, said, "There have been rumor that some people, suspected to be Fulani were planning to attack our village. We reported the rumor to security agencies in the area, but they ignored the threat. The attack was actually carried out as rumored, and they killed two people. I also know some people are missing and have not been found.” However, the men of the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis, code named Operation Safe Haven, was not available to confirm the attack, as the line of the spokesman, Captain Salisu Mustapha, was not available.


•Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State acknowledging cheers from leaders, elders and residents of Joyce B Area of Ibadan who paid him a `thank you' visit over the construction of the bridge and the road linking their community with Liberty Road Area, at the Governor's Office, Ibadan, recently.

Bamidele relives experience •Women lament disruption of business activities n Sulaiman SALAWUDEEN, n Ado-Ekiti ON. Opeyemi Bamidele has insisted he would contest next year’s governorship election in Ekiti State. Bamidele, a House of Representatives member representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency I, spoke yesterday to journalists in the state, against the disruption of his campaign to contest next year’s governorship election by men of the Nigeria Police and drivers’ unions. According to the lawmaker, “yesterday’s experience, more than anything else, has emboldened me the more that I am on a right course.” He noted that although, the shooting of tear gas by the police marred the plans to address his supporters, “their (the police) intervention actually allowed me to gain entry into the town from IkereAjilosun road, as the drivers had mounted barricades at all entry points as early as 6:30 am.” Noting that he had not contravened the said Section 99 of the 2011 Electoral Act as amended as alleged by the police, Opeyemi said, “There was no other way to get to my office in Basiri without passing through the town, and I was just passing. I was inside my vehicle. “I was coming from Lagos, and rather than pass through Ilesa road, which would have ma e me go through five towns in the state, I decided to go through Akure-Ikere road. But my supporters were there just to welcome me. The vests they wore carried no party logo, but the inscription of Ekiti Bibiire coalition, which they have always worn. Meanwhile, Ekiti State chapter of Market Women Association of Nigeria yesterday protested what they described as “a disruption of their legitimate trading during the fracas occasioned by the disruption of Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele’s rally.” Spokesperson of the group, Mrs Idowu Alen, who addressed women at the new Bisi Market at Awedele in Basiri Area of Ado Ekiti, alleged that “some thugs invaded the market and destroyed our wares while the police also tear gassed us.”


Aregbesola deserves second term –APC chieftain n Damisi OJO,Akure n OR his commitment to the transformation its efforts in transforming Osun State within the last two and half years, the present administration in the state under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been commended. A Chieftain of All Progressives Congress [APC] in Ondo State, Prince Solagbade Amodeni, has commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State over his administration’s commitment to the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people. Amodeni, who spoke to reporters in Akure, yesterday, expressed delight with the various visible projects initiated by the Aregbesola-led government in Osun State. He listed the development of might discourage states willing infrastructures, dualisation of to reward workers more from major roads, creation of employment opportunities, doing so. "If we are truly a federal security and provision of education among entity, states should also have qualitative others as the major a minimum wage at the state achievements of the Osun level, rather than the imposed governor since he assumed minimum wage. office. "I remember that at the early According to him, with the stage of our independence, pace of development in the workers in the Western Region state, it would soon become a workers left the federal public pace-setter in terms of visible service to work in the state development, and urged the public service because the people to make that the salaries were higher. It is for us governor is giving a second to return to that period for us term in order for him to to strengthen our democracy", complete all the developmental projects. he said.


Fashola, Fayemi back minimum L wages decentralisation AGOS State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday urged labour unions not to stand against the plan by the National Assembly to decentralise the fixing and payment of minimum wage. The duo spoke at the inauguration of the South West Zonal office of the National Pensions Commission (NPC) in Ikeja GRA, Lagos. Speaking, Governor Fashola said the decentralization of minimum wage was the best for true federalism, adding that states could not be compelled to pay a wage fixed by the Federal Government in a democracy. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), it will be recalled, had on Wednesday protested at the Senate over the latter's plans to remove minimum wage from the

n Miriam EKENE-OKORO n exclusive list. Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, who led the protest, claimed the plan amounted to politicisation of workers' compensation, as it would empower the state governments to pay workers just anything. But Fashola opined, "I think the time has come for us to speak openly and honestly for what we believe in. We may disagree, but we should try and agree at the end of the day. "The labour union has a position on the decentralization of the minimum wage, perhaps they would listen to another position, which takes us ultimately.

"For us, it is not who makes the law that matters, it is whether or not the Nigerian worker gets a fair pay for a hard job .Who makes the law, who has the responsibility to manage it only detracts us from the main issue. And If we are decentralizing the management of pensions and it is making sense, why can’t we decentralize payment of wages? This is a federation. Payment of wages shouldn't be imposed on the states", he said. Also speaking, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi stressed that having a national minimum wage fixed by the central government should not stop the states from fixing their own in a democracy. He argued that imposition of a minimum wage was not in the interest of labour, as it

Two arrested with fresh human head in Ibadan HE Oyo State Police Command yesterday arrested two suspected ritualists with fresh human head. The arrest was made at Olufana village along IgboOloyin in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state. It was learnt that the arrest of the suspects was made possible after members of the community who sighted them informed the police. The suspects were seen cutting the head of the woman along Igbo-Oloyin village.


n Oseheye OKWUOFU, Ibadan n One of the suspect, Seyi Akinrinola (30), who claimed to be a farmer, while speaking with journalists, said he was advised by the other suspect to get a human head for antibullet medicine, adding that the head was that of a mad woman. He maintained that the woman was known to residents of the village and that he only cut off the head and hid it on a tree near his house. But the second suspect, Ajitoni Ogundeji (40), denied his involvement in the evil act,

saying, "I do not know anything about it." The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Olabisi Ilebanafor, while speaking on the incident, said members of the community informed the police that they sighted a human head on a tree and the men of the command promptly moved into the area. She said, "The police laid siege at the scene, and Seyi arrived later on motorcycle with a polythene bag with the aim of retrieving the head. That was how he was arrested."

Sacked Taraba exco members meet with Suntai OMMISSIONERS and Special Advisers, who were sacked by Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, soon after he returned on Sunday, August 25, from a 10-month stay in German and American hospitals, yesterday paid a courtesy call on the governor at the Government House, Jalingo. It will be recalled that Governor Suntai was injured when a plane he piloted crashed near Yola, Adamawa State, on October 25, last year. But he dissolved the State Executive Council On Tuesday, August 27, leaving only his assistants. He also appointed a new Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chief of Staff, after transmitting a letter to the House of Assembly, informing the lawmakers of his readiness to begin work.


Many feared killed in Kaduna community violence OLLOWING Thursday’s night skirmishes in the Kafanchan area of Kaduna State, the local government authority has imposed a 24hour in the area, even as unspecified number of people were allegedly killed during the violence. Meanwhile, the state government and the leadership of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) have appealed for calm in the area, while the Police claimed that normalcy has returned. However, as at the time of this report, there were two versions of what led to the violence. According to one version,


•24-hr-curfew imposed •Governor appeals for calm n Tony AKOWE, Kaduna n there was violence leading to the death of some people. But the other version claimed that there was no violence, saying the talk of violence were mere rumour. “There was rumour yesterday that there will be an attack. It generated serious tension in the town. As we speak right now, we are in-door, because a curfew has been imposed on Kafanchan. Nobody can go out. “We have been trying to call the local government chairman since nobody can go out. But he

has not been picking his calls. But I can tell you that there are security operatives everywhere. Yesterday, they went round on a show of force, and that further heightened the tension in the town”, said the source. The state governor, Mukthar Ramalan Yero asked the people of the area to remain calm and law abiding, saying government is doing all within its powers to contain the breach of security in the area. He directed security agencies in the state to take necessary actions to return peace and normalcy to the area. Spokesman to the governor,

Ahmed Maiyaki, in a statement made available to The Nation, said the governor is asking the people of Kafanchan to always embrace dialogue as the only means of resolving conflicts, and not resort to taking the laws into their own hands. The governor warned those fomenting trouble in the state to desist from their devilish plots to plunge the state into confusion, adding that, “as a responsible Government, we shall not shirk our constitutional duty of protecting the lives and property of the entire people of Kaduna State, no matter what it will take.”

n Fanen IHYONGO, Jalingo n But 16, out of the 24-member House of Assembly, collected signatures to stop him from taking charge. The Speaker, Haruna Tsokwa, said the governor was yet to resume duty, because he did not address the House. Suntai’s deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar, who insists on holding sway as acting governor, has since rejected the dissolution of cabinet by his boss. But majority of the sacked officers are in support of the recuperating governor. In their meeting with the governor yesterday, they hasten to reflect in their prayers that God will not allow anybody to take over Suntai’s seat. Among the former commissioners that met with Suntai yesterday were Rebo Usman (Water Resources), Anthony Jellason (Agriculture) and Iliya Wanapia (Finance) among others. The ex-Advisers present included: Dr. Yakubu TorAgbidye (Tourism), Beatrice Kitchener (Women Affairs), Simon Jatutu (Health and Christian Religious Affairs), Rebecca Manasseh (Political Affairs) and Abba Akawu (Labour Matters) among others. Also at the meeting were the new SSG, Barr. GT Kataps, Chief of Staff, Mallam Aminu Jika and the governor’s Senior Special Assistants, including Mr. Sylvanus Giwa (SSA on Media and Publicity). Rev. Simon Jatutu and Sunday Yusuf prayed for the full recovery of the governor.



C/River council polls hold today as court rules on jurisdiction HE High Court in Calabar, yesterday ruled that it had the jurisdiction to entertainment the case instituted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) for excluding them from participating in the local government elections, just as the electoral body insisted the election would go on. The APC, in two suits with numbers HC/303/2013 and HC/305/2013, sought an interlocutory injunction stopping the CROSIEC from holding the election and whether the fixing of the election for today is sacrosanct and cannot be shifted or


n Nicholas KALU, Calabar n rescheduled, in view of the registration of the claimant as a new political party. They had sought an injunction retraining the conduct of the election without the participation of the APC. Justice Ofem Ikpi yesterday consolidated both cases, as well as struck out the preliminary objections raised by the defendants, among which were that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter and that the APC is not a legal political party and lacked the capacity to institute the suit.

Ikpi, who would be proceeding on leave, said the matter would be transferred to the Chief Judge of the state to be transferred to another judge. He advised that there was no need for unnecessary tension, and that if CROSIEC went ahead to conduct the election today, and the court eventually determined that it was illegal for them to do so, then it would be declared null and void. However, after the court session, there were wild celebrations among APC supporters that the ruling yesterday barred CROSEIC from conducting the election. This elicited a response from CROSIEC that

the election goes on as usual. A statement signed by the CROSIEC chairman, Patrick Otu, read, “the attention of CROSIEC has been drawn to the insinuations and outright lies peddled in certain quarters concerning the outcome of the pre-election case instituted by the Cross River Chapter of the All Progressives Congress at the High Court, Calabar. “The Honourable Judge ruled that he had the jurisdiction to hear the APC case, but that due to the constraint of time, he could not proceed with the Interlocutory Injunction seeking to stop CROSIEC from going ahead with the election.

Enugu APC accuse police of bias •It’s not true – Police n Chris OJI, Enugu n HE Enugu State chapter of All Progress Congress (APC) has accused the police in the state of giving support to rival political parties. The party condemned the alleged refusal of the Enugu police command to provide security during the party's primary elections, held on Thursday night in Enugu, ahead of the November 2nd council polls in the state. Speaking with newsmen, Ben Nwoye, APC’s state local government primary election committee chairman, described the police action as unfair, and quite unfortunate. Nwoye told reporters that he led other members of his committee to the office of the state Commissioner of Police to submit a formal letter requesting for security during the primary elections, adding that, “the Personal Assistant to the commissioner refused to collect it from us." “The CP's Personal Assistant (PA) bluntly told us that his boss was unavailable, and that he could not receive such letter, especially coming from an opposition party.” The committee chairman said his party had earlier received a similar treatment at the area command office, where their request was also turned down by the officer in charge, regretting that the police action was coming barely few days after opposition party members were attacked by suspected thugs in the Agbani area of the city.


Deeper Life to hold miracle/revival programme HE ninth edition of the monthly miracle and revival programme of the Deeper Life Bible Church will hold on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday 22, 2013, at the Deeper Life Conference Centre on KM 42, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Tagged: "Face to Face with the God of Miracles", the event will hold simultaneously in all the state and regional headquarters of the church within Nigeria. Proceedings at the international headquarters will be streamed live via satellite to other centres in Africa, Europe, America and other continents of the world where the church has its branches. The Church Secretary, Pastor Paulinus Nnadozie said, like the previous editions, the September programme promises to meet the diverse needs of participants.


Anambra PDP guber candidate, running mate kick-off campaign

•Mrs. Unoma Godswill Akpabio, wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor (middle) presenting a gift to the independent baby at St Kitts General Hospital, as part of activities marking the 30th Independent celebration of St Kitts and Navis, while Governor Akpabio and the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Navis watch.


Reps Deputy Speaker Ihedioha joins Imo governorship race EPUTY Speaker of the House of Representative, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, yesterday broke the silence on his rumoured governorship ambition in Imo State. In a well-attended town hall meeting, held in his country home in Mbutu,


n Nwanosike ONU, Awka n HE governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Comrade Tony Nwoye and his running mate, Dr. Amamchukwu Ezike, yesterday went on a road show round Awka, the state capital. Nwoye, while addressing party supporters who barricaded the Amansea border between Enugu and Anambra states, said only God could make kings. “Anambra belongs to the PDP. We will bring the gospel of unity in this party now. There won’t be any more division, this governorship election will be contested and won by PDP.” He criticized the government of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for deceiving the people with employment after eight years of inactivity, and described the December 14 proposed date for council election by the government and the State Independent Electoral Commission ANISEC as another deceit.

n Okodili NDIDI, Owerri n Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, Ihedioha, who was urged to join the race by his kinsmen, described the call by his people as a 'conscription' into the race. According to him, "my commitment to my people

will not waiver. I won't disappoint you. The voice of the people is the voice of gods. I will go back and consult with my political associates, and after my consultations I will get back to you." Earlier, Dr Joe Ndu, who read an address on behalf of

Mbaise people, said the choice of Ihedioha was influenced by his track record of achievements, noting that, "he will provide a government that will demonstrate a noticeable ability to halt and reverse the unemployment and pauperization of the state."

It is rewarding working with development partners –Obi Dafinone joins NAMBRA State Governor, Peter Obi, has said it was rewarding working with development partners for the good of the people of the state. Obi said this yesterday after the meeting between the World Bank Team, led by the Bank’s Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly and the Anambra State team, led by the governor, at the World Bank Office in Abuja. Goveornor Obi, who regretted that all development partners shunned the state before he became governor, because of the state’s poor performance in their various programmes, said he was satisfied that under him, they had not only returned, but that the state


was now adjudged one of the best in the implementation of their various programmes. Obi attributed the progress in Anambra to his ability to reach out, even at the risk of his personal convenience, to partners and corporate organisations that have been helping the state in different forms. “By the end of the year, we shall spend about N40 billion as part of the last push towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. As part of that, on Monday, we granted N1.5 billion to churches in the state for the rehabilitation of the primary schools we returned to them. On Tuesday, we granted N2 billion to ASUBEB for the rehabilitation of our own primary schools.

We shall follow this up with providing Billions of naira for school libraries, computers, generators. We have also purchased 500 buses for all

the secondary schools in the state. We are currently employing about 6000 workers in the state civil service”, Obi said.

Ochei rescues accident victims peaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Victor Ochei, has admonished drivers against excessive speeding and reckless driving, as the indulgence portend fatal consequences. He gave the advice after supervising the rescue and evacuation of accident victims along the Obiaruku-Amai road in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta last weekend, when a twenty-five seater high cabin bus conveying a wedding party from Ehor in Edo State to Amai, summersaulted. Survivors at the scene of the mishap attributed the accident to the driver’s inability to control the vehicle at a sharp corner while speeding on a road he was not conversant with. The Speaker, who was on his way to a function, stopped his convoy at the scene, and personally joined the supervision and evacuation of victims by deploying his official back-up escort vehicle to convey victims to the Obiaruku General Hospital for prompt medical attention.


Angry youths kill man over alleged witchcraft OUTHS in Nkamogo community, Ekoli Edda, in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, have allegedly killed a 30-year old man, Kalu Udu, for practicing witchcraft. According to reports, the deceased was accused of using witchcraft to inflict strokes on another member of the community, Okoro Kalu. Udu was said to have been attacked and killed by angry youths, who allegedly took his corpse to an unknown destination for burial.


n Augustine ANIOKE, Abakaliki n In a similar incident, a 62-year old man, Christopher Ude, was allegedly killed by one Maduka Samuel Ogbu at Megede Akaeze, in Ivo Local Government Area of the state. The suspect was said to have attacked his victim with a machete, killing him in the process and injuring one Peter Ogbu. Police spokesman, Sylvester Igbo, a DSP, who confirmed the killings, said nine suspects have been arrested over the killing of Kalu Udu.

He said: "A case of murder of one Kalu Udu, aged about 30, was reported at Nkamogo Ekoli Edda in Afikpo South. “On the receipt of the information, a team of detectives from the state police command was dispatched to the area, and nine suspects were arrested in connection to the crime. They are now helping the police in its investigation. How can youths carry out jungle justice against somebody? Those involved in the crime would be fished out and brought to book.

Delta Central senatorial race n Gbenga ADERANTI n

HE race for the Delta Central senatorial seat is expected to hot up, as Chief Ede Dafinone, a chartered accountant and a member of the popular Dafinone family, joined the race on the platform of Democratic People’s Party (DPP). Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Dafinone said he would bring his professional knowledge and experience to bear on a wide range of public policy issues and topics, promising to bring development and prosperity to the area. He said he decided to join the race because the senatorial district needs quality representation. “Every individual brings a different set of skills and experience to the polity. My background, education, professional experience as an accountant and consultant, my experience in rubber export and plantation, my experience in the insurance industry and in the retail or shopping mall business are all success stories in their own right. I believe that the totality of these experiences will enable me to add value as the senator representing Delta Central.








Bullish rally gathers momentum with N94b gain


HE subtle bullish rally at the Nigerian equities market gathered momentum yesterday as investors scrambled for equities in the aftermath of the decision by the United States' Federal Reserve not to taper the economic stimulus package. The benchmark index at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the All Share Index (ASI), which tracks all quoted equities, spiralled up by 0.83 per cent from its opening index of 35,891.91 points to cross the 36,000 points at 36,188.72 points. Aggregate market value of all equities underlined the monetary value of the indexed gain with addition of N94 billion to close at N11.527 trillion as against its opening value of


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N11.432 trillion. With more than two advancers for every decliner, the overtly bullish market situation nudged average year-todate return at the NSE to 28.88 per cent. Turnover also improved above average level as investors took large positions in low-priced stocks, otherwise known as penny stocks. UAC of Nigeria (UACN) led the advancers with a gain of N4.70 close at N60.80. Nigerian Breweries trailed with a gain of N3.01 to close at N165. PZ Cussons Nigeria rallied N2 to close at N37. Oando and Dangote Cement chalked up N1 each to close at N11 and N190 respectively while Cadbury Nigeria rose by 59

kobo to N46 per share. On the downside, Total Nigeria was atop the losers' list with a loss of N5.65 to close at N151.35. Mobil Oil Nigeria dropped by N4.50 to close at N110. Jos International Breweries lost 74 kobo to close at N6.66. First City Monument Bank declined by 22 kobo to N3.66 while Eterna lost 14 kobo to close at N2.68 per share. Investors swapped 300 million shares valued at N1.96 billion in 4,658 deals. Resorts Savings and Loans was the most active with two deals for 80 million shares valued at N40 million. Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) trailed with a turnover of 68.05 million shares worth N101.62 million in 224 deals.

Experts brainstorm on infrastructure financing

XPERTS in various fields would brainstorm on modalities for providing amenable financing for several natural resources and infrastructure projects with a view to develop adequate framework to meet the demand for Nigeria’s significant infrastructure needs. Executives across key industries are scheduled to participate in FBN Capital Limited’s 1st Annual Project

and Infrastructure Finance Conference in October, 2013 in Lagos. Experts would highlight the roles of legal, project and credit risk assessment by pinpointing considerations integral to project finance through a series of case studies, panel discussions and presentations. Director and Head, Project & Structured Finance, FBN Capital, Patrick Mgbenwelu,

said the event is the first of its kind in Nigeria and is quite timely in view of the growing demand for project funding across various sectors of the economy. According to him, given FBN Capital’s leading project financing credentials in terms of innovative structuring, value of projects and the number of deals arranged in Nigeria, the objective of the conference is to serve as a platform for discussing key issues with industry experts, share lessons learned and champion the use of project financing techniques as one of the most optimal funding routes at the present time. He said the one-day, invi-




Policemen yesterday harassed about 500 youths on tour of projects with Rivers State Governor, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. The harassment of the youths aged between 14 and 21 occurred barely one week after policemen prevented Amaechi and visiting former speakers of Houses of Assembly in Nigeria from accessing the Government House, Port Harcourt through the Forces Avenue on September 12, after the inauguration of the New PDP secretariat on the GRA avenue, near the Government House. The leader of the touring group, Virginia Major, a past youth President of the Rotary Club, said Governor Amaechi had announced at an event at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology


Rivers crisis: Police harass 500 youths on tour with Amaechi

Bisi OLANIYI, Port Harcourt

(RSUST) on Thursday that he would be taking the youths on a tour of his administration’s projects the following day. Major, who is also the Vice Chairman of the Host Organising Committee of the Rotary Young Future Leadership Awards, an annual event by Rotary worldwide to bring together youths identified as potential leaders, disclosed that the youths had gathered at the RSUST campus preparatory to moving to the Government House. The group leader said: “Po-

•They planned to protest, says Rivers PDP stopped by the police. gathered at the campus of “The DPO (Divisional Police RSUST to cook the food they •No comment — Police Officer) said they heard reports would eat before embarking

licemen came to RSUST and forced us to give an undertaking that there would be no problem during the tour of projects. I assured them that there would be no problem. “But in spite of the assurance, three police vans loaded with armed policemen were detailed to follow us everywhere we went with the Rivers gov-

ernor. “The policemen alleged that the youths were planning to protest in Port Harcourt over the ongoing strike by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), but we told them that there was nothing like that.” A source, who asked not to be named, said the youths had

on the tour while the policemen waited in their vans outside the premises. The source added that Amaechi was not with the youths when they initially gathered at RSUST, but the policemen followed the youths as they were moving to the Government House to join the governor for the tour of projects. The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, expressed shock over the development. Semenitari said: “Rotary District 9140 held its Youth Leadership Award at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt. Over 500 teenagers and young persons attended the annual event, which had Rivers Governor as special guest of honour and keynote speaker. “The governor invited them to undertake a tour of Port Harcourt and see some of the projects. But in the morning of Friday, September 20, as the young people were preparing to leave the campus, they were

that the youths were mobilising to protest against the President (Goodluck Jonathan). The organisers explained that this was not the case, but the police asked why they had so many buses taking them out. “The organisers were made to sign a statement, promising that they were not mobilising the children for a protest. The police asked them not to clap, sing or protest.” In a terse reaction to the development yesterday, Governor Amaechi asked sarcastically: “Even if the youths indeed wanted to protest, would they have done that in a rotary T-shirt?” While the Chief Felix Obuahled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state urged Nigerian students to be wary of the Rivers government’s plan to engage them to protest against President Goodluck Jonathan, the Chief Godspower Ake-led PDP, through its Publicity Secretary, George Ukwuoma-Nwogba, said political jobbers would stop at nothing to scuttle the peace efforts in the state.

Jonathan relieves Emordi, Olagunju of their appointments •From left: Representative of the Senate President, Dr. Senate Alesioute Etok; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola; Acting Director-General, National Pension Commission, Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at the opening of the South West zonal office of the National Pension Commision in Lagos... yesterday PHOTO: Moses OMOSEHIN

$15m bribe money: Ibori, Ribadu trade tackles in London court

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disputed money, which it said that Delta State had denied was stolen from its treasury by Ibori to bribe officials of the EFCC. The Federal Government reminded the court that Delta State had in 2007 sued it and the EFCC and denied losing any money when it first became public that Ibori had taken such huge amount from the state’s treasury to bribe Ribadu. It urged the court to order that the money be forfeited to the Federal Government because Delta State has failed to prove beyond doubt that the money came from its treasury. The Federal Government had last year applied to the court for an order of forfeiture and to direct the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), where Ribadu had lodged the bribe money he refused, to release it to the government should no one show up to claim it. On hearing about the FG’s application, the Delta State Government later intervened,, claiming ownership of the money. It is Delta State’s contention that Ibori, being its governor when the bribe money was offered, must have taken the money from the state’s coffers. While adopting the FG’s address, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) argued that the law empowers the court to order the forfei-

ture of such abandoned money to the Federal Government with or without the conviction of anybody. He contended that it was too late for Delta to change its earlier position, having earlier sued the FG and EFCC and stated in an affidavit that no money was lost or removed from any of its accounts under James Ibori. He noted that the state had equally claimed then that Ibori was just being harassed and intimidated by the EFCC. “That deposition in 2007 that no money was lost in the account of Delta and the fact that Delta has not filed any case of stealing against Ibori, was a clear indication that the money did not belong to the state,” he argued. Jacobs, who drew the court’s attention to the N100 million paid twice to Ibori in 2008 and 2010 by Delta State, stated that in view of his influence in the state, the $15 million would equally be handed to Ibori should the court release it to the state. He argued that the affidavit deposed to by some EFCC officials, linking the money to Ibori and on which Delta had relied in its claim, was just a mere deposition that could not help the case of Delta State. “Up till this moment, Delta has not placed before this court, an account of the state where Ibori withdrew or re-

moved the money to prove its claim of ownership to the money,” he said. Jacobs prayed the court to order that the money be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the country for the benefit of all Nigerians and to dismiss Delta’s case for being baseless. Arguing his state’s case earlier, Delta’s Attorney General, Charles Ajuyah (SAN) prayed the court to hand the money to Delta. He relied on the affidavits sworn to by some top officials of EFCC to the effect that the money was offered the agency by Ibori while he was the governor of the state. Citing one of such affidavits deposed to by Ibrahim Lamode (now EFCC chairman), Ajuyah contended that the affidavit evidence has proved beyond doubt that the money belonged to Delta. He drew the court’s attention to a statement by former aide on Domestic Affairs to exPresident Olusegun Obasanjo, Andy Uba (now a Senator) where he (Ubah) claimed that his residence in Asokoro was used by Ibori to channel the money to EFCC, who later took the money to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safekeeping. Ajuyah said that so far, no individual, group or organisation has laid claim to the money besides Delta State. He

added that all documents in possession of EFCC and in the court indicated that the money came through Ibori. He said that Delta State could not come out to claim the money since 2007 because of the various cases against Ibori and the fact that the money could be used as evidence in court. “Delta State came out at the appropriate time to claim the money because the cases against Ibori had been effectively completed. He added that the decision by his state to come forward for the money now was informed by the request, in July last year, by the Federal Government and EFCC (through newspaper publications) that anyone interested in the money should come forward.



resident Goodluck Jonathan on yesterday relieved two of his special advisers of their appointments. They are the Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Mrs Joy Emordi, and the Special Adviser on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Dr Tunji Olagunju. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati. The statement said the two were relieved of their appointments with immediate effect. It thanked them for their services and wished them success in their future endeavours. President Jonathan had last week sacked nine of his ministers.

Anambra 2014: Aspirant denies boycotting PDP primaries


N aspirant for the November 16, governorship election in Anambra State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Chief Walter Okeke has denied rumours that himself and other former aspirants boycotted the primaries organized by the party in the state. A statement by the Walter Okeke Campaign Organisation described the insinuations as “ostensibly sponsored media article to create an erroneous impression that they

boycotted the recent Anambra 2014 PDP Governorship Primary held at the Dr Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka”. Okeke said that in as much as they do not want to join issues with people behind the false and erroneous perception, which he said was “clearly published to serve the personal and selfish purposes of the sponsors” it is their right to put the records straight, so as “to avoid feeding the unsuspecting members of the public with half truths and outright falsehood” .

Ernest NWOKOLO, Abeokuta suspects and vehicles were at the SARS office, Magbon, Abeokuta, adding that some of the suspects have confessed to committing the crime. The Police Image maker also said four other robbery suspects were killed last Wednesday at Ija-Ofa area of Abeokuta while the gang were attempting rob a businessman of the sum of N5million. He said pistol, cartridges, pump action rifle, AK

47 rifle and charms were recovered from the suspects. Adejobi said: “Ogun Police Command will not relent in its effort to make the state crime free. All the formations in the command are working round the clock to ensure the safety of the people of the state, especially this ember months. “The arrest of these robbery suspects is a signal that the state is battle-ready to deal decisively with criminals who want to make the state their hideouts.”

Ogun police arrest 21 robbery suspects, recover 22 vehicles

HE Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police yesterday said it has arrested 21 robbery suspects and recovered no fewer than 22 vehicles. The long haul of the robbery suspects was achieved by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Command. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), who made this known to reporters, said the





Keshi invites 23 for Ethiopia


IGERIA’S Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has named a list of 23 players to battle for shirts ahead of the first leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final elimination fixture against Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes in Addis Ababa. The African champions take on the Antelopes inside the

National Stadium, Addis Ababa on Saturday, October 12. Both teams will clash in the return match at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday, November 16. Big guns headlining the list are stand-in skipper Vincent Enyeama, England-based midfielders Mikel Obi and


Victor Moses, and forwards Brown Ideye and Emmanuel Emenike. Keshi has called three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and six strikers as the Eagles aim for a win in Addis Ababa to make the second leg in Calabar a much easier session. Home-boys Chigozie Agbim, Francis Benjamin, Solomon Kwambe, Azubuike Egwuekwe and Sunday Mba return to high-level furnace as part of their build-up to the 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa. THE FULL LIST Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria) Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal); Francis Benjamin (Heartland


Poor form bothers Mikel


side, FC Basel which they lost 1-2. Mikel, however, confessed that Chelsea did not deserve to win the game on Wednesday night. “If we play the way we did against Basel, we have a chance of losing to anyone we play. We have to go back to training now and look at the things we have done wrong and try to put it right. It’s disappointing. It’s really, really bad. I mean, it’s a very bad result for us. We knew the kind of team we were playing against. “We knew how good they are on the ball and what they can do when they have the ball.The Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has come under scathing criticism following the loss to FC Basel but Mikel has now absolved the “Special One”

of any blame. The manager spoke about how we had to put them under pressure from the first half, the first minute, and then they don’t have a chance to win here. “But we didn’t do that, it’s very disappointing. And it’s very disappointing to our fans, the way we lost the game. Coming from another defeat at -Everton, we wanted to use this game to put things right but we didn’t. Individually we didn’t turn up. Next game we have to put things right and put ourselves in the position of qualifying from this group,” he concluded. Chelsea’s next test in Europe is away to Steaua Bucharest in a game they cannot afford to lose if they want to get out of their Champions’ League group.

Nigeria edges out Ghana, qualifies for ARS semis IGERIA booked a • To meet Kenya in semi-final semi-final place with


4-2 victory over defending champion, Ghana to end a fiercely fought quarter final battle that reminisced all the features of the football rivalry between the two West African nations. Both countries had a lot to play for as they stepped onto the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium to determine who pick one of the semi-final tickets in the on-going Airtel Rising Stars Africa Championship in Lagos, Nigeria. The early minutes of play saw an even game between both sides as they tried to size up each other. The Ghanaians, however, dominated play as the match wore on, and would have taken the lead but for the good defending put up by the Nigerians who were finding it

more difficult to string passes together. The Ghanaians, buoyed by the fans who cheered every move they made, piled more pressure on their Nigerian counterparts who appeared to be waiting for respite from the whistle of centre referee Folusho Ajayi. The second half began on a more promising note for the Nigerians with the introduction of Rachael Brown by Coach Joseph Egbu who galvanised her mates to turn the heat on the Ghanaians. Coach Egbu brought on Imeh James Obong to compound the worries of the Ghanaians, who were on the receiving end of several incursions into their vital

•Hope not lost, says NBBF • Team face Kenya today


IGERIA women’s national basketball team, D’Tigress began their campaign at the Africa biggest women basketball championship, Afrobasket Women 2013, on a losing note after narrowly falling 60-64 points to defending champion, Angola in her opening preliminary round in Maputo, Mozambique. The high profile group-B game saw the Angolans winning in all four quarters by 15-13, 10-09, 20-10 and 15-14 points respectively as the current Afrobasket most valuable player (MVP), Masiccela Mauricio recording a fantastic figure of double double of 12 points, 10 rebound, six steals and four assist. Nigeria will engage Kenya in a must win game by 9am today, while Angola will battle Cape Verde later in the day. Meanwhile, the Media

...Begs for longer training camp

IGERIA coach Stephen Keshi has asked for a longer training camp ahead of next month’s 2014 World Cup decider in Ethiopia. Sources close to Keshi informed that the coach wishes to set

UPER EAGLES midfielder, John Obi Mikel, is unhappy with the recent poor form of Chelsea this season. The Blues have failed to win any of their last four games (against Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Everton and FC Basel) and this has left a bitter taste in Mikel’s mouth. The 26-year-old has now raised a war cry at Stamford Bridge insisting that normal service must resume at the London club. “With the kind of players we have, with the calibre of players we have here, I don’t think we should be afraid of anyone,” Mikel told authoritative British newspaper, the Daily Star. Chelsea failed to cover themselves in glory in their last game, a Uefa Champions League contest against Swiss

FC, Nigeria); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); James Okwuosa (Chippa United, South Africa) Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); John Ogu (Academica de Coimbra, Portugal); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan, Italy) Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Uche Nwofor (SC Heerenveen, Netherlands)

Nigeria lose to Angola 60-64

area. The match eventually ended goalless after 60 minutes of regulation time with both sides fully aware of the national pride at stake by a loss. Goal keeper Augustina Unamba saved a spot kick from Victoria Kohadu to give Nigeria an advantage going into the last spot kick for both countries. Faith Onyinyechi looked to have handed the Ghanaians a victory after she missed the opening spot kick for Nigeria. Ghana’s Berlinda Anane struck her kick onto the wood work to bring Nigeria at parity. The Nigerian girls will face the Kenyans in the first semifinal match tomorrow at the Agege Township Stadium at 10 am Nigerian time.

up a training camp for players from the local league at least two weeks to the Ethiopia match. “He wants to use this training camp to start preparing for next year’s CHAN as well as keeping an eye on the Ethiopia match,” a source close to the coach

informed A broke Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had jettisoned this arrangement before the final group game against Malawi, citing cash constraints. The Eagles only had one full training before the Malawi match.

By Akeem Lawal manager of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Patrick Omorodion, has blamed the loss on the shoddy preparations of the team towards the championship. Omorodion, however, believes that there is still hope for the team at the 23rd edition of the championship.. “Nigeria’s next match is today at 9am against Kenya. Not a very bad result considering the manner of preparation the girls had. Hope is not lost,” he said. The Nigerian team setting made up of twelve players, four coaches and two medical personnel received clearance from Fibaafrica, the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF in consultation with the technical crew of the national women’s basketball team for the championship. According to the list, Helen Ogunjimi is captain of the team with players like Chuioma Udeaja, Magdaline Ukato, Sarah Ogoke, Ndidi Madu, Tolu Omotola, Justina Udenze, Grace Okonkwo, Joyce Ekworomadu, Rashidat Sadiq, Nkechi Akashili and Upe Atosu. The coaching crew is headed by Scott Nnaji with Lateef Erifolami, Adewunmi Aderemi and Emmanuel Odah as assistants while Nkechi Enendu is the team doctor and Amaka Enebe as the physiotherapist.

Moses walking alone •Continued from back page

Ameobi, Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye et al, the Eagles should bury the Ethiopians with goals over the two-legged ties. As for Eagles chief coach Stephen Keshi, a last fixture against Ethiopia is the icing on the cake of his efforts to rebuild the squad. Having lost the opportunity to lead Nigeria to the 2002 Japan/ Korea World Cup and Togo to the Germany 2006 World Cup after securing the qualification tickets for both countries, Keshi won’t want to miss this attempt. It would be foolhardy to dictate what he should do. He knows what the stakes are and cannot afford to make any mistakes with his team selection and tactics. We only hope that the Tom Saintfiet’s racist saga doesn’t put a spanner in the works for the Big Boss. Thank God Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) eggheads participated in answering the query sent to Keshi by the Federation of International Football Federations (FIFA). This writer doesn’t expect any stiff sanction against Keshi, a first-time offender (that is if any harm was done, in the first instance). The lesson from the Saintfiet saga is that Keshi must henceforth be drilled on how to answer questions before he faces the media. Keshi must understand that mind games are meant to unsettle the opposition. It behoves on him to ignore such distractions, no matter how irritating they may be and focus on ensuring that his boys whip such coaches and their teams silly on the field. I was impressed with the introduction of Mikel into the Basel tie on Wednesday. It showed clearly that Mourinho didn’t have any reason to keep the Nigerian on the bench. The pre-match claim that Mikel was struggling with a knee injury looked like a hoax, given the way he played to help salvage at least appoint for Chelsea, which eventually became a mirage as the visitors stole away the vital three points with a 2-1 victory. Wanted: Official stadium for Eagles In other climes where there are official match venues for national teams, games such as the Nigeria versus Ethiopia tie are prosecuted with celebrations. Considering the fixture’s significance, FA chiefs and government officials pull all the stops to create the ambience to celebrate their stars and sponsors. The carnival setting on match days compel other sponsors to tag their products and services to the beautiful game. Tickets are sold out immediately the fixtures are announced. Advertisers launch new facilities to capture the audience and the overall setting forces the fans to throng the stadium in their numbers since there are compelling reasons for them to do so. Not so for Nigeria because of frequent changes that make it impossible for any firm to identify with our sports not just football. A classic case for a permanent venue for the Eagles is manifest with the return of the fans to watch last weekend’s Federation Cup finals. The fans stormed the Teslim Balogun Stadium because they liked what they saw last season. Besides, they planned ahead for the game, having known that the finals for the next three seasons would be played in Lagos. Is anyone shocked that fans hardly leave their homes to watch the Eagles play, in spite of the fact that the team is the most loved by Nigerians? I cannot understand the noise surrounding the likely change in venue for the final qualification game against Ethiopia. Much as I appreciate all the Cross River Government has done to galvanise the team to where it is today, we would be better playing against Ethiopia in Abuja because the Stadium’s setting will intimidate the Ethiopians, who may not have played before such a large crowd. It may be quite premature to start talking about where the team should play. But, talking about the Eagles drawing 2-2 against Guinea is bunkum because the Eagles couldn’t beat Kenya in Calabar, in the team’s first game as Africa’s champions. That draw against Kenya almost scuttled Nigeria’s quest for the ticket, until we salvaged it with an away win over the Kenyans in Nairobi. I will support NFF if they choose to compensate Cross River by insisting that the Eagles play in Calabar. It will be the best way of showing appreciation. But it doesn’t foreclose the need for the Eagles to have their own stadium where matches are played, reminiscent of England’s Wembley Stadium or Brazil’s Maraccana Stadium. The choice is NFF’s to make and I hope they make the wisest choice.



The major challenge regarding the country’s education is how to ensure quality and equity in education provision — Ropo Sekoni


HIS famous quote by Charles Dickens in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities can be said to summarily characterise the state that Nigeria was in the aftermath of our independence and the state it unfortunately finds itself since then. In one of his previous speeches, Father Matthew Kukah spoke spoke about the insulting state of our democracy. He lamented about Nigeria’s limited capacity to do what a state is supposed to do; mainly to provide basic infrastructure and protect citizens. Father Kukah could not have made a better analysis of the deplorable state of Nigeria and the raison d’être of our malfunction; a malfunction that has seen the downward spiral of a once brilliant state since its independence. Without doubt, during the colonial era and straight in the aftermath of our independence, Nigeria experienced the best of times, while the period between our independence till date has characterised the worst of times in Nigeria’s existence. It is a fact that in the last 50 years, Nigerian’s expectations on good governance, the focal point on which all other issues are to be founded have not been met. For most Nigerians that have lived and died in the last 50 years, the reality of existing as a Nigerian has been one of mixed jingoism and absolute regret. We have mixed patriotism, because as Nigerians, we are proud of our motherland; our land of opportunity, our land of plenty, our land of beauty, but we are ashamed of the tale of failure of this our great nation. We are absolutely regretful because half a century since our independence, we can only watch helplessly as our country welters in torture. A torture that stems from the fact we have such abundant wealth and fortune while the majority of our citizens reel in poverty. A torture that ensures that opulence is only enjoyed by a fortunate minority who clutch government power and Nigeria’s wealth, at the expense of tens of millions who lack water, food, safety, clothing, health, shelter and peace of mind. For most Nigerians, their reality is one of extremely low life expectancy, an appalling standard of living and a disgraceful availability of the very basic amenities. Our lot as it stands today is a far cry from days gone by when Nigeria was the pride of Africa, when the set-up of the colonial masters positioned us on a sure course of advancement and opportunity. Those were the good old days, the days of plenty, hope and vision, the days of enthusiasm and devotion. Those were the best of times. But with the best of times comes the worst of it; a time when our people die and suffer, a time when Nigerians have little hope of innovation; of choice. From being the very best of the best right at the dawn of our independence, Nigeria is today a country that has

Twas the best of times, tis the worst of times “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” not exhibited the undertaking to earnestly analyze itself in the hope of coming up with viable results to the underlying problems impeding its development. Today, all but a very few of the legacies left by the colonial masters have been totally abandoned. At the time when the colonial masters were here, the railway systems were working; one could travel from Lagos to all the former regional capitals on the stock. They had specialised wagons to carry cattle, sheep and goats, even eggs were freighted by railways. The trains had specific wagons for transporting petroleum products across the country and special compartments for carrying granite and sand. But today, it is a deplorable story that even with the type of resources we have; we cannot provide a modern railway system for

Nigerians. When the colonial masters were here, we had a running and portable water system across the country; water that flowed from forceps, water that Nigerians could drink without nursing the fear of catching cholera or typhoid. When the colonial masters were here, we had motor-able ‘trunk-A’ roads, as opposed to the cratered roads of death that exist on our motorways today and we had an airway system which was part of a West African airways company flying all over the country. We had stable power supply and general hospitals across the country that provided excellent medical care to all Nigerians irrespective of their status. When the colonialists were here we had a police organisation that was effective and respected by Nigerians across the country and a military that was thoroughly and absolutely professional. Those were the legacies of the colonialists, which our so-called nationalists inherited. When the colonial masters were here, we could travel from one end of the country to another without any fear, but what we have today is a total departure of all that we have inherited. To put it very, very mildly, the last 50 years of Nigeria has been a period of uncoordinated plans to meet the demands of the society. We have had leaders who lack any purposeful plan for the country expect for them-selves. A large number of our present day politicians and a vast majority of the former rulers have taken Nigerians for a ride and it is as a result of this that today, we have a monumental and colossal regret of the country as a whole. The happenings in Nigeria today are unprecedented tragedies in their extreme. We are

dealing with an extraordinary and disgraceful security lapse. Daily, Nigerians are bombed, killed and abducted by faceless bombers, robbers and kidnappers. One wonders why on earth no one in the topmost echelon of our security forces has yet resigned as a result of this security situation. So many woes going on with blasé officials seeming slightly indifferent and oblivious aptly captures the true tale of our failed state. Those of us who love this country should reflect on the journey of the last 50 years and devote ourselves to the unity of Nigeria. Like Father Mathew Kukah, I happen to be one of those who believe religiously in a one Nigeria, who is ready to fight tooth and nail for the soul of my motherland. But I am also one of those who strongly believe that Nigeria needs a total overhaul renaissance and re-awakening to the issues of the day. Unless there is a timely redistribution of wealth, unless we let go of this vile ethnic and religious abhorrence, the apparent hope for justice and fair play with equal right, the so called taunted peace may become a thing of the past. We need to honestly clear the annals of profligacy and egocentricity of the past 50 years and get a handle on this cancer of corruption, be sincere and committed to the welfare of this one nation and its citizens and to breech the expanding divide and disconnect between our government and the Nigerian masses. Now, as we go into a new era that could make or mar Nigeria; that could present us with a new dawn or the dusk of our existence, it is hoped that a proper stock taking is conducted by each of us and our leaders; who have left undone those things which they ought to have done and have done those things which they ought not to have done. And there’s no helping them, because unless something gives, very soon, by the adage in Julius Ceasar, Nigerians may deliver themselves from bondage. As the politicians and the parties position themselves for 2015, let’s each take a minute to consider what we have to gain and all that we have to loose. Let’s take our destiny into our hands and reflect on the choice that we will have to make in the next coming months, so that it may be the right choice for the nation. Instead of the distasteful clamour for relevance we are presently witnessing, it is hoped that the present day political overlord will quickly start to create some doubt in the minds of Nigerians that there is hope and the era of business as usual will soon become a thing of the past. That way, maybe one day Nigeria can hold its head high and say, “It was the best of times, but now, it’s an even better time!”

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HE most popular football league in the world will soon witness a Nigerian raise his humble beginning with a meteoric rise to stardom, wearing the jersey number 12 at Anfield. Victor Moses is poised to hit the headlines, with his sublime skills and his goals that could break the 28-year duck for Merseyside giants Liverpool. The Reds haven’t won the Barclays English Premier League diadem since it started 20 years ago. But Moses’ creative instinct and whistling shots could serve as the match sticks to burn this Liverpool title hoodoo. Many a Chelsea fan predicts that Jose Mourinho would regret Moses’ sale when the league season comes to an end in May 2014. We all say a big Amen. Significantly, this Nigerian’s emergence in England smacks of pity, having been declared a refugee occasioned by the bloodshed that sacked Kaduna, including the death of his parents. But he has put those traumatic periods behind, preferring to make his mark through soccer. Not many were surprised that Liverpool manager Brenda Rodgers gave Moses a debut appearance because he had known the

Moses walking alone

Nigerian as a kid in Chelsea’s youth squad and followed his growth while with Crystal Palace and Wigan. Scoring a goal on his Liverpool debut is the fillip Moses needs to roll back the years for the Reds. With this weekend’s game against Southampton at Anfield, all eyes will be on Moses. If he scores a goal and four-goal hero Sturridge doesn’t, the media will start a countdown to see if he would surpass Sturridge’s four-goal record over the four matches. Moses is in good hands at Anfield. He won’t be the main striker for the crunchy tackles, given Sturridge’s exploits this season. He also would be given less attention with the return of Liverpool attacking gazelle Louis Suarez from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s defender Ivanovic. With two prolific strikers in Liverpool, cameo outings for the Reds won’t be enough to attract markers, since many of the clubs would rather hold down Suarez and Sturridge. It has been quite a while that a Nigerian held the English game spell bound. Recall the days of Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu. Most pundits won’t forget Kanu’s sterling show at Stamford Bridge, where he scored a

hat-trick to nick the game for Arsenal 3-2. That game was the beginning of Kanu’s superlative outings for many English teams. Okocha didn’t play for the big clubs as Kanu, but he was so good that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) twice named Jay Jay the best African player in the English game. A few other Nigerian stars, such as John Mikel Obi, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Obafemi Martins, John Utaka, Joseph Yobo, Victor Anichebe and enfante terrible Osaze Odemwingie, have either played or are playing in England with credible marks that have enchanted the fans and made many a European manager crave to have young Nigerians in their teams. Indeed, most pundits have envisaged a naughty 2014/2015 transfer showdown between Chelsea and Liverpool, if Moses hits the mark that many are envisaging. They have foreseen a situation where Moses will insist on remaining with Liverpool and what happened between Tottenham and Real Madrid in the sale of Gareth Bale will be a child’s play. The pundits feel strongly that Mourinho made the wrong decision to loan Moses out Moses’ absence was felt on Wednesday night during the game against Basel FC of

Switzerland as Chelsea didn’t have a player in Moses’ mould who could hold the ball in the midfield and spray the defence-splitting passes to open up the Swiss for goals. Moses helped Chelsea to lift the Europa Cup last season. His goals brought smiles to Chelsea fans’ faces. Rafa Benitez didn’t flinch in giving Moses a starting line-up in the Europa Cup. It was shocking when Mourinho declared Moses a surplus to his team’s requirement. At the pre-season, Mourinho poured plaudits on Moses. But after Nigeria beat South Africa 2-0 in Durban during the Mandela Challenge, Moses may have incurred the Portuguese’s wrath when he returned late to England from Durban. Moses has moved on, leaving Mourinho to stew in his selection mess as seen in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Basel in the UEFA Champions League. A regular first team shirt for Moses would affect his performance for Nigeria, now that qualification for the Brazil 2014 World Cup is but a piece of cake for the Super Eagles, if our players play to their strengths. The Eagles have the Ethiopians as their last group opponents. With a galaxy of stars such as John Mikel Obi, Emmanuel Emenike, Shola

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