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Vanguard Newspaper 10 january 2018

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18—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 SIMON EBEGBULEM, BENIN CITY It was a joyous event last Sunday at the Benin Central Hospital, when one of the Libyan returnees, 24 yearold Augustina Omorodion was delivered of a baby girl few hours after she alongside others arrived Edo state from Port Harcourt. It was the first baby delivered by one of the pregnant ladies who were evacuated from Libya. Relatives and women organizations stormed the hospital when they heard the news. The good news was timely particularly when the returnees were mourning the death of six of their colleagues who were said to have been burnt to death in an accident which occurred along the Ore-Lagos road last week. Apart from those who died, seven were said to be receiving treatment in a hospital in Ogun state. The returnees were said to be on their way to Lagos to solicit both spiritual and financial assistance from Prophet T B Joshua who had been assisting returnees who came to see him. Augustina had every reason to give thanks to God for seeing her through what she regarded as hell in Libya. It was an experience she would not wish for her enemies. Narrating her experience to Saturday Vanguard, she said, “I had to drop out of school because I had no money to further my education and we could hardly feed. I also learnt catering but there was no money to start the business. I therefore had to travel due to my family background. It was one of my friends in school who assisted me to travel. When I travelled I did not know I was pregnant. I passed through the Sahara desert when I left and that was another hell. There was no water and the sun was very hot. I felt I was dying but death did not come. My plan was to stay in Libya and work for few months to enable me make enough money with which to cross over to Europe. While in Libya, the Libyan police came to arrest me. We were in the house when they came at midnight, shouting that we should open our gate. Our people refused to open the gate but they started shooting and forced the gate open. We all came out running to nowhere, but they arrested all of us and took us to their own prison. In Libya, different sets of people have their own prison. Libya is an evil place. In prison, they were giving us little macaroni and they would even put drug in our food or water and after eating the food we would start feeling very weak and drowsy. And I was pregnant but I had no choice but to persevere. They would shout at us, beat us and do all sorts of harsh things to us. When she was asked who impregnated her and when it happened, Augustina said, “I got pregnant here in Nigeria before I travelled but I did not know. My boyfriend got me pregnant, my family knows him and he knew I am back but I am surprised he has not come to see me. I want to go home and continue my work. I want government to assist me with money so I can open a store, that is my appeal now. That will help me take care of this child that God has given me. I had the baby in a hard way so I will want her to live a good life”. Explaining how she started having the feelings that the baby was coming, she stated that, “it was when we The first lady who disclosed that she was elated with the news of the delivery said that the life of every indigene of the state was of utmost importance to the government and as such, would be jealously protected by the state I prayed for death, it didn’t come —Pregnant Libyan returnee •Why I named my child Miracle arrived Benin from Port Harcourt that I started feeling it. And I thank God it did not happen in the plane from Libya, it would have been difficult. When it was disturbing me they rushed me to the hospital. And that was why I gave my child the name Miracle because she is a miracle child.. I named her Miracle because it was God who helped me, I would not have been able to have her with what I passed through at the age of 24. A lot of people died in my presence and being a pregnant woman with no care from anywhere, I would have died but God saved me and that is why I am alive today. I will never go to Libya again in my life. People should not bother to think about it because it is not a place to go. I thank God I am alive and my baby is alive”. Among the dignitaries who visited the baby and mother at the hospital was the first lady of Edo state, Mrs Betsy Obaseki. The first lady danced joyously with other women at the hospital and showered the baby with gift items worth thousands of naira, reiterating the resolve of the state government to support the rehabilitation and resettlement of indigenes of the state who returned from Libya. The first lady who disclosed that she was elated with the news of the delivery said that the life of every indigene of the state was of utmost importance to the government and as such, would be jealously protected by the state. Speaking at the hospital, Mrs Obaseki pointed out that “It is an exciting moment for us all and we are here to rejoice with the mother who just told me she was in prison for two months with her pregnancy before being brought back home to Nigeria last week. We thank God that she was brought home just few days before the baby arrived, it would have been a terrible experience if she had the baby in prisons. We also thank our government for being an instrument to deliver and bless these people. I want to also commend the wonderful job the Task Force is doing as regards the returnees”. Also speaking, the Chairman of the state task force on Anti Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Prof Yinka Omoregbe, who was with the first lady described the birth of the baby as a “Prophetic Sign.” She said, “we have been taking good care of those of them that are pregnant. We ensure that they are brought to the hospital where all attention is paid to The first Lady of Edo, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, carrying the baby delivered by a Libya returnee, Augustina Omorodion, at the Central Hospital, Benin, while the Chairperson of the State task force on anti-human trafficking, Prof Yinka Omoregbe looks on. them to ensure safe delivery. We are very much happy to have our first baby and we think it is a very beautiful prophetic sign. It is also good that she is healthy. They are returnees, so we have the same plan for them and their babies as we have for others. We thank the first lady for showing love and concern for these people and I believe this will help boost their morale and give them a sense of belonging in their own land”. Also speaking on the issue, the Special Adviser to the governor on Anti Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, said the care being given by the state government to the returnees will encourage others to come back and settle in their fatherland. He said: “It is a thing of joy for all the families, for those who will be coming home out of frustration. Now they are coming home with joy knowing that government will take care of them. Being a returnee is no longer a stigma in Edo state. We were happy she had the baby in a very safe environment. She was among the three pregnant women that we rushed to hospital, she has gone through a lot in that hospital. We still have others who we are expecting will give birth soon. Most of them who came were pregnant and were due for delivery by the time they arrived. The Edo state government will give them the medical attention they require and enlist them for the programmes we have for children and mothers”. C M YK

There is a short video of a white m o t h e r who is exasperated with her children’s phones and social media activities that has been trending on social media: “I hereby denounce the effects social media have on my children…” Ordinarily, parenting is a long, winding road on a hilltop, no dulling. Social media just complicated parenting by adding storm and wetness to the long winding road. In those days, parents locked their children indoors and in the process shut out external contact and influence. I remember my mother’s specific instructions: do not go to anybody’s house without my saying so and do not accept food from anybody, and if you do, you must bring it home. The instructions were cast in stone and those who disobeyed paid dearly for their disobedience. But they did help because they reduced external influences. And parents could mold their children the way they wanted to a large extent. These days; if you like, put your children in the cave or underground. As long as they have phones, they can even “date” and get engaged to somebody they have never met physically in another continent. Before the advent of mobile phones, parents were complaining about the invasion of foreign cultures via television and the negative influence on their children. But parents still had some control: they could use parental guide to determine the TV programmes that were available, they could control when their children watched television and they could decide not to acquire decoders which gave access to many television channels. But with a smart phone or android, the world is a real global village. Now our children can travel round the world via phones and have access to virtually every site they want to. Handsets have also become addictions. Family bonds are being broken; children are becoming more individualistic; they can be holed up in their rooms all day without a dull moment. You hear them screaming, laughing and giggling and they are all Parenting and social media alone. Hitherto, only insane people did that. Parents call from morning till night and all they hear is “mummy, I am coming;” they never come. Some children are neck deep in the world of pornography. Even adults cannot handle pornographic addiction, so children stand no chance. There is cultism and devil worship online; we also have cyber bullying and teenagers have been forced to commit suicide over cyber bullying. Teenage lovers have also been lured online into committing There is cultism and devil worship online; we also have cyber bullying and teenagers have been forced to commit suicide over cyber bullying. Teenage lovers have also been lured online into committing suicide for “love suicide for “love.” It is a very complicated situation and many parents the world over have simply lost grip of their children. So you can understand the frustration of the mother in the video. Many parents today feel the same way as this mother. The only difference is that we might not use/have guns to shoot our children’s phones and use an axe to smash whatever the gun missed, as this mother did. But we all need to take action. I have always SATURD TURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 10, 2018—19 know the value of the phones your children are carrying. Do you not think you are inadvertently making your children targets of attack or kidnap? I worry about phones even for adults. Many women’s lives now revolve round their phones. Addiction to phones has replaced addiction to soap operas. They are permanently on their phones; no time for their husbands and children. Many men with free time have also taken refuge in phones. The only people who can spend so much time on the phone are retirees and old people, not working class people with a trailer-load of bills to pay. Also, people who earn their living from the social media can spend a chunk of their time on the phone. In addition, people who add value to their lives with the mountain of information on social media can also spend reasonable time there, but they must balance knowledge acquisition with taking action on the knowledge acquired. Beyond that anybody spending all day online for entertainment purpose or running away from his problems via heavy usage of social media is no different from people taking refuge in alcohol or drugs. They are all addicts. The challenge now is how can parents who need help themselves guide their children on proper phone usage? Do not get me wrong, the advent of mobile phones is a huge blessing to Nigeria. Mobile phones are good, you can run your business from anywhere in the world, get all the information you need at the tap of the button and it is just getting better with more applications being added. But mobile phones are double-edged swords; for all the good that come with them, there is a dark side: They are dream stealers, dream killers and very addictive (these days, some people cannot have any meaningful meeting unless phones are kept away). There are also health issues due to radiation. Unfortunately, it is not just our children who need help, we the parents also do. Let us apply restraint before we all tip over the cliff. believed there is a time for everything. This is very important in parenting. We must know when our children are mature enough to handle certain gadgets, information or situations. Bring it on too early and you can upset the critical balance in a child’s development. Specifically, on phones, I do not believe children should own personal phones until they are out of secondary school. Now some parents argue that they buy phones for their children in secondary school to enable them reach them when they are not at home. Great, but if you have good rapport with your children’s teachers, you can reach them via the teachers’ phones. Also, many of these children go with school buses and you can also reach them via the drivers while in transit. At other times, have a floating phone in the house, which can be given to any of your young children on outing to enable you keep in touch. That way, you can monitor what they did with the phone while away when they get back. Some parents buy phones as expensive as N150,000 (or higher for the Apple iphones) for their children! Meanwhile, their drivers, who take the children to school, earn N50,000 per month and they (Text Only) Walk out for the busy person Triangle (1) Press-Up Breathing Triangle (1) Technique: Assume a wide stance and turning the trunk to the left, turn the right foot to right and the left foot at 90 degrees. Place the palms together and bend the left leg to waist level. Breathing normally, retain the posture for some 10 seconds and repeat on the other side. Benefits: This pose helps in strengthening the quadriceps and the inner thighs. It also helps to maintain a youthful posture. Press-Up Technique: Lie on your tummy with the legs extended fully. Now place both hands next to the shoulders and with the toes on the ground.Breath in deeply and raise the entire body off the ground. Head, buttocks and heels must be at the same level. Retain the breath with the raised trunk for a slow count to five. Lower the body as you exhale. Inhaling and retaining the breath again raise the body up for another count. Lower the body down again and rest with your head on your folded arms. Benefits: The Press-Up With Breath aerates the lungs and strengthens the entire body. Triangle (2) Technique: Standing with feet wide apart, turns to the left as you bend the left knee. Keep the right knee locked with the whole leg in a diagonal position to the trunk. Keep the hands over head with the palms together. The neck and head must be straight. Maintain the posture for some 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Benefits: The posture tones up the leg m u s c l e s shedding excess fat there. This exercise also helps you hold the body in a straighter posture. Triangle (2) C M Y K