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2019 Hajj: Pilgrims during Arafat Day in Makkah, Saudi Arabia,


By Bose Adelaja

As Muslim faithful

celebrate the Eid-el-

Kabir festival, traders in

some major markets visited

by Sunday Vanguard in

Lagos lamented low


At Mile 12, Idumota, Oke-

Odo, Ojuwoye, Mushin,

Oyingbo, Alade, and

Shomolu markets, prices of

food items were lower than

the previous year but

traders complained of poor


A bag of 50kg rice sells for

N14,000 and N17,000

depending on the brand.

25kg was found to be

between N7, 300 and N9,

000 unlike last year when a

50kg bag sold at a

minimum rate of N16, 200.

As at last Thursday, a nonbranded

25littres of

groundnut oil was hovering

between N9,000 and

N15,000, while the branded

ones sold for N7,000

depending on the size and


The differentials in the

prices depend on the


A gallon of 25 litres of

palm oil was selling

between N10,000 and

N12,000 in Ikorodu but the

price was different at Okota

and Lagos Island where the

same product sold between

N14,000 and N17,000.

The prices of noodles,

cookies, and seasonings

remain static.

In some of the markets

visited, the prices of

livestock varied, a situation

some traders attributed to

the cost of transportation

and other factors.

At Ojuwoye, Shomolu,

and Oyingbo, an average

live chicken sells for N1,500

and N3,500 while the same

size sells for N1,800 and

N3,800 at Ketu and Mile 12


The price of ram is

almost the same with cow

in some areas.

A big ram sells for

N60,000 and N90,000

while a bigger one sells for

between N80,000 and

N150,000 depending on the


Also, the prices of cows

vary according to the size,

colour and physical

condition. The average size

of cow sells for N140,000

and N200,000 while a fullgrown

cow sells for N200,

000 and above.

As for beauty products,

clothing, and hide and skin

among others, they

recorded low patronage as

shop owners lamented poor


At Ojuwoye Market, Mrs.

Oduwaye Olawunmi, who

sells beauty care products,

was seen sleeping.

Upon inquiry, she said:

“In the past, I would not be

sleeping at a time like this.

I know what I would have

made but things have

Rams sellers waiting for buyers at a market in Gbagada, Lagos, yesterday.

Photo: Bunmi Azeez

Sallah: Cows s sell for N200,000 as trader

aders s record low patronage in Lagos

•Fares increase

changed totally. I used to have

four sales girls but can no

longer afford to pay them and

they left.’’

The same scenario played

out at Oyingbo market,

where a foodstuff seller

Madam Nkechi Okeke was

seen fondling with her phone.

Despite the low sales in

various markets, as at last

Twitter suspends Osinbajo’s account over attempted


The hit-whatsoever it

actually was-took place on

Friday night and early

Saturday, but the account

was back online by

Saturday morning, but all

2,399 tweets previously

made by the vice-president

and former attorney

general of Lagos state were

all gone.

According to TheCable,

it accessed an archived

version of the VP’s account,

and his last tweet was from

July 28, 2019-after visiting

the home of Precious

Owolabi, the Channels TV

reporter killed in the

Shi’ites-Police clash in


“Nothing will ever

compare with the pain of

losing a child. This evening,

I visited the family of

Precious Owolabi and as a

Protest as SARS stray bullet kills trader in Lagos

By Monsuru


andemonium broke

Pout in Ijegun axis of

Alimosho Local

Government, Lagos State,

yesterday, after the bullet

of Special Anti-Robbery

Squad, SARS, killed a 30-

year-old trader, Mrs.

Busayo Owoodun.

Busayo was confirmed

dead after being rushed to

hospital by residents of the

community. The victim

was said to be in her shop

when the tragedy occurred.

It was learned that

youths of the community

protested when news

filtered in that Busayo had

passed on.

Responding, Lagos State

Police Command Public

Relation Officer, PPRO,

Bala Elkana, admitted that

the deceased was hit by

SARS bullet while trailing

a suspected kidnapper.

Elkana, in a statement

hinted that an ASP and two

police officers were

injured by the irate youths.

He said: “On 10th

August, 2019, at about

1455hours, a team of

policemen from the Antikidnapping

Unit attached

to Area M Command

Idimu, tracked some

kidnapping suspects to

Ijegun - Isolo Road, Ijegun

Bus stop but came under

attack by members of the

deadly gang.

“A stray bullet hit one

Busayo Owoodun. The

gang, with the support of

some notorious cultists in

the area, attacked the

Police team and injured

the team leader, ASP

Victor Ugbegun and two

others who are currently in

critical condition at the

intensive care unit.

“Reinforcements from

Operations Department,

Rapid Response Squads,

Task Force, and

The 82 Division of the

Nigerian Army has

detained one Lance Cpl.

Ajayi Johnson, suspected to

have killed a commercial

cyclist at Umuokereke

Ngwa in Obingwa Local

Government Area of Abia


The Deputy Director of

Army Public Relations in the

division, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, in

a statement on Saturday in

Enugu, said the army had

commenced investigations

on the killing.

On August 7, Johnson

reportedly shot commercial

motorcyclist Chimaobi

Nwaogu at point blank

range, killing him on the


Yusuf said that Johnson

was on illegal duty at the

time of the incident.

“Investigation on the

incident revealed that

Johnson was one of the

soldiers deployed for

security duties at Forward

Operations Base in Ohanze

but absconded from his

M icro-blogging

social network,

Twitter, unverified the

account of Vice-President

Yemi Osinbajo, amid

speculations that there was

an attempt to hack the


All tweets by the account

have since been deleted and

his profile picture and

header image have been

taken down.

The account, which no

longer shows up in Twitter

query was said to have been

suspended, retrieved and

unverified-all in less than 24


While some suggest the VP

was hacked, others claim he

was suspended, but Twitter

is yet to speak on the matter.

neighboring Divisions

were able to contain the

situation and evacuate the

injured officers to


He disclosed that the

Command had launched a

manhunt for the assailants

in order to ensure that

justice prevailed, saying,

“the corpse of the victim

was taken to hospital for

in a statement in Abuja


According to the

statement, Buhari, in a

telephone conversation

with the South African

leader at his country

home in Daura, Katsina

State, accepted an

invitation to visit South

Africa to “consider

recurrent issues

concerning well-being of

the Nigerian community

in South Africa, and the

need to promote trade

and investment.”

Ramaphosa had, in an

earlier letter of

invitation, stated, “Your

visit will provide an

excellent opportunity for

our sister countries to

further consolidate and

nation, we grieve the loss of

this bright young man. May

the Almighty God comfort

the family and loved ones,”

Osinbajo tweeted, alongside

a video from the visit.

Osinbajo’s last tweet

before the hit

TheCable contacted

Twitter to confirm the

reasons behind the

suspension-but no response

has been received as of the

time this report was filed.

When Laolu Akande, the

Xenophobia: Buhari, S/African President Ramaphosa meet

in October

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

P Muhammadu


Buhari and South

African President, Cyril

Ramaphosa, will meet in

October to discuss

issues relating to the

well-being of Nigerians

and South Africans and

ways to further

strengthen trade

relations between the

two largest African


The proposed meeting

was disclosed by the

Senior Special Assistant

to the President on

Media and Publicity,

Mallam Garba Shehu,


“The Commissioner of

Police has ordered an in

depth investigation into

the case. While we condole

with the family of the

deceased person, the

Command calls for calm

and assures her family and

friends that justice will

prevail”, he added.

Army detains soldier over alleged killing of motorcyclist in Abia

duty post to an unknown


“He was reported to have

been involved in a scuffle

that led to the shooting and

killing of Nwaogu.”

Yusuf said that Johnson

been arrested, adding that

disciplinary procedures in

line with extant military

laws had commenced.

Thursday morning, various

motor parks across Lagos

witnessed an increase in the

number of people travelling

out of Lagos to celebrate the

Eid-El Kabir.

As a result, fares to various

destinations were hiked at the

motor parks. For instance, a

trip from Lagos to Ibadan

was hiked from N800 to

advance our strategic

partnership and

cooperation on matters

of peace, security and


development in our


“We will discuss issues

of mutual interest and

concern in global

N2,500, while Lagos to

Ilorin was increased from N2,

200 to N3,500.

The fare from Lagos to Oyo

was increased from N2, 400

to N4,000.

Those travelling from

Lagos to Ogbomosho had to

pay N3,800 as against

N2,500 they were paying

before now.

Senior Special Assistant to

the VP on Media and

Publicity, was contacted for

comments, he said:

“Yesterday, there were failed

external attempts to gain

unauthorized access to the

Vice President’s Twitter


“Since, we have been in

contact with Twitter, securing

the account, and forestalling

a re-occurrence. The VP will

continue to actively

communicate with our


•From left; BOI GEEP representative,Taiwo

Ajetunmobi; Vice President, Tombia Market Association,

Kelvin Iroka; a GEEP TraderMoni

beneficiary; President, Tombia Market Association,

Felicia Ukuedojor; a GEEP TraderMoni

beneficiary and BOI GEEP representative,

Ladi Amosun, at the TraderMoni town hall

meeting in Bayelsa State .


He said the meeting will

provide an opportunity

to inaugurate a Binational

commission for

both countries to “effect

the strategic decisions

taken in 2016 to elevate

it to the level of Heads

of State.”


From left: Prof W. Cole Durham Jr. Aare Atayese of Erinmo; Oba Michael Odunayo

Ajayi, Elerinmo of Erinmo (celebrant); Prof Mark Hill QC, Bameto of Erinmo and Prof

Rosalind I.J Hackett, Yeye Meye of Erinmo land (seated) during the 5th coronation anniversary

of Kabiyesi Elerinmo yesterday in Erinmo-Ijesha, Osun State.

SALLAH: Buhari, Lawan, govs preach against extremism, insecurity

By Henry Umoru, Dayo

Johnson, Rotimi Ojomoyela,


Agbakwuru & Adeola



s Muslim faithful cel

ebrate the Eid-el-Ka

bir festival today,

President Muhammadu Buhari

has urged them to shun

violent extremism, describing

it as the greatest challenge

facing Islam.

He particularly urged

Muslims to distance themselves

from the activities and

teachings of those, who

preach violence against people.

Toeing the same line, the

Senate President, Senator

Ahmed Lawan and some

state governors called on Nigerians

to pray against the

widespread insecurity in the


The governors, who made

the call in their Sallah messages,

include Oyo State governor,

Mr. Seye Makinde;

Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode

Fayemi; Enugu State

governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi;

Lagos State governor,

Babajide Sanwo-Olu;

Ondo State governor, Rotimi

Akeredolu and Osun State

governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

However, President Buhari,

who reminded Muslims that

Islam is a religion of peace,

urged them to avoid violent

ideas that give Islam a bad


President Buhari, who said

these in a statement by his

Senior Special Assistant on

Media and Publicity, Mallam

Garba Shehu, explained

that the only way to

neutralise the evil influence

of extremism is for Muslims

to distance themselves from


He said the greatest commitment

to Islam is for Muslims

to put its good characteristics

into practice.

His words: “We should be

the mirror through which others

see the good virtues of our


“Islam is a religion of

peace and we should avoid

extremist ideas that give Islam

a wrong name because

our conduct leaves more lasting

impressions than what we

say. Violent extremism is the

greatest challenge facing Islam

today and the only way

we can neutralise its evil influence

is to distance ourselves

from the activities and

teachings of those who

preach indiscriminate violence

against innocent people.

And this flies in the face

of the teachings of Islam. Parents

should protect their children

from exposure to violent

extremists who manipulate

and exploit those children for

their evil agenda.

“Boko Haram became a

deadly force and a major security

scourge because Muslim

societies were indifferent

from the beginning to the activities

of extremist preachers

who manipulate innocent

and gullible followers.

“Extremism is like cancer,

which must be detected

and destroyed from its early

stages of growth.

“Despite occasional setbacks,

the Boko Haram militants

have been so militarily

weakened and scattered by

our Armed Forces. They are

no longer in a position to occupy

any part of Nigeria, let

alone hoist their flag and impose

their reign of terror longer

than 24 hours.

“As our armed forces get

more equipped and trained,

in addition to being more

motivated and reinvigorated,

this administration is relentlessly

committed to protecting

Nigerians no matter

what it takes to bring a permanent

end to this evil.”

Pray for Nigeria

—Sen Lawan

Sen Ahmed in a statement

by his Special Adviser on

Media, Ola Awoniyi, urged

all Nigerians to be steadfast

in their commitment to building

the nation of their dream.

He said: “I urge all to take

inspiration from the exemplary

virtues demonstrated by

Prophet Ibrahim through his

sacrifice, patience, steadfastness,

generosity, and obedience

to Allah’s command and

constituted authority.”

Lawan also enjoined all

Nigerians to always remember

their shared heritage and

destiny, adding that they

should be guided by the Nigerian

spirit of confidence as

they tackle the challenges of


On his part, Governor Akeredolu

in a statement by his

Chief Press Secretary, Mr.

Segun Ajiboye, urged Muslims

to continue praying for

the country, particularly as

the nation continues to battle


The governor said: “As the

Muslim faithful celebrate this

year’s Sallah, they should let

moderation be their watchword.

Nigerians should offer

prayers for the military

men and women and security

agencies that are battling

to maintain peace in the country.”

Ovie Omo-Agege’s


In his Sallah message,

Deputy Senate President,

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

called on Muslims to use the

period of Eid el-Kabir to pray

for Nigeria to overcome its

present challenges.

Omo-Agege, who urged

Nigerians to be tolerant, expressed

the readiness of the

9th National Assembly to

work with the Muhammadu

Buhari-led administration to

ensure that Nigerians enjoy

the dividends of democracy.

Practice love, loyalty

and sacrifice

— Fayemi

Similarly, Governor

Fayemi in a statement by his

Chief Press Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Oyebode, urged the

Muslim Ummah to uphold

the lessons of love, loyalty,

and sacrifice which form the

foundation of the Eid-el- Kabir

celebration, during and

after the festivities.

While congratulating the

Muslim faithful for witnessing

another celebration, he

urged them to collaborate

with adherents of other religions

in the country in the

quest for peace and progress.

He also urged them to keep

praying for the country so that

peace and stability will be

restored in the troubled spots.

According to him, Nigerians

need to imbibe the lessons

of commitment, dedication,

and obedience to higher

authority as demonstrated in

Prophet Ibraheem’s willingness

to sacrifice his son in

obedience to the word of God.

Also, the Senator representing

Ekiti Central Senatorial

District at the upper chamber

of the National Assembly,

Sen Opeyemi Bamidele, appealed

to Muslims to continually

pray for the survival of


He said: “It is time to come

to terms with the reality that

we need to erect a solid pillar

of prayers for our leaders and

nationals to be transformed

in characters.”

Pray for peace,

prosperity, stability


In Oyo State, Governor

Makinde in a statement by

his Chief Press Secretary, Mr.

Taiwo Adisa, admonished

Muslims in the state to reflect

on the significance of the celebration,

which he said bordered

on encouraging piety,

sacrifice, and love.

The governor further reiterated

his administration’s

commitment to uplifting the

state through the expansion

of its economy and ensuring

From left: DG, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Prof Choker Ihekweazu,

Head of Planning Research and Statistics, National Biosafety Management Agency,

Mrs Scholastica Bello; Dr Nahid Bradella; and Prof Akin Anatomical, at the

5th African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.

that the state reclaims its

pace-setter status in different


Makinde, however, enjoined

the Muslim faithful to

use the Eid-el-Kabir period to

pray for the peace, prosperity,

and stability of the state and

the country, adding that for

the state to prosper, its people

must contribute their quota

through prayers and support

for the leaders.

In the same vein, a renowned

Ibadan-based Islamic

cleric, Prof. Sabit

Olagoke, assured that the

spate of kidnapping witnessed

in the country, particularly

in the South West region

would soon become a

thing of the past if Nigerians

stand united against the trend.

Let’s live in peace,


In his Sallah message,

Governor Ugwuanyi enjoined

all Nigerians to take

advantage of the celebration

and supplicate for enhanced

peace, security, and progress

of the country.

He reiterated that “the ultimate

goal remains our collective

ability to live in peace

and harmony in a secure environment,

and to cherish one

another irrespective of religious,

ethnic and political

differences, for sustainable

development of the nation.”

Be sacrificial and

work for Nigeria’s


Governor Sanwo-Olu

urged Nigerians to imbibe

the lessons of the sacrifice

made by Prophet Ibrahim

and work for the unity of the


In a statement by his Deputy

Chief Press Secretary, Mr.

Gboyega Akosile, the Lagos

State helmsman said that Eid

al-Adha became a symbolic

event in the history of mankind,

given the bounty of rewards

that followed the patience

and perseverance of

Prophet Ibrahim, who held

on tenaciously to his faith in

God despite being afflicted.

He said: “ This symbolic

Islamic festival is a constant

reminder to us that, there will

always be great rewards

when we have abiding faith

and patience in trying periods;

persistence in prayers

and tenacity in our belief.

Emulate virtues of Prophet

Ibrahim—Oyetola urges

In the same vein, Oyetola

called on Muslim faithful to

emulate the virtuous life of

total obedience, love, justice,

and self-sacrifice of Prophet

Ibrahim, which he described

as the whole essence of Eid-el

Kabir celebration.

He urged Muslims to ensure

that they make only those

promises they know they can


In a statement by his Chief

Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan,

the governor stated

that the observance of such

virtues would take the state

to the promised land.

Former Senate President,

Dr. Bukola Saraki called on

Muslims to pray for an end

to the numerous security challenges

in the country.

Saraki in a message signed

by his Special Adviser on

Media and Publicity, Yusuph

Olaniyonu, noted that the

period of the Eid-el-Kabir

which also coincided with the

final hajj rites in the holy land

Agbami parties donate Chest Clinic

to Kano community

By Abdulmumin

Murtala, Kano

s part of its corporate

Asocial responsibility, the

Star Deepwater Petroleum

Limited (a Chevron company)

and its Agbami parties

that include Fafa Oil limited,

NNPC Equinor and

Petrobras Agbami Parties,

has donated a fully equipped

Chest Clinic to the Kano State


Located at Kurna Primary

Healthcare Centre, in Dala

Local Government, the clinic

was fully equipped with a

standard X-ray machine,

provided the opportunity for

Nigerian Muslims to devote

their supplication to Allah for

an end to insecurity in the


PDP urges selflessness,

trust in God

The Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, also urged Nigerians,

particularly Muslims to

use this year’s Eid-el Kabir to

imbibe the life of total trust in

the Almighty God in all

spheres of life.

The party in a statement

signed by its spokesman,

Kola Ologbondiyan, said

the occasion of Eid-el Kabir

“offers us great lessons on selflessness

and absolute trust in

God, as exemplified in the life

of Prophet Ibrahim.”

Glo-powered CNN African Voices

‘Change Makers’ features Nigerian artificial

limb makers

his week’s edition of

TCNN African Voices,

Change Makers will showcase

two artificial limb makers

who have helped to transform

the lives of many Nigerians

living with disabilities.

The guests on the new edition

of the 30-minutes magazine

programme,CNN African

Voices, Change Makers

which debuts this Friday includes

a Nigerian prosthetics

maker, Crystal Chigbu and

another limb restorer, Gbolahan


The programme comes

up CNN broadcast on

DSTV on Friday at 9.30 a.m

on Saturday at 12.30 a.m.,

4.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Other

repeat broadcasts come up

on Sunday at 5.00 a.m., 9.30

a.m. and 8.30 p.m. with more

repeats on Monday and Tuesday

at 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.


Crystal Chigbu founded

Irede Foundation after she

recovered from the trauma of

caring for a child whose congenitally

malformed limb

had to be amputated.

The 2002 Biochemistry

graduate of University of Lagos,

thus became the Chief

Executive of the Foundation,

which has over the years taken

responsibility for several

children whose limbs had

been severed due to health issues.

On the programme, Crystal,

explained what she went

through, alongside her husband

to raise their daughter

who was born with congenital

limb deformity, expatiating

on the difficulties and

pain involved in making a

decision on whether to amputate

or not.

male and female wards,

treatment rooms, laboratories

and GeneXpert machines.

Speaking at the commissioning

and handover ceremony

last Tuesday, the Director,

Star Deep Water, Mr Richard

Kennedy, said Agbami

Parties have spent over N16.6

billion in building and equipping

28 chest clinics across

the country.

He said: “Since 2008, the

Agbami parties have spent

about N16.6 billion ($2.7million)

in building and equipping

28 chest clinics in existing

government hospitals



It’s democracy versus

Sharia ideology

Danjuma, Asemota, Lekwot, others

• ‘ How to resolve conflict to end national crisis’

In a paper dated July 31, 2019, National

Christian Elders Forum (NCEF),

parading prominent Nigerians

including Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN; a

former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen

Theophilus Danjuma (ret.); Prof. Joseph

Otubu; Major General Joshua Dogonyaro

(ret.); Archbishop Magnus Atilade; Dr. Kate

Okpareke; Dr. Ayo Abifarin; Major General

Zamani Lekwot (ret.); Moses Ihonde; Elder

Nat Okoro and Matthew Owojaiye,

analysed the state of the nation, tracing the

root of the current crisis in Nigeria to a

conflict between democracy and Sharia

ideology. The full text of the paper, under

the title, ‘Are Nigerian Christians on a wild

goose chase?’, is reproduced below:

Core issues

It is very disturbing to observe the ease

with which Nigerian elites, particularly

Christians, are dribbled and sent on a wild

goose chase on very sensitive national

issues. There is the need, therefore, to restate

the core issues that are causing

problems in Nigeria and what constitutes

the solution. At this rate, those who have

constituted themselves into enemies of

Nigeria are having cheap victory.

Today, the following unpalatable evils

define Nigeria as a country: corruption and

sleaze at all levels, insecurity (bloodshed,

sudden death, kidnapping, rape, etc),

economic recession, broken down

infrastructure, dysfunctional political

system, fractured social relationships,

ethnic suspicion and rivalry, one could go

on and on. Two questions come to our mind:

1. What is actually the cause of the


2. Who is managing the public discourse?

Let it be made clear for all that the

problem of Nigeria is NOT one of the


a. It is not Christians versus Muslims or

Muslims versus Christians.

b. It is not South versus North or North

versus South

c. It is not PDP versus APC or APC

versus PDP

d. It is not military versus civilians or

civilians versus military

e. It is not rich versus poor or masses

versus the rich

f. It is not poverty, unemployment,

illiteracy or desert encroachment

Someone may quip, “So there is no threat

of Islamization, after all?” There is an

Islamization agenda and it is a serious

threat. What needs to be understood is what

constitutes the threat and this is discernible

in the difference between a Muslim and an

Islamist. A Muslim practices Islam as

religion while an Islamist manipulates

Islam as political ideology. This is the

reason Islamism is referred to as “political

Islam.” Islamism is a conscious attempt to

manipulate religion as tool for political and

cultural domination. While Islam is a

religion, Islamism, otherwise called

“political Islam”, “is a set of ideologies that

holds that Islam is not only a religion but a

political system”. As a political system,

Islamists insist that Islam is meant to

dominate the environment in which it is

practiced. In a sharply divergent society

like Nigeria, any attempt to implement the

principles of Islamism portends great

danger for the nation. It is this Islamist

political ideology that is driving the crisis in


The problem

The problem of Nigeria is

IDEOLOGICAL. It is simply

DEMOCRACY versus SHARIA. This is the

problem Nigerians need to solve. Nigeria is

a democratic country under the invasion of

Sharia ideology. This is the core problem

that must be solved and every crisis will


Every country in the world derives its

identity and system of governance from its

national ideology. Countries with Sharia

•Lt. Gen Theophilus Danjuma (ret)

Nigeria is a


country under

the invasion of

Sharia ideology.

This is the core

problem that

must be solved

and every crisis

will evaporate

ideology have a system of governance and

way of life different from countries with

communist ideology which is also different

from countries with democratic ideology

and so on. No country has two conflicting

ideologies except, of course, Nigeria.

The 1999 Constitution is a compendium of

dual conflicting ideologies pulling the

country in two opposing directions. Unless

this conflict is resolved, Nigeria will remain

in turmoil because democracy and Sharia

ideologies are antithetical to each other. The

entire crisis in the country, summed up as

corruption, mediocrity, insecurity and

ethnicity, are consequences of the dual

conflicting ideologies plaguing Nigeria.


The crisis commenced before

independence and was solidified under the

military regime when most of the military

•Elder Solomon Asemota

Heads of State were Muslims from the

North. During the various conferences

leading to independence, the impression

was created that ALL Nigerians wanted

democracy. Unknowingly to the other

sections of the country, some northern

Muslims preferred a system of governance

of which Islamic law is a major ingredient.

Relentlessly, they pursued this goal until

they were able to smuggle Nigeria into OIC

in 1986 and brought Islamic law and

jurisprudence into the 1999 Constitution.

Invariably, a country under Common Law

became a country under Common Law and

Sharia. In the ensuing conflict, one of the

two has to give way because both cannot

co-exist. That is the crisis going on now.

Public discourse

In recent times, skilful spin-masters have

been manipulating public discourse with

the intention of distracting attention from

the real issues. While Nigerians keep

pursuing shadows, they dig in their

preferred ideology. Let us recap some of

those distractions. A very observant person

listed the following:

1. From grazing route to grazing reserve

2. From grazing reserve to grazing


3. From grazing colony to ranching

4. From ranching to importation of grass

from Brazil for cattle

5. From importation of grass to Fulani


6. From Fulani Radio to N100 billion

paid to Miyetti Allah

7. From N100 billion to RUGA

8. From RUGA to e-registration

9. From e-registration to military


10. From military ranching to, … what


The attention of Nigerians is constantly

kept focused on symptoms while the real

disease is eating away the body. And what

is the real disease? It is conflict of

ideologies. If you notice, few people are

talking about that.

Since the inception of National Christian

Elders Forum, the NCEF has been telling

Nigerians that the problem of the country is

the conflict of ideologies. On the 17th of

March, 2016, NCEF addressed a press

conference with a paper titled, ‘CONFLICT




papers have been presented by the NCEF

on this issue but it would appear that

Christian elites are difficult to persuade

with the truth.

While attention is focused on ranching

and RUGA, consider what has been done to

Nigeria, supposedly Common Law country:

1. The Common Law position of Nigeria

has given way to Sharia Law with the

CJN as Sharia Lawyer.

2. Attorney General and Minister of

Justice of the country is Sharia Lawyer.

3. Head of Law School is Sharia Lawyer.

4. The 9th Assembly has legislators

already mooting suggestions of

amending the Constitution to provide

for life Presidency. (This is Sharia not


5. The Federal Character Principle, one

of the pillars of justice, equity and

fairness in the Constitution, has been

subverted. This is Sharia.

6. The 2019 election is classical example

of Sharia in action. It was not a

democratic contest.

Compromising leaders

The Islamists have made great strides in

their goal to transmute Nigeria into an

Islamic Sultanate since all the major

structures of governance are under their

control. They have been greatly helped by

the “Islamist collaborators”, the

compromising leaders in the Church and

the traitors amongst ethnic leaders, mostly

politicians and traditional rulers. These

treacherous collaborators hunt with the

hounds and run with the hare.

In an earlier paper on this subject, it was

stated, “Nigerian’s political history is

conflict ridden due to untiring efforts to

supplant the tested and acceptable liberal

democratic ideals with the Sharia, which

the British Colonial powers had rejected

because of its restrictive, sectional,

discriminatory and subjective theocratic

bias; and the fact that it could not pass the

“REPUGNANCY TEST”. Our national

development has been hampered by the

institutionalization of conflict through the

unilateral infusion of the Sharia into the

1999 Constitution under the Islamic biased

military dictatorship, as against the

restrictive “Islamic personal law”, which

had been adopted and applied by

consensus since independence and national


One is mystified by the outcry against

RUGA in recent times as if RUGA is the

problem. There is no difference between

RUGA and Grazing Reserve, the difference

is only in nomenclature. If Christians had

devoted half the energy expended on

combating RUGA on the real solutions,

more progress would have been made for

the country. Now that RUGA has been

replaced with e-Registration which has also

been followed by proposal for military to

establish ranches all over the country, what

would those fixated on RUGA do now?

Real issues

There is the need to focus attention on the

real issues and avoid distractions. Whoever

wants to provide solution to the crisis in

Nigeria should address the conflict


Nigeria is a democratic country under

Common Law and it should remain so.

What are the solutions?

1. Every Nigerian with

understanding should begin to agitate for a

new Constitution that is based wholly on

Liberal Democracy and Parliamentary

System of Government. This is the ideology

agreed upon by the founding fathers of

Nigeria and the only ideology that could

accommodate all the divergent groups in

the country. Nigeria needs a NEW


2. Implementation of the Report of

the 2014 National Conference as precursor

to restructuring the country.

3. Establishment of Truth and

Reconciliation Commission as the basis for

healing, forgiveness and reconciliation of

all the divergent groups in the country.

*The Willink’s Commission Report of

1958, states as follows:

“The whole structure of the proceedings

leading to independence is based on the

belief that Nigeria meant to follow the road

of liberal democracy and parliamentary

government and to base part of the structure

on the opposite assumption is to invite

government to do their worst. But if the road

is followed (liberal democracy and

parliamentary government), votes will

count and in the last resort it is votes that

will win fair treatment for minorities”

Every energy, advocacy, and intervention

should be directed on these solutions. These

are the solutions.

It is time to stop chasing the wild goose.


It’s impossible to

Islamise or

Christianize Nigeria,

says Archbishop Kaigama

By Sam Eyoboka

AFORMER President of Catholic

Bishops Conference of Nigeria,

CBCN, Ignatius Ayau Kaigama

was Archbishop of Jos until recently

when Pope Francis named him

Archbishop Coadjutor of Abuja. Born

in Kona, Taraba, the Catholic Prelate

studied for the priesthood at St.

Augustine’s Seminary in Jos with

further studies in theology in Rome.

He was ordained on June 6, 1981.

He attended the Pontifical Gregorian

University, earning a doctorate in

theology in 1991. Kaigama was

President of NBCN from 2012 to

2018 and President of the Episcopal

Conference of West African Catholic

Bishops. He is also the Chairman of

the Plateau State-convened

‘Interreligious Committee for Peace’.

Together with the late Emir of Wase,

Alhaji Haruna Abdullahi, he has been

involved in promoting mutual

understanding between Christians

and Muslims. With an intimidating

resume, especially on inter-religious

issues, there’s no better qualified

person to speak on the topic of

Sharia versus Democracy’ and, in

this interview, the Catholic Prelate did not

disappoint. Excerpts:

WHAT’s your perspective on the

insecurity in the nation today?

The insecurity is a great thing of concern

to every Nigerian now. Left, right, centre,

backward and forward, you encounter

situations of insecurity. It is multidimensional.

So we are very concerned

and we are people of the grassroots. In

grassroots, people live in villages, in

communities, in farms, and they realize

they cannot be free on their farms again.

We realize that travellers are not sure of

arriving their destinations well because

there could be criminal attacks on the

road, there could be kidnappers. So it’s

quite disturbing even at home where you

think you are comfortable with your

family, somebody can just come at a very

odd hour or in the day time and get you

out and start asking for ransom if you are

lucky. If you are not lucky, they kill you.

When you take the issue of security, Boko

Haram in the North-East, they are there

and you hear reports of attacks in a

manner that is quite surprising because

sometimes we are told they can be quite

destructive even on soldiers. You must

have heard about the constant

kidnappings and killings going on in

different parts of the country. It is a virus

that is spreading, and I don’t think that

we have gotten the right antidote or

therapy to decrease the virus which is

quite disturbing. Even as a religious

leader, we are conscious that our people

are expected, sometimes, to gather for

religious functions, sometimes in the day

time, sometimes in the night time, and if

there is no guaranteed security, they are

always very anxious, fearful and

concerned that anything could happen.

This is going to also take away from the

quality of worship and religious services:

when people are gathered and they are

not sure whether they will get out of the

church or mosque and return home in

safety. The scenario is quite disturbing!

I also get so embarrassed when I travel

abroad and they are the ones telling me

about how insecure Nigeria is; they go on

to provide a litany of cases of insecurity.

A Catholic priest was kidnapped and

killed and the news spread throughout the

whole world. The Catholic Church has a

population of over 1.3 billion people in

the world and we have many

sympathizers also. So when there is a

kidnap of a priest, it goes a long way in

destroying our image and portraying us

as an unserious country; a country that is

incapable of hosting visitors who will

either come for tourism, business or just

because they like our country. Apart from

reverend fathers, many also have been

kidnapped and killed. It’s worrisome and

we hope that the authorities will do their

best to restore the dignity of this country

and to guarantee Nigerians and non-

Nigerians, visitors and residents that we

are safe.

Will you say that the current

government is addressing the


Well, they tell us they are. It’s not what

the government says, it’s what we see, it’s

what we feel, it’s what we experience. This

is the important aspect because an

official report can say all is well, it

depends on what perspective they are

saying that. Are they saying it from the

perspective of mere reports they have

received from people in the field? Are they

saying it from the comfort of the

environment they are surrounding? Or

are they saying it because they have seen

for themselves, especially the poor and

marginalized people in the rural area?

Are they saying it because they have had

an encounter with them and therefore

they draw their conclusions? It depends

on who is talking. I’m talking to you as a

We need true

Nigerians who

can lead us

without this

narrow ethnic,

religious and



priest who is with the people at the

grassroots. I can tell you from experience

and from what I have seen by myself that

there is a problem but then you get an

official report, whether it is police or

security report that says that all is well.

I have seen a situation where in a crisis

or conflict and maybe five people were

killed and they will tell you “no it’s just

one person that was killed”. This is not

correct because they just depend on report

•Archbishop Kaigama

that could be biased or prejudiced. I’m

not sure whether we are having the real

picture. I always advise that they should

go beyond the traditional structure to get

credible and authentic information

because, sometimes, you will have

stakeholders who will volunteer real

information about situations but when

you just limit yourself to the structure of

government, every government official

will like to tell the President what they

want him to know, and then official

decisions are taken based on that. I’m not

saying the reports of such personnel are

not useful but they should be able to go

beyond that to ensure that they are getting

report that is objective and unbiased.

A lot of people are so agitated in

this country to the extent that some

young Nigerians are already

talking about revolution. Is that

the way to go?

It depends on their definition of

revolution. I’ve always spoken about a

mental revolution, a revolution of

mentality, a moral revolution. It doesn’t

have to be a violent political revolution

that will throw us into confusion. The

greatest revolution begins with the

individual, that I say to myself that I am

going to be different; I’m going to do

things differently. I say to myself, ‘God,

please give me the spirit to be a changed

and transformed person, give me the

spirit to be a patriotic Nigerian, honest

and hardworking Nigerian’. That

revolution is greater than any other

revolution. When I talk about revolution,

it’s not just about change of government,

we will like government to do better, we

will like government to improve on the

economic life of the people and also in

terms of security, we will like government

to uphold the promises they made during

their official swearing-in. It is a duty they

owe us. But concerning the diversity in

this country, religious, ethnic, cultural, we

must be careful when we talk about

revolution: it is in a manner that is going

to impact positively and not to create

chaos or anarchy but I keep saying a

revolution must start with the individual.

And then if there’s a change of mentality,

change of attitude, we become less

greedy, we see government money and

you don’t misuse it, you don’t practice

nepotism or favoritism, you work for the

common good of Nigerians wherever they

may be or come from, whatever religion

or tribe they belong to, we make that

revolution absolutely. I think that is the

first type of revolution we should work at.

Do you also believe that there is a

grand design to Islamize this


That is always like antiphon. I

remember even when the President was

campaigning, one of his addresses to us

representatives of the Catholic Bishops

Conference, that was on his first attempt

at presidency, we asked him this question

and he told us that was not true. We asked

him that people keep saying that you are

aspiring to be President because you have

the ambition of Islamizing the nation and

working things in favor of Islam when

you become President and he told us it’s

absolutely not true and we believed him. I

think it’s left for him to see that there is

balance. This country is divided almost

between Christians and Muslims.

Whatever is being done there must be a

sensibility, there must be a serious

awareness on how to balance some

things; is it a distribution of political

offices? Is it the armed forces or security

agencies and so on? There must be a

comprehensive inclusiveness so that

everybody should be a part of this country

and perhaps that patriotism will begin to

develop. But when a southerner becomes

a President and just to take care of

southerners, we are not one country yet.

Similarly, when a northerner becomes

President and his priority is just to take

care of northerners....We ought to be one

nation, one people, one country. It is a

futile project to Islamize or Christianize

the whole of Nigeria, we are over 200

million. God is not unwise to allow

diversity. I hope that we can examine our

mental, moral revolution.

It’s quite annoying when I travel out

and we see financial discipline,

transparency and then you come here and

it’s just like a way of life. You award a

contract and that contract is just like a

donation to somebody. During elections,

we were told that people were distributing

money openly and nobody could do

anything about that. It’s considered a

culture now, it’s accepted. Something is

wrong. The small ones in primary and

secondary schools are imbibing this

culture. When you give a child N1, 000 to

buy something, he has thoughts of ways to

squeeze something for himself. I don’t

know how we are going to do it, maybe

we need some blood transfusion to

remove that bad blood and replace it with

something better.

For us in the religious circle, we are

promoting orderliness, honesty, hard

work and yet the society has more money

even by very crooked means. The more

you take from government, the more you

are given chieftaincy titles and respected

in church because you give plenty money.

They don’t ask where this money comes

from. So we have a huge problem. There’s

a need for a drastic change of mentality

for Nigeria to assume her rightful

position among the advanced countries of

the world.

Such has given rise to National

Christian Elders Forum which

believes that it is as a result of

contending ideologies. They are of

the opinion that Sharia and

memocracy are always strange

bed-fellows. Do you subscribe to


Sharia is not a Nigerian law. It is an

exclusive legal matter dealing with the

mosques, and that is a private matter and

it affects only Muslims. We Christians

have our laws and, for instance, the

Catholic Church has the Canon laws and

we cannot impose that on any other

person other than Catholics. So this is

how it should be. Democracy is about all

of us put together. But anything that has

to do with only a section of the population

should be treated as such. Democracy is

about promoting good governance, all of

us will join hands to make sure it works.

When people are elected into positions of

authority, they should not be thinking

about promoting narrow, parochial

religious views or sentiments instead of

reasoning in doing their work. Whether as

a Muslim or Christian, if you are in the

position of authority, it’s a call to serve

Nigeria. When we get our thinking right

and our mentality is correct, I tell you this

nation will surprise the rest of the world.

What is holding us back is this parochial,

self centred, egocentric, dishonest attitude

and the desire to acquire illegally and

illegitimately and not serving the

common man. We think of ourselves as

better than others.

In English, we use ‘you and I’, but in

Nigerian mentality and expression it is ‘I

and you.’ That’s the problem with us, I

first, then you come later. We need a

change of attitude; we need an overhaul

of mental, spiritual, moral orientation.

Continues on page 11



Muslim-haters are

chasing shadows

—Prof Akintola, MURIC Director

• ‘If we have fulanisation, we must realise that we

have always had afeniferisation and biafrisation’

Prof Ishaq Akintola is the Director

of Muslim Rights Concern

(MURIC). In this interview,

Akintola responds to the issues raised

by NCEF. Excerpts:

MURIC suddenly came out of

the blues vociferously defending

the interests of Muslims. What

are those things that motivated

the founding of MURIC?

Not so fast. We have been around for

some time. The Muslim Rights Concern

(MURIC) was founded in 1994. The

organisation came into being in view of

the alarming and discriminating acts

against Islam and Muslims in all facets

of life not only in Nigeria but all over

the world. The fallout of this religious

apartheid was the cynicism towards

Islam and the suppression of the rights

of Muslims. Hence MURIC became a

child of necessity.

In order to stem this ugly tide as well

as to arrest the erratic propaganda and

misinformation about Islam and

Muslims, MURIC has adopted the

philosophy of dialogue as an efficient

tool with which to solve these problems,

more so since Islam condemns

aggression and violence. With this tool

therefore, the organisation has been

projecting, promoting, protecting and

asserting the rights of not only

Muslims, but also the rights of all men

from the perspective of Islam.

For better understanding of the

background to MURIC, let me quote

from the preface of MURIC’s book,

Voice of MURIC (Volume 1, page x)

which was published in November


“MURIC was established in 1994 as

an Islamic human rights organization.

The major cassu belli for forming it was

the June 12, 1993 election in which

Chief MKO Abiola emerged winner but

the election was annulled by the

military. Conscious Muslims around

the country were aggrieved particularly

because it was Christian-oriented

groups alone that were agitating for the

restoration of the Muslim-Muslim

ticket while Muslim leaders of the time

remained silent. It dawned on me at the

time that there was a yawning lacuna in


“I therefore joined the

Campaign for Democracy

(CD) under Dr. Beko

Ransome-Kuti but my

aspiration was not fulfilled

because apart from the

June 12 imbroglio, CD

refused to address issues

relating to the oppression

of Muslims in Nigeria. This

made me realize that

Nigerian Muslims need a

vibrant human rights outfit

dedicated to the cause of

Islam and the protection of

Allah-given fundamental

rights of Muslims. I

therefore mobilized a small

group of Muslim youths

and we formed MURIC

towards the last quarter of


“From the onset, MURIC

has been an Islamic human

rights organization. a

pacific outfit, peace-loving, lawabiding

and dialogue-prone. We detest

violence and we always condemn

terrorism. Our avowed motto is

‘Dialogue, Not Violence’.

“The idea of Muslims forming their

own human rights organization was

frowned upon by the Nigerian media

and it gave us the cold shoulder ab

initio. In spite of several press

statements issued by MURIC in 1994

our first publications in newspapers did

not appear until 1995. In fact,

What we need is

full integration of

all groups and


Muslims are an

integral part of

this country and

until Muslimhaters

get that,

we will be



MURIC’s first publication appeared in

the Nigerian Tribune of Saturday,

January 28th 1995. It was entitled

‘Disband Confab, FG Told’.

“The second publication did not

appear until one year later in the

defunct National Concord under the

title ‘Islamic Body Flays Closure of

Varsities’ (National Concord, January

3rd, 1996, page 16). It condemned the

closure of both secondary schools and

universities throughout Nigeria by late

General Sani Abacha. A third

publication came within two weeks in

The News magazine entitled ‘Promotion

of Intellectual Poverty’ (The News

magazine, 15th January, 1996, page 5).

It was faster and easier from that


So you can see that MURIC did

not just come ‘out of the blues

vociferously defending the

interests of Muslims’. We

have been at it for the past

twenty five (25) years.

The position of MURIC

on religious issues has

obviously pitted you

against some critical

elements of the society

especially Christians.

Tell us what your

experiences have been.

While some

Christians have been

very understanding and

accommodating, many

have been hostile and

aggressive towards us.

I have had raw deals

from other Christians

who never had the

opportunity to come

close to me. There is

constant threat to my

life and, by extension,

the lives of members of

my family. Of course I am

used to it just like anyone

in the human rights

community around the world.

My house was raided at 1.20

am about five years ago by men

who proved beyond any

reasonable doubt that they were

assassins, not armed

robbers. Another

group of assassins

came to my house in the day

time about three years ago, in

2016. They also failed. I went

for medical test in a

laboratory in order to obtain

visa to travel out for my

Fulbright in the United States

in 2009. For identifying me as

a Muslim activist, the

laboratory expert (a female)

somewhere in Lagos gave me

a result showing that I had

tuberculosis. She screamed at

me with both eyes blazing red

when I told her it was

impossible because I had not

even been coughing at all. I

suspected a frame-up. So I

went to three different

laboratories to repeat the test

and all gave me a clean bill. I

wonder what would have

happened if such a medical

expert was to carry out a surgery on my


Who is Prof. Akintola? Some people

see you as a Muslim irredentist

rather than an Islamic scholar

because of what you do in MURIC.

How do you react?

Simple, I behave naturally. I am not

bothered. I will never pretend to be what I

am not. No Muslim will get what he does

not deserve where I am in control and no

Christian or traditionalist will be deprived of





rightfully belongs to him

or her under my watch.

I hate oppression

under any disguise

and I will fight for

the rights of

Christians and


wherever and

whenever the

need arises. Let

me give you


examples. I

enjoy very






my workplace as well as those in my

neighbourhood. This is simply because

these are Christians who have been able to

see me personally for what I am. I interact

freely with them. My neighbours made me

the Chairman of Community Development

Association (CDA) about ten years ago. I

spent two terms and left for others to take

over. Four years later they still came back to

me and gave me the same post. Mind you,

this is a community dominated by

Christians and people of Igbo extraction. Yet

they accept me with open arms and call me

‘Alhaji Lailailalah’. We all laugh over that

appellation together.

So you can see that unlike Baba Obasanjo

whose third term ambition was rejected by

Nigerians, my Christian community gave

me three terms on a platter of gold even

though I am a Muslim. It depends on who

you are. If you are transparent, detribalised

and you treat all equally regardless of their

religious leaning, people will respect you.

When I was head of department, I made

sure that Christian lecturers under me

always got their rights first before Muslim

lecturers and I have been head of

department twice. The result of this

impartial attitude was that I was made the

dean of my faculty without opposition and I

refused to spend a second term. I insisted

that others who have not had the chance

should occupy the office.

The thinking in some quarters is

that MURIC activities are being

sponsored by some powerful

Muslims and possibly President

Buhari to counter Christian groups.

How do you react?

What an expensive joke! Buhari of all

Muslims! Let me tell you. President Buhari

has no interest in promoting any Islamic

organisation. He practices his own Islam

privately. He is not the type of Muslim who

sees the need to donate money to Islamic

organisations and I don’t think he has been

doing that. In any case, we as an Islamic

organisation deserve sponsorship and

support from Muslims. So I will be glad if

you can give me the President’s telephone

number so I can reach him in Aso Rock to

apply for sponsorship. You may have seen

me in Aso Rock but that is in an official

capacity either as a Muslim leader or the

Director of MURIC. It has nothing to do

with sponsorship. Isn’t that funny? Do you

think that MURIC will still remain a poor

organisation if the Presidency is sponsoring

us? Contrary to the misconception of many,

we are one of the poorest non-governmental

organizations (NGOs) in Nigeria today. We

have no foreign donors or sponsors (whether

in the Arab world or Western countries) and

local support can be compared to mere

oasis in the open desert. Our secretariat is

virtually empty: rickety old furniture.

If President Buhari is sponsoring us, will I

be writing press statements in the dark when

there is no electricity and no fuel in the

generator? I have to hold my torchlight

under my armpit while I bang away on the

keyboard. With six well-charged torchlights

on my table and two towel handkerchiefs to

dry my sweat in the burning heat, I feel on

top of the world. No, there is no powerful

Nigerian sponsoring MURIC. The little

assistance we get comes from individual

members who donate their widow’s mite

from time to time. Of course we will

welcome assistance from powerful and rich

Muslims if it comes.

Nigeria is obviously in crisis. There

is big insecurity issue. Some people

like former President Obasanjo are

alleging Islamisation agenda. The

Fulani are being blamed for

killings allegedly carried out by

herdsmen. Where does MURIC


How can ex-President Obasanjo

assume the title of a professional

letter-writer today? He needs to

look back. Let him tell us what

happened at Zaki-Biam? What

happened at Odi? Who

committed those massacres?

Where did Obasanjo get the

money to build his presidential

library? His letters are of no

relevance until he tells us the

source of his stupendous wealth.

Obasanjo should shut up.

Nigerians need to be truthful. Is

insecurity a new phenomenon?

Haven’t we always had the

Oyenusis in the South-West

and the Evans in the South-

East? People are just being

dishonest and wicked about

this insecurity issue. All the

armed robbers in Yorubaland

now disguise as Fulani and

herdsmen in order to compound the

security situation.

If a man missed his steps on the

staircase, he will blame Fulani. If a

woman adds too much salt to the stew,

Fulani are responsible. Nigerians now

see Fulani in their dreams. It is sheer

hallucination. It is high time we

stopped acting like Don Quixote. If we

have fulanisation, we must realise that

we have always had afeniferisation and

biafrisation. Nigerians are just

stigmatising the Fulani whereas every

tribe has its own criminal elements. It is

grossly unfair. Yoruba were not so

treated when Obasanjo was in power.

Are you satisfied with the way

the current administration is

handling the ethno - religious

suspicion in the country?

The current administration is doing

its best. Don’t forget that the Fulani are

in the eye of the storm and the current

President is a Fulani man. So it is a very

volatile situation. They are doing their

best so far.

An entirely new dimension has just

been introduced into the Nigerian crisis

when a group called National Christian

Elders Forum and parading prominent

people like Generals TY Danjuma,

Joshua Dongoyaro, Lekwot, among

others, not only insisted that

Islamisation agenda is real but also

that our democracy is in danger

because it is in conflict with the Sharia

ideology that is domineering in Nigeria.

How do you react?

I am aware that even the Christian

Association of Nigeria (CAN) has

dissociated itself from the National

Christian Elders Forum. So why should we

bother about a bunch of expired politicians

Continues on page 11


By Chris Onuoha

Mr Akin Osuntokun is a Yoruba leader and

politician. Also a public affairs commentator,

Osuntokun speaks on the NCEF theory that Nigeria’s

crisis will evaporate once the conflict of

ideologies is resolved.

We know you are not a friend of the

Buhari administration. But if you

are to honestly give an assessment

of the state of the nation, what will that

assessment be?

Neither am I its enemy. What I owe him as

President will not be different from what I owe

Nigeria as a citizen-patriot. All the formal

education I received was a gift and privilege

from Nigeria. In return I owe Nigeria the obligation

of reflecting that gift truthfully in the

effort of making a successful nation of Nigeria.

Many actions of the Buhari government

will actually qualify as enemy actions against

the country- intended or unintended. The state

of the nation is self-evident in the unfolding

psychosis that has taken over Nigeria. Increasingly

the country is being battered by government

manufactured tragedies and tragediesin-the-making.

The gap between what government

says and the reality is widening beyond

recognition. Nigeria, as every objective

opinion has concluded, has never been this

divided and rendered unto inter-tribal warring

communities. And as it is with the case of

Donald Trump in America, it seems as if President

Muhammadu Buhari is deliberately

weaponising division and divisiveness, setting

one group against the other in the most crass

display and manifestation of nepotism and

parochialism. Reinforcing this mindset or

agenda is the persistent and confounding incompetence

and governance failure. Ironically,

the threat that presidential aspirant Buhari

habitually made to render Nigeria ungovernable

has become a reality under his incumbency.

Herdsmen have been blamed for the bulk

of the killings across the South of the country

but the thinking in some quarters is that

the Fulani are unjustly being stigmatised.

What is your view?

Here we go again with the perverse Nigerian

tendency of blaming the victim. I don’t

know if you have taken stock of all veritable

reported incidents of kidnapping, assault and

murder by victims including the evidence of

Chief Olu Falae who was kidnapped twice. If

you can’t, there is something we call random

sample in social science investigations. Neither

of these two objective methods of assessment

supports the escapist and muddy the waters

theory of Fulani stigmatization. Neither

do the antecedents of the genocidal upheaval

levied in the Middle Belt, nor the classification

by the United Nations designating the

herdsmen militia as the fourth most deadly

terrorist group in the world. You, of course,

recall the validation and agenda setting given

by Ango Abdullahi recently on the balance

of terror capabilities of the Fulani inclusive of

Fulani diaspora bordering Nigeria from the

North, South, East and West. At the recent

peace parley former President Obasanjo held

with the leadership of a Fulani organisation,

he challenged them to name one prominent

Fulani who has condemned the criminality

of the outlaws and brigands. More than anyone

else, President Buhari bears responsibility

for all this. By omission and commission,

his actions and pronouncements before and

after he became President have established

this culture of Fulani impunity that instigates

and empowers Fulani aggression and violence.

This singular lapse is central to the general

political mismanagement of this government.

Do you think the governors of the South-

West, a region which has borne the brunt of

most of the latest killings, are doing enough

to stem the tide?

They are certainly not doing enough and, to

be fair, they are not in a position to do enough.

They are politically and constitutionally hamstrung.

Willingly or unwillingly, they are victims

of the hostage politics that is fostered by

the pseudo unitarist political structure that

we falsely call federalism. They are the opposite

of what federalism intends as leaders of

coordinate and independent second tier of

government. It takes uncommon sense of dignity

and rectitude for any of them not to kowtow

to the Abuja overlords. The Finance Minister

in Abuja can virtually make or unmake

any governor with the manipulation of the

handouts they queue for monthly. You can then

imagine the power the President wields over

them. One of the utilities of the security crisis

is the revelation and illustration of how Nigerians

have become a victim rather than beneficiary

of our Constitution and the extent of its

dysfunction. You designate governors as chief

security officers without a police or any security

agency answerable to them. You bring

Ibrahim from Kazaure and Attah from Akwa

Ibom to come and police Okemesi-Ekiti. How

does that work?

•Akin Osuntokun

Nigeria’s problems

not reducible to

ideological divisions

—Akin Osuntokun

• Says #RevolutionNow dead on arrival in Nigeria

I don’t think the problem

of Nigeria is reducible to

ideological division. I

think it is better clarified

along the lines of

federalism’ and regional

autonomy as enshrined in

the legitimate

Constitution of the First


The Ooni of Ife, after he led South-West

monarchs to the President, said government

is toying with the idea of deploying drones

and installing CCTV to tackle insecurity. Do

you think it is a step in the right direction?

Look, were I not totally sold on Yoruba culture,

I will advocate the immediate abrogation

of the traditional institution. They were

incorporated into Nigeria by the British colonialists

as proxies and sometimes mercenary

agents of whoever wields political power and

so they have remained to this day. Who pays

the piper dictates the tune. They are appointed

and funded by governors, majority of whom

are unscrupulous. You can see what the personification

of political degeneration in Nigeria

did to the Emir of Kano. Many wayward

and 419 princes have also found their

way to the throne and remodelled it accordingly.

Look at the one who calls himself an

Emir in a South-West state. You can see how

he has bastardised the throne. So I’m not surprised

they would come back from Abuja with

this comical notion of drones and CCTV. I

have respect for a few of them but they are the

exception rather than the rule.

We just found that the Federal Government

has after all voted billions of naira for the

controversial RUGA project in the 2019

budget. How do you view that development?

Bingo! What more evidence do you need to

confirm the nature of the government Nigeria

is currently shackled with? Given the controversy

and divisiveness that this policy has

fostered, should any government with good

faith which belongs to nobody but belongs to

everybody be engaged in this cat and mouse

game with Nigerians? Go back to the statement

of suspension of the policy by the government

and reconcile it with what is happening.

Remember this is a policy that was disowned

by the Vice President of the same administration.

So what has changed and

shouldn’t Nigerians be briefed accordingly if

there is nothing to hide? What exactly are they

implementing now? Why is the government

bent on isolating the Fulani? Is this how to

promote nationhood? Is Ruga a Fulani word

or not? If it is, then it is difficult not to conclude

that the policy is a deliberate act of provocation

and impunity with grave consequences

down the road

The #RevolutionNow protest was apparently

unsuccessful in spite of the suffering in

the land. What does this say about Nigerians

as a people?

Nigeria is too fundamentally divided and

polarised for revolution. And the worse it gets

if you have a government that is invested in

aggravating the division. Revolutions succeed

where political divisions are defined by class

rather than ethnicity, religion and region. Revolution

has no chance of succeeding where

politics is defined by RUGA, so called fulanisation

and Islamisation. President Buhari was

elected largely and discriminatorily by a section

of the country defined by common language

and religion. Whether we like it or not,

the reality of Nigeria is that there is no national

consensus on the terms of national association

and what constitutes the irreducible minimum

of good governance. So sorry to say but

the idea of national revolution is dead on arrival

in Nigeria.

Where do you stand on the arrest of the

convener of the protest, Sowore, ahead of


Where I stand? Would my predictable response

not amount to platitude? I think it is a

joke taken too far. Maybe it is giving the government

the good feeling of contriving and

catching a treasonous felon of their own imagination.

It is the extent to which this country

is being trivialised. How does a country in the

throes of socioeconomic collapse prioritize

the detection of an innocuous rebel over the

mess it has made of putting together a credible

cabinet? Well at least it has served the good

purpose of elevating Sowore

Are you satisfied with the way the current

administration is handling the ethno - religious

suspicion in the country?

This is not a new discovery. It is latent and

comes to the fore now and again as an instrument

of demagoguery by politicians masquerading

as pious moral leaders. And no one personifies

this tradition of demagoguery and

sham righteousness more than President Buhari.

The most conspicuous manifestation of

the deployment of this political ploy was the

Sharia separatist crisis of the early years of

the fourth republic. You remember President

Obasanjo appropriately cited it as political

Sharia. It is a potent weapon of political division

and mobilisation but it also harbours the

potential to get out of control and boomerang

like the Boko Haram insurgency. Karl

Marx made a similar point about the political

exploitation of religion-citing religion as

the opium of the masses. Once the downtrodden

sniff or smoke it, their underdeveloped

critical faculties are suspended and replaced

with the false consciousness of religious fanaticism

that defines the enemy as those who

don’t profess their religion and make heroes

of political charlatans.

An entirely new dimension has just been introduced

into the Nigerian crisis when a group

called Nigerian Christian Elders Forum and

parading prominent people like Generals TY

Danjuma, Joshua Dongoyaro, Lekwot, among

others, not only insisted that Islamisation

agenda is real but also that our democracy is

in danger because it is in conflict with the

Sharia ideology that is domineering in Nigeria.

How do you react?

I don’t think the problem of Nigeria is reducible

to ideological division. I think it is

better clarified along the lines of federalism’

and regional autonomy as enshrined in the

legitimate Constitution of the First Republic.

Regional autonomy can and it is indeed intended

to accommodate cultural and political

diversities. Ideological division presupposes

a high degree of national integration and

consensus - which, not surprisingly, has eluded

Nigeria. If for whatever reason, religion

ceases to serve as an instrument of political

mobilisation, you will be surprised at how fast

the Sharia careerists will revert to secular neutrality

What, in your own perspective, is the way

out of the current crisis?

There are the short, medium and long term

perspectives to the Nigerian crisis but they are

mutually inclusive. The near term perspective

devolves to the capacity of the present political

leadership to govern effectively and

competently; to display a pan-Nigeria mentality

in the style and substance of its stewardship.

In the long term, we have to go back to

the spot where the rain started beating us to

rediscover the path from which we drastically

strayed. Let me repeat myself here that practically

and theoretically, the cumulative experience

we have gathered since 1966 is that the

failure of Nigeria is commensurate to the extent

of our deviation from the norm of federalism.

Without the recognition and acceptance

of this reality, Nigeria will keep charging

around like a bull in a China shop-with

the certainty that it will ultimately come crashing

down on us if we don’t change course


It’s impossible to Islamise or Christianize Nigeria — Kaigama

Continued from page 8

Are you talking about

restructuring the nation now?

Well, if that’s meant to happen, then why

not? People have different ways of

understanding restructure. If restructure

means there’s a kind of loose federation,

then it means that the regions have some

sort of autonomy on what to do with

themselves. Under the one federal, even if

the resources are available, we use it in a

manner that it’s not just about themselves

again but there’s some percentage that

happens to be a Federal Government and

to bless others who may not be as blessed

as they are. We are talking about security

issues now. I have heard a lot of

complaints from some governors who

claim that they are officially the security

chiefs of their states but in reality they are

not because when there is a crisis or

there’s need for the police or the army to

do something, they will tell you, no, they

are waiting for orders. You find that they

don’t even have control over the police or

the army who are in their jurisdiction.

Those are the things we must look at

and see how they can be done in a

manner that creates that division of labor.

We are not as many as the Americans, so

why can’t we do something that will work.

Let us sit down and carefully, without

sentiments, work out what we really want

our restructuring to be in a way that it

doesn’t impoverish one side and enrich

the other. When you say take it all because

it belongs to us, that is where there is a

problem, it’s even a moral problem.

Agitations for restructuring are

growing louder by the day because

we appear to be more divided now.

What is the way forward?

It’s sad that what our fathers fought for,

the independence of Nigeria, with the

hope that after the assumption of power

by our people, by now we should have

gone far. It’s just a matter of one step

forward and three steps backward. It has

always been like that. I think the vision of

Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission,

Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa (left)

and Big Brother Africa runner- up ,Tayo

Faniran, when he visited Hon Abike in

Abuja to narate his ordeal with the South

African Police in Johanesburg, SA

our forefathers was, take power from the

colonial masters and then we build on it

using our indigenous structures, cultural

values and enriching democracy in a way

that we can compare favorably with

others but unfortunately greed,

dishonesty, self centeredness came into

play and, before you knew, there was

power tussle and they are ready to kill,

undermine one another and this is why we

are where we are.

The foundation was not solid and we

have been building more and more on

this foundation and that is why we don’t

experience any serious growth. When you

hear of building collapse, it is because of

faulty foundation. This is how we are

collapsing. When you hear of crisis here,

killings and attacks here, it’s just because

there’s something wrong with our

who are seeking relevance in the Nigerian

political architecture?

The group said that all the nation’s

problems - insecurity, economic,

ethno - religious - will continue until

the issue of conflict of ideologies are

resolved. What do you say?

This is a group that has refused to

appreciate the multifaceted character of the

Nigerian society. What we need is full

integration of all groups and cultures.

Muslims are an integral part of this country

and until Muslim-haters like Danjuma get

that we will be chasing shadows.

What, in your own perspective, is

the way out of the current crisis in

Nigeria, I mean the way forward?

We need men and women who do not

foundation and we are not ready to redo

it, not ready to get the correct people.

Let’s go back and seek ways how can we

rectify it? Everybody comes forward and

says “it is my time now, my brothers and

sisters will chop, my region will chop”

and that is all we spend our time doing.

We are deceiving ourselves. We need true

Nigerians who can lead us without this

narrow ethnic, religious and political


Do we still have such people in

this country today?

We have them but they are not allowed

to get there. Take the best minds in our

universities and people, who have

promises, they cannot get anywhere. Even

if they manage to get in, they get

corrupted by the system and before you

Muslim-haters are chasing shadows

— Prof Akintola, MURIC Director

Continued from page 9

hate their fellow Nigerians for being

Christians or Muslims or for being Fulani

or Igbo. We need reorientation of our youth

from a materialistic and cynical

generation to an industrious, honourseeking

and patriotic citizenry.

Nigerians need to purge corrupt

propensities from their DNA. We must be

ready to serve without thinking of what

to gain from it. We must eschew our

culture of waste by doing away with

expensive weddings, wasteful and

frivolous funeral ceremonies and

meaningless house warming parties. We

are manufacturing kidnappers and

armed robbers in our homes but we

accuse government for its inability to

stop the wave of criminality.

Or what do parents think they are

doing when they bribe teachers and

lecturers to change marks for their

children? What do we think we are doing

when we hire impersonators to take

From left ; SP Amos Olaoye, DPO, Akanran Police Station; Chief (Mrs)

Joyce Sanusi; Chief Dotun Sanusi, CEO, Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort

receiving recognition awards from Rev Peter Omofoye, Chairman, Police

Community Relations Committee, Oyo State Chapter and SP Maruf

Adedoyin, DPO, Ogbere Police station during the installation ceremony of

Chief Sanusi and wife as Patron/Matron of PCRC in Ibadan.

Ikeja Electric expands meter roll-out for customers

o meet customers’ needs, Ikeja

TElectric Plc has commenced full roll out

of meters under the Meter Asset Provider

(MAP) scheme to all unmetered customers

across its network.

In the first phase, which terminated by July

ending, metering was restricted to only

customers in Ikorodu, Abule-Egba and

Shomolu Business Units.

However, since August the exercise was

extended to customers in Ikeja, Akowonjo and

Oshodi Business Units. The MAP scheme is in

line with the Federal Government’s commitment

to bridge the metering gap. It entails the

empowerment of third party companies

identified as Meter Asset Providers, by the

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

(NERC), to procure and install meters for

electricity consumers under this scheme.

Ikeja Electric, alongside one of its MAPs,

Mojec Metering Asset Company on Thursday

held a Customers Engagement Forum to

sensitise customers in Shomolu Business Unit

on the registration process, survey, payment and

installation of meters.

Speaking at the event, which was held in

Gbagada, Lagos, the Chief Operating Officer,

COO, Ikeja Electric, Mrs. Folake Soetan,

reiterated the company’s commitment to

leverage on the opportunity provided by the

MAP scheme to close the metering gap across

its network and also remove estimated billing.

“The scheme will ensure accelerated meter

deployment to unmetered customers, totally

eliminating every form of controversy regarding

the accuracy of electricity bills. We have taken

concrete actions in terms of planning and

manpower deployment for adequate metering”

she said.

In order to ensure a seamless registration for

meter under MAP scheme, she advised the

unmetered customers to register through IE

website map.ikejaelectric.com using their Ikeja

Electric’s account number on the bill to update

their KYC (Know Your Customer) details after

which a survey will be carried out to determine

the type of meter that will be suitable for their


Soetan, also pointed out that the company

has set up a debt resolution panel in its six Business

Units to address disputed outstanding bills and

ensure reconciliation. While also stating the fact

that customers must always pay into the

designated bank account provided on the online

MAP Portal and always quote their Application

Reference Number (ARN) when making any


She advised new customers to visit the nearest

Ikeja Electric office for account creation and set

up, to enable them start their registration for

meter. As part of the registration process,

customers will be required to provide a valid

email address and telephone number as they

will be contacted through the information

provided. She urged customers to always ensure

that they provide accurate data during the

registration process.

She directed tenants who share the same

service cable to separate their service wires by

engaging the service of Licensed Electrical

Contractor Association of Nigeria (LECAN).

The event was attended by dignitaries

including Alhaji Ralialau Alabi Yunusa, the

Baale of Bajulaye who represented Oba of

Shomolu, Mr. Adedapo Oduguwa, Community

Development Committee (CDC) Chairman

Shomolu, Alhaja Olawumi Osiefa CDC

Chairperson, Bariga and Mrs Susie Onwuka,

Head, Federal Competition and Consumer

Protection Council, Lagos Office. In

her remarks, the Managing Director and

Chief Executive Officer of MOJEC Meter

Asset Company, Ms. Chantelle Abdul stated

that her company has adequate meters in

stock for the MAP scheme. According to her,

the single phase meter cost N38, 850, while

the three-phase meter cost N70,350, both

inclusive of VAT.

know it, they are even worse than those

who were there. The country is in need of

total overhauling, and a transformation.

We have credible Nigerians in the U.S

and other countries. Nigerians are

everywhere with great minds but when

they come home, they meet terrible things

like going to the hospitals where

equipment are old school: the drugs

meant for the poor people have been

diverted. Something is obviously wrong,

no need for finger pointing and blame

games. Let us all collectively agree we

have done wrong and let’s resolve to do

better and invoke God and beg Him to

show us the way forward so that we can

live as patriotic citizens and brothers and


examinations for our children? What

message are we passing to the younger

generation? What legacy are we leaving

behind? We must revive our family norms

and values to keep our young ones in check.

Kidnappers and armed robbers are not

ghosts. They come from some families but

we blame government instead of

remoulding our homes.

What do we expect when we encourage

our children to participate in

programmes like BB Naija with the

open promiscuity? What do we expect

when we allow our children to compete

in contests where they are promised

humongous amounts of money plus

houses in their tender ages? What do we

expect other children to start dreaming

of? What do we think they will start

doing if they cannot get their own millions

like they saw others win on television? This

is where kidnapping is born. This is where

armed robbery and 419 are created. We

have a long way to go.

Sanusi, wife receive

PCRC’s awards

In recognition of individuals,

who have contributed to the

security of lives and properties in Oyo

State, the state chapter of the Police

Community Relations Committee (PCRC),

has honoured Chief Dotun Sanusi and his

wife, Deaconess Joyce, with the committee’s

Patron and Matron awards respectively.

The award presentation was held at the

indoor sport complex of the resort, Akanran,

Ibadan on August 5th, 2019.

Speaking, Sanusi, the Chief Executive

Officer of Ilaji Hotels and Resort, who is also

the newly installed Mogaji of Olugbade

Compound, Oja’ba, Ibadan by the Olubadan

of Ibadan land, described the honour as

another opportunity to serve humanity and

contribute more to the security of the state

and country in general.

He identified joint efforts and cooperation

between the community, which consists of

people at the grassroots and the police, who

depend largely on the intelligent reports from

the community as a major tool to overcome

lingering insecurity challenge facing the

country. While commending men and officers

of the Nigerian Police Force, Sanusi advised

that they should be diligent and honesty in

their call to service, saying that it is the only

good performance and service to humanity

that will make them to stand out among


The Oyo State Chairman of the committee,

Rev. Peter Omofoye said the efforts of Sanusi

and wife in enhancing security in the state

cannot be overlooked.

Omofoye, who said they were lovers of

security, who are security-conscious and

always ready to change the environment to

better, added that the only measure to improve

on policing system in Nigeria is community

policing, with all hands being on deck and

everyone ready to play his part from the

grassroot to the national level.

The PCRC Chairman urged well-to-do

people to emulate Chief Sanusi in supporting

police’s efforts towards reducing crime rate.

In her response, Mrs. Joyce Sanusi, who

was the first Matron of the association,

appreciated the gesture of the PCRC for the

recognition, saying that, it will give her and

her husband the encouragements and

motivations to do more.

It will be recalled that Chief Dotun Sanusi,

earlier this year, during a ceremony attended

by the then Commissioner of Police in Oyo

State, Abiodun Odude, built and handed over

a Police Post and a Bullion Van to the Nigerian

Police Force.


•Scene of incident, (Inset) Wadume.


‘Police high command knew operation was highly risky'

•Mystery kidnap kingpin, Wadume, on the loose

By Emma Nnadozie, Crime


The name, Hamisu Wadume, sends cold

shivers down the spines of residents of

Taraba State and its environs.

He is alleged to be associated with almost

all the acts of criminality in the state.

His notoriety in the criminal world cuts

across the state and extends to many neighbouring

states in the north.

He is reputed to be an unrepentant criminal,

whose exploits are sung like an anthem in

the criminal world in the North. From the

confines of Ardo Kola local government area,

through the northern border of Gassol Area

where you have the Benue River and the Taraba

River which flows north through the area

to its confluence with Benue and, to Yorro and

Zing Local Government Area, his name is not

only dreaded but adored just because of his

alleged criminal exploits.

That was the man, operatives of the Inspector

General of Police Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, led by Abba Kyra, a Deputy

Commissioner of Police, set out to nail finally.


Before embarking on

the operation which was

considered ‘highly risky’

by police authorities in

Abuja because of, not just

the terrain but, the uncooperative

and suspicious

attitude of residents of the

communities in the area,

the operatives were lectured

and made to understudy

the terrain thoroughly

in case of any eventuality.

Police sources said because

of the sensitive nature

of the operation, their

colleagues in Taraba State

were just made to know

that they were in the state

for an operation but were

not told the nature of the

operation. This, according

to sources, was to avoid any

leakage of information

that may lead to the failure

of the operation.

IGP’s stern


Police sources

said because of

the sensitive

nature of the

operation, their

colleagues in

Taraba State

were just made to

know that they

were in the state

for an operation

but were not told

the nature of the


In fact, it was gathered that taking into

cognisance of the importance attached to the

operation which was seen as a major breakthrough

that will lead to the end of killings

and kidnapping in Taraba State, the Inspector-General

of Police, Adamu Mohammed,

personally addressed the operatives chosen

to carry out the operation and charged them

to carry out not just a discreet operation but a

very successful one. The stage was then set for

a battle royale with the confidence that all the

necessary steps had been taken without knowing

that tragedy was ahead.

The operation

The team led by an Assistant Superintendent

of Police, ASP, Felix Adolije had stormed

one of the hideouts where the suspect and his

gang members were holding sway. They reportedly

succeeded in arresting the kidnap

kingpin reputed to have a talisman that makes

him disappear.

Soldiers attack

Unfortunately, while they were transporting

him to the Command Headquarters in

Jalingo onward Abuja, they came under heavy

attack along Ibi-Jalingo Road from no less a

group than soldiers armed to the teeth. All

efforts they made to disclose their identities

fell on deaf ears as the soldiers who were out

for an onslaught ignored all entreaties and

mowed down three of the officers comprising

an Inspector, two Sergeants, and their leader.

A civilian was also brutally killed during

the unwarranted attack while many others

sustained serious gunshot wounds.

To add salt to injury, the soldiers were alleged

to have freed the arrested

kidnap kingpin and allowed

him to disappear to an unknown



Video goes viral

A recorded video that went

viral shortly after the ugly incident,

showed four plain-clothed

men already dead from gunshot

injuries. A fifth, who was still

alive at the moment the video

started, eventually gave up the

ghost. An upturned bus said to

be conveying the victims, was

also visible in the video. Further,

several members of the community

could be seen at the scene.

One of the on-lookers in the

video could be heard saying in

Hausa Language: “They ,victims,

came for a bad mission.

Alhaji told us to stop them and

asked them what they came for.”

Another voice could be heard

saying: “They have ID cards on

them,” before proceeding to pass

on the documents to one of the

Police react

A few days later, the death toll rose as more

civilians wounded during the attack died.

Shocked by the unfolding drama, the IGP

swiftly ordered an investigation into the circumstances

surrounding the incident. He regretted

that the officers were shot severally by

•Slain policemen

the soldiers despite sufficient proof that they

were Police personnel on legitimate duty. According

to the visibly bewildered police boss,

three policemen, comprising one Inspector

and two Sergeants, and one civilian died as a

result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack

while others sustained serious gunshot

wounds. The soldiers, thereafter, released the

handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now

on the run. He said that Alhaji Hamisu, a notorious

kidnap kingpin, has been on the Police

wanted list for his complicity in several

high-profile kidnap cases including the recent

abduction of an oil-magnate in Taraba State

wherein a ransom of about one hundred million

naira ,N100,000,000, was paid. He, therefore,

ordered the Assistant Inspector General,

Medicals, to proceed to Jalingo to ensure that

injured Police officers are properly treated

while the remains of the deceased have been

deposited in the morgue.

Military authorities


The military authorities made a seemingly

provocative statement thereby heightening the

already tensed situation. They stated unequivocally

that the victims were mistaken for kidnappers

after they came under attack by soldiers

attached to 93, battalion, Nigerian Army,


Soldiers respond to

distress call

The acting Director, Army Public Relations,

Colonel Sagir Musa, said in the statement

that it was an avoidable unfortunate incident

claiming that the soldiers had responded

to a distress call from Ibi community that

suspected kidnappers whisked away a victim.

They said the police team refused to stop at

all the three checkpoints they were flagged

down. He said the police team instead, opened

fire on the soldiers who were chasing them

and thinking they were indeed criminals, the

soldiers retaliated and in the resultant firefight,

four suspects were shot and they died on

the spot, while four sustained various degrees

of gunshot wounds and two others are reportedly


The statement said it was only after this

avoidable outcome that one of the wounded

suspects disclosed the fact that they were indeed

policemen dispatched from Nigeria Police

Force Headquarters, Abuja for a covert

assignment. He further said upon inquiries

made at a police station whether they were

aware of any Police team on operation in the

area, the Divisional Police Officer,DPO, said

he was not informed about any operation thus

lending credence to the distress call from

members of the community that the suspects

who turned out to be policemen on a covert

mission were rather suspected kidnappers.

Police accuse army of

distorting facts

Piqued by the provocative statement by

the military, police authorities also came out

with a statement signed by its Spokesman,

Frank Mbah, a DCP, demanding that the Nigerian

Army should produce kidnap kingpin,

Hamisu Wadume, allegedly set free by soldiers

who attacked a police team in the state.

Mba accused the army of distorting facts

stating thus: “In the best tradition of esprit de

corps, inter-agency harmony and national interest,

the Nigeria Police Force would naturally

have kept quiet, but it has become

imperative to set the record straight by addressing

the obvious distortion of facts

inherent in the press release by the Nigerian


“The most important question arising from

the Nigerian Army press release is: Where is

Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume? Alhaji Hamisu

Bala Wadume is a millionaire kidnapper arrested

by the Police but paradoxically treated

as a ‘’kidnap victim’ by the soldiers and subsequently

‘rescued’ by them. Where is he? Where

is the rescued kidnapper?”

Silence on source

of distress call

He also faulted the army’s silence on the

source of the alleged distress report or identity

of the complainant on the strength of whose

report the decision was taken to engage in the

purported chase and rescue operation.

“Needless to state that in the true spirit of

transparency and accountability, the Nigerian

Army ought to have arrested the purported

distress caller, if any, for obviously and deliberately

furnishing them with false and misleading

information. Besides, such arrest

should be made public.

“The police force considers it insensitive,

disrespectful and unpatriotic for the press release

by the army to continue to describe policemen

on lawful national assignment as ‘suspected

kidnappers’ long after it had become

crystal clear to the army that these are law

enforcement officers who unfortunately were

gruesomely murdered in the line of duty by

Nigerian soldiers attached to 93 Battalion,


Efforts to re-arrest


While both forces are deeply enmeshed in

accusations and counter-accusations, Sunday

Vanguard learned that efforts are being made

to re-arrest the fleeing suspected millionaire

kidnapper following directives from the presidency

that he must be fished out wherever he


As at press time, was not clear whether top

officers of the army and police have been able

to sit down to iron out their differences.

However, sources revealed that efforts are

being made towards an amicable resolution.

SUNDAY Vanguard, AUGUST 11, 2019, PAGE 13


•Bose Alao


How some ladies

sexually harass

men – Felicia Fred

Any time the issue of sexual harassment

c o m e s

up, the general idea is that the woman is

always the victim, but this notion is not always

true as men can be victims too. In a

recent interview with Potpourri, Nollywood

actress and model, Felicia Fred

gives an insight on how men, particularly

in the movie industry have been

subjected to sexual assault.

“To be honest, in this modern age,

I don’t think people harass people

sexually. It’s like saying you want to

act in a movie, you want to feature

in a movie, I want to sleep with you,

I want to be your boyfriend, I will

give you a role, it happens everywhere.

Well, these days in the industry

it’s not about the men, some ladies

harass men too, they tell you I

have bigger hips than Mercy Johnson

give me the role. I have bigger

ass than Omotola give me the role and

you know it happens, even I as an

upcoming actress I get a lot of messages

on my inbox and they are like

please I want to act in the movie

and these are ladies sending me

messages like I can do anything

just hook me up with anybody.

Men hardly harass ladies, its the

other way now. Mostly, it is the

upcoming actresses that harass

them now, I don’t know about

those days. If you go to a director’s

phone you need to see the

number of WhatsApp messages he

gets from strangers begging him,

telling him what they can do anything

to feature in a film. So, these

days in the industry the women

tend to harass the men the other

way round,” she said.

Felicia has a huge social media

presence, so much so, that her page

has been verified. Before her page

was hacked she had over 700 thousand

followers but presently toned

down to just over 100 thousand. She also

has a foundation dedicated to helping people in

distress. She’s a mass communication Bsc degree

holder from Nnamdi Azikiwe University.



How I lost N12M on a

movie production

— Bose Alao Omotoyossi


Beautiful and talented Nigerian actress, Bose Alao

Omotoyosi has indeed received some hard knocks from

the school of life. In an exclusive chat with Vanguard

Live, the producer and entrepreneur revealed that the lowest

moment of her career was when her N12m movie project,

which was shot between December 2016 and January 2017,

got lost.

Her words: “The most challenging part of my career so far

was when I shot a job worth N12m and I lost the whole

footage. This was a movie that had stars like Majid Michel

from Ghana, Mercy Johnson, Lilian Afegbai, Antar Laniyan,

Rachael Oniga, Nuella Njubigbo and other big stars. I used a

real airline - Dana Air, but unfortunately we lost it. Even though

it was the fault of the editor who didn’t have a backup, though

he lied to me that he did. I take all the blame because as a

producer, after every job you should be able to see what you

shot. I didn’t do that because I had utmost trust in the editor.

It was crazy. I lost weight instantly, I became a size 6.”

Continuing, she said “It’s not even about the money I lost

alone, but the stress I went through, because I was nursing.

I didn’t feature in it, so that I would be able to have the best

production. With that movie, I was ready to compete with the

likes of Mo Abudu and Kemi Adetiba as Best Producer.”

The beautiful mother of four said she regretted not stopping

the production when she had an opportunity to, because she

had warning signs from God .

“I actually had an opportunity to stop that production. It was

like God wanted me not to go ahead with it, because I paid

a particular actor - Victor Olatoye, who had an accident

and till tomorrow, I can’t collect the money.

Ordinarily, I would have put the production on hold

since one of my actors was involved in an accident,

but I considered the schedules of other actors

who I had already engaged and so I replaced

him with someone else.” she said.

Phyno shuts down Enugu

for Hi-life fest semi-final

Enugu born rapper, Phyno, delivered a

show-stopping performance in Enugu at

the Hi-Life Fest semi-final. Phyno who had

earlier met with the Hi-Life Fest

quarterfinalists to offer them some motivation

during their time in Lagos, was glad to return

and he delivered a performance worthy of

the night.

The crowd, as well as the Hi-Life Fest semifinalists,

were thrilled to have the talented

rapper in their midst. His performance

featured some of his chart-topping tunes like

“the bag” and “Alobam”.

Following the performance, one of the

guests in attendance who was seeing Phyno

perform for the first time expressed her

excitement saying - “I have heard a lot about

his performance but this was better than

everything I was told. Phyno really shutdown

the show today and I’m so glad to have

Olamide, Pasuma, Taye

Currency dazzle at

Ariya Repete finale


oldberg Lager is quickly getting synonymous with

shutting down Ikeja City Mall. Back in April, we had

a special concert for Olamide’s unveil as Goldberg brand


Now, Goldberg is back and this time it’s the

#AriyaRepete2019 finale in Lagos which has left music

fans gleefully stunned.

After three months and 11 events across eight cities,

the music spectacle finally came to a sensational

conclusion on Friday, as thousands of music fans witnessed

the final of Ariya Repete 2019.

As expected, the night was full of awe-inspiring

performances from all the finalists. The nine remaining

contestants were full of zest and charisma as they

competed for the grand prize of 20 million Naira.

While three lucky winners etched their name in Ariya

Repete history, they were not the only ones who left ICM

with smiles on their faces, as everyone in attendance had

the time of their lives, thanks to stunning performances by

the finalists and the guest stars.

First off was Taye Currency. The Fuji veteran was full of

life as he engaged the crowd in a sing-along. Taye is a

very confident performer, and his charisma was on full display

when he graced the stage.

Next up was King Sunny Ade. It’s hard not to run out

of superlatives after watching his performance. KSA

continues to prove that age is nothing but a number,

whilst also offering a timely reminder of his immense

talents as a performer.

Wrapping up the night were the performances of

Pasuma and Goldberg Brand ambassador, Olamide. From

“Eni Duro” to “Oil and Gas”, the hip-hop virtuoso took

his fans down memory lane with a performance that will

not be forgotten anytime soon. While Pasuma capped off

the night with a stellar performance that was fitting of

the occasion.

The night also featured the launch of Goldberg’s new

label and this was greeted by a roar of excitement from all

in attendance.

witnessed it.”

Not to be outdone on the night, the

Hi-Life Fest semi-finalists also put in

an impressive shift, giving fans a

memorable show. It was a tough

decision to pick four out of the six

contestants on the night and while

Cypril Igwe and Prince Destiny were

eliminated, both delivered impressive

performances and are sure to have

successful music careers.

The four remaining contestants now

have a 14-day window to prepare for

the final in Onitsha. The grand finale

of Hi-Life Fest will see the four

remaining contestants go head to

head, with the winner earning the

grand sum of N5 million.You can catch

all the action live on Soundcity TV at 8

p.m on Sunday, August 18, 2019.


What rape

means to


– Priscilla Okpara

In the wake of the Busola


Fatoyinbo rape allegations

saga, there have been continuing

clashing of opinions

on what really constitutes

rape. Without driving dagger

through the heart of anyone,

Nollywood stunning

beauty, Priscilla Okpara has

offered her widow’s mite.

“My idea of rape is simply

when sexual activities

happen without the

approval of one of the parties

involved,” she said.

Priscilia explained circumstances

under which a

woman can be raped multiple

times by the same man.

“Yes, a woman can be

raped multiple times by

same man when she’s

abducted by the man or

manipulated. Manipulated

in the sense that a youthful

girl can be deceived into

same act by same man

because she is unwise, naive

or unable to grasp full

import of the situation.”

Priscilla Okpara is a

multi-awards winning Imo

State-born actress who is

making wave in Nollywood

with her unique acts and

beauty. She holds a bachelor’s

degree in economics

from Enugu State University

of Technology, ESUT. She

is an ex beauty queen with

multiple crowns including

Miss Enugu (Miss Coal


She has since featured in

lots of movies, after playing

the lead character known as

‘Olaedo’ in a movie ‘Olaedo

The Fisher Girl’ which

brought her to limelight.

Some of her other movies

include; the bushman I love,

Three Daughters of Eli,

Fractured, Crossword,

Married to myself, Stolen

wife, Back to the Mirror,

Chekuebe the meat seller,

Finding Ray, Hidden flaws,

crosswards,Happy Endings,

Missing links, The Boy is

mine, Igene, and lots more.




Tacha’s fears

Tacha intimidates

me – Venita

Big Brother Naija housemate, Tacha has

b u i l t

a reputation for herself as one to watch for

the big score in the ‘Pepper Dem’ house of

BBNaija 2019. She has proven to be stoic,

indomitable, resilient and sometimes

overbearing and not without some touches of

vulnerability as a desirable and alluring girl.

But behind this can-do facade is a girl quietly

cracking up inside.

Recently, when Biggie asked how she was

feeling, Tacha gave a hint of what is eating

her up silently.

“I’m sad about facing possible eviction for

the third time in a row and it’s beginning to

bother me,” she said.

The Port Harcourt girl had been up for eviction

on two occasions. And she was actually

evicted the last time but it turned out it was

a fake eviction ploy of Biggie to throw the

house into confusion and introduced more

twist into the show.


Big Brother Naija’s housemate,

Omashola during the Big Brother Naija

presentation this last week revealed to

Mercy that she’s the only individual who

challenges him in the house on the ‘act of

kindness’ session.

The 38-year old housemate revealed that

he admires Mercy a lot, and also feels she’s

the best of all female housemate.

“You’re actually one of the few people that

make my heart skip a beat. If you come

out, no babe in this house is like you; every

time you come out all the guys in the house

always lick their lips,” he said.

Omashola seems to have lots of respect

for Mercy even though he claims not to be

scared of anyone. He also encouraged

Mercy to dance with anyone of her choice

during the Saturday parties.

“Mercy you are real. You’re actually one

of the people that make my heart skips a

beat. Don’t mind Ike, no need to panic,” he


Thank God there won’t be any eviction today.

Thanks to Biggie who had cancelled the

eviction nomination exercise on Monday. While

all housemates may just be cool on their heels,

new entrant into the house, Venita has expressed

her worries and fears and it has to do

with none other than the crazy-sexy-cool and

indomitable Tacha who has been a thorn

in the flesh of so many other housemates.

Without mincing words, Venita admitted

in a diary session that Tacha is a

great threat to her. She said the moment

she came to the house she saw

Tacha as a major test and risk, adding

that the Rivers State girl never

hesitates in assaulting whoever

wrongs her.

She further confessed in a conversation

with Seyi Awolowo that Tacha

is a mean, aggressive and rude person

who doesn’t take prisoners.

“Tacha is better and rude, she

doesn’t behave like a PH gal. She

feels like everyone is against her and

it’s only her against the world. I feel

she needs more help and support in

the house,” she said.

You are one of the people

that make my heart skips

a – Omashola beat – Omashola tells Mercy tells Mercy




Tacha, Seyi writing

script of love

Tacha came into the Big Brother House season 4 as



Instagram influencer known for her raunchy and

sexual videos and also brandishing over 350,000 followers,

a status miles ahead of others by more than

200 thousand. On account of her being a sexy dancer

everyone had wagered it was only a matter of time

before any of the housemates got on the ground floor

with her. But to the total bewilderment of many, the

Port Harcourt luscious girl suddenly developed thick

skin and a pariah item no one wanted to touch.

When the aroma of various romances was pervading

the house, Tacha remained aloof. A glimmer of her

taking the plunge flickered when Seyi and her, were

marooned in the ‘secret room’ following their fake

eviction. But still nothing happened!

Many had suggested Seyi didn’t have the heart or

man enough to go knocking on the Tacha’s heart or

better still, to just kick the door open. Others whispered

Seyi doesn’t want to soil the sacred Awolowo name in

public. But whatever must have happened in that ‘secret

room’ it has now come to light that the ice was somewhat

broken between the two housemates.

A video surfaced on social media on Friday, peddled

by Seyi handlers where the two housemates are seen

snuggling up to each other. Tacha was seen in a

reclining layback bed while Seyi sat astride her and at

some point raising his head to her bosom as if to feel

her heartbeats. Tacha laid back staring into space in a

most subdued consenting trance. No

one had got that close to Tacha and

the duo seemed to love it and they

savour the moment as lovingly as


“Get yourself a good bestie that you

can be free and open up with. Get

you a friend who stands by you all

the time. They know the game, they

know the mission and target. Both of

them are thrashing out the issue they

had after the ‘Head of the House’

arena challenge. This is

what I call maturity,”

the handler of the

page of Seyi had

lamely tried to

explain the video.

But seeing, they

say, is believing.

There could only

be one script,

one, everyone

thought should

have been written

long time ago.



By Josephine Agbonkhese


Email: jossynovia@gmail.com

By Josephine Agbonkhese

Although they constitute only 16 percent

of the team to drive President

Muhammadu Buhari's Next Level

agenda, one common among to the

seven women who made the President's

ministerial list is their doggedness and

achievements as politicians, public office

holders and professionals. From Sharon

Ikeazor to Zainab Ahmed, Gbemisola Saraki,

Ramatu Tijani-Aliyu, Sadiya Farouk,

Mariam Katagun and Pauline Tallen, these

women have succeeded where men struggled.

While Nigerians hope they are assigned

portfolios in which their capabilities are

optimally utilised, we bring you these

amazons, in no order of preference:



A seasoned politician, philanthropist

and an astute administrator called to the

Nigerian bar in 1985, Sharon Ikeazor’s

feat at the Pension Transitional

Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, where

she has served since September 2016 as

Executive Secretary, is massively touted.

This includes the elimination of the

hardship suffered by pensioners across the

country during verification, as well as

irregular payment.

In less than nine years of delving into

partisan politics, Ikeazor has re-written

women’s role in contemporary history

and changed their perceived role as

ushers, backbenchers and professional

praise singers at political events. The

same year she joined politics, she

contested and won the post of the national

women leader of the Congress for

Progressive Change, CPC. After the

merger in 2013, she emerged the interim

national woman leader of the All

Progressives Congress, APC.

Ikeazor brings to the ‘Next Level’ table

over 30 years of experience as a solicitor

with vast knowledge in business

development, project management,

administration, as well as national and

international government liaison, having

worked with notable multinational




An accountant with a Master’s in Business

Administration, Zainab Ahmed, served as

Minister of Finance in Buhari’s former

cabinet. Initially, she was Minister of State

for Budget and National Planning but was

later reassigned to head the Ministry of

Finance upon the resignation of its minister,

Kemi Adeosun, in September 2018.

From a humble career as Accountant II

which she began at the Kaduna State Ministry

of Finance in 1982, Ahmed has worked at the

Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd, NITEL,

where she rose to become Deputy General

Manager, Corporate Treasury in 2002, and

the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications,

MTEL, where she was Chief Finance Officer.

In 2009, she was appointed the Managing

Director of the Kaduna Industrial and Finance

Co. Ltd, KIFC. The 59-year-old is a member

of the international board of the Extractive

Industries Transparency Initiative, EITI,

representing eleven Anglophone and

Lusaphone countries.



Aged 54, Gbemisola Saraki brings to the

‘Next Level’ train a degree in Economics from

the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, plus

a huge private and public sector experience.

Bold, fluent and intelligent, she is blessed with

an extraordinary drive, stamina and a

daunting work-ethic as evident in her

legislative track-record. She made waves as a

legislator, having once represented her

constituency in Kwara State as a member of

the House of Representatives and a Senator

of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

After her service at the National Assembly,

she emerged Nigeria’s Best Female Legislator,

with the highest number of bills presented and

got passed into law by any female in the

political history of Nigeria. She is a sister to

former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.








‘The President’s


Aged 65, Ambassador Mariam Katagun

holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English

and a Post Graduate Certification in

Education from the Ahmadu Bello University,

Zaria; a Masters in Administration and

Planning from the University of Lagos, and a

Certificate in Social Development Policy,

Planning and Practice from the University

College, London.

She has since 2009 served as Nigeria’s

ambassador and permanent delegate to the

United Nations Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organization, UNESCO. Prior to

that, she had served in various capacities at

the Nigerian National Commission for

UNESCO, National Primary Education

Commission and the Federal Ministry of




Aged 60, former Minister of State for

Science and Technology, Pauline Tallen,

brings to the train an appreciable years

of public service experience. In 2007, she

was elected Deputy Governor of Plateau

State and later contested governorship

election in 2011 but lost to Jonah Jang.

Tallen who holds a degree in Sociology

from the University of Jos, is currently





the Board Chairman of the National

Agency for Control of AIDS, NACA. The

politician who defected from the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, before the 2015

election, is currently a member of the

board of trustees of the APC.



Sadiya Umar Farouq is a politician and

an administrator. Aged 45, she holds a

B.Sc. in Business Administration from

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; a

Master’s degree in International Affairs

and Diplomacy and another in Business

Administration (MBA). She is the Federal

Commissioner of the National

Commission for Refugees, Migrants and

Internally Displaced Persons.



Aged 49, Ramatu Tijani-Aliyu studied Urban

and Regional Planning at the Ahmadu Bello

University, Zaria; holds a Master’s Degree in

Public Administration from Nasarawa State

University, Keffi, and recently earned a Ph.D.



•Sadiya Umar Farouq




in Security and Strategic Studies from the

Institute for Governance and Development


She was the first female National Vice-

Chairman (north-central zone) of the then

leading opposition political party, the All

Peoples Party, APP. In 2010, she became the

National Woman Leader of the All Nigeria

Peoples Party, ANPP, and in June 2014, she

became the National Woman Leader of the


She had served as Special Adviser on

Women Affairs, Youth and Social

Development to the Chairman of

Gwagwalada Area Council, Federal Capital





SUNDAY Vanguard, AUGUST 11, 2019, PAGE 17

•Sijibomi Ogundele

Still on Marwa’s rumoured

The news making the rounds before the

cabinet bid ministerial list came out was that

former Lagos State Military Administrator,

Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa,

ret., was eyeing a ministerial slot, having worked

closely with the first lady, Aisha Buhari, as Chairman

of the Central Working Committee of the

Women and Youth Presidential Campaign ahead

of the 2019 polls.

In fact, rumour mill said the first lady had

tipped Marwa to become the ministerial

nominee representing Adamawa State but

somehow he didn’t make it.

But those in the know said the first lady don't

meddle in such issues.

Those close to the former Lagos State Milad also

said he has never been desperate for any

position. Marwa, it is said, is someone who

believes that only God gives power.

"Every success he achieved during his military

career and as a retired general was by the

grace and benevolence of God. So, he has

no reason to be desperate for position," a

*Buba Marwa

source revealed.

Deji Karim’s latest move

Billionaire businessman, Ayodeji Karim, has made a name

for himself in corporate Nigeria and even beyond. His

antecedents have proven him to be one of the most visionary

corporate leaders in the country, with several awards in his


But the Managing Director of Costain West Africa, who aspired

for the number one job in Oyo State during the last

general elections, remains undeterred as it didn’t take Karim so

much time to get over the loss in spite of the huge war chest he

committed into the project.

The polo-lov-

ing dude has since gone back to the


board to make his dream come true

in the 2023


He has not

only moved to regain his position

in the boardroom circuit, Karim has also


his horizon by investing heavily

in the agro-

allied business with focus on


•Ayodeji Karim

Sijibomi Ogundele

causing excitement

Sijibomi Ogundele’s appearance

on the social scene has, no

doubt, been causing excitement

among society-watchers. At 35,

the founder and lead partner of

Sujimoto Group of Companies,

which deals in real estate,

finance and energy with offices

in Paris, Accra, Madrid, Dubai,

Riyadh and recently Lagos,

has garnered so much for

himself within a short time.

Ogundele launched the

brand in Nigeria to bridge the

gap in the provision of luxury

structures in the country and

other parts of West Africa with

Lagos as a starting point.

Raised in Agege, a Lagos

suburb, today, Sijibomi is a member

of Ikoyi Landlords Association

with several properties listed as his.

His Sujimoto Luxury Terraces in Ikoyi

has continued to wow.

Karim’s multi-billion naira

farm with a ranch, Winchester,

is situated on a large

expanse of land in

Egbeda along Ibadan-

Ife Expressway where

he breeds cattle, ram,

goat and lamb. The

farm also has a

large poultry farm.



Shagaya's style

Ameena is the daughter of

Katsina based businessman,

Alhaji Rasheed Mahey, and

daughter-in-law of Hajia Bola Shagaya.

She got married to Hakeem, the second

son of the billionaire businesswoman few

years ago.

Ameena, who is a medical doctor, is

a combination of brain and

beauty. Despite her tight

schedules, she still finds time

to step out with her husband

even as they celebrated their

sixth wedding anniversary.

Hakeem, a graduate of

University of Sheffield,

married Ameena at a grand

wedding in February 2013.

From Katsina where the

bride comes from to Abuja,

the couple were fêted by

their families and friends in

grand style.

Family, friends bid Toyin

Igbira goodbye

Friends and family members of the late Lagos socialite, Alhaja

Monsurat Ashabi Oluwatoyin Oyemade Rufai Abraham, aka Toyin

Igbira, came out in large numbers to bid her goodbye and also give her

befitting rites of passage.

Her remains were interred on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Vault and

Gardens, Ikoyi. A wake-keep and celebration of life service was earlier held

on Wednesday, July 31.

Survived by three daughters and many grandchildren, the deceased’s

lifestyle was on display at the burial as exotic cars were used to ferry her

remains by undertakers.

Igbira died in the early hours of Saturday, July 20, 2019, at a private

hospital in Surulere, Lagos, after a battle with ovarian cancer at the age of


She attended St. Paul’s Primary School, Idi Oro, Mushin, and later

Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls High School, Lagos State after which she

went into private business.

Oba Michael Ajayi celebrates

Since his ascension to the throne of the

Elerinmo of Erinmo-Ijesha in Osun State

five years ago, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr)

Michael Odunayo Ajayi, the Arowotawaya II,

has made service to his people his top priority.

There is no gainsaying that the

sleepy town has had a good feel

of his leadership with intervention

programmes which

have been some of his

cardinal agenda to uplift

the community. The

highly connected

monarch is not resting

yet as he’s poised to do

more this year as he

celebrates his fifth

year on the throne.

In the last one week,

the agrarian Erinmo

community has been

bustling with various

activities commemorating

the fifth coronation anniversary

of His Royal Majesty.



The activities climaxed yesterday with a

grand reception at the heart of the town. For the

Toyin Igbira burial

first time, the town was scheduled to

host three Yoruba prominent royal

fathers: the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial

Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi;

the Alaafin of Oyo, HIM, Oba

Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Owa

Obokun of Ijeshaland, HIM, Oba

Gabriel Aromolaran.

Until Tuesday, July 3, 2014,

when the young, urbane

and widely-travelled Oba

Ajayi was unanimously

chosen by the

Arowotawaya ruling

dynasty of Erinmo-

Ijesha, and accepted by

the kingmakers as their

new monarch, he was

the Director-General,

Ghana-Nigeria Chambers

of Commerce and

Industry. He was crowned

the Elerinmo of Erinmo-

Ijesha and presented the staff

of office by former Osun State

Governor Rauf Aregbesola, on

Wednesday, August 6, 2014.


Cries of


crimes rock


•Stakeholders demand

prosecution of soldiers

burning recovered

crude, barges

By Emma Amaize,

Regional Editor, Niger Delta

Activists in Delta State have

accused security agencies of

perpetrating environment

crimes and breaching the

laws of the country by

burning recovered crude, local

refineries, seized barges, forest and

bushes, all of which wipe out the Niger

Delta milieu, calling for

prosecution of unruly

security agents.

They also accused

regulatory agencies,



Standards and

Regulatory Agency,

NESREA, National Oil

Spill Detection and

Response Agency,


abandoning their


Ijaw Youth Council,

IYC, boss, Mr. Eric

Omare, and Comrade

Austin Ozobo, National

President of Ijaw

Peoples Development

Initiative, IPDI, among

others, told Sunday

Vanguard that the act of

destroying materials

used for bunkering and

local refineries and in

the process destroying

the environment was

against the law.

“Specifically, the


Environmental (Control

of Bush, Forest Fire and Open Burning)

Regulations, 2011 made pursuant to the

National Environmental Standards and

Regulations Agency (NESREA) Act 2007

outlaws the act of security agencies

burning bush and forest in the name of

destroying local refineries camps”, they

said in a joint statement.

“Other laws such as the Oil in

The law never

asked military

men to spill oil

content on

the surface of

the water. The

military doing

that are irate


Navigable Waters Act prohibit

the discharge of crude oil into

the environmental in

addition to several other

common law rules”.

They admitted that the

regulatory agencies were

facing difficulties.

Omare said: “However,

the fact remains that

NESREA in general and

NOSDRA with respect

to the oil and gas

industry, both of which

are charged with the

responsibility of

enforcing laws that

protect the

environment in

Nigeria, have not been

alive to their


“These regulatory

agencies are either not

well funded or do not

have the requisite

personnel to carry out

their responsibilities.

The case gets bad when

the organization

involved is a

government agency

such as the case of

security agencies


environmental crimes.

“The situation is made

worse by the fact that

most of the affected

communities are too

poor and ignorant to

fight for their rights.

Therefore, moving

forward and with the

growing interest on the matter,

public interest interventions in the form

of advocacy and even litigation on

behalf of the affected communities may

just be on the way to address this


Ozobo cuts in, saying, “The burning of

seized crude, barges and local refineries

is condemnable because it is inimical to

the environment and the locals of

affected areas.

It is another criminal

act the security agents are

embarking upon because it is totally

against every known environmental


“It should be discouraged as it has

greatly contributed to the pollution and

degradation of our environment and

health situation. The practice helps to

destroy our environment faster than

other known forms of pollution. The

military spreads oil contents on the

waterways and land. Fishing and

farming businesses are no longer

viable. The military is becoming

heartless and callous.

“You know our communities drink

water from the open river. There is now

water scarcity among residents of the

riverside communities as the practice

causes water- borne diseases in Niger

Delta. They have burnt economic trees

in the forests and farms causing

deforestation and exposing

communities to windstorms.

“About a month ago, some military men

came to Warri Market Road, upon

discovering some diesel products with a

market woman. They destroyed the

containers and poured the content into

the drainage of the market and,

suddenly, fire broke out. Quick

intervention of Fire Service saved the

situation otherwise Warri Market would

have been burnt.

“The law never asked military men to

spill oil content on the surface of the

water. The military doing that are irate

officers. There are strict environmental

laws that guard

against their

actions. It is an

offence to dump

garbage or

anything that will

pollute water on it;

it is criminal

offence to do that.

“If you are caught,

you may be jailed.

However, the

regulatory agencies

are silent because

some people are above

the law. I insist that

environmental laws

should be invoked

against the military

lawlessness on the

waterways, and agencies such as

NOSDRA and others should act fast”.


The stakeholders hailed the recent

move by Delta State government to

listen to the pains of the people.

“We started the campaign to stop

degradation of the environment in the

name of fighting bunkering and local

refineries since 2014. We severally

called on former President Jonathan

and the security chiefs to call the

security agents to order. We have

maintained same position under the

Buhari administration. When we first

took the position, the impression in the

security circles was that we were

supporting illegality”, Omare said.

Ozobo agreed with him, saying, “Our

position has been vindicated by the

statement of the Deputy Governor of

Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro,

after he visited some of the sites

recently. In addition, I make bold to say

that local refineries and the destruction

of the refineries have contributed more

than any other source to the destruction

of the Niger Delta environment in

recent times.

“The new step taken by Delta

government vindicates me on my

earlier position against destruction of

•Military men inspecting a facility

seized crude, barges, boats and local

refineries in Niger Delta. The step or

position canvassed by Delta

government, if adhered to, will help to

rebuild our environment”.


Omare said the complaints IYC had

received over the years with respect to

the burning of barges and places used

for bunkering and local refineries

usually came from communities and

villagers who earn their living through

fishing and farming.

“Security agencies usually act without

regard to the environmental impact of

their activities on the communities and

people”, he added.

On his part, Ozobo stressed that IPDI

had received several complaints from

the operators, riverside communities,

individuals, transporters and jobless

youths, who get their daily bread from


“Ezansagbene community complained

bitterly about how the military burnt

down their communities in the guise of

burning an abandoned local boat

containing diesel products on the shore

of the area. The military went and

apologized to the community over their

action and promised to pay

compensation, which they are yet to

pay”, the activist pointed out.

“Egbema youths have severally called

IPDI to prevail on one of their exmilitant

generals, who is aiding the

military to destroy their products and

local refineries. Some women and men

also called over military excesses at

Beneth Island in Warri South West local

government area.

“We received complaints from some

members of Etegele community over

military lawlessness. Some persons

from Gbaramatu Kingdom also cried to

us, lamenting how the military is

destroying the waterways and our

environment by disposing the crude

content on the surface of the water”.

Omare agreed that security agencies

are under the control of the Federal

Government but explained that there is

always room for cooperation between

the federal and state governments on

security issues.

Burning of crude

despite denial

As far back as 2013, stakeholders in the

oil and gas industry had condemned the

destruction of recovered stolen crude oil

in the Niger Delta by the Joint Task

Force, citing environmental and

ecological reasons.

The issue dominated discussions at the

Conference on Oil Theft and Illegal

Bunkering in the Niger Delta organized

then by the Office of the Special Adviser

to the President on Niger Delta in


The Nigeria Maritime Administration

and Safety Agency, Nigeria Security

and Civil Defence Corps, Petroleum and

Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of

Nigeria and environmentalists

suggested return of recovered the crude

oil to the Nigerian National Petroleum

Corporation rather than it being

destroyed by JTF.

A former Commander of the JTF in the

Niger Delta, discussing the modus

operandi of troops in the oil- rich

region, said the mandate was to stop

illegal oil bunkering activities in the

upstream sector of the country’s

petroleum industry; protect oil and gas

facilities; and ensure secure

environment for other lawful activities.

Besides apprehending pipeline vandals

and oil thieves, he confirmed that

soldiers immediately burn recovered

crude oil with other confiscated items

used for illegal oil bunkering.

Following increased awareness and

advocacy, the military, lately, said it had

adopted environmentally friendly

methods in combating oil theft and

illegal refining in the region

Kevin Aligbe, Land Component

Commander of the Joint Force codenamed

‘Operation Delta Safe’, disclosed

this to the News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) that troops of the command had

introduced the use of swamp buggies in

destroying illegal refineries as opposed

to setting camps ablaze.

However, from up-to-the-minute

observations, corroborated by locals,

activists and Deputy Governor of Delta

State, Otuaro, during his overfly, last

month, spilling and burning of crude

right on the waterways have not




Omare told Sunday Vanguard, “There

is need for urgent environmental audit

on the impact of local refineries and

their destruction by security agencies on

the Niger Delta. I also call on the media

to carry out more investigative

journalism on this life threatening issue.

It is life threatening because when you

destroy the environment, you destroy

the people’s source of living and a

people without a source of living are as

good as dead.

“However, we have over the years

articulated what need to be done. The

position we have consistently taken is

that there has to be an economic

alternative in order to address the

problem of oil thieves and local

refineries in the Niger Delta region.

“The reason simply is that local

refineries and oil thieves are economic

and social reactions to the decades of

deprivation of the local communities

and people of the Niger Delta who

produce the resources that sustain the

Nigeria but get nothing in return”.

Ozoro, on his part, said, “We have

experienced a situation where the

military unfocusedly burn communities

while attempting to burn containers,

local boats with products. Government

and military lack ideas, government

ought to promote and encourage local

technology, but the reverse is the case.

We are backward in technology because

we do not encourage it. The world is

advancing with technology while we

fight against technology development.

“We are the pioneers of modular

refinery, local refineries legalization

and improved operations. We have

severally called on relevant authorities

to stop destroying our environment by

disposing the crude and burning it as it

causes more pollution in our

environment, but government will not

listen. We call for prosecution of lawless

security personnel, who destroy the

environment to serve as deterrent.

“The seized crude can be refined to

finished products in our refineries and

the money used to boost our economy

and create job for youths. I have not

seen where a man destroys his

recovered stolen item. So what is

essence of recovering it?

“We want government to order security

agencies to stop destroying our

environment. They should implement

the modular refinery scheme and make

it an alternative to the current local


“Local refiners should be given free

hand to operate. Government can make

it such that every operator can buy the

crude from NNPC at local price per

barrel to stop the operators from

getting it direct from the pipes, which

sometimes causes fire and explosions.”


Campaign against Akpabio: N-Delta youth

leader faults SERAP

Ayouth leader in Niger Delta region, Mr. Tamuno George, has described the

sudden anti-corruption campaign against Minister-designate Senator God

swill Akpabio by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project

(SERAP), as mischievous, misleading and laughable.

It would be recalled that SERAP had in a petition dated 2 August 2019 and signed by

its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, called on Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)

and Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes

Commission (EFCC), to invite Senator Godswill Akpabio for interrogation and further

questioning over alleged diversion of hospital equipment supposed constituency


But, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, Mr. Tamuno George advised SERAP to

be careful not to become a blackmailing tool, noting that ex-agitators in Niger Delta

were happy and very satisfied with the confirmation of Senator Akpabio as Ministerdesignate.

" We in Niger Delta are still in exciting mood with the appointment of the uncommon

transformer, Senator Akpabio as a minister of the Federal Republic by our unwavering

President Muhammad Buhari. It's a fact that Senator Godswill Akpabio as a member

of Federal Executive Council will attract the desired human and infrastructural development

to the Niger Delta region".

He continued :" Akpabio's achievements in Akwa-Ibom remained outstanding".

Group alleges plans to relocate NGMC commercial/

accounts departments from Ekpan

Agroup, the Amalgamated Niger Delta Force, has alleged that some interest

group in Nigerian Gas Marketing Company, Ekpan, Delta State has con

cluded plans to relocate the commercial and accounts departments of the company

to Lagos.

The group's allegation was contained in a statement issued and signed by Dr Abel

Peretubo (Coordinator General ), Chief Temi Ayemi (Inter-Ethnic Coordinator),Hon

Okpako Ovie (Diaspora Affairs), Comrade Ogaga Onoriode (Planning and Logistics),

Architect Tombra Ototo (Mobilization Coordinator), and Sir Bemigho Edah (Information

Coordinator)dated August 9, made available to newsmen in Warri.

The statement alleged that a building located behind the Lagos business office of the

company has been proposed for the relocation of the commercial and accounts departments,

noting that the alleged new plan was as a result of the protests of oil bearing

communities in Delta State and the Delta State Government on the alleged plans to

relocate the entire company to elsewhere by management of the company recently.

The group in the statement noted that NGMC has over years made huge profit after

tax in its present location in Ekpan, Delta State and therefore wondered why the said

management staff allegedly want to place his interest above the interest of Nigeria,

noting that the alleged relocation of the commercial and accounts departments to

Lagos is against the orders of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo who had directed that

headquarters of oil companies in the country be located to their host communities. The

statement therefore warned the group would resist the relocation of any department of

the company to elsewhere.

While commending Senator Ovie Omo-Agege over his opposition to relocation of

NGMC , the group in the statement congratulated him over his election as the Deputy

Senate President and also expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari

for his support for the Niger Delta.

Attempts to reach management of the company to react to the allegations proved

abortive. But it would be recalled that management of NGMC has severally refuted

allegations of the relocation of NGMC from Ekpan, Delta State in the past.

Group backs Orubebe over marginalisation

of Ijaw communities' claim

The Ijaw Development Exponents, IDE, has supported ex-minister of the ministry of

Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe on the agitation against the marginalisation

of Ijaw communities by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Orubebe had accused Governor Okowa of deliberately marginalising the Ijaw people

and communities, an allegation the Governor dismissed as not true.

But IDE's spokesman, Hon. Duduke Ebitimi, said " in build up to 2015 governorship

elections, it's an undisputable fact that the Ijaw people that is neglecting now were

instrumental to his victory. Nothing is so painful for someone you have worked so hard

for to turn back at you".

" As at may 2019, Governor Okowa claimed to have embarked on the construction of

over 450 roads projects, stretching over 1.200 kilometres. How many of these roads are

in Ijaw communities? Pathetically, he portioned less than 50 kilometres in the whole of

Ijaw land and the total sum of the roads is 2.5 kilometres Burutu concrete internal roads

project, 20.29 kilometres Obotobo 1. and Obotobo 11.to Sokebolou in Burutu local

government area, and the Okerenkoko township road in Warri South West local government


The group lamented that Ijaw people were often suffering from ravaging flood year in

year out, erosion taking away Ijaw communities, despite the absence of good hospitals,

drinking water, sanitation and hygienic services provided, wondering why Governor

Okowa is not making any efforts to complete Ayakoromo bridge project.

" We urge Governor Okowa to take the advice from Elder Orubebe to prioritize the

development of Ijaw communities in Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Warri South West and

Warri North local government areas, respectively".

To help South-South indigenous artistes made me change

career –Newton Arunaye

Delta State-born Newton Arunaye has lamented that indigenous performing ar

tistes from the South-South region in the country lack adequate visibility, saying

that the music industry, being a huge money earner, needs encouragement to contribute

meaningfully to the economy of the states.

“Having studied Electrical Electronics in the university, I parted ways with the career,

to pursue a noble cause in the entertainment industry. With the launch of my own firm,

Legit9ja Global Synergies Ltd, I aimed at helping push the industry for more visibility,”

says Arunaye.

Arunaye, who hails from Kokori Inland in Ethiope East, said, “As a student union

leader in my days at school. I chose the new line of career as a way making a difference

in the society. I have always had passion for entertainment from my childhood. I also felt

I should tell the stories of the young talents around me who are trying to showcase

themselves to the world.”

“Entertainment industry in the South-South has the potential to be more profitable

beyond what it is now. However, it needs special attention and investment which the

State governments and successful brands in the south-south need to come together and

empower homegrown talents,” Arunaye reiterated.

He stressed that media houses have not done enough to promote the indigenous

artists from South-South to push the their music and culture to the rest of the world,

indicating that with the establishment of his firm, he is poised to push it beyond boundaries.

“As we continue to use our platform to promote talents and brands, in the near

future we hope to become more involved in the development of talents from the scratch,

equipping them with the right tools and financing to help them become even bigger. We

plan to be heavily involved in building a South-South entertainment industry that’s

commercially viable to all stakeholders,” says Arunaya.

PAGE 20 — SUNDAY Vanguard, AUGUST 11, 2019

Could incestuous relationships be going on under your roof?

Christiana was a bit cu

rious when she an

swered the door a few

months back and found her

next-door neighbour on the

door-step. “We’d never been

more than nodding acquaintances”,

said Christiana, “and

I wondered what she urgently

had to say that couldn’t wait

till the next morning. She refused

the chair I offered her,

looking furtively at my husband

before whispering that:

‘Your son is sleeping with one

of his sisters’. I told her

straight away she was making

it up. I have only one one and

two daughters who are

younger. She shook her head

pityingly at me. `My daughter

who goes to the same

school as Vivian (my first

daughter) told me after school.

She’s spread it all over the

neighbourhood and I thought

you had better act before Viv

got pregnant’.

I couldn’t believe what I was

hearing. I had to tell my husband

what the neighbour had

to say after she left and he instantly

summoned the girls.

Dayo, our son, who was only

17, had not come home from

school. Viv was embarrassed

and ashamed when I gently

asked her if Dayo did anything

to her. ‘He’s been having sex

with both of us and told us not

to tell anyone or he would kill

us’, she said, looking at the

floor as if she was the one who

did wrong. I felt like throwing


Viv is only 14 and her sister

10. How could their brother do

this to them? A son we had

looked up to and propped up

as the second head of the family?

As we were all discussing

this and looking incredulous,

inwalked my pervert of a son.

“What’s going on”, he asked

in his cheerful way. `Did

someone die?’ Tim, my husband,

was enraged. He got up

furiously to attack Dayo but I

restrained him. We hadn’t

heard his version of the story


“He was visibly shaken

when his dad barked at him to

ask if it was true he’d been raping

his sisters. `It’s a lie’, he

shrieked unconvincingly. By

the time Tim finished with him,

I thought Dayo would die. He

cried like a wounded animal

but I had no sympathy for him.

We live in a three-bedroom flat

and the girls share a room.

Dayo has a room all to himself.

For him to now creep in in t the

middle of the night to have incestuous

sex with his sisters

defied belief.

“The worst was yet to come.

Viv confessed that Dayo had

even brought a few of his

friends to have sex with them

under threat of violence. I felt

really let down and hopeless.

Where did we go wrong as parents?

A close friend who works

as a counsellor in a remand

home told me that it happens

all the time and that a lot of

parents are not aware of this.

She said we should thank our

lucky stars that Viv was not


“Dayo left the house on his

own free will and went to live

with my younger sister who got

along with him. She was very

disappointed by what happened

and it was her who

served as a sort of counsellor to

the girls. She made hem realise

what happened was not their

fault and that in future, if anyone

threatened them for sex,

they should tell us at once”.

Doris’ case is even more pathetic.

“I was sexually abused

by my own father when I was

in the primary school”, she

said sadly. The family lived

in two rooms in a `face-meface-you

apartment’. I didn’t

tell anyone about it, not even

my mother who was a petty

trader. My father beat her all

the time and I feared that she

might get more beating if she

told him she knew what was

going on.

“When I was in secondary

school, my father moved into

the house of a wealthy

woman and that was the end

of the abuse. Or so I thought.

He knew when our mum

3would be out hawking her

wares and was always around

to have sex with me. My dad

would come to the house,

give my siblings money to go

out to play and threaten me

not to tell anyone. He gave

me money from time to time.

“When my mum started having

boyfriends she became serious

with a seemingly decent

man who slept over from

time to time. He too forced me

into having sex with him. I

was so fed up by all the sex

being shoved down my throat

that I got married to an Alhaji

in our neighbourhood, who

already had two wives. But

he gave me the peace of mind

and dignity I craved and set

me up in the hair-dressing

business. For the time time in

my life, I finally had peace of

mind and I now have to lovely

children. There must be the

hand of God in my story somehow,

or I would have gotten

pregnant for these lousy scums

my mum got involved with”.

Florence’s case is really sad

because her mother was aware

of the abuse. Her mother was

separated from her father, who

is now legally married to

someone else. Mother and

child now live in a two-bedroom

flat. “My mother is a secondary

school teacher”, said

Florence, “and eventually fell

in love with one of the teachers

in her school. The romance

happened so fast that before I

knew it, the man was moving

in with us. I was only 14 then

and I never liked the look of

him from the start. He didn’t

wait long to force me to have

sex with him the day we were

alone. I wasn’t scared of his

threats and I told my mother

as soon as she got home.

“I didn’t know what to expect

after she’d heard me out.

Would she be shocked. Would

she storm to where the lout

was sitting in the living room

nursing his usual lager? Instead,

my mother looked at me

with this resigned look on her

face before she finally spoke.

`What type of rubbish are you

saying? Nothing like what you

just described could happen in

this house. Never you mention

it again’. I was stunned.

I also felt betrayed. If my own

mother wouldn’t believe me,

who on earth would?

“The next day, I went to my

father’s office, and told him of

my experience. He was so disgusted

I thought he would

have a fit. He left work and

took me to his elder sister’s

house, who said that I should

come and live with her at once.

Thank goodness, both my

mum and her man were still

in school when I went for my

things. I then left a note for

my mother telling her that my

dad knew what her fancy man

did t me and I was leaving.

That was almost a year ago

and I thank God that I had the

common sense to tell my father.

If I hadn’t, I would probably

still be a sex slave to the

pervert my mother is living

with – until he gets fed up of

her and looks for fresh preys”.

With the deepest

sympathy! (Humour)

She is still mourning her

husband who died four years

ago and her daughter is constantly

urging her to get back

into the real world. Finally, Sue

says she;s ready to go out, but

doesn’t know anyone.

Her daughter replies: “I

know someone you can meet!”

Sue date is an immediate hit

and after six weeks, he asks

her to join him for a weekend


On the first night, they start

undressing. Sue gets naked

except for a pair of black lace

knickers. He is in his birthday

suit. Looking at Sue, he asks

“Why?” “My breasts you can

fondle, my body is yours to

explore but down there, I’m

still mourning”. The following

night, it’s the same. Sue’’s

standing in black knickers and

he’s naked.

Only this time, he’s wearing

a black condom. She looks at

him and asks: “What’s with

the black condom?” He replies:

“I want to offer my deepest



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SUNDAY Vanguard, AUGUST 11 , 2019, PAGE 23


Every woman owe it to herself to try a younger lover

“ As you’ve often pointed


out in your ever enlightening

column,” a reader

What this column really emphasizes

is making the most

writes, “a big percentage of

marriages in this country fail.

of the relationship you have by

Even those that do survive,

putting in more efforts in other

like mine, are mere skeletons

to make your relationship with

when compared to complete

your partner better. Dr. Patricia

fulfilment. My husband of 14

Love in her book: Hot Monogamy,

observes that: “When

years sometimes acts like a

weed choking a desirable,

couples are asked to assess

flowering and imaginative relationship.

partner, and then sent away to

their satisfaction with their

“In the last few weeks,

keep a chart and note down

you’ve written about older

over the next seven days anything

their partner does that

women who have younger

men. I never used to be interested

in write-ups like that but

strange happens. When asked

is pleasing, something

now that I’m involved with a

again, seven out of 10 couples

younger man, thanks to my

are like to rate their satisfaction

as higher than they did

husband’s indifference to my

feelings, things are different.

the week before. In short, it

I just didn’t give up on our

takes effort to notice when

sex life. I tried dialogue, tried

people are being nice to us.

initiating sex and even hinted

Switch on your radar and extend

the beam to family and

he should seek medical help.

But he just didn’t care. His


love making wasn’t exactly

Most importantly, she advises

you: “sit down with your

something to rave about, and

now he’s just happy to settle “When it comes to love-making,

he is fantastic. I might have woman. It’s a very exciting on forever. What some might fect love-making conditions. If

ered taboo for a married and it seemed like he could go partner and describe your per-

in a rut.

“I’m in my late thirties, and more experience than him, but feeling to know that you can think he lacks in experience, you prefer, write them down.

my joy-boy is in his mid-twenties.

He’s in no way a boy of lived more years. His excited

endurance. What more could What’s happening just before?

that is only because I have reach out and be yourself. he more than makes up for in Cover details such as, Where?

course. He is more responsible,

compassionate and sin-

refreshing. Most men of my age I was terribly nervous because “I have no idea where this up to, and including the mood

approach to making love is very “The first time we made love, a woman ask for?

Who initiates? Spell it all outcere

than any man I know. are already set in their sexual I wanted everything to be perfect.

He seemed to take long it will last. But I know afterwards. Then compare

relationship will go, and how between you and your partner

And he’s never asked me for routines. They believe they

money. Instead, he’d piled have perfected the art of love charge of the situation, and know this: Every woman, at ideas. The information will

me with little inexpensive and need no further instruction. things just fell into place. We least once in her life, should help you find ways of developing

your sex life and hope-

gifts and is always treating me But with my lover, things are not did not do any wild experimenting

that first night, but a much younger man. It will fully, move you on to he stage

experience making love with

to meals he knows I enjoy. set in a rut. I am allowed to

This is the reason I care for explore avenues which, by love-making was terrific. He give her a perspective she’ll of exploring what can be


some standards, are still consid-

made love tome three times, never forget as long as she achieved in the real world.”

Loud Whispers


Erelu Bisi Fayemi

The True Revolutionary:

Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

By Bisi Adeleye-


‘I know the world is

bruised and bleeding,

and although it is important

not to ignore its pain,

it is also critical to refuse

to succumb to its malevolence.

Like failure, chaos

contains information that

can lead to knowledge –

even wisdom’.

You spoke to us so many

times in hundreds of


Words that warmed our

souls and sometimes

chilled our bones

Your voice was always

clear and true

Even when many

doubted its depth and

misunderstood its meaning

Year after year your

piercing gaze missed


And you slowly but

surely peeled away the

arrogance of dominance

Replacing it with a simple

truth - the right to be.

The right to be present

The right to be heard

The right to remember

The right to fail

The right to succeed

Now at a time when our

world is bruised and


And the pain is almost


You leave us to grope

our way through

You spoke about malevolence

Yes, there is so much of

that around, we can

barely breathe.

We are not safe anywhere


We struggle for meaning

with all the desperation

and meanness

around us

A ten-year old girl is a


A mother locks up her

son with dogs

Dogs eat the bodies of

those left to the dogs

Crazed demons hunt

and gun us down

Boundaries and borders

make no difference

•Toni Morrison

Satan has a penchant

for global real estate

You told us that if we

want to fly, we should

give up the s..t that

weighs us down

There is so much s..t,

so flying is not an option

right now

Perhaps we can settle

for crawling while we

clean up the s..t bit by bit

We are failing sister


Failing at being human

Failing at being heard

Failing at loving

Failing at living

Yet you told us that

there is knowledge to be

found in failure

You stayed long enough

to share your wisdom

Yet we need more lifetimes

of knowing

The chaos you spoke of

might be our redemption

Yet not in the ways the

brash and the excitable

might think

Chaos on the streets

means rivers of red

The blood of the innocent

and bodies of the


You taught us to be

fearless as we stood in

You admonished us

to be fearful of those

who would gag and

bind us

Your life’s work has

been a revolution

that spoke to our

minds, souls and


our truths

You admonished us to

be fearful of those who

would gag and bind us

Your life’s work has

been a revolution that

spoke to our minds,

souls and spirits

As you leave us, perhaps

we will think more

about the revolution we

truly need

A permanent, bloodless,

timeless revolution

One that carries

through the air from

generation to generation

A life of meaning

A life of service

A life of truth

A life of teaching

A life of giving

A life of freedom

The kind of life that

you lived

The life of a true revolutionary

And when we are free

in however we define


You told us,

‘If you are free, you

need to free someone


If you have some

power, then your job is

to empower somebody


As you surrender to

the air and fly with it

Thank you for leaving

us with these clues to


Rest in peace dear Sister


Please give our love

to Maya Angelou.

dominate N


Women ha

— Chimam

•'Why do you want gays killed, trea


World-renowned writer, Chimamanda Adichie, in

Sunday Vanguard, discusses politics,

obsession with feminism. This chat, which also cov

exploration through the mind of one of Africa's greatest wr

Aside racism, if it counts in this case, what has been your

greatest challenge as an internationally recognised, awardwinning

African creative writer based in the US?

When my first novel was published, American readers often

said they were surprised by how relatable the Nigerian

characters were. An early challenge for me was getting readers

to see that African stories are valid as literature as any other

stories. Not that Africa is the same as anywhere else, because

obviously, every place is unique, but that African stories are

human stories in the way that literature is about human stories. I

grew up reading books from all over the world and I was able to

identify with characters from Russia to India.


Globalisation fosters cultural imperialism such that Nigerian

youths do not wish to be identified with their origins but would

rather be associated with the trends of the Western nations.

Your books portray strong ties to African culture especially

Igbo, even, in Americanah where the protagonist grew up in

the West. How do you think the love for African roots can be

re-established or sustained among the youths?

My protagonist in Americanah did not grow up in the West. I

think parents and guardians have a major role to play. You can’t

speak only English to your children, act as if everything

traditional is evil, not teach them to be proud of their history, and

then turn around and complain that they are now ‘globalized.’

By the way, there is no such thing as a globalised identity; even

the most cosmopolitan people have a core sense of identity. I

consider myself a person who is very comfortable in the world

and I love many diverse places in the world but it is because of

my sense of self. It is my comfort in my skin as an Igbo woman, a

Nigerian, an African, that makes this possible. My daughter

speaks Igbo and I find it curious how many fellow Igbo and

fellow Nigerians are shocked by this. I want to raise her

bilingual as I was also raised bilingual. To give a child the

language of her people is a gift that

will serve her for the rest of her life. It

gives her a sense of who she is. And

it’s doable because we all did it. Most

I often feel that

this question of

feminism being

misandry is a

question of bad

faith. It is also

used as a way

of closing down



Nigerians of my generation are

bilingual, so why can’t our children


Females all over the world are

beginning to speak, recognise and

take a stance on their places in the

society yet this is being abused by

some. What are the core differences

between feminism and misandry?

Every movement has its extremist

side. Look at history, the fight for

independence in different countries

always had a militant side but we

don’t usually say that the militant side

represents the movement. I often feel

that this question of feminism being

misandry is a question of bad faith. It

is also used as a way of closing down

important conversations. Feminism is

about justice. Any thinking person

who observes the world and is honest

knows that women have historically

been excluded, reduced, oppressed in


ters, mediocre men

igeria’s political space


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this exclusive conversation with

belief system, identity her

ers other subjects, is an informative


different ways. Feminism is about trying

to right that wrong. If a person is

pointing out ways in which men have

benefited socially or politically in ways

that women have not, it does not mean

that person hates men. If a person talks

about the alarming rate of male violence

against women, it is not hating men; it is

simply stating facts, facts that we should

all want to change. Women may be

speaking up more but that doesn’t mean

that the cultural, systemic, religious and

traditional norms that reduce women

have changed. I believe men are part of

the solution. Men have to be feminists as

well. Men have to speak up about this


This is a follow-up. Can you also point

out the differences between feminism

and chivalry?

Chivalry is really a form of noblesse

oblige. It is the idea that men treat

women well, help them, etc, because men

are more powerful. But the problem is

that if you think of a group of people as

people you help it means you will never

think of them as your equals or even as

people who can be in a position higher

than you. Most men who think of

themselves as chivalrous are the same

who cannot imagine a female president

or who don’t want a female boss or who

believe that women become powerful only

be sleeping with men. Of course, being

protective of the women in your private

life is perfectly fine and very different

from viewing women in general as

people you have to protect. We should

protect people who need protection.

Some women need protection. Some men

also need protection.

You are being featured in the National

Geographic Magazine Landmark:

Portraits of Power alongside other great

women like Oprah Winfrey, and

Melinda Gates among others. Is your

being a symbol of power a result of the

impact of your writing or feminism


is everything I represent. My fiction

writing gave me a platform that I chose to

use to speak about what I care about.

One of the things I care about is

feminism. But it is not the only thing I

care about. In my experience, my greatest

fans are those who have read all my

books and I deeply appreciate them.

Buchi Emecheta, the most successful

female black writer in the UK

refused to be tagged a feminist

even though the bulk of her works

has the theme of woman, gender

role-play and inequality. Being a

feminist icon and an internationally

recognised African female writer,

what is your take on this?

Ms. Emecheta was an icon and a

great inspiration for me. The Joys of

Motherhood is a novel everyone

should read. She rejected the word

feminist because at the time it was a

politically loaded word that often

referred to the concerns of middleclass

white women and excluded

many black women. I have chosen to

use the word feminist based on the

dictionary definition, because we

need to reclaim that word and

because we need a word to rally

around in order to address sexism.

By those standards, Ms. Emecheta

was definitely a feminist. She stood

for equality for women.

What is your view on the

portrayal of women in Nigerian

politics and what are your

suggestions as regards this?

It is important for women to be

seen as equally capable and as

equal actors in the political space.

Nigerian politics is about access,

patronage and money.

Unfortunately, because women have

traditionally not been allowed into



these spaces, it is hard for women to

compete, hard for them to get

‘godfathers’ and hard for them to be

taken seriously. Which is why the

few women who actually run for

powerful offices have to be

exceptional, have to work much

harder, and have to deal with a lot

more backlash, while mediocre men

can sail through on the wings of a

godfather and on the assumption

that being male means you should

be a leader. I do not support the

idea of a ‘women’s wing’ of political

parties because it suggests that

women are slightly lower on the

totem pole of ability, and it casts

women as people who occupy

supportive roles rather than those

who should compete for real power.

Political parties have to support

women more in real positions of

power, not token positions. But the

fundamental problem is how we

think of women in this culture.

There are still too many men and

women who do not believe that

women are capable of being good

political leaders. So women are not

groomed or encouraged to become

politicians. A relative once told me

that a woman cannot be governor in

Nigeria. I asked why and he simply

said, ‘because she’s a woman.’ But

we should be asking: who is

qualified? Who will not steal state

money? Who will use security vote

wisely? Who will care about

education and healthcare? Whose

policies will focus on human beings

rather than the personal egos of the

politician? We need to be more

open-minded in our conception of

political leadership.

Women who seek


Studies have

shown that people,

both men and

women, do not like

women who seek

power. If you

observe carefully,

women who seek

power are

scrutinized more,

criticized more and

their ability is

doubted more. They

are also often

assumed not to be


Somebody told me

some time ago that

Bianca Ojukwu was

not ‘qualified’ to

run for Senate

because she was

merely the wife of a

leader. Mrs.

Ojukwu is an

intelligent lawyer. I

asked this person

what qualification

the men he

Most men who

think of

themselves as

chivalrous are the

same who cannot

imagine a female

president or who

don’t want a

female boss or

who believe that

women become

powerful only be

sleeping with men

supported had. Many of those men

were barely literate. The point is

that we as citizens have to

constantly question our assumptions

and identify our blind spots and the

places where we do not think critically.

You are an avid supporter of LGBTQ

which is a practice that is being frowned

upon in Africa. How do you still

maintain your African/homophobic


I believe in ‘live and let live.’ I also

know that not all Africans are

homophobic. African societies have had

gay people for centuries. If we look back

at our childhoods, there was always the

girl or boy who we knew was ‘different’

but we took it in stride. The problem now

is that it has become politicised. We have

decided to fight political battles invented

by western evangelicals. Ask yourself

when exactly homophobia became such a

big issue in Africa. Gay people cause no

harm and Nigerians say they should be

killed. But we have leaders who

steal and lie, who do not pay

elderly pensioners, and we don’t

say they should be killed, even

though these leaders are

responsible for the deaths of

fellow citizens. To be clear I

don’t support violence and don’t

think anybody should be killed

but I am making a point about

our prejudice and misplaced

priorities. How exactly does

our society benefit from

harassing and attacking gay

people? How can we say that a

fellow citizen should be killed

when that citizen has equal

rights as we do and has done

nothing to harm anyone? If

your religion says you should

avoid something then please

avoid it for yourself, and do not

force others to live by your

faith. I am sure Christians don’t

want to be made to abide by

Sharia and Muslims don’t want

to say the Lord’s Prayer. Ancient

African societies were accepting

of diversity. Let’s live and let


Are you considering depicting LGBTQ

in any of your upcoming books?

People are people. Gay people are

people. Please read my short story ‘Apollo’

in the New Yorker. Also, read ‘The

Shivering’ in my collection The Thing

Around Your Neck.

With your busy schedule, how do you

balance living in two countries?

I feel very grateful that I can live in both

Nigeria and the US and so I don’t mind

the challenges involved in achieving a

balance. I don’t think I would be fully

happy if I had to live exclusively in

either place. I am private about my

private life, especially because my

work as a writer requires being so

public. At home, I love to spend time

with family and friends. I love quality

time with loved ones. I love laughter,

conversation and healthy food. I am

not very keen on going out. My life in

the US and Nigeria is focused on




Wanted in Nigeria: More

development, less politics

It is now certain that Ni

gerian politicians gain

immensely from unending

political crisis; hence they

generate one crisis after the

other now and again. Anyone

who doubts this should

take a cursory look at the

posture of legislators in

Bauchi state. Since May 29,

this year, when a new government

was installed in

the state till today, Bauchi

state is yet to attain a conducive

environment for

governance. Political tension

in the state was caused

by the way the house of assembly

was inaugurated.

There was indeed outcry

across the nation about the

return of the old order by

which a minority group is

usually assisted to have its

way against the majority.

This happened both in

Bauchi and Edo states. But

no one had faith in the decision

of the National Assembly

to resolve the issues

at stake because we all

know the federal legislators

are part of the politics of the

crisis. Meanwhile, no one

was bothered about the fact

that the crisis was depriving

both states of the muchneeded

good governance

at this critical era of development

when our entire

nation is suffering huge infrastructural


A few days ago, the media

reported the unexpected

that Bauchi legislators

had resolved their grievances

and that majority members

who had stayed away

from office had been sworn

in. Although it was a difficult

story to believe, we

were also not unaware that

buying over any Nigerian

legislator whatsoever is one

of the easiest things in the

country. Many Nigerians

must have tried to believe

the story, more so as the

swearing-in ceremony was

televised. Indeed, there

were calls from different

groups on the aggrieved

legislators in Edo to follow

the footsteps of their Bauchi

colleagues to enable the affected

states embrace the

era designated for development

but which they were

supplanting with politics.

Analysts who were still in

doubt about the strange

peace in Bauchi were still

investigating how much

settled the issue when

news broke again that the

same Bauchi lawmakers

had made a U-turn denouncing

the truce. Could

it be that they were able to

get a bigger motivator who

is against the truce? If so,

is the new motivating figure

huge enough to make

it easy to return the old one

or are the lawmakers planning

to hold on to both as

is the character of the average

Nigerian politician? No

matter how this question is

answered, it is clear that

Bauchi legislators like many

of their colleagues across

the nation are pawns in

Nigeria’s political scenario.

They can hardly outlive


Their counterparts in the

Kogi state house of assembly

are busy right now playing

their usual game of being

used by one interest

group against another as

governorship elections in

the state draw near. The

contending parties are the

governor and his deputy.

The House has already

swung into action and

shortly, the nation will hear

that the deputy governor

has been impeached.

Whereas allegations

against him are supposedly

many, such perceived

wrongdoings would never

have seen the light of day

if only the deputy governor

had continued to play the

fool. For daring to raise any

issue about his governor, he

will go the same way other

deputies fell in the past in

states such as Imo, Enugu

Civil society groups

must wake up now and

mobilize our people to

stop the massive

political exploitation of

our nation by the

political class. What we

need is not insurrection

but public

enlightenment to create

awareness among the

masses of their rights

etc. Nigerians will never

hear anything about the

grievances of the deputy

governor. Kogi people will

never know for instance

what happened to the

N53.8 billion funds the state

received from the Federation

Accounts Allocation

Committee (FAAC) between

2016 and 2018. The

deputy governor wasted

his energy producing documentary

evidence that

Kogi State received a total

of N104. 239 billion within

the said three-year period

and that only N50.455 billion

reached the Joint Account

Allocation Committee

for sharing between the

state government and the

local councils. This leaves

an unaccounted shortfall of

N53.783 billion. This loss to

the people of Kogi state may

never matter. What would

matter is who can better

motivate the lawmakers establishing

clearly that Nigerian

politicians are unfair

to our country.

At the federal level, we all

saw how politicians were

unanimous in eulogizing

the attributes of Senator

Ahmed Lawan during the

campaign for election to the

seat of senate president.

Apart from the massive support

of the ruling party,

many senators claimed they

were supporting Lawan

because of his virtues and

quantum of experience in

lawmaking. From when the

new senate committees

were unveiled till today, a

new song is being quietly

composed behind closed

doors against the same Lawan

by what looks like an

insatiable political group.

The calm situation we have

now is because the senate

is on recess which seems

to suggest that many legislators

worked for Lawan

only for material gains. We

will not be surprised to find

several allegations flying

against him in the public

domain when the senate

reconvenes. Already, there

are some senators who

have complained to whoever

cares to hear about

their failure to get lucrative

committees reportedly

promised them before the

election. If we follow the

teachings of history, it will

not be difficult to define a

senate lucrative committee

as one which empowers its

members to extort funds internally

and during oversight

functions. Considering

that the nation has not

been able to bring down the

bogus take-home pay of the

average legislator, it seems

obvious that the Nigerian

nation can hardly ever get

out of the political exploitation

of lawmakers

This is likely to continue

if all that happens in the

nation is politics; yet no

nation develops simply be-

cause its politicians are

omnipresent. Politicians are

not farmers who feed us,

they are not doctors who

manage our health problems.

Indeed, with their

egocentric, materialistic

and unpatriotic stance, they

cannot help the growth of

the nation. What they have

succeeded in doing over

the years is to exploit ethnic

and religious sentiments

which divide the

masses. There are Nigerian

politicians who would

educate their followers on

the need for the North and

the South not to unite by

showing that each group

should be allowed to abide

by its religious culture, as

if there is a particular religion

which is against development.

If anyone is

pointing at Islam, let him

tell us the religion of Dubai

which is now the fastest

growing Science and ICT

hub in the world with the

enviable mark of singlehandedly

launching 2 satellites

into Space.

Civil society groups must

wake up now and mobilize

our people to stop the massive

political exploitation of

our nation by the political

class. What we need is not

insurrection but public enlightenment

to create

awareness among the

masses of their rights. We

want governance not political

rascality about proclamation

and inauguration of

legislative houses; we do

not want the diversion of

the executive from developmental

projects just as

we abhor the congestion of

our courts with unnecessary

political matters at the

expense of real disputes.

What we want is development.

PhD,Department of Philosophy,

University of Lagos


Towards a rational attitude

to human sexuality (3)

It is not surprising, there

fore, that majority of chil

dren brought up in typical

Christian homes become

adults with unhealthy prudish

attitude towards sex either in

the form of morbid obsession

with it or dread, anxiety and

pathological guilt feeling anytime

they engage in sex in

spite of their efforts to remain

chaste. One of America’s foremost

authorities on sex, Dr.

Albert Ellis, in his work, Sex

and the Single Man, has masterfully

presented the very

damaging effects of prolonged

abstinence from sex on

the health of an adult, which

puts a big question mark on

abstinence that devout believers

promote as virtue. He concludes

that anyone who continuously

suppresses his or her

sexual urges, “viewing them

as aspects of satanism, would

better put aside enough funds

for prolonged psychological

treatment.” Sam Harris, in

The End of Faith, Christopher

Hitchens, in God is not Great,

Ibn Warraq’s Why I am not a

Muslim and J.K. Sheindlin’s

The People Versus Muhammad

have drawn attention to several

shocking acts of irrational

attitude towards sex wickedness

in Islam. For instance,

the reward of seventy-two virgins

(each with her own retinue

of others) and everlasting

sexual gratification for any jihadist

that dies in the cause of

Allah, is a mythologised version

of extreme sexual obsession.

Thus, anyone seeking to

cultivate a rational attitude

towards sexuality must avoid

religious scriptures.

The question arises, where

can the average adult get important

reliable information

and reasonable advice on human

sexuality? In my opinion,

an interdisciplinary approach

is the answer. Insights from

psychology, physiology, sexology

and related disciplines intelligently

blended together

can engender a more rational

and balanced understanding

of human sexuality, but

philosophy holds the key because

it is the foundation of

all disciplines. To begin with,

since the family is the first socialising

unit for humans,

parents and guardians should

be well-informed about sex in

all its complex ramifications.

They must unlearn all the

wrong ideas based on culture

and religion, and pay close

attention to knowledge-based

information on sex. Given that

majority of Nigerians are either

undereducated or not educated

at all - even most of

the educated ones are operating

with unscientific beliefs on

sex - the challenge of inculcating

a rational sexual ethic in

the general population is very

daunting indeed. Nevertheless,

those with sound knowledge

of human sexuality

should generate conversation

on the subject and debunk unreasonable

stereotypes about

it. Now, the theological notion

that God created human beings

as male and female,

which forms the bedrock of religious

teaching on sex, is scientifically

unsound. Although

most men have a dominant

sexual attraction towards

women and vice versa, homosexuals

and bisexuals (and

other classifications) do not fit

into the more obvious or common

heterosexual category.

Human beings are not always

male or female in any uncomplicated

way due to the fuzziness

along the borderlines of

sexual orientation. But conventional

sexual morality ignores

the borderline cases.

From the very beginning a

child is taught not to touch

certain parts of the body in the

presence of adults. Parents, especially

mothers, teach their

children to hide their genitals

and, when the need arises, to

talk about them in whispers.

Certain parts of the anatomy

and certain acts have some

peculiar quality which the

child cannot readily comprehend.

A curious child who asks

any of the parents where babies

come from would either

be given evasive answers or

Consequently, the

best way to undo the

serious damage

taboo morality has

done to our natural

sexual impulses is to

replace it with an

enlightened sexual

ethic based on

scientific knowledge

told some superstitious nonsense.

As the child grows up, it

learns that the forbidden fruit

eaten by Adam and Eve is sex,

which constitutes the Original

Sin. In addition, he is told that

sex is “dirty,” and “unclean,”

something to be ashamed of.

The unfortunate result of this

warped teaching, says Bertrand

Russell, is that most children

in their earliest years develop

a profound sense of guilt

and terror towards sexuality.

This association of sex with

guilt and fear becomes so entrenched

with the passage of

time to the extent of becoming

almost or wholly unconscious.

There is enough evidence

in psychological literature

that pernicious forms of

sadism and masochism are

connected with the sense of

sexual guilt arising from bizarre

ideas about sexuality

imbibed in early infancy. Typically,

when a child touches his

or her genitals, as in masturbation

for instance, the tone

of voice used in scolding that

very child will create the impression

that he (or she, as the

case may be) has done something

terribly wicked. But because,

as Sigmund Freud and

psychoanalysts have shown,

sexual impulses are difficult

to suppress, the child will persist

in the act. Anytime the

child engages in some innocent

erotic act and remembers

the harshness of the initial

scolding, he sees it as wicked

and concludes that he is a “sinner.”

Soon he becomes preoccupied

with erotic thoughts

and learns to “sin” secretly. All

this lays the foundation of

morbidity about sex which

might persist throughout life.

The rigidity of conventional

taboo morality tends to produce

adults with distorted beliefs

and attitudes towards sex

and prevents them from free

and responsible exploration

of their sexuality, leading to

inhibitions and awkwardness

that poison even their sexual

relations even when they get


Consequently, the best way

to undo the serious damage

taboo morality has done to

our natural sexual impulses

is to replace it with an enlightened

sexual ethic based on

scientific knowledge. A wise

sex education, beginning

from the informal level at

home, must emphasise that

there is nothing dirty, sinful

and unclean about sex so long

as two or more adults willing

agree to engage in it. Second,

it must stress that sexuality

transcends the bare act of copulation.

Most people, especially

religious leaders, tend

not to recognise that the impulse

that underpins sexual intercourse

cannot be really

satisfied unless there is courtship,

companionship and

love. Sex without these three

basic ingredients leads to dissatisfaction

and frustration.

Now, preachers who see human

sexuality as merely a

natural hunger and a possible

source of danger neglect

the higher values connected

with sex. Moreover, the sexual

prohibitions they espouse

decouple sex from the free

emotional bonding that

serves as oxygen to sexual

love. By arbitrarily imprisoning

sexual love, conventional

taboo morality has stifled other

forms of friendly feeling,

thereby making men less generous,

less kindly, more assertive

and crueller to women. On

the other hand, it makes

women extremely transactional

and bitchy in their amative

relations with men. For a

rational attitude towards sexuality

to germinate and blossom,

people must abandon

sexual morality based solely

on ancient prohibitions stipulated

by uneducated people

in a society very different from

ours. Most of the fears still

surrounding sex have been

shown to be untenable by scientific

discoveries. Unfortunately,

the benefit therefrom

has been fully realised due to

our inability to adapt psychologically

to them. Unlike the

puritanical ethic prescribed by

religious preachers, sexual instinct

should be trained, not

thwarted, beginning from infancy

in order to channel it

towards fulfilling sexual experience

later in life. Sexual partners

must endeavour to nurture

as much as possible serious

and deep love in which

their personalities are intertwined

such that each person

is enriched and enhanced. In

heterosexual relationship, the

people involved should take

precaution to avoid pregnancy

if, for whatever reason, they

are not interested in procreating.

Like in every aspect of

human life, reasoned control

of sexual impulses based on

knowledge, with a keen estimation

of likely consequences

and preference of outcomes

that enrich and enhance everyone

involved, is key towards

a rational attitude to sexual



SUNDAY Vanguard, AUGUST 11, 2019 PAGE 27


Hello stars out there!

Sure you are having a

cool Sunday, last

week Sunday July

28, was World Hepatitis

Day. Hepatitis is a deadly

disease but it is preventable

through proper hygiene. You,

parents, schools and

governments, have a lot to do

to protect your rights against

this harmful disease but you

too need to observe proper

hygiene to prevent it by

washing your hands

regularly whenever you use

the toilet and play games.

Children are not allowed to

visit sick persons in hospital

and if you visit sick people

around you, wash your hands

with soap and water.

As you are on holidays, be

careful. Do not do anything

without your parents


Your future is in your


Enjoy your holidays.


ire brigade approach,

F which is mostly the

approach Nigeria adopts may

not be a solution to the growth

of widespread infection of

Hepatitis in the country. The

infection is remembered

worldwide every 28 of July ,

especially for children.

When Ebola broke out, schools

were compelled to build wash

hand basins, offices and public

places put in place hand washing

system and hand sanitisers were

everywhere but the moment

Nigeria was declared Ebola free,

you hardly could see any office

with sanitisers. Wash hand

basins in schools have become

history. Why? The purpose was

not impacted in children and

therefore, the children could not

imbibe the culture.

Proper hygiene is what should


World Hepatitis Day: Proper hygiene, key for prevention

How to help children suffering fromdy

omdyscalculia understand Mathematics

By Onozure Dania

It is common for specific

learning disabilities to be

overlooked, as teachers and parents

often mistakenly assume that

because the child isn't succeeding,

they aren't just very right. This is

made more possible because

learning disabilities commonly cooccur.

Research has it that 50% of

children with dyscalculia will also

have dyslexia, and 20% ADHD

(attentional deficit and hyperactivity


In addition, learning disabilities

can cause children to become

frustrated and develop behavioural

problems, which then become the

focus of any intervention, leaving the

underlying cause unaddressed.

"Dyscalculia is difficulty in

learning or comprehending

arithmetic, such as difficulty in

understanding numbers, learning

how to manipulate numbers,

performing mathematical

calculations and learning facts in

mathematics. It is generally seen as

the mathematical equivalent to


However in order to find solutions

to help children with dyscalculia, an

academic consultant of Antoscience

be taught at home and in school.

Nigeria should have seized the

opportunity of the fire brigade

approach during Ebola

outbreak to include proper

hygiene in school curricula. Now

that another life threatening

disease is spreading like wildfire,

its time to revisit our seasonal

approach to proper hygiene,

especially in children.

World Hepatitis Day. is

marked as United Nations Day

and it is particularly set aside to

bring attention to the disease

that affects almost one in every

three persons in the world.

According to the World Health

Organisation (WHO) figure:

Viral Hepatitis B and C affect

325 million people worldwide

causing 1.4 million deaths a

year. It is the second major

killer disease after tuberculosis.

Educational Consultancy, Ijeoma

Onwukeme, has said that academic

excellence calls for a feasible

synergy between parents, teachers,

students, institution management

and administration.

She said the first strategic step to

take in helping a child with

dyscalculia is to firstly, build

confidence, by providing students

with regular confidence-building

exercises; adding that a gap in

understanding can be a huge

obstacle to progress, as it is vital that

students fully master each step

Continental Bible University College Convocation

And research shows that

hepatitis infects nine times

more people than HIV.

In its latest report in

2019, World Hepatitis

Alliance has

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done, by

2030, we could

be looking at 76 million new

infections and 18.1 million

before moving on.

Onwukeme disclosed this during

an online Behavioural

Management Strategy on Numeric

-International Parenting Seminar,

with the topic “Parental Differential

Treatment (PDT), Child Psychology-

Parental Education, Academic

Motivation and Behavioural

Management Strategies on


Onwukeme who hosted the event,

said parents should help their

children develop a growth

mindset, as a teacher’s attitude

towards mathematics can have a

huge influence. Just as Montessori

education encourages use of

specialized learning tools in

directing kids in Montessori

education, parents/teachers are to

use items around the child to teach

the child.

She stressed that an incorrect

response given from the parents

affects the mental and emotional

health of the child. ‘Never give up

on a child. Do not see your child as a

failure simply because of low grades

in mathematics. There are different

professions that do not require

advanced mathematics and they are

all successful and happy.’

“Looking down on a child


deaths from

Viral Hepatitis


Hepatitis is


treatable, and

in the case of Hepatitis C,

curable, yet over 80% of

people living with the

disease lack prevention,

testing and treatment


With the year's theme:

“Invest in eliminating

hepatitis”, this is a clarion

call to proper hygiene

among Nigerians. we

implore our governments,

relevant sectors, international

agencies, to treat and declare

this deadly disease an emergency

because of low grades in

Mathematics could disrupt the self

confidence and efficacy of that child.

Discover your child's passion and

help him or her live it out,”

Onwukeme said.

Onwukeme stated that a child with

dyscalculia may have difficulty

recognizing numbers, be delayed in

learning to count, struggle to

connect numerical symbols with

their corresponding words, have

difficulty recognizing patterns and

placing things in order, lose track

when counting, needs the use of

visual aids, like fingers to help


“There are children who take

much time to grasp while few grasp

it in a fraction of a second. Our aim

is to make them join the mainstream

mathematics... let them love and

play the subject, learning will happen

by itself,” she explained.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs

Soma Mishra, an Indian teacher,

while delivering her speech said that

poor number skills could be a key

factor in showing poor performance

in numeracy skills. This might

suggest that we have to consider the

match between the demands of the

task and the skills of the learner. I

call for the need to convince pupils

that need to be wiped out, just

like Ebola and the awareness

must be more than HIV as it is a

killer disease more than HIV.“

As children are the future, its

imperative that we get it right

from the beginning and give

them the best possible start in

life. Without eliminating viral

hepatitis amongst children, its

elimination may be impossible.“

Proper hygiene is the key to

preventing the spread of many

diseases, including hepatitis.

Other preventive measures

include vaccinations.

It is also advisable for parents

to follow every routine of

immunisation for their babies

while older children should be

taught hygiene and how to

prevent it.

on the beauty of mathematics and

not necessarily its usefulness.

However, she called for responsive

flexibility which allows the parents /

teachers to have a repertoire of

resources and strategies which

responds to the individual (and often

changing) needs of the pupils. She

enjoined parents to tell their children

not to worry about the concept too

much. “They do not have to

understand it immediately. Tell them

you both will just keep using the

concept and you will keep

explaining it until they do

understand”. It's not a race to see

who can understand it first. Just

assure them that understanding will


Another speaker, Miss Henrietta

Ifewulu, stated that we can also help

kids to love maths by giving them

specially designed teaching plans,

using math-based learning games,

making them practice maths skills

a lot more often than other students.

Mr Charles said people hate

mathematics and make up these

excuses about why it is useless,

because they find it hard but it is not

hard. The K-12 maths has simple

procedures that anyone can

learn. It might be boring, but it's not


Cross section of invited guests, graduands and and school officials at the Convocation


Bishop Dr. Rosecollett Haastrup, chosen as an Ambassador

for Peace Africa by The Royal Crest Chaplaincy, flanged by

Chap. Gen. Wahab Solomon O.GCP, MWAC & Chap. Gen.

Gabriel Owho


Ooni of Ife and the Igbo-

Yoruba relationship

he Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye

TEnitan Ogunwusi recently

opened a longstanding

debate about the relationship

between the Igbo and the Yoruba,

and did affirm that the

Igbo were ancient inhabitants

of Ife. The Ooni’s asserts that

the ancient Igbo connections

to Ife is still evident in the traditions

preserved in the oral

narratives of Ife itself, and in

the extant lineages of the Igbo

still present in their habitations

inside the Ooni’s palace.

The Igbo quarters are still

present in Ife. What the Ooni

brings to this debate is legitimacy,

because Yoruba tradition

confers the authority of

national memory on the office

of the Ooni.

The Ooni in a sense validates

the accounts of the eminent

Nigerian historian and

anthropologist, the late Professor

Ade Obayemi. Obayemi

accounts for a first pavement

of culture in what is now

known as the cradle of Yoruba

origin, but which was once

originally settled by the Igbo

led by Obatala. This is not a

new argument, and the Olugbo

of Ugbo’s disputes with the

Ooni about an ancient Igbo

habitation and displacement

is either ignorant or mischievous.

The Igbo were the original

inhabitants of Ife and had

installed, and practiced a culture

based on their ancient

Odinala religion of peace, of

the divine rights of the individual

and not of kings, of the

protection and validation of

the weak and infirm, of an

artistic and creative value

rather than of war and destruction.

All these values are

embodied in the myth of

Obatala the sculptor and creative

“demiurge” of current

Yoruba mythology. And of

course of he also models the

value of the Republic over the


The Igbo had been marked

by the multiplicity of their settlements

in Ile-Ife which the

Igbo know by its more ancient

name as “Igbo-Omoku.” As

a matter of fact, Obatala was

a High Priest in the mold of

the Igbo priesthood, like the

EzeNri, and aspects of this

priestly function was absorbed

by the Ooni who

equally then also absorbed the

monarchical order that replaced

the Igbo republican

order of the Obatala era. The

current Ile-Ife is therefore a

hybrid system between the displaced

Igbo culture and the

settler order that replaced it.

The war over Ife between the

Igbo and the new wave of migrants

to Ife was over two different

ways of life: the freedom

associated with the Republic

or the order and control associated

the monarchy.

Obatala’s group was defeated,

and was driven into exile,

and scattered into places including

as far as Ketu, and

places as far as what we call

Dahomey and Togo today.

The republic disappeared and

the monarchy as embodied by

Oduduwa replaced it. The rivalry

between the Igbo and the

Yoruba continue to mirror

this. The wars the Igbo levied

consistently against the new

settlers is preserved and enacted

even today in the Yoruba

Egungun festivals, the Oreluere,

the Obameri, the Moremi

and the Edi festivals. The

eminent modernist playwright,

Femi Osofisan, gives

a new sheen to it in his play,

Morountodun, based on the

Moremi myth. The Egungun

festival is preserved as the

Yoruba Festival of liberation

from the marauding and

masked Igbo “Egwugwu warriors.”

The Obatala festival

celebrates the canonization of

the era of peace as embodied

by Obatala and the Igbo, at a

time of national regret, years

later, when the Yoruba began

to rue the tyranny of Kings in

their new order, and regret the

loss of the period of peace and

creativity of the old order represented

by the Igbo. They

turned and memorialized the

leader of the Igbo, Obatala,

into a god, and the period of

Igbo culture as the highest

moment of creative fluorescence

in the Yoruba world. The

Ifa preserves this for us. And

to this day, the Yoruba inhabit

two souls: there is the fiercely

republican Yoruba, many of

whom find close affinity with

the Igbo, and there is the Yoruba

monarchist, who fiercely

defends the settled order of

kings. But that is as far as the

Ooni’s knowledge of the Igbo

situation in Ife goes.

There is an alternative narrative

tradition that says the

Igbo themselves in their wave

of migration following Amadioha’s

destruction of the ancient

world met an even older

settlement in Ife of people

whom they absorbed and protected

and introduced to a settled

and peaceful way of existence.

What this story points

to us is that human migration

– settlements and resettlements

have remained a constant

in man’s development

and search for security. That

is why the evolving story of the

The war over Ife

between the Igbo and

the new wave of

migrants to Ife was

over two different

ways of life: the

freedom associated

with the Republic or

the order and control

associated the


Fulani herdsmen today is interesting

and complex. The

Ooni suggests that the Igbo

moved from Ile-Ife to their

current settlements in Igbo

land. That is not true. In fact

archeological evidence

proves that a place like Igbo-

Ukwu is a much older settlement

than Ife. So in fact, in

current Igbo historiography,

and assessment of their movements,

Ife is a newer settlement

of the Igbo, and may

have been part of a wave of

migration leading to a pavement

of Igbo history following

an ancient catastrophe.

There are many hypothesis

of these settlements, and there

is no doubt that the Yoruba

and the Igbo are close and related.

The language and the

cultural patterns suggest

points of very recent contacts

and break-offs. The Idu – the

Benin – is the medial culture

between the Igbo and the Yoruba.

Indeed, the Benin suggest

that Izoduwa was Oduduwa,

and they know precisely when

he left Ani-Idu (Benin City).

So, who indeed are these people?

There is the Nok hypothesis

which suggests a coagulation

that broke off at the

Niger-Benue valley, with the

Jukun, the Igbo, the Yoruba

and the Igala, and possibly the

Idu, moving apart into their

current settlements. There is

the Igbo-Nupe-Yoruba hypothesis

of a movement from

Egypt, through the crags of Air,

that settled in their current locations.

Indeed, two studies

published by the English colonial

anthropologist, M.D.W.

Jeffreys, “The Winged Solar

Disk, or the Ibo Itchi Scarification

Marks” (1951), and “A

Triad of gods in Africa,”

(1972) explore and affirm

these links, and the possible

Egyptian origin of the Igbo,

and their worship of the Sun

god. The Igbo still call their

first-born sons, “Opa- RA”

(priest of the Sun-God, RA).

MDW Jeffreys identifies in the

symbols of the “Ichi” scarifications

carved into the forehead

and cheeks of the Igbo

titled aristocracy, Ndi Nze, the

“sun, moon and the wings and

tail of the hawk” and the ramheaded

symbol of the “Ikenga,”

as associated with ancient

Egypt, particularly the

winged solar disk symbol of

Pharaoh Usertsen III.

The problem is that Jeffrey

thought the circulation of the

symbols were from Usertsen’s

conquest of Nubia and the

lands of the Meroetic ridge,

and may thus have been, rather

than of Igbo origin, of a

specific Egyptian colonial origin.

MDW Jeffrey writes that

the resemblance of the Egyptian

symbols has an amazingly

close resemblance with the

Nri-Igbo symbol, and raises

the question of who may have

borrowed from the other, and

concludes that there is no evidence

in Igbo of an independent

invention of the symbol.

This is profoundly inaccurate,

of course, because of Jeffery’s

project of attempting to sustain

an idea of Egyptian cultural

priority, or hegemony,

and possibly maintain the fiction

of a lack of cultural agency

in Sub-Sahara Africa until

it was brought from outside,

a fiction that has long now

been put to rest by works done

by the likes of Cheik Anta

Diop. There is no doubt that

the Egyptian symbols may

have Igbo origins. The Igbo

stories claim that the Igbo

once ruled the world and destroyed

it. They may have

founded Egypt. The Igbo consider

Igbo land, “Ala-Nso”

and established the code of

Eje-Alo. They are great travelers,

but they always return,

following the path of the Sun.

Even the Egyptian priests,

guardians of the Kemetic

gnosis affirmed in their teachings

to Solon, the culture patriarch

of the Athenians, that

they had preserved in their

temples, nine thousands years

to the day Solon asked the

question, the ancient knowledge

of a people by the great

Atlantic who had been destroyed

in their quest to conquer

the known world. The

Igbo themselves have the story

of Kamalu, who took the

impudent title “Amadioha” –

and who destroyed the ancient

world, and was himself blown

to smithereens as he and his

scientists experimented with

“orisha-Akalum” or the “ore

of the heavens,” or “Igwe” in

his bid to create a powerful,

all-conquering weapon of

war. Amadioha’s recklessness

remains a cautionary tale

among the Igbo to this day,

and you often hear the Igbo

say, “onye emena ihe Ike” (let

no one mess with energy), or

“Anyi maara dowe ike” (We

know the secret laws of energy,

we just sealed it that no one

should use it). That ancient

secret was unraveled by Einstein,

and thus the Atomic


Following Amadioha’s heresy,

the Igbo abrogated the

making of kings, forbade human

sacrifice, and established

a religion of peace. They dispersed

in great numbers from

their ancient habitations by

the Atlantic in search of new

habitations. Obatala and his

group settled in Ife. And the

story of these great Igbo settlements

traverse the world.

There are five sub-nations of

the Igbo: the Agbaja, the Oru,

the Isu, the Nri, and the Idu.

That is why they say, “Isee!”

or “Ihi aa!” at the end of the

kolanut ritual that commemorates

this filial unity, and its

invocation of peace, and its

summoning of the ancestral

spirit. The Idu, who call themselves

the Benin today, are

part of the larger Igbo, and

are possibly the bridge with

the Yoruba. The value of Ooni

Enitan’s assertion is the necessity

for strategic collaboration

between these groups who

must understand that the

Igbo, Yoruba, Igala, Nupe,

Jukun, and so many of the

cultures in the West and Central

West Africa have so much

more in common, and must

work together for their own

security and prosperity. Of

that, I endorse.

From London to El-Paso,

the killings must end

“ You hypocrite, first take

the plank out of your

own eye, and then you

will see clearly to remove the

speck from your brother’s eye.”

Mathew 7:5.

There is no perfect advice for

this season than this scriptural

verse. There are so many

hypocrites parading the streets

in one guise or the other, trying

to convince others they

know more than they do. In

the process, rather than educate,

they confuse and cause a

further commotion.

This verse is apt for these

times when our leaders see all

the wrongs in the opposing

camps and refuse to acknowledge

the fact that they are

worse. These are the seasons

when leaders think of nothing

else but how to “shame” their

opponents. They barely have

the capacity of thinking beyond

petty politics, where they

find faults in each other. It is

not uncommon nowadays for

political parties to highlight

the weaknesses of the others

while they practice the same.

This upbraiding is not reserved

for the political class.

It does run across the spectrum

of life. There are many

hypocritical individuals nowadays

who poke their noses in

pieces of stuff that do not concern

them or things that they

also are guilty of. In a more

concerned world with public

image than the morality of actions,

these individuals try to

play “holier than thou” in every


Is it not ironic when individuals

throw stones forgetting

they live in glass houses? Of

recent, it has become habitual

of Donald Trump, the President

of the United States of

America to pick on countries

and individuals randomly.

He has continually used his

Twitter feed to state unpleasant

things about figures that

disagree with his views. He has

shown his leadership style is

not to be afraid to engage in

mud fights, which was, until

now strange to the office he


To the President, Twitter is

the ground for him to vent his

anger and also push out his

opinions on individuals, issues

and countries. He is effectively

employing the medium to

say what ordinarily would not

have been voiced by the leader

of a free world. Political observers

think Trump is using

his tweets to set an agenda for

his teeming supporters.

An individual that has

gotten a "twitterful" from

Trump in recent times is the

Mayor of London, Sadiq

Khan. In what could be labelled

as unprovoked social

media attacks, he randomly

picks on Khan, even though

they are thousands of miles

apart. Trump had taken it

upon himself to comment on

the violence in the UK capital

city rather than concentrate

his efforts on combating the

various problems in his country.

We know we are living in a

global world, and what happens

in a corner of the world

is likely to have an impact on

other parts of the world.

More so when various agencies

share information on terrorism,

security, governance,

etc., expressing concern over

violent acts in other countries

is to be taken as a sign of concern.

Therefore, Trump's anxiety

for the safety of Londoners

is understandable, as the

level of violence has risen in

the city in recent months.

The City of London has witnessed

a surge in stabbings,

shootings and killings in the

past year, after falling for so

many years. The spate of violence,

however, is not restricted

to the London area only - It

is a UK-wide problem. There

has been an increase in stabbings

and shootings in Greater

Manchester, the West Midlands

and West Yorkshire and

major cities.

According to a Home Office

report on knife crime offences,

there were 43,516 in

the 12 months ending March

2019. This is a massive eighty

per cent jump from the lowpoint

of 23,945 offences recorded

for the year ending

March 2014. London City,

being the most populated has

a share of thirty-two per cent

of the offences reported for the

Is it not ironic when

individuals throw

stones forgetting they

live in glass houses? Of

recent, it has become

habitual of Donald

Trump, the President of

the United States of

America to pick on

countries and

individuals randomly

2018/2019 period.

There is an urgent need to

combat this menace before it

consumes society. However, it

is out of place for the US President

to lay the blame on the

doorstep of Mayor Khan. To

say this is demeaning of the

office of the President is an understatement.

There are

many reasons, among which

are police cuts and austerity

measures that have curtailed

proper security watch on the

city. Therefore calling the

Mayor as inept is out of place,

when viewed in proper perspectives.

To bring in context the violence

in London City and

some US cities is to expose the

hypocritical nature of President

Trump. The rate of violence

in US cities is on a mega

scale that should be of concern

to everyone. However,

Trump is more concerned

with happenings in London

than he is with the mass killings

in his backyard.

Are there sincere advisers

around Trump? The advisers

to show him how to remove

the log in his eyes before attempting

to clear the speck in

the eyes of Khan. The recent

killings and wounding of over

fifty people in Dayton, Ohio,

and El Paso, Texas, is disturbing

for peace-loving people.

While Trump was busy engaging

Khan in Tweeter-war, he

failed to perceive the culprits

of the mass killings "cocking"

their guns.

The sad reality of these US

killings is that Trump has never

poured out many invectives

on the offenders as he has

done on Mayor Khan. In a

speech on the El-Paso and

Dayton killings, he seems to

condemn the platform he has

used to promote his agenda.

He said: "We must recognize

that the Internet has provided

a dangerous avenue to radicalize

disturbed minds and

perform demented acts. We

must shine light on the dark

recesses of the Internet, and

stop mass murders before they

start. The Internet, likewise, is

used for human trafficking,

illegal drug distribution, and

so many other heinous crimes.

The perils of the Internet and

social media cannot be ignored,

and they will not be


This is a total contradiction

to how he uses the internet to

preach his ideas on many issues.

He had successfully used

social media platforms to his

advantage. Comments such as

"LONDON needs a new mayor

ASAP. Khan is a disaster -

will only get worse!” are examples

that could radicalise

individuals towards evil acts

like mass killings.

Let us, however, not be distracted

from condemning

these killings. These have been

going on for far too long with

no end in sight. Although the

President condemned the

growing trend of white nationalism,

it is evident that

something urgent has to be

done to stop the rate at which

it is evolving. The President is

right to a certain extent that

the killings are stoked by

mental illness.

There is no doubt that this is

the true situation. The problem,

however, is that these individuals

with mental issues

are fed daily by leaders who

call upon these vulnerable individuals

to rise and fight their

"corners." If leaders are fuelling

the fire, where will the

solution come from? What

America needs now is an individual

or group of them that

will go beyond petty politics

and take concrete steps towards

stopping this despair.

An individual has to rise above

the nonsense of gun rights and

not only condemn but walk

the walk aimed at ending the

senseless attacks.

When will we get to the

heart of an individual (just

one) who would see beyond

winning elections and see the

cries and feel the grief of families?

Will these latest shootings,

killing and wounding of

innocent people go beyond

the rhetoric we get from people

in authority? Or would this

be another in the line of populist




citizen Owolabi


in Morocco'

•Family petitions

Osinbajo, AGF,

Foreign Affairs


By Levinus Nwabughiogu

His story is pathetic. It evokes

empathy. It is such that has

ebbed his personality and

completely dehumanized him. His family

is shattered, living on handouts from

relatives and friends.

From his native Ogun State to Lagos

State, down to the United Kingdom, he

had lived in affluence which family

members said was a product of hard work.

But within a twinkle of an eye, his world

came crashing like a pack of cards. Now,

according to the family, he does not only

feed from the dustbins in a foreign land,

he is also stuck there as his freedom has

since been taken away from him by

Moroccan authorities who confiscated his

travel documents under controversial


That’s the present state of Mr. Yunusa

Owolabi, an Ogun State-born

cargo and shipping agent who

lived and practiced his

profession in London with his

family prior to his ordeals.

The family believes Owolabi

is being held on the account of

injustice perpetrated against

his person with the connivance

of a certain businessman,

incidentally from the same


Meanwhile, the Ministry of

Justice in Nigeria, the family

claimed, has not helped

matters as it has refused to

communicate appropriately to

its Moroccan counterpart of

the vacation of an extradition

request made by the Nigerian

INTERPOL on Owolabi.


Owolabi’s travails began in

2016 when he visited Nigeria

to encourage the said

businessman to return to the United

Kingdom [UK] and exercise his right by

reporting to the British Police the

disappearance of his cargoes within the

premises of a company.

He had been contracted by the

businessman to handle the shipping of

some items he bought to Nigeria. But on

the day Owolabi went to take the delivery

of the equipment at the seller’s premises,

he was stopped from moving the container

to the port of departure for reasons that

were not discernible.

The following day when he went back to

the company, the Managing Director, a

Lebanese, told him that the container had

been stolen at night prompting him

(Owolabi) to inform the buyer

(businessman) of the development, asking

for his immediate physical presence at the


With no sight of the machine in the

premises after a

thorough inspection,

all the parties involved

reported the matter to

Owolabi is

being held on

the account of



against his

person with the

connivance of a




from the same


how to proceed.

the British Police. But

rather than following

up the case, the buyer

(businessman) jetted

out to Nigeria, leaving

others behind without

any information of his


Months later,

Owolabi visited

Nigeria and deemed it

necessary to reach out

to his client to urge him

to come back to the UK

and pursue his matter

to a logical conclusion

so as to get his claims.

But the businessman

asked him to return

after three days for

both of them to work

out the modalities on



Unknown to Owolabi, his client had

arranged with the local police to get

him arrested and so, consequent upon

his arrival for the meeting, officers from

Surulere police station whisked him


He arrived the station into the

waiting hands of INTERPOL from

Alagbon. He was picked up from there

and was detained in Ikoyi prisons for

three nights on the charge that he stole

the missing items in London. On the



strength of the alleged charges, the

police confiscated his travel


He was later released on bail, but on

the day he was told to come and collect

his travel documents, he was rearrested

and flown to Abuja where he was

detained again.

A lawyer, Oladapo Olalekan Idowu,

intervened and took the matter to the

Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High

Court which declined jurisdiction to

hear the matter. As a matter of law, the

court declared that courts in Nigeria

have no jurisdiction to entertain an

event that occurred in the UK and under

investigation by the British Police.

On the strength of the judgement,

Owolabi was released by INTERPOL but

without his travel documents.

Going back to collect his documents on

an agreed date, the police rearrested him

on a presumption that the case was treated

as a civil one by the FCT court. They argued

that he ought to be tried on criminal

charges. The police than charged him at

the Magistrate Court, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.

Owolabi later got a surety which enabled

him to secure his travel papers and left

Nigeria for UK for medical attention.

Subsequently, the police placed a red

alert on him on Interpol watch-list without

the knowledge of the magistrate court

trying the matter.

The family got wind of the red alert

and petitioned the FCT Chief Judge

and copied the magistrate court to

intimate the judge of the goings-on

including the previous judgement of

the High court.

On the strength of the petition, the

trial magistrate, Mrs. Achegbulu

Olubunmi, withdrew from the matter

on May 7, 2019, claiming credibility


It was on his way back to Nigeria via

Morocco for the continuation of his

case at the magistrate court that

Owolabi was arrested by the Moroccan

INTERPOL since June, 2018 and sent

to prison of Aarjat 1 in Casablanca.

Owolabi cried to the high heavens

for help. He later got a lawyer in

Morocco that assisted him.

But his family did not relent. On

getting the latest information, they

wrote to the Ministry of Justice in

Abuja, giving a chronology of the

matter and the court rulings.

The Ministry studied the

submissions and other relevant

documents and directed the Inspector

General of Police, via a letter on August

30, 2018 which was received on

September 3, 2018 by the police top

hierarchy, to remove the red alert on


The IGP removed the red alert and

the Moroccan authorities released him

to his lawyer. But his travel documents

were not released. This is why Owolabi

has remained in Casablanca till today.

The family again petitioned the

Ministry of Justice that Owolabi’s

travel documents were yet to be

released to him.

Alarmed by this development, the

Ministry, through the Directorate of

Public Prosecution, DPP, handling the

matter then wrote to the Attorney

General, Ministry of Justice of Morocco

on January 9, 2019, requesting that

Owolabi’s travel documents be

released because investigations had

proven he had no case to answer in


But the Moroccan authorities refused

to release the travel documents,

claiming there was an extradition

request by Nigerian INTERPOL on

Owolabi through Central Authority

Unit, CAU, of the Ministry of Justice

which sought and obtained the order

of a Federal High Court in Nigeria to

effect the request.

The family headed to the same

Federal High Court where INTERPOL

got the extradition order and filed a

no-case-to-answer brief, praying the

court to vacate the extradition request.

On April 10, 2019, Justice O.E.

Abang of the Federal Court struck out

the extradition request.

The judgement of the court was

served on the Federal Ministry of

Justice to carry out the necessary

action with its Moroccan counterpart

to enable them give Owolabi his

papers and let him go.

But as of the time of filing this report,

the Ministry, according to the family,

was yet to communicate to the

Moroccan authorities to release

Owolabi’s travel documents.

Consequently, Owolabi is still being

held in Morocco.


The family has petitioned Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo, the Office of the Attorney-

General of the Federation, OAGF, and the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a letter dated

July 29, 2019 to beg for their intervention.

The petition, signed by Mr. Farouk

Oshipitan on behalf of Owolabi’s family,

was received at the Presidential Villa,

Abuja on July 30, 2019 at 1140hours.

The family begged that the Interpol

Department in Nigeria be investigated as

“our son, Yinusa Owolabi, is of the

observation that he is a prey for

fraudulent insurance claims in Britain,

and this may be behind his travails”.

The family went on: “[Letter from his

counsel in UK addressed to the

businessman dated 12th October 2016

is hereto attached. By this letter

attached, the businessman is also wanted

in United Kingdom having sneaked out

of UK immediately he lost his phantom

consignment at the premises of a company

in UK and laid wait for his prey [Yinusa

Owolabi] in Nigeria.

“That a government delegation led by

the Solicitor-General be sent to Morocco

to apologise to the person of Yinusa

Owolabi who has been dehumanized

thoroughly and rendered penniless due

to long hunt by his tormentors.

“That the Ministry of Justice should

explain their reasons for turning the

table against the family of Owolabi

through a conspiracy of silence”.



How we saved

Staff when Shi

— NDA Commandan

• Alleges IMN has history

• ‘We’ve infused current sec

• Recounts moments in b

By Ben Agande

Major General Adeniyi Oyebade is the Comm

Officer Commanding, GOC, 1 Division, wh

the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in Za

the threat posed by the IMN to the Army Chief during

When the history of General Oyebade

would be written, one thing that

cannot be left out is the fact that you

were the GOC when there was a bloody

encounter with the IMN otherwise

known as Shi’ite. Looking back, do you

think there was something you would

have done differently?

I do not think so. Every general is sufficiently

enlightened to know existential threats in the

polity. The issue of the IMN was not peculiar

because the military and all security agencies

had been grappling with all sorts of

criminality, and extremism. I had a good

knowledge of the IMN even before that

incidence. The IMN had a documented history

of crises and breach of people’s rights among

others. When that unfortunate incident that

threatened the life of our Chief of Army Staff

occurred, I had to make sure that it did not

escalate into a major threat not just to the

people in Zaria but the entire Northwest. To

me, there was nothing peculiar to that

operation. Our mandate, direction, and

mission were very clear: Make sure that all

lethal weapons held by any group were cleared.

The incident took the military aback. It was a

shocker for me. The boldness with which the

IMN confronted the military to endanger the

lives of our troops and the assassination

attempt on the life of the Chief of Army Staff

was shocking. We don’t take that lightly

because any threat to the head of any security

agency is a direct threat to the security

architecture of this country. How do you

explain that a service chief was killed? Nobody

will understand. We did everything we could

to ensure that it didn’t escalate the way it did

but the threat was too glaring. A soldier was

killed and many were injured but we knew

that we could not back down until we took out

those weapons. We recovered several

dangerous weapons. I believe the federal

government is handling it.

With the turn of events especially the

increasingly violent nature of protests

by the IMN, do you feel vindicated that

you acted the way you did?

I don’t want to see it as General Oyebade’s

operation. It was a military operation. I just

happened to be the GOC on the ground. Any

other GOC worthy of his calling would have

done whatever it took to ensure peace and

security in his area of responsibility. With the

benefit of hindsight and with the

foreknowledge of the IMN, what has

happened over the last few months

reconfirmed what we already knew about the

IMN. For me, it was clear. It was not a personal

thing. We abided by our rules of engagement

and we did it professionally. We acted within

our rules of engagement and we saved

thousands of lives. If you want to know the

truth, go to Zaria and ask questions. They will

tell you the history that dates back to over

thirty years. But that was not our concern at

the time. Our concern was that there was a

serious threat to the lives and properties in

Zaria. Aside the threat to assassinate the Chief





of Army Staff, nobody could have allowed that

to happen.

To what extent have you infused the current

security challenges into the syllabus of the


Every training is geared towards meeting

the security challenges that we face. When I

was appointed as the commandant, I had just

left as the General Officer Commanding one

Division. I had a very good understanding of

the challenges that the military was facing.

Coming here has allowed me to bring in my

experiences in the training of the cadets. When

I came here, we did a review of our curriculum

and those aspects that are still relevant to our

operations were kept and those we thought

were outdated were discarded. We expanded

our counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency

training, anti-kidnapping and anti-banditry

training. We brought realism into our

exercises. We expanded our media training so

that cadets will be able to handle the media

during operations. We have done a lot of


Did you join the army because you

were passionate about it or because

you were looking for a guaranteed

means of livelihood?

I do not think that a young man of 18 years

had an idea of how to earn money. What I

wanted to do was just to get busy. When I left

secondary school, what I wanted to be was a

lawyer but as fate had it, my result wasn’t

released early enough by the West African

Examination Council , WAEC. It was too late

for me to apply for Law. I had to wait for

another year. My mother decided that while

waiting for the year to lapse, she had to get me

busy. A company in Lagos employed me as a

clerk, even though I was more like an errand

boy. It was while I was there that I saw an

advertisement in the newspapers calling for

admission into the Nigerian Defence


I recalled that when I was in my final year in

secondary school, some Army officers came

to secondary schools in Lagos to talk about

the NDA. Many people were not interested

but I decided to give it a shot. I had the forms,

went for the exams and the rest, as they say, is

now history. It was destiny that guided me. I

didn’t set out to be in the Army but the moment

I stepped into the NDA, I knew that this was

where I ought to be.

What was your most remarkable

moment as a cadet?

If you ask any officer, they will tell you that

all they wanted to do was just to get out of the

place because it was tough, rigorous and

challenging. I almost gave up but I asked

myself, what will tell people back home? I

had packed my bags to leave NDA. I was just

waiting for an opportunity to jump the fence

and leave when I had a second thought. What

will be doing? What will I tell my friends who

had organised a party for me and were already

calling me a “general”? I dropped my bag

and went back determined as ever to remain

and endure the training. After that incident, I

was determined to stay and I put all my heart

into it.

Did it cross your mind that one day

you will be a commandant of this same


I do not think there is anybody who can say

with all certainty that he is going to be this or

that in the future. Of course, we all have our

dreams but you never can tell. Looking back,

some of my course mates died as young officers,

and others died right after we left the NDA. I

had been declared dead in combat while

Liberia during the ECOMOG operations. At

the back of your mind, there is a desire to

want to be a big shot in the military but you

can’t say definitely what you will be. Having

risen to the rank that I am now and the

progression that I have made, it is not

something that I could have predicted. Over a

hundred of us came into the NDA but we are

just two who are left in the Army.

You have risen through the ranks to

have become a proud, battle-tested

infantry General. What was it like the

first time you were under live fire?

The first time I was under fire was in Liberia.

I had just been promoted Captain and was

deployed to Liberia in 1991. I was the Acting

Commanding Officer and I was deployed deep

inside the jungle of Bo Waterside. Right in front

of my deployment was the rebel organisation

led by Charles Taylor. We had some clashes

and that was my first baptism. It was scary but

Chief of Army

’ites struck


of crises

urity challenges into curriculum’


andant of Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA. Oyebade was the General

en the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, clashed with the entourage of

ria. In this interview with Sunday Vanguard, he explains that he neutralised

the incident. He also talks about his career.

we got used to it and were able to wade through

the storm.

My second tour of duty in Liberia was very

bloody. I was shot and wounded. We had to

fight our way for several days out of rebel

entrapment in the jungle. We were young,

vibrant and daring. Looking back, it was a

baptism of fire but then, that is what the

profession is all about.

Did you find any

difference between what

you were taught at the

Defence Academy and

what you saw on the field

of battle?

The training in NDA is just

foundational. It prepares you

for possible combats when you

leave NDA. What we try to do

and as it was then was to ensure

that cadets have sufficient

tactical training so that they

when they graduate, they

should be able to function as

platoon commanders. We had

that training. And with further

exposure to tactical level

trainings, we were prepared for

what we saw and to carry out

our responsibilities.

We don’t take

that lightly

because any

threat to the head

of any security

agency is a direct

threat to the


architecture of

this country. How

do you explain

that a service

chief was killed?

Nobody will


You trained when the

country was under

military rule. Did you

look forward to being

given civilian positions


For me, I have never desired

to be anything other than being

a military officer. As cadets, we never had

experience of democracy but I never desired

or nursed a thought that I would be anything

outside being a military officer. I just love being

with and commanding my troops. I just love

being a professional soldier.

What is your dream for the NDA?

My dream for the NDA is not far from the

mandate the founding fathers of the institution

created. It is a training ground for young

officers to be effectively and efficiently trained

to lead the armed forces of the future as military

commanders. My desire is to make sure that,

given the prevailing security challenges, we

must ensure that at the NDA produces cadets

who are sufficiently and professionally trained

to carry out their duties and to be subordinate

to democratic authorities. That is our


As a military officer who is trained to kill,

how many people have you killed in the course

of your service?

People have the misconception that the

military is there just to kill. No! We defend our

country. We are trained to defend our people.

We are not killers. As a father, if there is a

direct threat to your family, and you took

whatever action that you needed to take to

defend your family and in the course of that,

those who attacked you are killed, do you

consider yourself a killer? The military

operation is not about killing. It is about

protection. The killing is not the way you put

it. If there is a direct threat to the country, we

must defend the country and its people. In the

course of doing that we manage violence. And

in the course of managing violence that is

offered by the adversary, anything could


Many people think that

military officers love

women. Does that apply to


Like every young man, not just

in the military, you have admirers

but you must be disciplined.

People have the misconception



that military men are randy. It is

not true. Military men are

responsible family men. I have

been married for more than 30

years to my wife. Does that make

me randy?

People generally believe

that for anybody to gain

admission into the NDA, the

person’s father must be a

general or the person must

be highly connected. How

true is that?

That is not true but I can

understand why people say that.

When it comes to the military, it is

not just about earning pay. It is

about somebody who

understands clearly that the job

that he chose is a job of life and

death. This year alone, in the

quest of defending our country and people,

we lost young officers who left the academy

barely three years ago. Some have been

wounded. They paid the supreme price for the

unity of this country. It is not something we

take lightly. The military is a formidable

bastion of the defence of the unity of this


We welcome people to the academy. We are

looking forward to taking the next batch of

young boys and girls. It is a national army

that is why every tribe, every religion, and every

faith is well represented in the army. We have

taken a step further to ensure that if there is

any tribe that we identify as not being

represented in the army, we will look for that

tribe and take them in. We have female cadets

and they are doing well and we are looking

forward to taking more.

What do you want to be remembered

for when you leave NDA?

I think it is for the people I have led and the

people who found me worthy to be the

commandant at this time to assess me. My

job is to make sure that I improve on what we

are doing and ensure that the best officer cadet

leaves this NDA as a professional. Once I

achieve that, it is left for those who put me

here and those that I lead to decide how they

want to remember me.


‘Dad also wanted to kill

my siblings and I’

• Son of hunter, who murdered brother-in-law

over wife’s alleged infidelity, speaks

• Mother of the deceased seeks justice

By Paul Olayemi

14-year-old Emmanuel Ejaigbe, the son of GodsPower Ejaigbe, the man who

allegedly shot his brother-in-law, Ochuko Okedi, to death over his wife’s alleged

infidelity, has told Sunday Vanguard how he and his three other siblings had to

beg for their lives after their uncle was murdered.

Power Ejaigbe, a hunter, on Saturday, August 3, 2019, was alleged to have

stormed the home of Mama Okedi, the mother of his wife, at the Vitafoam Area of

Igbeku near Amukpe in Sapele, Delta State, before shooting to death Okedi.

Emmanuel, who said he was at home that night with his siblings and his mother,

Eloho, said his father’s intention was to wipe out the whole family, saying they

practically begged for their lives.

“My daddy first came that night around 1a.m and he called my mummy outside.

I went to urinate and came back to lie down. My mummy then came back and

was lying down beside me. After about five minutes, I heard gunshots”, he said.

“There was a lamp in the house and I heard my grandma shouting. When I got

there, Brother Ochuko was on the ground, jerking. I saw my mother running

outside and my daddy was outside with the gun struggling with my grandma. It

was when my daddy was trying to load another bullet in his gun that my grandma


“He loaded the gun and pointed it at us and said he had already killed Uncle

Ochuko and that he will kill us. My siblings and I knelt down and started begging

him; at that point, he left us and ran after our grandmother.”

Meanwhile, Mama Rally Okedi, the 68-year-old mother of Ochuko, 20, told

Sunday Vanguard how GodsPower visited her house every night to threaten them.

“We knew he was a violent man but I never knew he could kill my son. He was

fond of beating my daughter every time they had disagreement. He would beat

her and threaten to shoot her”, she said.

“He was a hunter by profession and he had a Dane gun; he would chase her with

the Dane gun or cutlass and she would flee for her life. He would come to my house

at odd hours and, rather than knock, he would kick the door open and walk in to

insult everyone who dared to challenge him.”

Mama Okedi said GodsPower was married to two other women before his

daughter but they all left him because of his violent attitude.

When she was asked why she still decided to let her daughter marry such a

violent man, she retorted, “I felt he would change, sometimes we all outgrow our

childish behaviour”.

Mama Egbedi Ukaro, a neighbour, who corroborated Mama Okedi’s story,

said GodsPower was always parading the community with Dane gun, threatening

to kill anyone who crossed his path.

“We never knew he would kill Ochuko that night”, she said.

Mama Okedi took over the narration again: “It all started when he (GodsPower)

had problem with my daughter over farm issue and infidelity. I don’t know if she

was sleeping with his younger brother.

“They were always having problem and every little thing he would chase her out

of his house and she would come to live with me with his five children. This last one

was over the farm and he asked her to pack out of his house.

“My daughter packed in to live with me over three months ago with the children

and, since then, GodsPower was always coming to threaten us, accusing my

daughter of infidelity. Three days before he killed my son, he came at around 1a.m

and, as usual, was screaming at me.

“When my son (Ochuko) challenged him, vigilantes were there, a fight ensued.

The vigilantes separated them and, since that night, GodsPower had been boasting

that he would kill Ochuko. He even went home to bring the gun, but the vigilantes

prevented him that day, he was hell bent on taking my son’s life.”

Crying profusely, the mother said the day Ochuko was killed, the deceased went

to beg GodsPower.

“He has this respect for him and he was bothered over their fight the previous

night. He personally went to look for GodsPower, he bought him drink and knelt

down to beg him, but, surprisingly, he still came that night to kill him”.

Mama Okedi also accused his daughter, Elohor, of collaborating with her

husband to kill her brother.

According to him, the previous day Ochuko was shot dead, Elohor had a quarrel

with her brother and she practically boasted that he will be shot dead.

Enraged by GodsPower action that morning, youths of the community went on

the rampage, burning down his house before torching his brother’s house who

they accused of sleeping with Elohor too.

Mama Okedi told Sunday Vanguard she wants justice. “Let them kill GodsPower

the way he killed my son. Ochuko was a young man, who was supposed to start

work on Monday but he was shot dead. Let the government do the needful,” she


Meanwhile, GodsPower Ejaigbe was arrested on Tuesday night, two days after

he allegedly committed the offence.

Efforts to speak to Delta Police Command Public Relations Officer were

unsuccessful as his phone could not be reached but a source at Sapele Police

Station confirmed the arrest.

•House destroyed after killing

•Emmanuel Ejaigbe

•Slain Ochuko

•Bereaved mother


Nigeria’s hearts of darkness

and gradual destruction

“Are you going to hang him

anyhow and try him afterward?”—Mark

Twain, 1835-



oseph Conrad, classic

author of several best

sellers published


among them. It was not specifically

about Africa or Nigeria

– especially Nigeria in

2019. But, it might as well

have been about black Africa

in general and Nigeria in

2019 in particular. Those of

us fortunate or unlucky to

read history extensively recall

that Africa was called the Dark

Continent long after the rest

of the world had passed

through the Dark Age into the

Renaissance and global enlightenment

started. Even

now when every continent and

country therein had escaped

from the Dark Age, historians

of the future might regard the

first quarter of the new millennium

in Africa as part of

our own Dark Age. So primitive

are we that basic principles

of social, economic, political

and religious conduct

generally observed elsewhere

easily escape us in Africa –

especially Nigeria. We lead the

world in every index of misery

– poverty, illiteracy, poor

health, abysmal infrastructure,

children out of school,

maternal and infant mortality,

poor housing and hopelessness.

All other more socially

and economically advanced

and advancing countries are

busy thinking of how to improve

on their lofty standards.

By contrast, Nigeria, the leader

of the Dark Continent, has

become the world’s leading

hatcheries of discord, instability,

insecurity, ethnic and religious

disharmony. We now

seem to generate a new reason

for insecurity and confrontation

every few months

before we have solved those

bedevilling us. Together, we

are working to make real

progress impossible for years

to come and hastening the

descent into the next level

which increasingly is looking

like pure anarchy. However,

before we step down, it might

be in our collective interest to

consider the fact that chaos is

also a form of servitude.

“Leadership is the ability to

define issues without aggravating

the problems.”

Warren Bennis, 1980, VBQ

p 125

One particular problem

which the Executive branch of

the FG and a “Honourable

Justice” in Abuja have not

properly defined but are now

set to aggravate is the FG versus

Shiite confrontation.

When the leader of the Shiites

– El—Zakzaky and some

members of the sect – were first

arrested, they were charged

with bail-able offences before

a competent court. There was

nothing wrong with that.

Thereafter, it was up to the

prosecution to prove its case

since under Nigerian law they

were presumed innocent until

proved guilty. They were

granted bail; but the FG refused

to release them in defiance

of a court order. Executive

lawlessness openly exhibited

for more than two years

led to street protests by members

of the Islamic Movement

of Nigeria, IMN. Afraid of

where the street protests might

lead to, the FG proceeded to

clandestinely file a case accusing

the Shiites of various heinous

crimes. What transpired

ic matters, to me, that is injustice

– the sort which those in

positions of authority and

power had entrenched and had

turned Nigeria into an almajiri


The Ministry of Justice secretly

prepared the case. Knowing

the sort of judgment they

would get made it easy to get

the proscription order ready

and gazetted by Monday –

even on a weekend. It was government

operating like the

Mafia. And, it was self-damning,

not only of those directly

involved but also other lawyers

in government right now. They

have kept quiet in the face of

As a Nigerian Christian, I

regard the proscription

order as a Sunni conspiracy

against Shiites which might

affect me and my family as

innocent bystanders. Even if

there are 10,000 Sunnis to

one Shiite, that single one is

entitled under our

Constitution to worship as

he/she likes. It should not be

our business


“Let the other side be heard”

is a basic principle of law. And

to think that the “Honourable

Justice”, who delivered this

judgment, attended a Law

School and was called to the


Aso Rock is full of professors

of law; there are at least eight

SANs among the new Ministers,

hundreds of legal luminaries

in the ruling APC. Curiously,

they have all kept quiet –

forgetting that this precedent

might come to haunt all of us

anytime. Today, a Sunni-Muslim

President attempts to proscribe

Shiite-Muslims. Will the

same people keep quiet if, in a

few years, a Shiite President

proscribes Sunnis? Will Catholics

keep quiet if a Baptist

President closes all Catholic

Churches and institutions?

Why are the “learned” men

and women in APC keeping

quiet? Have those of them now

can be summarised for laymen

as follows in the next section

before the comments

which point to Nigeria’s hearts

of darkness. These are individuals

who seem to want to destroy

our country in order to

satisfy their ethnic, regional,

and religious prejudices before

the next general election

if there is going to be one.

“A precedent embalms a

principle.” William Scott,

1745-1836. VBQ p 198.

In Nigeria, in what is a democracy

on paper, a judge in

a court was presented with

accusations against millions

of fellow Nigerians. The accuser

requested the judicial

officer presiding over the case

to declare the individuals

guilty as charged, and to deprive

millions of them of their

right to worship as they

choose. The judge not only

granted the request for proscription

but also ordered the

accuser, in this case the Federal

Government of Nigeria, to

gazette the proscription order

immediately. The “judgment”

was given on Thursday and by

Monday – just four days after

– including Saturday and Sunday

which are not working

days, the proscription order

was published. In all of these,

no single member of the IMN

was called to defend the organisation;

to interrogate the

prosecutors; to refute what

might have been deliberate

lies, exaggerations and distortions.

Everything presented by

the FG was accepted as perfect

truth. In less time than it

would have taken to read this

column, a judgment was delivered

in Nigeria by “an Honourable

Justice” depriving

millions of fellow Nigerians

of their constitutional rights to

assemble and worship. And,

she, deep in her heart, regarded

that as justice done.

The first comment on this

matter is obvious. As a Christian

and not partisan on Islamliving

in the citadel of Aso

Rock forgotten that they have

relatives outside who will

share in the consequences of

the carnage which might follow

anarchy? And, what

happens if they get out while

the mayhem is still ravaging

the country? Learned men

and intelligent people in

government have for too

long struggled to keep their

jobs by denying reality. Those

dodges are no longer working.

I am afraid that anybody

who keeps silent in this matter,

Muslim or Christian, is

in for a shock. This might be

the first of a series of proscription

orders which the

FG might be contemplating

in order to silence those they

consider annoying. Silence

now might mean silence for

ever until you become the

victim of another proscription

order secretly obtained

from a “Justice of Nigeria”

who might not even bother

to hear from you.

Just as I was writing this

column, my vendor brought

in SUNDAY papers and on

the front page of two of them

are reports of the arrest of

Omoyele Sowore, the presidential

candidate of the African

Action Congress, AAC.

The group plans what was

tagged a “revolution

march”. The Inspector General

of Police, IGP, without

any court order to stop a

lawful protest, calls it “treasonable”.

How he arrived at

the conclusion is a mystery.

But, if the statement issued

by the organisers is an indication

of what to expect, Nigerians

will again be experiencing

another face-off between

security forces and a

group of citizens. Nobody

needs to be told that it is an

ill-wind that will blow Nigeria

no good. We are set to

spend more of our inadequate

financial and other

resources on battling another

group – now uniquely political.

“When spider webs unite,

they can tie down a lion.”

Ethiopian Proverb, VBQ,

p 231.

The IGP has my sympathies,

Nigeria even more.

Just two months ago, Mr.

Mohammed Adamu, while

testifying before the National

Assembly, NASS, about

the unchecked and rising

wave of crime in Nigeria, declared

“we are helpless”. It is

doubtful if the Nigeria Police

had increased its capacity to

deal with crimes and now

open revolts. Again, I have bad

news for the IGP. Very soon,

Nigeria Labour Congress,

NLC, and Academic Staff

Union of Universities, ASUU,

will take to the streets to press

their demands. Youth groups,

which felt short-changed on

account of the ministerial appointments,

might also want

to test the waters. Very soon,

the security forces might find

themselves overwhelmed with

the challenges they face and

which will not soon disappear.

“Men make history; but not

just as they please.”

Karl Marx, 1818-1882.

VBQ p 93.

As a Nigerian Christian, I

regard the proscription order

as a Sunni conspiracy against

Shiites which might affect me

and my family as innocent

bystanders. Even if there are

10,000 Sunnis to one Shiite,

that single one is entitled under

our Constitution to worship

as he/she likes. It should

not be our business. Anybody

who commits crime should be

prosecuted for the crime. The

religion should not be proscribed

because 100 people

rioted. Boko Haram and

herdsmen have committed

more atrocities and killed

thousands of Nigerians and

there is no proscription order

signed to outlaw them. A religious

sect against which not

even one murder had been

conclusively proved except in

a Kangaroo (Sunni) court in

Kaduna State receives a proscription

order clandestinely

obtained. It reveals the hearts

of darkness of all those who

had a hand in it.

Shiitism is here for as long

as there is a country called

Nigeria. The FG’s attempt to

criminalise that sect of Islam

flies in the face of history – including

Islamic history. If proscription

could work, neither

Christianity nor Islam will be

around today. The early practitioners

of both religions were

called criminals.

It is a pity that nobody studied

history at the highest levels

of government. But, at

least, they can do the rest of us

a favour. They should send

their own sons to the front instead

of making almajiris

canon fodder.

Professor Dame Elizabeth

Nneka Anionwu (1)

• Prof. Dame Anionwu

Do good, live in the most positive

and joyful way possible

every Tday - Roy T. Bennett

here is a saying that; you

must never meet your heroes

as they are sure to disappoint

you. I am happy to say

that there are exceptions to the

rule and my hero continues

to inspire and aspire me no

end. I have read so much

about her over the years before

I finally set my eyes on

her. She is very much in demand

and it is on one of these

occasions, I found myself sitting

very near the rostrum,

when she took to the stage and

I listened to every single word

with delightful veneration.

Those who know when in such

appurtenant moment, it pays

to listen intensively and soak

up every golden nugget of advice

and experience that the

Professor freely offers and

bank it in your memory for

posterity. You see, when you are

in the presence of Professor

Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu


PhD, you can not but be in awe

at her indefatigable drive to

do-good, level of commitment

to her many good causes. She

has been an influential

change agent

in the field of Nursing and

health care in the UK.

And yet it is remarkable how

she remains accessible and

willing to share her wealth of

knowledge and experience

with so many people, young

and old.

Few months ago , I finally

summoned up the courage to

make contact and asked for

an interview. She said, yes!

For those who are not aware

of Professor Anionwu. Let me

bring you up to speed. Professor

Dame Elizabeth Nneka

Anionwu DBE FRCN is a British-born

nurse, health expert,

tutor, lecturer and Emeritus

Professor of Nursing at University

of West London of Irish

and Nigerian descent.

You would have thought

Elizabeth Anionwu would be

a towering giant judging from

her incredible feat of achievements,

but do not let her

small,delicate statue fool you

nor her softly spoken voice or

inquisitive nature of wanting

to know more about the other

person other than herself. Trust

me, she is made of steely stuff

otherwise, how could she have

achieved so much over the

years and remain relevant

She is a high-profile

nurse who has

dedicated her nursing

career to improve the

lives of patients in her

role as a former nurse

and health visitor

and driven?.

She is a colossal being ,usually

dressed in wrapper and

top ,complete with gele, she is

proud of her heritage and it

shows. When she walks into a

room, numerous eyes follow

her and gasps of surprises and

admiration follows her every

move. It is amazing to see how

many people gather to hear this

incredible, a diminutive yet

dynamo speak.

Elizabeth was born in 1947,

to a Nigerian father and an

Irish mother. They met in

Cambridge University. This

was a time when interracial

relationship was frowned upon

but also a time in Britain, when

there was discrimination

against blacks and the Irish

people in almost equal measures.

These were the days of

“No blacks,No Irish ,No dogs”

But love ,they say, love always

finds a way.

Nonetheless, her mother’s

family being catholic, were

shocked that she was expecting

out wedlock . In those days,

it was a shame and a scandal

to be an unmarried mother, but

Elizabeth's mother made the

brave decision to keep her baby

daughter, despite the stigma of

having a child out of wedlock.

Having an illegitimate child

in those days, meant isolation

and a taboo that affects every

members of the family.

The plan for Elizabeth’s parents

initially was to bring up

the child as their own. That

was scuppered when Elizabeth’s

mother told them that

child would be mixed race. It

was obvious there would be

questions and it would be difficult

to explain why both

parents are white, and their

child came out brown.

As a result Elizabeth was

then brought up in the care

of Catholic nuns until she

was reunited with her mother's

side of the family at the

age of nine. Later on in

life;she was able to reconnect

with her father and Nigerian

side of the family.

She spoke about how she

was inspired by the kindness

of one if the nuns treating her

eczema, that made her want

be a nurse. Crucially, Elizabeth’s

childhood experiences

and triumphs over adversity

inspired her commitment

and drive to champion the

needs of those who are disadvantaged

and disenfranchised.

Her childhood was

her training ground to eventually

becoming a leader of

health and social champion

on fighting for social justice,

better deal for nursing colleagues,

raising awareness

on social issues affecting

disadvantaged families or


She was an early champion

of better care and treatment

for those affected by Sickle

Cell Disease in the UK..

Professor Anionwu's career

has also seen her work as a

senior lecturer at the Institute

of Child Health at the University

College London, before

being appointed Dean of

the school of Adult Nursing

Studies and a Professor of

Nursing at University of West


She is a high-profile nurse

who has dedicated her nursing

career to improve the lives

of patients in her role as a

former nurse and health visitor

Ṗrofessor Anionwu also ran

the first UK nurse-led sickle

cell and thalassaemia counselling

service. The service

celebrated its 40th this year.

Elizabeth put a substantial

amount of her life into her

work as a nurse, health visitor

and tutor working with black

and minority ethnic communities

in London. She said;

‘People from diverse cultures

are not always valued and still

sometimes just seen as problems,’

In 1979, she helped to establish

in Brent the first nurseled

UK Sickle & Thalassaemia

Screening and Counselling

Centre. In 1988 she was

awarded a PhD from the Institute

of Education, University

College London (UCL).

From 1990-1997 she worked

at the Institute of Child

Health, UCL as a Lecturer

then Senior Lecturer in Community

Genetic Counselling.



Taraba, Benue,

C- River, Rivers,

Anambra, Imo,

3 others, kick

•As Kogi, Kebbi, Adamawa, Ondo,

Ogun, others differ

•PDP senators vow to oppose bill

By Emma Amaize, Dayo Johnson,

Henry Umoru, Vincent Ujumadu,

Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu. Peter Duru,

Boluwaji Obahopo, Emma Una,

Femi Bolaji, David Odama, Umar

Yusuf, Kabir DanKatsina &Daud Olatunji,

Chinonso Alozie

No fewer than nine out of the states

that would be affected if the Senate

passes the National Water

Resources Bill it recently urged the executive

to reintroduce, have vowed to resist any

attempt to take over their lands under any


In kicking against the move the states

told Sunday Vanguard that the bill if

passed into law would encroach on urban

lands vested in them by the Land Use Act.

They queried why the Senate called for the

reintroduction of the bill which was rejected

by the eight Senate following outrage across

concerned states.

However, Kogi, Kebbi, Adamawa, Ogun,

and Kwara shared different opinions with


The Senate President, Sen Ahmad Lawan,

had less than a fortnight ago, said the

National Assembly, NASS, would work out

an arrangement for the executive to reintroduce

the bill.

The proposed legislation seeks to

concentrate the control of water resources

around Rivers Niger and Benue which cut

across 19 states, in the hands of the Federal


Affected states

States that would be affected are Lagos,

Ondo, Ogun, Edo, Delta, Kwara, Kogi,

Benue, Anambra, Enugu, Akwa Ibom,

Adamawa, Taraba, Nasarawa, Niger,

Imo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Plateau, and Kebbi.

Sunday Vanguard recalls

that the Eight Senate had

rejected the bill which was

sent by the executive because

it would further centralise

powers and the nation’s


Most lawmakers had

frowned on the provisions of

the bill that deal with the

Public Trusteeship of Water

during the clause-by-clause


Specifically, the provision

gives the federal government

the right to use, manage and

control all surface and

groundwater including water

beds and banks across the


Chiefly among the grouse

of the lawmakers was the

fear that could create

conflicts in affected


Similar sentiments are

held by the opposing states,

who made their positions

known to Sunday Vanguard.

TARABA: Law seeking

to seize our lands


Any law that

seeks to take

over the

lands that

belong to the

state would

not be


Making its position known, Taraba State

Government said such legislation requires

the input of state governors.

Senior Special Assistant to Governor

Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Bala

Dan-Abu, who disclosed this to Sunday

Vanguard, said any law that seeks to take

over the lands that belong to the state would

not be acceptable.

He explained that the Land Use Act gives

state governors full control of lands in their

respective states and the resources in them.

The, governor’s spokesperson however,

noted that what state

governments cannot take

ownership of according the

constitution is the mineral

resources, which he said are

solely vested in the federal


Dan-Abu said: “What the

federal government controls

solely are the mineral resources

because the constitution already

provides for that and cannot be


“However, land in every state

comes under the control of the

governors and they hold them

and the resources in trust for the

people of the state.

“Whatever seeks to contravene

this is not acceptable to Taraba

State Government.

“Water resources are part of

what belongs to the state

governments and the federal

government. The resources

cannot by any legislation be

centrally controlled without the

consent of the states.”

BENUE: Bill, advanced

form of Ruga

Toeing the same line, the Benue State

government cautioned against the plan to

reintroduce what it described as

controversial Water Resources Bill.

The government described the proposed

law as an advanced form of introducing the

Ruga settlement policy by the federal


Also, the government said the bill would

not be in the interest of the majority of

Nigerians, urging the NASS not to accept it

from the executive.

Speaking to Sunday Vanguard, Chief

Press Secretary, CPS, to the state governor,

Mr. Terser Akase, described the move as a

deceptive plan by the federal government

to grab land from the people.

He said: “Benue State Government finds

the reintroduction of the water resources bill

curious. It is another veiled attempt at land


“We view the move as an advanced form

of Ruga. We reject the bill. We urge the 9th

National Assembly to reject and throw out

that bill. It is clearly not in the interest of the

majority of Nigerians.

“If the bill is passed, the Land Use Act will

be suspended and the people will lose the

rights to their lands. We wonder why the

federal government is hell-bent on issues of

land at a time there are numerous issues of

urgent national interest, especially the

widespread insecurity in the country.

“Benue certainly will not support this

move because it is anti-people hence it will

not enjoy the support of Nigerians.”


Constitution places

custody of lands

on states

On its part, Anambra State maintained

that the Land Use Act is clear on ownership

of land in the country, noting any alteration

on the Act should be constitutional.

On fears that the central government

might use the lands for Ruga settlement if

the bill becomes law, the state government

maintained that Ruga would not work in its


The Commissioner for Information and

Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba,

who spoke on behalf of the state

government, said the issue of

implementation of Ruga in any state would

not work unless the governor of the state

supports it. “The Land Use Act is very clear

and only constitutional amendment can

change it”, he said.

C/RIVER: We’re not

in support of bill

Making its stance known, Cross River

State, said it would not support any action

that would take away land from its people.

Chief Press Secretary to the state governor,

Mr. Christian Ita, urged the federal

government to concentrate on maritime

authority and allow states handle shoreline


He said: “The state, I mean Cross River,

cannot be in support of anything or action

by the federal government that will take

away land from the people.

“Territorial land though vested in the

federal government is exclusively within the

purview and rights of the state to manage.

The state has a Water Management

Agency charged with the responsibility to

oversee what goes on in the river shorelines

in the state and also collects revenue for the

development of such areas.

“The state expects the federal

government to be concerned about the

activities of Maritime Authority and allow

the state to handle immediate matters that

directly concern the water shorelines. We are

certainly not in support.”

IMO:Govt to liaise

with Senators

In Imo, the Special Adviser on Media to

Governor Emeka Ihedioha, Steve Osuji,

said the state would respond to the planned

reintroduction of the bill through its


He said that part of the decision would be

to invite the senators from Imo state, to

explain to the people what the bill is all

about before it will take its position on the


Osuji said: “The Senate does not have

the powers to call for an executive bill. It is

the duty of the executive to send an executive

bill. If the Senate wants the bill it should

introduce its bill. The Senate can raise its

bill and pass it.

“When the bill gets to the Senate we can

take it from there. We have our senators

there who represent us. We can through our

senators to make our points. We will even

invite our Senators to come and tell our

people what the bill is all about and we will

take a stand.”

Continues on page 34


Taraba, Benue, C- River, Rivers, Anambra, Imo, 3 others, kick

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oppose bill, state govt


In Nasarawa state, some natives expressed

fears that the move could result in the loss of

their ancestral lands.

A community leader in Lafia, Jonas

Aminu said only ordinary Nigerians, do

not understand what the bill is aiming at,

adding that the implications could breed

communal conflicts.

He said: “We will not subscribe to that

bill. Our forefathers died and left the

rivers for us. As at today if this bill is

passed considering the issues and reality

on ground, it then means we have lost

our source of livelihood to those the


Today, most of the river banks are used

for farming and dry season cropping but

when this bill is passed we all will lose that

opportunity. Many people will suffer

because their earnings are from fishing and

farming at the bank of the rivers.

“We are opposed to the bill. Most of us

who are Magili sons and daughters in

Nasarawa are farmers. We have already

held a meeting and we are not in support of

this bill, even if the government comes

up with a referendum we would oppose


On his part, a community leader in

Wamba, one of the areas earmarked for

Ruga settlement, Audu James said: “The

quick acceptance of the

Ruga settlement

programme by the

Nasarawa State governor

raises serious questions

that need urgent and

sincere answers.”

Also speaking, a retired

civil servant, Jerry

Kwampok said:” They

should formulate a

policy on boundary

dispute and adjustment

to address the age-long

injustices against the

people of the North

Central and Southern


“Under the new national

action plan that we are

calling for, the

government should send a

bill to the National

Assembly for constitution

amendments to cede the

present states of Benue,

Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi,

Kwara, and FCT to

Southern Nigeria.”



indigenes on

different pages

On his part, Ondo State

Commissioner for

Information and Orientation Mr, Donald

Ojogo said: “ We would rather wait for

details because it will be preposterous to

embark on such without having a deep

knowledge of the bill.”

However, South West Zonal Publicity

Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

Ayo Fadaka urged the Senate to focus on

issues that promote true federalism instead

of what he described as those that promote

centralisation of powers.

He said: ‘’lt is getting clearer that the

current Senate leadership is assiduously

working to reduce the clout and

independence of the National Assembly by

reducing it to a mere pliant tool in the hands

of the Buhari government. It is sad to note

that at a time Nigerians are clamouring for

restructuring and proper federalism, these

elements are still focused on tightening

The wisdom of

the Land Use Act

in vesting lands in


through whom

the federal

government can

apply for spaces

for projects

should never be


Niger-Benue confluence

spaces and stealing privileges from the

federating units. This clearly shows that they

are pursuing internal colonisation and their

schemes will fail.”

Similarly, Publicity Secretary of pan-

Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin, cautioned the Senate

against becoming a puppet of the executive.

Puppet of the executive

“We have noticed how he has been trying

to bring up the defeated bill through which

the executive arm that sought to take over

river banks across the country in pursuit of

the Ruga policy and other domination


“The wisdom of the Land Use Act in

vesting lands in governors through whom

the federal government can apply for spaces

for projects should never be violated.

Nigeria is presently in a precarious

situation and all those who are holding

temporary offices should not inflict

permanent damage to the country.

Our people have made it clear that they

don’t want Ruga. The governors know the

implications of getting of losing the support

of their people. They will and must be

careful with this poison.

“His flaunting of the APC majority in

Senate shows a lack of understanding of the

fact that national cohesion overrides the

number of any party in parliament.’’

Also, a former Commissioner for

Environment in Ondo State, Mr. Sola

Ebiseni said: “One should ordinarily have

dismissed this with a wave of the hands

because no knowledgeable person would

contemplate introducing a law that would

seek further concentration

of resources and powers in

the federal government.

The proposed

unitarisation of water

resources and federal


appropriation of land

close to the rivers, is in my

view, unconstitutional,

provocative, irrational,

against the spirit of

federalism and

unacceptable. In the first

place, the Land Use Act,

which enjoys

constitutional flavour and

status in the sense that its

amendment requires the

same rigorous procedure

as the provision of the

constitution, vests all land,

comprised in a state, in

the state governor. Where

then does the National

Assembly derive its

powers to appropriate any

land in a state for the

federal government? In all

the 63 items unreasonably

vested in the federal

government under the

exclusive legislative

powers, not one is related

to land use or control.

Talking about river banks,

in some parts of the

federation, like Bayelsa

and my own Ilaje and Ese

Odo Local Government,

where everywhere is crisscrossed by rivers,

how do you define river banks without in

reality taking over the whole territory? It is

fraudulent to say that the proposed law is

not applicable to all rivers but only rivers

that connect two or more states. The reality

is that all the rivers, for instance, in

southern states, are connected, navigable

and perpetually navigated from Republic of

Benin through Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo,

Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross

Rivers into the Cameroons. This is why the

victory ascribed to Lagos State against the

National Inland Waterways Authority on

control of waterways in the state was

actually pyrrhic because no water route is

internal and restricted within the state.

Inconsistency and contradictions

“The proposed bill, which was the first

rashly introduced by the Buhari government

in 2017 suffered instant miscarriage

because of its inconsistency and

contradictions. This time, because of fears of

Ruga and all such anti-federalism

contraptions, the bill will have no requisite

sperm count even for conception. In the

Second Republic, the Shagari Federal

Government had to apply for land from the

states governments for its housing

programmes. You can then imagine the

current situation where a federal Permanent

Secretary invaded states, clearing thousands

of hectares of land without the knowledge

and approval of the governors.”

OGUN: Govt trusts FG

,no cause for alarm

Ogun State government allayed the fears

of the people over the alleged plan that the

bill would introduce Ruga policy in disguise.

The state government through the Chief

Press Secretary to the state governor, Kunle

Somorin, said the government trusts the

federal government.

Somorin said “There is no point

suspecting a piece of legislation that is still

being processed.

“We trust the federal government not to

impose unfriendly policies on our people or

be mindless to “forcefully” takeover


“At any rate, Ruga policy has died and we

have explained our position concerning how

we plan to encourage ranching in

consonance with global best practices.’’

On the implications for Land Use,

Somorin said “ The Act has not been

repealed and so, let’s not cry wolf where

none exists.

“ Our laws are our laws and we swore to

uphold its tenets. We shall do no less”.





Kogi State government has thrown its

weight behind the move to reintroduce of

the bill.

The Director-General, Media and

Publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo,

who spoke on behalf of the government,

said the Land Use Act will not be affected if

the bill is passed into law.

He said: “The federal government under

the leadership of President Muhammadu

Buhari has been transparent and honest. We

believe in their policies and not the fears of


“If they want to introduce Ruga, they have

the capacity. We believe the government and

our parliament are acting in the best interest

of the nation.

“Kogi State Government has no problem

with federal policies because we believe in

the leadership of Mr. President and our

National Assembly.

“The federal government understands the

Land Use Act and would not have envisaged

any policy that violates the Act.”


Watching events

The Director of Water Resources in

Adamawa State Ministry of Water

Resources, Mr. Medudu Aliyu, said the

ministry is aware of the move by the

National Assembly, adding that it is

watching events unfold.



on right path

When Sunday Vanguard sought the

opinion of the Permanent Secretary,

Ministry for Water and Rural Development

in Kebbi State, Aminu Umar, he expressed

hope that the bill if passed into law, would

assist the state in the management of water


“If the executive arm of government sends

the bill, and if it is passed into law, I am sure

it would assist state governments in water


He, however, debunked insinuations that

the bill is aimed at introducing Ruga

settelements for Fulani herdsmen in


The Chief Press Secretary to the state

governor, Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari said:’’

Governor Bagudu has clearly explained the

meaning of Ruga in his speeches and if we

go by his explanations some Nigerians have

misunderstood the programme completely.

I think this bill is not about Ruga. It is aimed

at another thing but some are saying it is for

Ruga. It is very unfortunate.”

National Chairman, Miyatti Allah Cattle

Breeders Association, MACBAN, Alhaji

Kiruwa Ardon Zuru said:’’ We welcome this

bill. Whatever purpose it would serve, be it

Ruga or any other thing, we welcome it.’’

Edo: ‘We’re opposed to

water bill

Officials of Edo State government

declined official comments on the

development as they feared it could affect

the state government’s relationship with the

federal government.

However, River Niger passes through

Ilushi in Esan South-East Local

Government Area, LGA, and Agenebode

and other parts of Etsako Central and East


Officials, who pleaded anonymity, told

Sunday Vanguard that the state is not in

support of the bill and its objectives.

A top government official said: “The

state governor, Godwin Obaseki has made it

very clear. The state has plans for all its

land, those for agriculture, those for sports

facilities and activities, those for recreation,

those areas for industrial development,

housing and several others. If the federal

government takes over parts of our land

because River Niger passes through our

state, what happens to the government’s

plan for those places and the people there?

For instance, areas like Ilushi, Eghono,

Agenebode, Udaba, Ekperi and several

others, are places we already have plans for

as part of the agricultural policies of this

administration What happens to these

programmes? I don’t see how the

government will accept this. This is beyond

party politics, it is about the people and how

government policies affect them. This plan

by the federal government will adversely

affect the people. Mind you, the state

government has taken its position on Ruga,

we are not ceding any inch of our land to

anyone and cannot also cede our land to the

federal government on the ground that it

wants to control land and areas around

River Niger and River Benue”

Delta, Bayelsa:


Aides to Delta State governor, Sen

Ifeanyi Okowa, declined to speak on the

matter saying they lacked sufficient


Officials in Bayelsa also declined to speak

on the new Water Resources Bill citing the

same reasons.


We’ll not

support bill

In Rivers, there was no response to calls

and text messages to the Chief Press

Secretary to the governor, Simeon

Nwakaudu .

However, the state had earlier stated that

it would not support any law that would

remove the control of water resources from

its hands.

Governor Nyesom Wike, who spoke in

that regard, said: “The provisions of the

bill are offensive and obnoxious. We

disagree with the centralised control of

water resources as we are already dealing

with the problem associated with over

centralisation. We are not in support of such

a bill. Our reason is very simple. States have

conceded so much in Nigeria, particularly

the ones in the Niger Delta.

“We do not want to give such rights of the

control of water resources to the centre. The

reason is that the principle of federalism

supports the devolution of powers more to

the federating units than the centre.

“At a point when states are clamouring for

the control of their affairs, the federal

government is trying to limit the control of

their (states) resources and affairs. The

Rivers State Government will not support


Wike at the time called on the federal

government to withdraw the bill and make

further consultations.

We’ll resist


bill—PDP senators

However, senators elected on the platform

of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, vowed to

resist any move that would not be in the

overall interest of Nigerians.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator

Eyinnaya Abaribe, who spoke with Sunday

Vanguard, said as lawmakers, PDP senators

would always strive to do things that would

be in the overall interest of the country.

“Whatever we do in terms of legislation,

will be in the interest of the components of

the country. We will resist any move to

smuggle that which will be injurious to the

people of Nigeria,” he added.

Prepare for a new beginning

“ emember ye not the

Rformer things, neither

consider the things of old. Behold,

I will do a new thing;

now it shall spring forth; shall

ye not know it? I will even

make a way in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert”. Isaiah

43 vs. 18& 19 KJV.

Brethren, you are familiar

with this verse as a Christian

but have you had a deep reflection

on this?

It means that you have some

issues in your life that are unpleasant

but God has promised

to do something new. In

other words, God is set to replace

sorrow with joy. Hence

his words, “ I will even make

a way in the wilderness and

rivers in the desert”. God will

not only do something new,

he is ready to give you an overflow.

As the Lord liveth, whatever

you lack now, you will

soon have more than enough

in Jesus name.

However, we must always

remind one another as Christians

that we have our part to

play for these words of God to

manifest in our lives even as

we are confident that God

he new craze for being

Tand staying healthy has

become a bug. Whether your

staying healthy is by going to

the gym regularly, watching

what you eat or managing a

healthy lifestyle, it is has become

a must for everyone. In

a bid to portray success you

find yourself juggling so many

things all at the same time,

where multi-tasking has become

a talent and an art for

the savvy person. When doing

this you find that it is so

easy to forget your codes of

conduct, respect and consideration

for others. Then what

do you think happens? Eventually

you end up throwing

your very own posture, polish

and presence out of the window.

How do you think you fair

in the gym, at the spa, on the

tennis court or even on the golf

course?I have highlighted below

some steps to consider as

best etiquette strategies for

being a healthy person in these

public health places: the gym.

This article is divided into

three parts 1 - 3 for easy reading.

never fails.

This brings me to the word

of the Lord in Psalm 24 vs. 9&

10 ( KJV) which states, “ Lift

up your heads, O ye gates;

even lift them up, ye everlasting

doors; and the King of

glory shall come in. Who is

the King of glory? The LORD

of hosts, he is the King of glory.


I share with you, a part of

the sermon of Pastor J.T. Kalejaiye,

Assistant General,

Overseer on Evangelism of

the Redeemed Christian

Church of God ( RCCG) who

identified two types of gates;

physical and spiritual gates.

First we are reminded that

a gate physical or spiritual is

a form of limitation.

As Christians we must not

lose sight of the fact that human

beings can erect physical

gates but human beings

working the forces of darkness

can erect spiritual gates.

What are Spiritual gates?

Knowledgeable men and

women of God have identified

spiritual gates as all forms of

j a n e t . a d e t u


Etiquette in the Gym (1)

Don’t take these public places

for granted, it speaks to the

kind of person you are and the

image you ultimately create

that is unique to you and you

alone. Not so many people

can find the precious time to

spend at the gym, for many

reasons be it because of school

runs, work distance, resumption

time, proximity to the gym

and the inability to create the


Does that sound familiar to


For those who have taken

the bold step of discipline to

ensure that at least once a

week they try to attend an

aerobics class or a Zumba

class or for mere exercising

the following effective guidelines

will assist you in being

and behaving at your best.

1. Towel Yours or Their’s

I have discovered that not

everyone brings a towel along

to the gym, maybe they feel

they don’t sweat much therefore

see no need for it. It is

important that in preparing

for the gym you take your personal

towel and preferably

your own bottle of water.

limitation. When you are

married and unable to produce

biological children after

years of living together,

there is a spiritual gate that

has kept you barren.

For someone who has been

working hard and there is

nothing to show for it, such a

person has been put behind

an invisible gate that has halted

his or her progress.

Or is it the case of a lady

that has been due for marriage

but not a single man has

asked for her hand in marriage.

Spiritual gates have

limited such a person.

Have you bought a plot of

land that you planned to build

so that you become a property

owner but years after, you

have been unable to even put

any block on that land?

Brethren, wake up, someone

or some evil forces have erected

a gate against you.

Perhaps you are in business

but instead of making profit

and growing your business

you are sinking into debt daily.

Brethren, open your spiritual

eyes, a gate has been

erected against your business.

Spiritual gates are invisible

yet the effects of such gates

have caused several people

pain and sorrow. Such gates

manifest as stagnation. They

Okoh chides Okumagba over comments on Okere

Urhobo regent

n Okere Urhobo chief,

AChief Onoriode Okoh

has berated Chief Gideon

Okumagba over his comments

on the regent of Okere

Urhobo Kingdom, High

Chief Wilson Omavowan

Eboh, on his announcement

of the demise of the Orosuen.

Okoh who was the President

of Okere Urhobo Development

Movement while reacting

to the publication titled

' Okumagba berates Eboh on

announcement of the Demise

of Orosuen ' published on page

12 of Vanguard issue of Tuesday,

August 6th, 2019, at a

press conference in Warri,

noted that High Chief Eboh

under Okere Urhobo chieftaincy

law is saddled with

the responsibility of announcing

the demise of the Orosuen

as the regent or Otota of

Okere Urhobo Kingdom and

that the Okpako Orere ( the

most eldest man ) of Okere

Urhobo Kingdom is only concerned

with the selection

process of an Orosuen. He

therefore argued that High

Chief Eboh was in order over

the announcement of the demise

of the Orosuen .

He stressed that Chief Gideon

Okumagba is not an Okere

Urhobo chief and therefore

has no right to speak on behalf

of Okere Urhobo Kingdom.

Chief Onoriode Okoh further

alleged that Chief Gideon

Okumagba never recognized

late HRM Professor

Paul Oghenero Okumagba ,

Idama 11 as the Orosuen of

Okere Urhobo Kingdom and

that Chief Gideon Okumagba

is amongst the handful of

Okere Urhobo indigenes

challenging the crowning of

the late Orosuen in court even

as at the time of the press conference.

He then questioned

the interest of Chief Gideon

Okumagba over the announcement

of the Orosuen

who he did not recognized. "

Delta State Government , government

security agencies

and indeed the reading public

should know who is fomenting

trouble in Okere

Urhobo Kingdom"

He warned against the further

abuse of the regent of

Okere Urhobo Kingdom.


prevent you from making

progress in any aspect of life.

The good news is that our

God is able to remove every

form of limitation in our lives.

The first step for you is to be

Begin to command

every gate of

stagnation to be lifted

because at the name

of Jesus every knee

must bow

conscious that something or

some forces have limited you.

Once you realize this, then

take steps to remove those

gates. How? Seek the face of

the Lord in prayer and command

those gates to be lifted.

In the name of Jesus every

gate of that the enemy has

erected to prevent you from

making progress shall be lifted

this season.

When the gate is lifted, you

will experience a new beginning.

A new beginning of joy

unspeakable, prosperity, promotion,


If you are not determined to

have the gates lifted, sorry, you

will remain stagnant.

You need divine intervention

for gates erected by the

forces of darkness to be lifted.

The truth is you cannot lift

these gates without the help

of the Almighty God.

Some gyms provide that service

of fresh towels but this is

not common in private gyms,

you are likely to see this more

within the hotel gyms. If towels

are provided ensure you

take one for your personal

usage. Once you use a towel

remember to dispose of it by

throwing it into the used towels

basket. Never leave them

on equipment or lying on the

floor. If it is your personal

towel keep all your belongings

to yourself.

2. Sweat Attack

I personally prefer gyms

that are air conditioner free,

that way one is not breathing

in artificial air. When windows

are open there is an avenue

for body heat to travel

out properly and fresh air to

come in. A good workout involves

a raised pulse and heart

rate, during exercise you are

bound to sweat, this is a good

sign because it shows your exercise

routine is working on

you. Some people however do

sweat extra profusely and at

times it may not be a very

pleasant sight especially if

you can see bowls of sweat all

over the machine. Wipe your

sweat regularly while exercising

this is for your own personal

hygiene. Remember

your manners when you have

finished using any equipment,

it is always important that you

spend a few extra seconds wiping

down sweaty areas of the

equipment you just used.

Some people don’t mind using

their towels, but a good

gym would provide disposable

tissues with a spray sanitizer.

They are usually placed

in many parts of the gym; I

recommend you spray your

equipment before wiping it

down. Doing this in the presence

of others will earn you

more respect.

3. Dominating your favourite


Some people find that they

are more comfortable on a

specific machine and therefore

won’t bother to try anything

else. . Whichever the machine

be careful how you hug

on to it too much. Since it is

not your personal equipment,

timing your usage must be

done with consideration for

other users. Most gyms that

are generally busy during

The master key to opening

any gate is prayer. When you

pray, you will have cause to

praise God and give thanks.

Matthew 18 vs. 18&19 KJV

states “ And I say unto thee,

That thou art Peter, and upon

this rock I will build my

church; and the gates of hell

shall not prevail against it.

And I will give unto thee the

keys of the kingdom of heaven;

and whatsoever thou shalt

bind on earth shall be bound

in heaven: and whatsoever

thou shall loose on earth shall

be loosed in heaven”.

Are you prepared to be

loose yourself from bondage,

are you ready for a new beginning?

If you are, cry unto

the Lord with all your heart

and let him know that you no

longer want to remain stagnant.

Stagnation does not

glory the Lord and it is not his

wish for you.

Begin to command every

gate of stagnation to be lifted

because at the name of Jesus

every knee must bow. You have

an assurance that the gates of

hell cannot prevail against

you. Therefore, rise up and

fight the spiritual battle with

prayer, fasting, worship and


Many people have remained

stagnant because

they are unable see the spiritual

gates erected against

them by the enemy.

I’ll share with you the story

of a man who bought a plot of

land. On the day, he took possession;

he invited his family

members to join him to pray

on the land. Unknown to him,

one of them had connection

with the forces of darkness and

peak hours will peg the usage

time at 20 minutes maximum

per user. If you see this notification

it is only polite to adhere

to the rules of the gym.

4. Mats, Steps & Weights

Use and Replace

My favourite gym time is

when I am in an aerobics class

that involves everything from

dance aerobics to body basics,

step aerobics and abdominal

exercises. In the course of the

class there is always a need to

bring out the steps and mats

for the final cooling down exercises.

It really beats me when

the class is over and some

women simply leave there

steps and mats for who to

clear I continue to wonder.

The etiquette of using the gym

is to have respect, kindness

and consideration for all those

around you. Apart from these

items being a hazard left on

the floor it is inappropriate

not to place them back to

where they were obtained

from. Not many people are

into the use of weights but for

those who enjoy using them

he vowed that the land would

never be built.

That was the beginning of

series of problems for the man

who bought land.

First he lost his job. Terminal

illness came into his life

and a man who was comfortable

went down financially.

The little he had was spent

on illness. Even his wife deserted

him. He was led by

some of his friends to pray but

whenever he was invited for

special prayer sessions, he

would have an excuse not to


To shorten the story, the land

that he bought to build his

house became his burial

ground. Such will not be your

portion in Jesus name.

Brethren, there may not be

a new beginning unless you

prepare for it. God has promised

a new beginning. He has

promised you that things will

turn around for the best, he

promised to turn your sorrows

to joy but it is for those who

ask. Don’t assume that things

will turn around when you do


You must never get tired of

praying. You must form a

habit of worshipping God,

calling him by his names in

songs and words.

Prepare for a new beginning,

a turn around that will turn

your sorrows to joy. A beginning

that will make your

mockers rejoice with you.

Connect with the Almighty

God, connect with Jesus and

you will sing a new song before

this year ends in Jesus


The peace of the Lord be

with you.

as part of their exercise routine

returning them back is essential.

5. Cell Phone Phobia

It is interesting when you see

a lot of people attached to their

phones almost expecting it

ring every minute. I know for

those of us with small children

it may be difficult sometimes

as you have to constantly

be on the alert. The truth is

if you miss a call or a text or

even a message surely life still

goes on, it is simply not a do

or die affair if you do not or

cannot respond immediately.

When you decide to engage

in healthy exercise for the day

consider this what I call me

time. Entertain no interruptions

until you are completely

done, trust me others will

eventually know when the best

time to call you would be.

The other day I was in the

gym, a young lady on the next

cross trainer received a loud

phone call, she allowed her

phone to ring for longer than

necessary considering where

she was, this was a huge disturbance.

Before we knew it

her hello was so loud, we all

automatically turned in her

direction. Not minding any of

us or the privacy of her conversation

she maintained her

loud tone of voice throughout

till she completed the call.

Now that was quite unruly

with so much disregard for fellow

gym users.

To avoid damaging your

image I suggest that for security

purposes keep your phone

intact and out of sight, it is not

unusual for phones to go missing

in gyms.

•From left: Mr. Lanre Yusuf, Business Manager, Ikeja Electric; Ms. Chantelle Abdul,

MD/CEO, Mojec International and Mojec Meter Assets Management Company; Folake

Soetan, COO, Ikeja Electric and Mrs. Mojisola Abdul, Board Chairman, Mojec International

at the one day sensitization and engagement campaign organized by Mojec

International and Ikeja Electric held in Somolu Business unit, Lagos.


Pa Akintola Williams at 100

Renown accountant, Mr Akintola Williams, was celebrated on his 100th birthday in Lagos, on Friday.

Photos by Akeem Salau

•From left: Major General Ike Omar Sanda Nwachukwu; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo;

Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi ; Otunba Oyewole Fashawe and Mr. Jim Ovia,

Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc.

•From left: Seni Williams, son of the celebrant; Pa Akintola Williams; Niyi, grandson;

and Toks Williams, daughter.

•Engr Dominic Ekesi and wife Katia

•From left: General Yakubu Gowon; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Pa Akintola Williams;

Toks Williams; Seni Williams; Senator Ibikunle Amosun; and Niyi Williams

•From left: Chief Tokunbo Omisore; Mrs. Ajarat Adeola; Mr. Fola Adeola, Oba Adedotun

Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland, and Femi Olopade.

•From left: Kitoyi Ibare-Akinsan; Prof Olu Akinjanju, Mrs Olufunke; Otunba Tunde Osomo;

Sawyer Akintayo and Mrs Ireti.

•From left: Pastor Ifeanyi Adefarasin, Niyi Williams and Pastor Paul Adefarasin.

•Mr Jim Ovia and wife.

•Chief Emeka Anyaoku(r) and Princess, Bunmi Anyaoku.

•Otunba Olasubomi Micheal Balogun and wife, Olori Abimbola.

By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka


AFTER dealing with principalities and

powers on Thursday night during the

deliverance service, General Overseer

of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,

RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye

emerged in the nation's sparkling colours of

green and white not hiding his new found joy

by lifting the suspension placed on some workers

for undisclosed offences.

Still on a joyful note, he announced that 23

babies were born on Friday alone bringing

the number of children born at the church's

Maternity home within the Redemption

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New Season, New Era

And he that sat upon the throne said,

Behold, I make all things new. And

he said unto me, Write: for these

words are true and faithful (Revelation 21:5).

Do you wonder why we all love new things?

Which one amongst us does not like a new

clothe? Or a new car? Or a new house? Who

amongst us does not rejoice when a new

couple just got married, or when a new baby

is born? We are simply behaving like God:

He loves new things.

The Bible is replete with the stories of God

and new things.

1. A new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews


2. A new heaven (Isaiah 65:17).

3. A new earth (2 Peter 3:13).

4. A new name (Isaiah 62:2; Revelation


5. A new song (Psalm 40:3; Psalm 33:3).

6. New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12; 21:2).

7. New life (Job 14:7-9).

8. A new heart (Ezekiel 36:26).

9. New birth (John 3:3-7).

10. New creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

11. New mercies (Lamentation 3:22-


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Harvest of testimonies as convention

ends with birth of 86 new born babies

Cross section of traditional rulers at the convention. Photos by Lamidi


Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, wife of the

General Overseers, RCCG in handshake

with an outstanding graduand of Redeemers

Bible College


•Pastor Adeboye

Camp in five days of the convention to a total

of 86---45 boys and 43 girls.

In a similar development he called on female

members who had given birth to new

babies since the last national convention in

August last year to bring such babies for ded-


12. New

wine (Isaiah

65:8; Joel 3:18;

Mathew 9:17).

13. New garment



14. New


(Mathew 9:17).

15. New instrument



16. New

things (Isaiah

42:9; 48:6-7).

17. New

moon (Isaiah


18. New testament (Mathew 26:28).

19. New tongues (Mark 16:17).

20. Making all things new (Rev. 21:5).

Our God is a God of new things and He loves

to make things new.

Today, I want you to believe God for new things

in your life. New mercies, New favour, New miracles,

New blessings. Consider this promise of


Remember ye not the former things, neither

consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new

thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know

it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and

rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19).

In what specific areas of your life do you want

God to give you a new thing. Trust Him for it. Ask

Him for it. He will do it. He is faithful to His


Looking at our text for today, it is not just that

God wants to do a new thing in your life, He

actually wants to make all things new. Can you

believe Him for it? It will be unto you according

to your faith.

... Behold, I will make all things new ... (Revelation



From left: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo;

Prince Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun

State; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

State, his wife, Ibijoke and Governor

Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State at

the Redeemed Christian Church of God 67th

Annual Convention holding at the km 46,

Lagos-Ibadan expressway camp of the


ication and it was a mammoth crowd of mothers

and their bundles of joy. Joyfully, Pastor

Adeboye administered the traditional dedication

ceremony just after praying for those born

in August.

The convention which featured several special

events including ordination of deacons/

deaconesses, assistant pastors and graduation

of several students of the Bible College will

end today with the ordination of pastors to be

followed with a Thanksgiving service.

There were also group and special seminars

that addressed divergent issues bordering on

different aspects of life including talks on the

development of children, teenagers, youths,

married people as well as the elderly in the


The event which was attended by the Vicr

President, Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, several state

governors, other politicians, and several gospel

ministers from different parts of the world,

also featured a segment of prayers for the peace

of Nigeria and all the nations of the world

which was anchored by his wife, Pastor (Mrs)

Folu Adeboye.

Speaking on the main topic of the convention,

"And God said", the holiness preached reemphasised

the need for spectacular large

crowd of worshippers, several of whom, did

What is life all about?


The days of our years are threescore

years and ten; and if by reason of

strength they be fourscore years,

yet is their strength labour and sorrow;

for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Psalm 90: 10 KJV

Life is God’s idea. Life is short. The bible

says the days of a man are 3 scores

and 10 years. The mountain of age is difficult

to climb, in health, wealth and companionship.

The life we live is a loan that is given to

us from God. We all will return the spirit

to the owner to giveaccount of it before

our maker. So, we need to treat life very

carefully, warmly, considerably, respect,

attention and care.

We agree that there will always be a

storm in life just as we have it in nature.

The storm will come but we will be able

not have a place to seat, to please, hearken

diligently, listen in your spirit.

Drawing inspiration from Genesis 1:1-3 and

several bible passages, he said God is saying

let there be light, noting that the importance

of a statement is determined by the one speaking.

God is word and the word is speaking.

"When God said let there be light, He's saying,

let confusion end. I Corinthians 14:33,

Genesis 1:4-5, John 9:5, Matthew 5:14-16,"

he said, declaring "Darkness will leave you


According to him, let there be light could

also mean let progress begin. Exodus 10:21-

23. "Your progress will be accelerated from

now," he kept on making the declarations

based on what God had said in different parts

of His word with physical illustrations. Genesis

26:12-14 Make progress, move forward,

go higher and become very great. You will be

greater than you are.

"Let fruitfulness/fullness begin. Genesis 1:21-

22. Your emptiness end tonight physically, spiritually

and materially.

"Let joy begin. Psalms 30:5, from now on,

you shall sorrow no more.

"The first time God spoke to man was in

Genesis 1:26-28 and the message in clear:

Let all the forces in heaven and on earth help

you to succeed. You will sow on good soil.

Genesis 27:26-29

"Let people serve you, everywhere you go

you will find helpers. You can't be cursed.

Numbers 23:5-11. Every curse on your life

will be changed to blessings. Be fruitful- prosper,

multiply - increase rapidly. Your story will

be story of multiplication Replenish -overflow

Psalms 23:5 Your joy will overflow.

"God said, no weapon formed against you

shall prosper. Isaiah 54:17, Isaiah 54:15-16,

Mark 16:17-18, Acts 28:1-6

"Any witch or wizard that tries to suck my

blood will die. Daniel 3:14-30 Fire will finish

anyone planning to throw me into fire. Daniel

6 :1-28. Genesis 17:1

"I will provide for you adequately sufficiently

and abundantly, 1 Kings 17:2-6, 1 Kings

17:8-16, 1 Kings 19:1-8, John 6:5-13. All your

needs shall be met. Isaiah 66:1 I will promote

you, Proverbs 21:1, Esther 6:1-13, Genesis

37:5-11, Genesis 41:44 God will give every

force hindering you a dream. Revelation 3:7

God has the last say. Psalms 33 :11, Isaiah


"My Father and my God, because I am Your

representative to these people and their representative

to You, I hereby command into

the lives of all these people overflowing joy,

the kind of miracles that they will think they

are dreaming, I command them into their

lives. I command success that will silence

mockers permanently into their lives. I command

promotion that the enemies will say

you are serving a Mighty God.

"The power to succeed, prosper, serve God,

heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons,

win souls, plant churches, I command into

your lives. So shall it be, all your needs shall

be met, you will never know sorrow again. In

all your lives God will make the impossible

possible, reverse the irreversible, it shall be

well with you. You will never forget tonight

for good in Jesus mighty name, I have commanded."

to rise above them.

What is life all about? What is the whole

purpose of God bringing you to this life?

· The life we live is about serving


· It is about the achievement and

actualization of the purpose of our creation

I think that life is just simply an exam

and all that we come up with is just ways

to pass the exam. It is simply how we work

at passing the exam. The spirit is eternal,

it doesn’t die and returns to God for our

works and thoughts to be judged.

And I heard a voice from heaven saying,

“Write this down: Blessed are those

who die in the Lord from now on. Yes,

says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed,

for they will rest from their hard work;

for their good deeds follow them!”Rev.

14: 13

Our life is about how much time we

spend with God and the amount of time

we spend doing His will and reflecting

His image.

*Ituah Ighodalo is the Senior Pastor,

Trinity House, Trinity Avenue, Off Ligali

Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.




True freedom through Jesus Christ

By Pastor William F.


atthew 1:21-23 "And

Mshe shall bring forth a

son, and thou shalt call his

name JESUS: for he shall

save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it

might be fulfilled which was

spoken of the Lord by the

prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin

shall be with child, and

shall bring forth a son, and


they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,

God with us."

Sin is the appetizing snare the devil garnishes and transforms

into bondage, which attracts careless gullible individuals

who later end up in the state of emptiness, dejection and

hopelessness for the rest of their lives on earth and beyond in


Many who have erroneously believed in the sanctimonious

inducements and incentives of the devil do not live to tell the

complete tale of their miserable fate and misfortune. Others

who were lured by the selling points of Satan, but alive today,

and because of their captivity, are suffering from untold repression,

deafening spiritual oppression and emotional depression.

But there is good news for all those who are suffering under

the heavy high-handedness of the devil, because God has set

His sights on them, and He has sent Jesus Christ to set them

free from the bondage Satan has placed on them due to the

inherited problem of sin our forebears, Adam and Eve, were

entangled in.

If you are one of the lot, Jesus has the power to release you

from that captivity and He will do it for you today in Jesus


Acts 5:31 "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a

Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and

forgiveness of sins."

Jesus is the best antidote against the problem of sin ravaging

our entire world and in order for you to enjoy quick solution to

the general pains that come with sin you have to take pragmatic

decision that calls for real time action. Such a decisive decision

is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your sin bearer and


The moment that happens, He will break the power and

stronghold of the devil in your life and He will cancel the effect

of sin. That is why you need to give Him the all clear signal to

act on your behalf. This is because true salvation comes from

God and it is only through Jesus. As a result, you do not need to

look elsewhere for nonexistent alternatives because God has

put in place the resources required to rescue you out of sin and

from the perils of the last judgment.

Matthew 26:28 "For this is my blood of the new testament,

which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

God loves sinners, but hates sin and that is the sole reason He

permitted the death of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to

take place on the cross, a place meant for condemned lawbreakers,

so that you and I would obtain forgiveness, pardon

and have access and opportunity to experience His glory up

above in heaven.

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. If you

examine yourself with the mirror of the word of God and come

to notice some shortcomings, then be informed that you are

part of the number who have sinned and have come short of the

glory of God. If your children and or neighbours have fared no

better, then they are living dangerously and have become endangered

species waiting for the devil to strike at them.

But all that can change the moment you go into the good

books of the Lord by accepting His offer of salvation and making

Him your personal Lord and Saviour.

Remember that Jesus voluntarily went to Calvary to bear

your shame, sorrow and punishment because you chose to live

a life of sin that is punishable by death, and which could easily

have been snuffed out, if not for the bold selfless sacrifice of

Jesus backed up with irresistible and irredeemable love, which

replaced you in the face of death.

Because He shed His divine blood to save a lost wretched

like you, sunk in the mire of despondency orchestrated by the

devil to ruin your destiny, you should be grateful. Simply because

there is nothing else to be done that has not been done by

God through the blood of Jesus to redeem you from the perilous

hand of Satan so as to grant you the privilege to enjoy full

and complete salvation and freedom from sin and Satan.

His blood has been shed to cancel the condemnation and

punishment you evoked for disobeying the commandments of

God so that you would be emancipated, saved and delivered,

and thank God that today you will be delivered from your sins.

Romans 5:6 "For when we were yet without strength, in due

time Christ died for the ungodly."

The load of sin is hugely great and suppressive and that is the

reason a sinner lacks the will power strength to save himself or

herself from the heavy burden of sin. My friend, because you do

not have the means and ability to free yourself out of the captivity

of sin and Satan; Jesus had to pull over and do the needful


Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in

that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

RCCG Christ Worship Centre, donates

pipe borne water to community

s part of The Redeemed

AChristian Church of

God’s Corporate Social Responsibility

(CSR) initiative,

RCCG Christ Worship Centre,

Odalume, Sogunle-

Ladipo,Lagos Province 60

donated pipe borne water

project to the Ladipo community

to ameliorate the hardship

being experienced by the

people over inadequate portable

drinking water.

Speaking during the unveiling

and hand over which

took place at the church premises,

the Pastor in charge of

Lagos Province 60, Pastor

Ephraim Osunde, said CSR

has its root in Christianity and

the church is meant to be an

example for the world to follow.

He said the donation of

the water project was a conscious

avenue for the church

to make visible impact to its

host community.

The hand over and unveiling

of the water project was witnessed

by the Vice-Chairman

of Oshodi local government,

Hon. Daisi Osho, Community

leaders including the CDA

chairman,Elder Adewale,Mr

Azeez Hakeem, CDA Secretary

Faith in the Redemptive names of God (9)




TEXT: EXOD 17:8-16


We give thanks to God

that Jesus Christ has already

been shown forth to us as our

Banner in the last episode. We

were made more than conquerors

through His precious

Blood. His "banner over" us

(Song 2:4) symbolizes His

presence, His power and His




“Only fear the LORD & serve

Him in truth with all your

heart, for consider what great

things He has done for you.”

(1 Sam 12:24).

What do we learn of warfare?

Staff of God ~ His "banner

over" us (Song 2:4) symbolizes

His presence, His power

and His provision. Even as He

provided food and water, so

also He gives us victory in spiritual

warfare. When confronted

with "Amalekites" don't depend

on your zeal or ingenuity

to defeat them but on your

Rallying Point, Jehovah Nissi

Who are the "Amalekites" in

your life?

Enemies of God's people

1) Flesh – Gal.5:16,


2) World –Jn.16:33,


3) Devil - 1Pe 5:8; 9; 10, He

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DUS 17)

But for the busy young executives

among us, Amalek in

the Bible is a type of our fleshly

nature. You know the one...

that which you have problems

with on a daily basis! So God

was teaching Moses, the Israelites,

and us about this battle

that we are in. The battle belongs

to the Lord. It doesn't

come down to our strength or

great numbers. It comes down

to His response to our praise

and surrender (pictured in

Moses raising his hands to


So at the end of a long day

for Moses, with arms that were

no doubt very heavy, he wanted

to praise and acknowledge

the amazing victory that Yahweh

had given the Israelites

and so he built an altar.

“Moses built an altar and

called it The LORD is my Banner

(Yahweh Nissi). (vs 16) He

said, "For hands were lifted up

Three nuggets for covenant places (2)

very man's mountain is

Ehis ignorant. Your ignorant

is your greatest mountain.

The reason why many people

are stuck in life is because they

are ignorant. The reason why

many people are not strong is

because they are stuck.it is not

enough to be knowing, you

must know enough. Let break

it down. It is not enough to

know God as a problem solver.

Many people know God to

solve their problems. Even as

you are sitted here, some of

you here the reason why you

are in church today is because

you want God to solve your

problems. You know God to

solve your problems, that is not

enough you don't know God.

When you know God you solve

most of your problems. We

have people in church who are

on church asking God to

solve thier problems. Unknown

to them knowing God

Bishop David George

is less awareness of your problems.

When Jesus was in the ship

what was He doing sleeping.

What was his disciples doing

shouting save us. Carest not if

we perished, then Jesus stood

up and said why is it that you

have no faith. This is the difference

between two people

who know God. Some know

God without knowing they

have problems, some know

God yet they are still with

their problems. Some people

even if they fast or do anything

in the house of God they do it

for God to solve thier problems.

Their knowledge of God

is that God is a problem solver.

If that's why you are here,

am sorry you don't even know

God. And it is only children

that does that. How may of

you relate with your father to

solve your problems?. Nobody,

so you don't relate with your

Eid el-Sallah: MURIC says Nigeria

can be great again

By Sam Eyoboka

S Nigerian Muslims

Ajoin more than two billion

Muslims worldwide to

celebrate the Id al-Kabiir, the

Muslim Rights Concern

(MURIC), has urged Nigerians

to work and pray for peace

and stability.

This was contained in the

Salah message circulated to

the media by the Director of

MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola,

as the group felicitated

with the Sultan of Sokoto

and President-General of the

Nigerian Supreme Council

for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA),

Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad

Abubakar and Nigerians in

general for having the grace

of witnessing this year’s Id al-


MURIC urged Nigerians to

change their mindset from

negativity to positivity and

adopt the principle of ‘ora et

labora’ (work and pray) to

overcome the challenges facing

the country.

“First, we must change our

mindset from negativity to

positivity. We must stop seeing

Nigeria as a failed state. If

a Muhammadu Buhari can

be governor of the whole

Northern region, military

head of state, chairman Petroleum

Trust Fund and now president

of Nigeria without a single

trace of corrupt enrichment,

if Professor Ishaq

Oloyede can remit N7.5 billions

to JAMB’s coffers within

one year alone whereas only

N50 million was remitted by

his predecessor in seven years,

then there is indubitable evidence

that not all Nigerians

are corrupt.

“If an Alhaji Abdullahi

Abubakar, the 83-year old

Imam of Nghar village in

Barkin Ladi Local Government

of Plateau State can save

300 Christians from being

killed, Muslim-Christian conflict

can be resolved.

“If an air force man, Bashir

to the throne of the LORD. The

LORD will be at war against

the Amalekites from generation

to generation."




In this great promise of God,

He beckons all of the heavens

to shout for joy and all of the

earth to burst into song! Why?

Because He is going to lift up

a banner (Nissi) to the people.

There will be a rallying point

of great victory! But Who is

'my banner'? Who is the Nissi

of the Lord? That's right answer

JESUS! Himself, present

on earth when he returns, will

become the banner and rallying

point for the whole world.

Isaiah 11:1-10 speaks of the

kingdom that the Messiah

Jesus will setup and reign over

at His return. Did you see that

last verse? This root of Jesse

(who was King David's father)

will be a banner (Nissi) for the

peoples and the nations will

rally to Him!


On the contemporary level,

it was during a battle that

Moses and the Israelites found

that their Lord was Yahweh

Nissi, their Victor and their

Rallying Point. Finding God

as Jehovah Nissi always requires

a battle, for we only

learn such things when pressed

and desperate. It requires a

conflict that causes us to cry

out and learn of Him who is

our Victor. Our Christian walk

begins with such a battle for

we must experience Christ as

we see our great need of Salvation

and humbly come before

the cross of Christ and look

at Him, the sinless Saviour lifted

up and taking the bite of

sin on our behalf. This is our

initial rally point and victory.

But the only growth in the

Christian life is growth in

Him. That is, growing and

experiencing more of the One

who is our Victory (whether the

opposition comes from without

or within). Each day there

is a need to come back to our

rallying point and that banner

that we rally to is the person

of Jesus Christ – Hallelujah!

We also look forward with

GREAT hope and expectation

to the day when all of the world

will join us in rally to this banner

that God will place over

the whole earth. Maranatha -

Come Lord Jesus!

May you continue to grow

and learn more about Yahweh

Nissi - Your banner, your

victory! God bless you as we

look forward to the next Redemptive

Name of God in the

next episode.

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father because he will solve

your problems, so why do you

relate with God as your problems

solver?. You even walk

away from Him, if your problems

are not solved. Why do

you get discouraged when little

things happen. Why do turn

your back because of little

problem, why do you leave

your place of assignment because

somebody hurts you.? in

this country we have best

brains, go to America, the best

brains in America are Nigerians..

All over the world Nigerians

are known to be best in

both sciences and arts profession.

But why is it not working

for us back home?. This is

because back home everything

we do is to get money.

And that's not the essence of

life. Our doctors here practice

to make money, so if there is

an issue they ask for deposit

of N150,000, when you don't

have the money they just put

you on drip, which means you

are on your own anything can

happen. But abroad if there

is an issue they try to solve that

problem. They derive joy when

a problem is solved without

looking at the monetary side

of it. Which is why we fail woefully.

So what we are saying

be strong. It is not enough being

a pastor. You must know

enough as pastor. It is not

Umar can return €37,000

which he found in a parcel to

its owner, then there is evidence

that not all Nigerians

are dishonest and greedy. Not

all Nigerians are thieves.

“There is hope in the horizon.

Nigeria is on the path of

enough being a prophet, you

must know enough of prophet's.

It is not enough being a

teacher, you must know

enough as a teacher. So it is in

every profession. So being a

Christian does not mean you

should not seek knowledge..

when you seek knowledge,

seek the revelation behind it.

Don't just be a church goer.

That is why we have so many

things going wrong in the

body of Christ , there are many

wrong doctrines. For my people

perish because they lack

knowledge. There are things

that would save you but because

God cannot save you

beyond your knowledge. So

your knowledge is your yardstick

by which God helps you.

God can't help you beyond

your knowledge. My people

perish because of lack of

knowledge, so what you do is

to go for knowledge, He said

sell your coat and buy knowledge.

The knowledge of God

you have will command the

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greatness. The panacea to our

challenges is not far-fetched.

First, we must change our

mindset and believe that we

can be great again. We must

determine to rebuild our country,

to love our neighbours, to

shelve corruption, etc.

Ighrakpata felicitates with Muslims

By Festus Ahon

HE member represent

Ting Uvwie constituency

in the Delta State House of Assembly,

Chief Solomon Ighrakpata

has felicitated with

Muslim faithfuls, particularly

those in Uvwie as they celebrate

Eid-el Kabir.

Ighrakpata in a statement

in Asaba on behalf of himself,

family and the entire constituency,

congratulated the faithful

on this year’s celebration

and urged them to use the opportunity

provided by the religious

event to pray for sustained

peace in Uvwie and the

state at large.

The lawmaker who is the

Deputy Chief Whip of the

House acknowledged the

large number of Moslems resident

in Uvwie local government

area and charged all to

go about their activities peacefully

before, during and after

the celebrations.Ighrakpata

emphasized the need for them

to continue to live in peace and

harmony with indigenes and

to ensure they involve themselves

only in legitimate businesses.

He used the opportunity to

again thanked Muslim community

in his constituency for

their massive support during

the general elections and assured

them of effective representation.

He also commended them

for their unalloyed loyalty and

support to the state governor,

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,

stressing the need for all to

continue to keep faith with the

PDP administration in the




Paul says: “They are not all

Israel who are of Israel.”

(Romans 9:6-7). Similarly,

they are not all Christian who are

Christians. Or to put it more precisely,

they are not all Christ-like

who are Christians. Most Christians

are only Christian in name


How can you tell if a man is a

true Christian? Here is one rule of

thumb. Slap him, and see how he

reacts. Step on his foot, and see if

he would curse you out.

If he belongs to Christ, he will

not retaliate. The reason is simple:

“Those who are Christ’s have crucified

the flesh with its passions and

desires.” (Galatians 5:24).

Those who don’t belong to Christ

will fight back. They will give you

an eye for an eye and a tooth for a

tooth. But those who belong to

Christ will not retaliate. They know

the Lord will fight for them, and so

they will hold their peace. (Exodus


Crucifying the flesh

Paul says: “I have been crucified

with Christ; it is no longer I who live,

but Christ lives in me; and the life

which I now live in the flesh I live by

faith in the Son of God, who loved

me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians


Those who belong to Christ were

crucified with Christ. Therefore,

they crucify their flesh and so they

do not continue to fulfill the lusts of

the flesh.

You can identify which kingdom

you belong to by answering this simple

question truthfully: who is stronger,

your flesh or your spirit? Who

controls your actions and emotions:

your flesh or your spirit? If your

flesh still determines how you act or

react in critical situations, then your

kingdom is still of this world and

not of the kingdom of God.

The flesh can never control the

flesh. Only the spirit can control

the flesh. So, if your spirit is your

“head-of-state,” it will determine

your actions and reactions. If

someone slaps you, you can easily

resist slapping him back.

Crucifixion is a slow agonizing

death. Nevertheless, Jesus requires

his disciples to carry their cross and

follow him. (Matthew 16:24).

Crucifying the flesh is a prayerfully

deliberate process on the part of the

believer. It requires us, with God’s

help, to socialize our flesh into submission

by systematically depriving

it of what it wants and craves.

Paul says: “I discipline my body

and bring it into subjection, lest,

when I have preached to others, I

myself should become disqualified.”

(1 Corinthians 9:27).

Dying to self

There are two kinds of life: the selflife

and the godly life. The self-life

lives to please the flesh. It lives to

gain a reputation in this world. It

seeks human approval. It cares

more about what people think and

say than about what God approves.

The flesh is full of pride, selfishness,

jealousy, and self-worship.

(Galatians 5:19-21). Therefore, living

for self is living without Godcontrol.

That is the very worst way

to live. It means living according

to the dictates of the world. But

John warns: “Everything in the

world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of

the eyes, and the pride of life- comes

not from the Father but from the

My goal is to make Heaven (4)

Christians that are not Christian

ACTS 14:22

“ Confirming the

souls of the disciples,

and exhorting them to

continue in the faith, and

that we must through much

tribulation enter in-to the

kingdom of God.”

Beloved, as we continue to

expose the benefit of making

heaven our goal, it is

necessary to prepare you for

the cross and make you

understand that in pursuit

of your goal, you must meet

trials and persecu-tion. So,

if making even is your goal,

I want you to un-derstand

that there shall be

persecution, trials, temptation,

troubles and

many things deployed by

devil to scuttle your goal.

But if you know what is

ahead after the troubles,

you will not pick offence, get

angry or do anything that

will stop you from following

the Lord and actualizing

your goal. The

Scripture has forewarned us

that it is through much

tribulation that we can

enter into the kingdom of


The doctrine of the gospel

exhorts us to maintain

steadfastness and perseverance

in all we do on our

journey to heaven.

So if your goal is to make

heaven, you must brace up

for inconveniences. There is

no coming at the crown but

by the cross because if the

Head have been crowned

with thorns, it will be

inappropriate for the feet to

tread on roses. You must not

misconstrue trial as


This must be taught to the

people so that they may not

think it to be strange the

fiery trials that may befall

them in the course of their

voyage to heaven but rather

should rejoice they are

partakers of the sufferings

of Christ so that when the

glory shall be revealed they

will also be exceedingly


If you must enter heaven,

you must be transformed,

and having behavioral pattern

devoids of carnality.

This means that as a matter

of preparation, you must

be spiritual, right-eous and

holy for heaven is a

prepared place for prepared

people. If there is any

iota of unrighteous-ness,

you can’t get there. Besides,

very soon the tru-mpet shall

How can you tell if

a man is a true

Christian? Here is

one rule of thumb.

Slap him and see

how he reacts

world.” (1 John 2:16).

The scriptures show that there are

two primary objectives that motivate

the flesh: pride and selfishness.

But God is spirit; he is humble;

and there is no iota of selfishness

in him. He owns everything,

and is all powerful; yet he does not

boast or show off.

Satan, on the other hand, owns

nothing. Nevertheless, he is full of

it. He is very proud and likes show


To walk with God, we must die to

the flesh and to self. We must be

empty of self so that we can be filled

with God. John the Baptist said

concerning Christ: “He must increase,

but I must decrease.” (John

3:30). In other words, he wanted

to die to self and live to God.

Walking in the Spirit

sound, and no

unclean or murderer

shall go in


I Corinthian 6:9-11

“ Know ye not that

the unrighteous

shall not inherit

the kingdom of

God? Be not deceived:


fornicators, nor

idolaters, nor ad-ulterers,

nor effeminate, nor abusers

of themselves with

mankind, Nor thiev-es, nor

covetous, nor drun-kards,

nor revilers, nor extortioners,

shall inherit the

kingdom of God. And such

were some of you: but ye are

washed, but ye are

sanctified, but ye are justified

in the name of the Lord

Jesus, and by the Spirit of

our God.”

The unrighteous, those that

reject the grace of God, who

love the doctrine of Satan

and practice wick-edness,

shall not possess or enter the

Kingdom of heaven. Every

sin com-mitted and not

repented of, will shuts out

the pers-on out of the

kingdom of heaven. You

cannot live in sin but

thinking you will at same

time die in Christ, and go to

heaven. Don’t you know that

haters of God also hate to

live with God, thus will have

no bu-siness with heaven? If

you do not forsake your

wicked course of life, you

shall never see the kingdom

of heaven and thus will be

damned forever. Beloved, if

you have chosen to make

heaven your goal you must

be ready to tame the desire

of your body.

By Pastor


Joshua Daramola

IT is imperative to put

things in the right perspectives,

so that people can

know what the right thing

is. The issue is who is to govern

a country? Firstly, the

person(s) to govern a country

must possess the following


a. Must be honest and

truthful person.

b. Must be an impartial

person, no favoritism.

c. Must have the spirit of


d. Ability to endure and be


e. Ability to mobilize and

gather people.

f. Must be generous by

sowing seed.

g. Must be an indigene of

that country and a servant

of God.

These are the requirements

a leader must possess

to govern a country. It is not

the politicians that are rightful

people to govern a nation.

It is the Kings or monarchs

that govern a nation

because in the beginning it

was monarch system of government

that was place before

the advent of democracy.

And the countries under

this system were experiencing

peace and tranquility. In

the Arab world today country

like Saudi Arabia, United

Arab Emirates and others

that are operating monarch

form of government

are enjoying relative peace

in their respective nation.

Saudi Arabia has King of

Saudi controlling the affairs

of the nation, Kings of Brunei,

Dubai, Oman. Archbish-

But we cannot fight the flesh with

flesh. We must fight it with spiritual

weapons. Therefore, Paul says:

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall

not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians


To walk in the Spirit means to walk

according to God’s word. To walk

in the flesh means to be led by pride

and selfishness (doing what you do

to please yourself). Paul says the

flesh desires what is contrary to the

Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary

to the flesh.(Galatians 5:17).

This shows both the flesh and the

Spirit are in conflict with each other.

God’s plan is that we should walk

in harmony with him, share the same

desires with him, think what he

thinks, feel what he feels, and do what

he does. This is only possible when

we have our minds renewed by the

word of God.

When we choose the way of God

and reject the way of sin, we crucify

the flesh. The scriptures tell us that:

“He who has suffered in the flesh

has ceased from sin.” (1 Peter 4:1-

2). This is painful but spiritually


Who is suitable to govern

a nation


op Makarios111 was the

Archbishop and Primate of

Orthodox Church of Cyprus.

He was the President of Cyprus

1960 – 1977. He survived

four assassination attempts

and a coup d’etat. He was

widely regarded by Greek

Cypriots as the Father of the

Nation Similarly, monarch

form of government was predominant

in Africa countries

before the introduction of

democratic form of govt by

the Europeans. But in Africa

the politicians that governing

many countries have the

kings and traditional rulers

irrelevant in the scheme of

things. They are at the mercy

of the politicians in govt. In

fact the emergence of these

politicians in government

was not devoid of bloodshed,

rituals and other devilish acts.

Most of them are not honest

and truthful. Kings and traditional

rulers acquire experiences

from their domains

but a fresh graduate from

university; suddenly get a political

position without experience.

So there is the tendency

for the person not to govern

very well. Another group

of people that can govern a

Indebted to the Spirit

But we must always remember

that it was the Spirit, and not the

flesh, that broke the power of sin in

our lives; enabling us to choose between

sin and righteousness. When

we were in the flesh, we had no

choice. We were slaves of sin. But

now that we are in the Spirit, we have

a choice: we can choose to be slaves

of righteousness.

Therefore: “We are debtors- not to

the flesh, to live according to the

flesh. For if (we) live according to

the flesh (we) will die; but if by the

Spirit (we) put to death the deeds of

the body, (we) will live. For as many

as are led by the Spirit of God, these

are sons of God.” (Romans 8:12-


“Because the carnal mind is enmity

against God; for it is not subject to

the law of God, nor indeed can be.

So then, those who are in the flesh

cannot please God. But (we) are not

in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed

the Spirit of God dwells in us.” (Romans


Denying the flesh

In order to kill the flesh, we have to

die daily. (1 Corinthians 15:31).

We have to sow to the Spirit and deny

our flesh. This means living a fasted

life. It means holding our tongue

even when we are provoked.

It means being of purer eyes than

to behold evil. (Habakkuk 1:13).

It means we must be like Job, who

says: “I have made a covenant with

my eyes; why then should I look upon

a young woman?” (Job 31:1).

It means preventing our feet from

every evil way. (Psalm 119:101).

It means restraining our hands from

fights: “If your hand causes you to

sin, cut it off and cast it from you.”

(Matthew 18:8).

“For whatever a man sows, that

he will also reap. For he who sows to

his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,

but he who sows to the Spirit

will of the Spirit reap everlasting

life.” (Galatians 6:7-8).

nation well are the servants

of God. In the Scripture, servants

of were in charge of

governance in their various

domain. Abraham, Noah,

Samuel and others were in

charge of the affairs of their

people. It was after Samuel

that kingship came into existence.

Samuel anointed

Saul and David king at their

different time. In fact the servants

of God were responsible

for appointing kings. The

Kings were always at the mercy

of the servants of God. Any

king that was offensive to the

servant of God was dethroned.

Some monarchs

still exercise authority on

some matter that affect the

governance of a nation. The

Queen of England still play

some roles in the affairs of

her nation. I fervently advocate

that true servants of God

in Nigeria should be courageous

to show interest in the

governing this country. I also

believe in no distant time

many countries of the will

revert back to the monarch

form of government. The Bible

has made some clarifications

about a King Psalm

21:1-13 “The king shall have

joy in your strength, O LORD;

And in your salvation how

greatly shall he rejoice! You

have given him his heart’s

desire, And have not withheld

the request of his lips…”

Therefore it is the Kings and

Servants of God that rule nations

and peace and tranquility

will always prevail in

those countries.

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By Udo Ibuot

Senior Apostle John Okoriko is

Overseer of the Solid Rock Church,

Uyo, in Akwa Ibom State. He marked

his 70th birthday recently. In this

encounter, he speaks about the church,

crises in the polity and the way forward.


HERE appears to be crisis

everywhere in the country.

Former President, Olusegun

Obasanjo, recently complained

that if care was not taken, Nigeria

risked slipping into war and breakup.

Are these fears justified?

Yes, well Chief Obasanjo is close

to the international community. He

is respected and has followership,

so when he speaks, it seems as though

Nigeria is speaking and majority

will listen to him. It doesn’t mean

that everything he says will happen

exactly the way he says it, because

he is not the Lord. But I don’t want to

disagree entirely.

We are looking at insecurity and

herdsmen attacks, and to me, spiritually

the whole thing is as a result

of the break-up of families. God

started with the family; once the

family is broken, the society is broken.

That is why we have to gather

my ministers, village heads, paramount

rulers, great men and women

of God and share with them the

vision for all married people, to pray

for peace in the family. All these cult

boys, prostitutes, Boko Haram are

all children from families. They are

offshoots of conflicts in families.

Are you worried by reports that

the killer herdsmen who mastermind

insecurity are allegedly foreigners?

Can you blame them? You blame

the country, because we don’t have

strict borders; our borders are porous,

so they have easy access. They

can go from one country to another.

We don’t have data that one can

• Okoriko

check whether you are a Fulani from

Nigeria or any other country. The

borders are porous but it didn’t start


You said the society is broken because

of the breakdown of families.

What is the role of the church?

Family is different from the

church, and the church is an offshoot

of families.

Are you saying the church is broken


Yes, when the families are broken

the church is broken. Who constitute

the church? Is it not the family?

If somebody marries three wives and

has girl friends; works in government

and steals money, what do you

think he can do morally, spiritually?

Can he instill morality in the society?

What good example will he

leave behind?

So, the Church has failed in its

responsibility of instilling morality?

It takes special grace to

rule a country like

Nigeria where three

quarters of the citizens

are poor, uneducated

with some being

miserable in every way

Partially, even in the Bible God

confirmed it when He blamed the

seven churches. The churches are focusing

on materialism. They forget

spirituality, they forget values. So, if

you look at young people they are

focusing on flashy cars, how to have

more in their pocket, how to dress

well, but they don’t have values.

How they grow up gives them a

wrong picture of how life is.

Are you saying members of your

church should not have these good

things of life?

Well, we are neither here or there

when you talk about prosperity. The

kind of prosperity we propagate in

this church is different. We talk about

virtues. It is not bad to have palatial

buildings, big cathedral, have planes

and expensive cars. But there are

virtues God is asking us to possess.

He is not asking us to be poor. The

kind of prosperity we are talking

about is the prosperity that will sustain

life and godliness.

You were said to be sympathetic

to the governorship aspiration of

Obong Nsima Ekere of APC. How

would you assess him?

I never followed one particular

candidate. All candidates are my

people. How did you know that I

followed Nsima? (laughs). Some of

them invited me to their programmes

and I went. There is one

thing to be sympathetic to somebody

it is another thing to be concerned.

Is that why Nsima Ekere didn’t

show up at your 70th birthday?

Nsima Ekere is my brother, look

at Mkpatenin and IkotAbasi, we are

brothers. Would you want me to be

negative about him? I was not disappointed

that Nsima Ekere didn’t

attend my birthday. The governor

of this State was highly represented

and I was honoured. I never cast any

blame on Nsima, I never even said

any negative thing about it.

How do you see Governor Udom


He is a good man, he wouldn’t

have done all that he is doing without

a certain excellent greatness in

him because when you get to that

level you will be buffeted by every

Tom, Dick, and Harry whether you

do it or not, they blame you and say

bad things about you; and he still

has the mind to focus on the things

he is doing now. He has focus and I

believe in people who have focus.

What do you foresee about the

Buhari administration?

Well, I want to believe that it takes

special grace to rule a country like

Nigeria where three quarters of the

citizens are poor, uneducated with

some being miserable in every way.

I can be difficult to lead close to 200

million people to which half of them

being illiterates. It is easier to lead

an educated, morally advanced persons,

they will understand you better.

But for the poor, the wretched of

the society, it will be very difficult.

What’s your take on the controversial

RUGA settlement issue?

The president didn’t affirm it. The

issue was suspended so I can’t say

anything. Unless he had said something

or maybe has made it into law,

then the State Houses of Assemblies

and the National Assembly would

have been asked to do something

about it.