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Dogara, Dalung, Anyim, Four Governors, Others To Grace Varsity Of Jos Alumni Reunion

Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara is among galaxy of elites and guests expected to attend the 2017 Mega Reunion of the University of Jos Alumni Association which holds this Thursday, September 28.

The event scheduled to hold at the Yar’adua Centre Abuja, is organized to “bring Josites together to discuss issues that would help attract the needed infrastructure to the University”

This, is contained in a release jointly signed by the National President, Mallam Idris Yakubu and Public Relations Officer, Prof. Emeka Desmond Ozoji and made available to the media.

The event would also be attended by 20 other Legislators from the National Assembly, Governors of Plateau, Imo, Kebbi and Bauchi States (who are Josites).

Others are Ministers for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Usani U Usani; Youths & Sports Development, Comrade Solomon Dalung, and his Niger Delta counterpart, Prof Claudius Daramola.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro are also billed to be in attendance.

“The University of Jos Alumni Association (UJAA) shall hold her 2017 Unijos Alumni Mega Reunion and Dinner on Thursday September 28, 2017 at the Yar’adua Centre Abuja”

According to the release, Josites who have carved a niche for themselves in their various endeavors, would be recognized and awarded during the event, which is expected to have The Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako (who is also an alumnus) in attendance.

“During the event, Alumni members who have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of calling, shall be honored with awards; while Josites who recently got into Executive and Appointive positions in both the public & private sectors, would be recognized and celebrated. The Vice- Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako (also a Josite), will be making his first major appearance among the the Alumni family, having assumed office  in June 2016”

The release further stated that the re-union would also witness the “unveiling of a 3D presentation of the Unijos Alumni Centre Project, a multi-purpose Centre to be built on the permanent  site of the university, that will incorporate a 500 seat Auditorium; meeting rooms; offices; shops,  Internet bar; reception lounges and an Honours arcade”

“All funds raised during the event will be deployed towards building the Centre” the statement reads.

Information Minister Condemns Deadly Attack On Benin Zoo

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has strongly condemned the attack on Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin, Edo State, on Sunday, during which three policemen were killed and the Head of the Zoo, Dr. Andy Ehanire, was abducted by the attackers.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister described the attack on one of the country’s foremost tourist destinations as a big blow to ongoing efforts to lift the tourism sector in the country.

”The success or failure of a tourism destination depends largely on a safe and secure environment. Incidences such as the attack on the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park therefore negate the concept of tourism as well as government’s determination to develop our tourism industry as a tool for socio-economic development.

”The killing of the three policemen attached to the zoo to provide security for fun seekers, the abduction of the zoo boss and the trauma suffered by the visitors who witnessed the attack are saddening, condemnable and most unfortunate,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said the government will step up security in all the tourist sites across the country in particular in order to prevent a recurrence, while urging the abductors of Dr Ehanire to quickly release him unharmed.

He also sent his condolences to the families of the policemen who were killed in the attack, and prayed that God will grant repose to their souls.

Senator Ashafa Mourns Lagos Chief Imam, Sheikh Ibrahim Akinola

Senator representing Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa, on Monday, expressed grief over the death of the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Ibrahim Garuba Akinola.

Ashafa, in a press statement signed by his aide, Tope Atiba, described the late Imam as “a good man who lived an exemplary life in service of Almighty Allah and our dear Lagos State.”

The statement reads: “He was not only a religious leader but also a spiritual father and role model to many Nigerians. His courageous sermons which revealed an in-depth knowledge of Islam would remain a lasting legacy for generations to come.

“I enjoyed the benefit of having a relationship with him since the period I served at the Lands bureau Lagos State where his constant prayers and wise counsel until the time of his death remained a source of support and encouragement to me.

“Considering the positive impact he has made in many lives, I am confident to state that his death is not just a loss to the people of Lagos State but to the Muslim Umah as a whole and as such he would be dearly missed.

“While my heart and prayers remain with his family members at this time of grief, it is my prayer that Almighty Allah grant the gentle soul Aljannah Firdaus. Amin.”

 

 

 

MURIC Mourns Chief Imam Of Lagos

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Monday, commiserated with the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Deputy President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Saraki Adinni of Lagos, Alhaji (Chief) S. O. Babalola, the Baba Adinni of Lagos, Shaykh Hafeez Abu and the entire Muslim Ummah of Lagos State on the death of the Lagos Chief Imam, Shaykh Ibrahim Garba Akinola.

Shaykh Akinola died on Sunday, at the age of 80.

In a statement circulated by the group’s President, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he described the late Imam as “a great scholar, pious and widely travelled.”

His words: “We pray that Almighty Allah overlooks his trespasses and reposes his soul in A-Jannah firdaus.”

Trump’s Comments ‘Clearly A Declaration Of War’, Says North Korea

North Korea’s foreign minister said Donald Trump has declared war on his country.

Ri Yong-ho said Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US strategic bombers even if they are not in the North’s air space.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” he told reporters in New York.

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

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Ambode Donates 120 5KVA Generating Sets To Power Police Formations

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday handed over 120 new 5KVA generating sets to the Lagos State Police Command to power all police formations across the State, with a pledge of continuous support to security agencies to ensure optimal performance.

Speaking at Lagos House in Ikeja while handing over the generating sets to the police, the Governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensure the enforcement of rule of law and safety of lives and property in the State, just as he said that his vision was for the State to be among the safest places to live and work in Africa.

Governor Ambode, who was represented at the brief handing over ceremony by the Chairman of Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Mr Oye-Hassan Odukale, said the security of residents and investors remain one of the cardinal objectives of his administration, and that government would not relent in coming up with initiatives and programmes to guarantee safety of the people.

He said the generating sets were procured by the Fund to ensure that police formations in the State work optimally in their mandate of safeguarding lives and property.

According to him: “Lagos State is the safest State and we hope to make the State to be among the safest States in Africa which is our objective at the Fund. Anything about security is given high priority by our administration. Lagosians are now feeling safe. The safety that we are experiencing don’t come cheap but I like to assure that at the Fund, we are always willing to move at any time to ensure that we keep Lagos safe,” he said.

The Governor also congratulated the new Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, and pledged to work with him to ensure the safety of the people.

He said aside the provision of the generating sets, the LSSTF had also been mandated to carry out the installations of the new equipment in all the Divisions and Area Commands in the State.

Besides, Governor Ambode urged police officers to take good care of the generating sets and use them for the purpose meant for the overall benefit and safety of the people.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Executive Secretary of LSSTF, Dr Abdulrazak Balogun said the generating sets would be distributed across the 107 Police Divisions and 13 Area Commands in the State.

He said the procurement of the generating sets was in furtherance of the Light Up Lagos Project of the present administration aimed at ensuring that every nook and cranny of the State are well lit.

He said: “The procurement is also in tandem with Governor Ambode’s vision of a secured and investment-friendly Lagos. Police formations are critical to securing lives and property in the State and it is very important that these stations function optimally. This is why the Lagos State Security Council recommended the provision of power generating sets for these stations and the State Security Trust Fund expeditiously approved the expenditure.”

Responding, the State’s Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Imohimi Edgal thanked Governor Ambode for the gesture, saying that the generating sets could not have come at a better time.

While assuring that the generating sets would be put to optimal use, Edgal said that the facility would go a long way to ensuring that the divisional and area commands are well lit up to enable them effectively enforce the laws of the land.

“You can imagine the confidence members of the public will have if divisional headquarters and area commands are lit with the confidence that their matters would be earnestly addressed.
“Power is very essential. Our communication gadgets, especially phones need to be charged. You cannot function anywhere, you can’t take complains, you can’t give directives to field officers when there is no power. These generating sets are very valuable to us,” the CP said.

A Nation Caressing Petal’s Of Rose And Tickling Vanity, By Jimi Bickersteth

The monument at the UN plaza has a Peace Statue set against a background of the Isaiah Wall with an inscription, “THEY SHALL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES, AND THEIR SPEARS INTO PRUNING HOOKS: NATION SHALL NOT LIFT UP SWORD AGAINST NATION, NEITHER SHALL THEY LEARN WAR ANY MORE.

ISAIAH

All of a sudden,doing nothing begins to pall after having to spent time listening to the late night newscap. I elect to have a cold shower before going to bed. I hobbled slowly to the bathroom, had a bath,but it didn’t help the feeling of acute depression that settled over me,but it cleared my head and lying on the narrow, comfortable bunk, I thought about a nation playing with petals of rose while its youth back home are tickling vanity.

I painfully ease my athritic knees over the edge of the bed. Then I sit and wait. Slowly the ache in my legs subsides.I brace myself and got up. I groan in pain. Hands on hips,just as grasshopper drags itself along. I tucked the end of my towel in at my waist and padded across the room to where my handset laid on the table. I mechanically dialled a number and and sat listening to the crackling drone on the line. After a while the operator told me there was no reply.

I looked at the clock on the mantlepiece. It was stationed at five past two in the morning and with early traces of dawn as I rather savagely threw the phone on the sofa. I saw and began to imagine things that I hadn’t seen before. The nation’s disunited unity,its independence, about the six-geopolitical contraption,unified disunity (only football and religion sew us together),the now proscribed IPOB,MASSOB,OPC,NDA,MEND and so on. I wonder vaguely what is going to happen to our dreams and to our dear country in time to come.

There and then, the inscription on the Isaiah Wall set  as a backdrop of the UN Peace Statue ,IPOB agitators-a monkey with its paw in a bottle, and “Operation Python Dance” came to my mind. The poisonous sting in the dance steps has got some of our compatriots killed through it already. It wouldn’t surprise one if several more went the same way before this business I called playing with the petals of rose and tickling vanity is over.

Just before I went back to bed, I hope we’ll draw strength from the sentiments expressed on the Isaiah Wall. Sincerely, I won’t be one of those that will die,not that I fear death, but just that not the hole of a rifle. I reached for the light and switched it out.I went to sleep after a while and dreamt that Nnamdi Kanu and FFK were kneeling at the foot of PMB’s bed.He,KANU, seemed quite happy, smiling in a catholic, oily way, but when I looked closer, NK had a big wound in his throat. My dreams have a knack of coming to past. The dream, however, did not disturb me. In fact, I slept all the better for it.

I woke up startled, my face puckered into a heavy frown. The first light of dawn came over through the fan-light over the front door and I could make out the flower beds and the flowers moving daintily in the wind. The flashback to the dream led to a reverie, and there was no association of ideas,real or imagined, to account for the reason why this rabble-rouser called Kanu is contriving and throwing up discomfort and trying to destroy the bond between the north and south.

His sentiments forcefully expressesd showed a character suffering from depression, bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorder, whose obscure literal allusions to Nigeria as a zoo,a zoo where his mother and father lives,reminds me of the popular classic of whimsical humour “Three Men in a Boat” and “The Wind in the Willows” Kenneth Grahame, in a sane way.

His image and name slipped into my mind and I immediately tried everything to discard it and the thought and everything ugly it conjures with its few unpromising leftovers. It is expected that with the only crackdown, call it onslaught, if you like, the fat of his body and the motley crowd of jobless, hapless and helpless youths has gone cold, turned into a cornered ferret,and encased in a trembling, chilling mass of clay in a pile of straw;and should be wondering out of the thinning darkness and in a vague frightened way, in a courage of desperation, how much of the immediate present is left to him.

The damp and damning atmosphere making their eyes and hearts heavy should henceforth make them reasonable rather than vulnerable, even now that they are riding the pain and shivering with repression, rage and hatred for the fatherland. Their are some educated and enlightened ones among the army of youths, let them use their brains.

Nigerians have to get out of this ugly mess. We’ve got to get out. If they can’t use their heads,are there no more adults! Adults looking on with eyes like holes in a white and green sheet. Adults who have seen it all,who are supposed to with wizened voice,cut out all extraneous information, materials and details, but show the whole of the big picture, with balanced and unhurried equipoise,and whose intervention should be predicated upon the toga of truth, authenticity, candour, superior native intelligence and genuine pacifying logic of a Nigerian elder.

Time is up for the elders north and south of the Niger to keep showing wisdom, maturity and compassion. Elders,who, like a hiding place from the wind and a place of concealment from the rainstorm, like streams of water in a waterless country, like the shadow of a heavy crag in an exhausted land had jept quiet as if  they’d acquiesced on the issue and were looking for a battering ram or a scapegoat!

Even at that, the lack of proper advises or ill advise of this twelve-minute egg and for their failure to call him to order,the elders,and here,it include even the sitting state governors, are themselves left tensed and pathetically alone,as they are left with no option but to throw the red-tinged  water down the sink,put away the green and red towel spangled with a rising star and the lint’s and bandages, and then inspect the outcome of indifference.

Yes! The nation is hiccuping in the abyss of failure, want, lack and poverty; and in some dire straits, jerking all of its inhabitants up and down as if riding a switch-back. But it’s in a for better for best marriage, and marriage is an extraordinary thing-and I doubt if anyone, even a great-grandchild of the marriage has the right to judge. Please hold it!for anyone portraying the nation, as it were, in somewhat unsuccessful conflict with circumstances beyond its control is a casual daydream.

To also say and insist that the republic is poor and generally bad, hence, should be balkanized is not only begging the questions, but an unnecessary display of pedantry; let’s allow the nation to evolved the way it would and must naturally do. Not rip-roaring, nor morals and ideals,but based on the actual circumstances and needs of our people.

Let’s leave the Rip vanWinkle,it is said,”to behead is no cure for a headache.” What actually is the grouses that is leading us to the edge of the precipice in a nation that is in a democracy with all that has pixed all of us together, it’s greed,avarice and our ‘self-before-other’ orientation. For crying out loud, you’ll ask again, what is eating Kanu up,that has emboldened him on a mission of delusion- to champion the ‘Igbo liberation’ cause,ergo,fame. He’s so badly eaten him up that this punk is so excited that the bite deaths would neither deter nor make him flinch, and has in the process pressed the self-destruct button.

To kanu, I have this words,The dead don’t sweat. Òkú kìí làágun ó maá ns’omi ni. Life is a dream! If you are looking for power and or fame,somebody has acquired it and use it and now is powerless. The deadpan, implied or indirect humour in the nation’s breakup, separation and or restructuring, largely depends on what the people think is being said rather than anything else. This and numerous other reasons and questions, national questions have come out in the wash and would always come into play when rationalising arguments for and against the treasonable act and tickling vanity and would be dealt with on its merit by the judiciary.

However, it is safe to say that, sponsoring breakdown of law and order, threatening our nascent and fragile civil rule are obnoxious notations on the nation’s paths to greatness and prosperity; are acts that are dead on arrival,since they are diametrically opposed to the nation’s restructuring, and one come away with the impression that we,the editorial “we” cannot excuse any ambition or means that will ultimately truncate and or abuse the constitution of our republic, which is our own “MAYFLOWER COMPACT”,and we must submit ublima fidei to its authority,rightly worded or otherwise, until it is reviewed and or amended,we are duty-bound to comply with itsletters and spirit, its part of the labours of our heroes past,which must not be in vain;not to so do is to court anarchy, and then, you can only weep like a woman for what you can’t defend as a man.

Having said that, you wonder what was different under GEJ that the Kanus of this world found okay and satisfying that PMB has violated or put in abeyance. GEJ’s administration of endless tragedies, crudity and clueless mess that beheld the nation in the ocean of misery,and corruption huge waves like mountains rising sky high,

In all fairness,I came to a humble conclusion, that,much as the PMB’s administration is fashionable, quite timely and welcoming,it’s pretty difficult to assess its impact on the youths twenty eight some months after; and in this era of privatisation, liberalisation, asset-stripping,recession,vandalisation,rationing, load-shedding,belts-tightening,restructuring, and wholesale change, I’d assess the chances of the government’s efforts getting to the targeted audience as extremely low in a nation that is contradictory in terms. But wrong is wrong, no matter how well you couch it.

None the less, the happenings in and around the country affords all, Mr president inclusive,(whose chief asset is his reputation for honesty) the chance to assess and reassess what, where and who we really are.
Let’s be realistic: any one who has any imagination at all is going to be concerned about happenings in our country. Everyone is worried stiff about the state of the nation generally,with the bleak image of future problems lurking just around the corner at the next bend,but galvanise the nation must the unsuspecting youths,even as the present circumstances keep them further restive,idle and spineless.

The  present administration,must not forget to inform the nation’s youths about how and why:
i)their country entered upon a history of social and political development,that could not be modified by the varying influence of ecology.
ii) like their parent’s and guardians,they are been conditioned and consigned eternally to go through numbing pains that hurt so deeply, so badly, that words cannot describe, but shows on the weariness etched in their deeply circled dark eyes devoid of laughter, all looking older than their ages.
iii) they are forced to go through such a roller coaster of worry, till despair became their soulmate, with insecurity, hunger, grief in tow, and struggling ever to shake the tree of life itself for some subsistence.
iv) they have to keep surviving on mere instincts, not knowing for sure where the next meal would come from. All of these,due to no fault of theirs,just that they happened to be borne and bred in Nigeria.v)That the youths are where they are not because of lack of will,physical and natural resources and endowments, but because of leaders lacking in panache, confidence and convictions.vi) That a kind of serenity comes only over a people and leaders who have convictions, and in the centre of the serenity is the sunlit oasis call success,and vii) How the government is or has planned to effectively and efficiently  meet all challenges confronting the nation,particularly its youths on the nose.

The government must sold to the youths the notion, of, nothing in life is fixed and permanent. This notion,is why to some extent the nation is able to speak of a Nigeria, today, with a civilisation, where things are always changing; but increasingly an arduous task,developing out of our genius or by symbiosis with creation, with much originality and splendour.

One may ask,wither the ingenuity, creativity, ambition and desire (which Nigerians know they have), that can change the nation from a wobbling drifter and dreamer; and emerge from the prison we have been living in.
Its becoming clear as the day,that the primordial instincts,creativity,high capacity and ingenuity inherent in our peoples DNA went with the wind,at the nexus where leadership and followership connects. Here crisis ensues,and the nation got stuck and stranded.

Globally and every where the world over,sociopolitical ideas change,the economy often and constantly develop and metamorphosed, and new ways of life from one that is always faint and often arbitrary, generally are different from those of few years ago, and the influence of the changes becomes greater.

But the nation in her own case, got stuck in one place.With this being the case,it’s pathetic and unfortunate,that,the nation keeps going forth with sharpened sticks to hunt wooly mammoths. Leaders with strong opinions about the state of the nation should carefully distinguished between the things they knew to be true and those they thought to be true, as they tried to liberate our democracy without being dogmatic and frigid.

It is patently irresponsible and dangerous for government to keep using the same old conventional wisdom about solving poverty-more and more money doesn’t work. What is so threatening about teaching young poor Nigerians that the way out is by investing in themselves. What is the risk, one wonder. The way you help the poor improve their lot in life is to empower them to do it themselves.

The government’s positive contribution is the key to develop the citizens pride and breed self-reliance,respect and motivation; but in this climes, our own are apparently, not doing enough to help the people access the opportunities this country has to offer. The massive failure of the nation’s leaders and consequently, the endemic systemic and organic failure it engendered has held us all hostage.

Methought, the world is too advanced into the age of reason-time and moment,when thinking men and leaders,should begin to learn to free Nigerians from the fanaticism that has enslaved us. Poor leadership cannot be allowed to mess up our sense of perceptions, paralysed our dreams, fullness and maximisation of our potentials. PMB must wisely choose who have his ears. There must be no elephants in the room, but content of character, power of thought, wisdom and motivation.

With economic insecurity comes fear,fear of an unknown tomorrow and its dire consequences; averting calamity would require significant changes in policies and practices that are not currently underway,if we continue as usual, a disastrous future beckons. Imagine that you are driving on a long, straight highway for many kilometers, you have had to make only minor adjustment to your steering. Then suddenly, the road takes a sharp turn. To keep your car on the road,you have no choice but to adjust your steering.

The IPOB/Python Dancerssaga has shown that in all these brouhaha PMB can react one way or the other, but the nation’s reactions must not be a one -off thing, hence,the solutions the nation is willing to proffer to the lingering National questions, in spite of the national Assembly uncomfortable silence must be sound and consistent with the aspirations of a good people wishing to live in liberty, freedom and prosperity.

Our pressy therefore should be aware that he’s been caught up in an endeavor that time somehow seems to be altered. He must be deeply aware, without being self-conscious, stretched or challenged, but without a sense of stress or worry,as he strives to invest his abilities to create value for Nigerians; to plant and build and invent ways that will cause our people to flourish.

The nation must be seen to be constructing a new vital social ethics and tradition which can give us the moral foundation and character on which to revive a nation that is capable of achieving its potentials. Putting our skills against the elements of nature bring home a scalp. Some of our preferences and practices may not be very important, but our principles regarding personal liberty, integrity, morality-these are not up for sale or compromise.

I see new jobs,new grace and glory for the nation, can you! You can only if you care to see through rose-tinted spectacles.

Everything is coming up roses in spite of the slightly uncomfortable sensation.#

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Defying The Odds: A 14 Year Old Nana Yaa With Autism Turns Model

Across the world, we are looking for inspiring stories that defy the odds, ones which can show us that challenges are just catalysts to discover our true self.

One of such stories can be told of our very own, 14 year old Nana Yaa Ohenewaa Kuffour, who is nonverbal and has autism but despite her condition is determined to become one of the most inspiring people on earth.

With a condition such as autism, Nana Yaa has turned her life around with the support of her family, discovering an inner potential that could also earn her spots among super photo models to have lived in this part of the world.

With a special photo session directed by celebrated Ghanaian Photographer Kwaku David & Photo Model, Afi Antonio, Nana Yaa churned out amazing poses that could make for that of a supermodel.

With an inspiring mum and mentor, Mrs. Mary Kuffour, who is a Professional teacher, now a special needs teacher and an early interventionist for children with speech and language difficulties, Nana Yaa is ready to turn her hobby into a career.

Born a healthy baby, her mother shared how difficult it was for her to discover the health condition of her daughter when she turned 5 but now their story is about to turn a new face of glory.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is popularly referred to as Autism, is a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. It is now known that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental factors.

Trump Extends Travel Ban To North Korea And Venezuela

The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea and Venezuela to the nation as part of a sweeping new travel ban, the Trump administration said on Sunday.

The bans and restrictions do not have any time limits; in effect, they are indefinite.

The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, resulted from a review after President Donald Trump’s original travel bans were challenged in court.

Trump tweeted Sunday: ‘Making America safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet.’

The addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly Muslim-majority list.

 

APC Chieftain, Senator Osita Izunazo In An Alleged Forceful Take Over Of Property Belonging To An Old Woman In Abuja

A top chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC and former senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly, Senator Osita Izunaso is currently enmeshed in a battle of wits to grab an apartment in the Apo Legislative Quarters and evict its rightful owner.

Claiming to be executing the judgment of the court in his favour, reports have it that the national organizing secretary of the APC, forcefully gained access to the property and removed some of the owner/occupier, Mrs. Esther Jesulanke’s fittings and belongings. It is said that he flung out the old woman’s belongings outside the property thereby damaging the fittings and belongings of worth and value in spite of a pending suit at the FCT High Court challenging an earlier court judgment.

It was learnt that Senator Izunaso, who showed more than a passing interest in the property located at Block 20, Flat 3, Moses Adasu Close, Zone D before it was sold by the original owner, had earlier deposited a paltry five million naira for the property whose value then was about N35 million in 2013.

The then owner, Mrs Grace Inyang, who reportedly put up the property for sale with plans to buy a new property in her village where she planned to relocate after retirement, was said to have rejected the senator’s deposit even though it was paid through her counsel, Barrister Victor Okangbe, for the reason that the senator did not fulfill the condition precedent to ownership rights, which was payment of the total sum of N35, 000, 000.00 required for the release of the Deed of Mortgage on the said property with Aso Savings.

She consequently assigned the property to Taulahi Investment Nigeria Ltd represented by one Hon. Jega who sold it to the current owner/occupier, Mrs Esther Jesulanke who was certainly oblivious of the transaction between Mrs Inyang’s counsel and Senator Izunaso.

Mrs. Inyang declared that the five million naira paid by Senator Izunaso to Barrister Okangbe was received without her consent and she had transferred the money back to her counsel before empowering Taulahi Investment Nigeria Ltd to proceed with the sale of the apartment to a buyer who was willing to pay the complete amount.

Now, the buyer, Mrs Jesulanke is crying out that there have been attempts to eject her by hook or crook by Senator Osita Isunazo who alleged that by a judgment dated 13th October 2013, the court gave an order of specific performance of the contract of sale between him and Mrs. Grace Inyang.  She said she was taken aback by the fact that a judgment of specific performance was awarded to enforce the said sale where Senator Osita purportedly paid a paltry deposit of N5, 000, 000.00 for a property as opposed to a part payment.

According to information, Mrs. Jesulanke’s assertion is that the transfer of the property from Mrs. Inyang to Taulahi Investment Nig. Ltd whom she derived her title from was first in time. In addition, she was a bona fide purchaser for value without any notice of any attempted sale or failed sale.

Also, that Senator Osita who was aware that there was an occupant in the premises did not take adequate steps to join the said occupant to the purported suit he filed at the High Court of Abuja. Mrs. Jesulanke was shocked to discover the attempt to execute the purported judgment against her when she had been in possession of the property as a bona fide purchaser.

Mrs. Jesulanke’s solicitors, we further gathered, have sought redress on her behalf by filing a suit for trespass against Senator Osita Izunaso at the FCT High Court in Suit No: Cv/386/2015 -Taulahi Investment Nig Ltd v. Senator Osita Izunaso & Grace Inyang. In addition, her solicitors are also challenging the judgment of the Hon. Justice Talba by filing a Notice of Appeal at the Court of Appeal as an interested party whose interest the trial court ought to have considered before giving an order of specific performance.

In spite of the solicitors; pending suits, Senator Osita still forcefully ejected her belongings out of the property when Mrs. Jesulanke travelled out of the country. Senator Osita threw her properties and belongings outside and lots of her properties have been seriously damaged while others were stolen.

Mrs. Jesulanke has considered the deprivation of her property as unfair and unjust and desires her property back. However, this has proven difficult in the midst the forceful ejection and the political clout of the senator who ejected her from the property.

It is believed that Senator Izunaso is using his political clout as a former Senator and Chieftain of the ruling APC to intimidate and coerce a hapless old woman to forfeiting her property.  All attempts and overtures from this grandmother has fallen on deaf ears as he continues to threaten and harass her.

Legal experts are hopeful that the former lawmaker would respect court processes and wait for the outcome of the appeal before causing further pains to the old woman, more so, as a top member of All Progressives Congress, a political party that claims to fight corruption, preaches equity and fairness.

 

Still Worrying About Myanmar Government And Rohingya Muslims, By Imam Gusau

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

* Geography

Burma is one of the Indochina countries located in Southeast Asia and Malaysia. It is bordered to the North by China, from the South by the Bay of Bengal, to the East by China and Thailand, and from the West by the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh.

* Demographics

The majority of Muslims in Burma live in the Southwest Rakhine State (formerly known as the Arakan province) which is separated from the rest of Burma by a mountain border. This is the Arakan Yoma mountain range which stretches from the Himalayas. The Arakan province where most of the Muslims live is twenty thousand square miles. Burma has a population which exceeds 55 million, more than 20% of whom are Muslims. The remaining population is from the Buddhists Magh people and other religions as well. The number of Muslims in Burma is more than ten million, of which five and a half million live in the Arakan province, thus representing more than 70% of the province’s population. The Muslims are among the poorest communities in Burma, and the least educated and their knowledge of Islam is modest and limited.

* The History of Islam in Burma

Islam entered Arakan during the Abbasid caliph of Harun Rashid in the seventh century according to the Gregorian calendar, by way of Arab explorers. Islam continued to spread there until it became an independent state ruled by 48 Muslim kings in succession for more than three and half centuries between the years 834 to 1198 based upon the Islamic calendar which coincides with the years 1430 to 1784 according to the Gregorian calendar. Islam spread throughout the whole of Burma leaving behind great influences of Islam such as ancient Masjids, Islamic schools, and hospices.

* The Conquest of Arakan

The Buddhist conquered Arakan in 1784 and it was annexed by the Buddhist king Budabaia and joined with the rest of Burma. Fearing the spread of Islam in the region he began destroying the Muslim’s property, he abused them, filled the prisons with the Muslims, and killed their Islamic scholars and all those who called to Islam. The Buddhists continued to persecute the Muslims and steal their property for the duration of their occupation in the Muslim land. This lasted for 40 years. It ended when the British colonized Burma in 1824. Britain annexed Burma and placed it under the British colonial government of India.

* British Occupation

In 1937 Britain united Burma and Arakan – a predominantly Muslim land – and made it a colony of its own independent of the colonial government of India. During that time it became known as the British Government of Burma.

* The Massacre of 1942

In the year 1942 the Muslims were brutally massacred at the hands of the Buddhists Magh people after the Muslims were disarmed while the Magh people were supplied with weapons by the Burmese Buddhists, British colonists and others. More than 100,000 Muslims were murdered in this massacre; most of the casualties were women, elderly and children. This vicious brutal attack caused hundreds of thousands of Muslims to evacuate their homeland.

* The Panglong Conference of 1947

In 1947, before the independence of Burma, a conference was held in the city of Panglong to prepare for independence. All ethnic groups were invited except the Muslims. This was in order to keep them far away from the course of events to take place and so their fate could be decided by others. Britain granted Burma independence in 1947 under the condition that all ethnic groups would have the right to independence after ten years if they desired. This was called “The right to self-determination.”  But the Burmese broke their covenant and continued to occupy Arakan against the will of its inhabitants.

* 1962 Burmese Coup d’etat

The Buddhists Magh people committed horrendous atrocities against the Muslims. This cruelty, oppression, banishment and ethnic cleansing continued until the Fascist coup of 1962; and then matters got worse. After the military coup d’etat – supported by the Chinese Russian communists – the Muslim were subjected to many types of oppression such as murder, exile, economic sanctions and land confiscation. They even lost their citizenship for allegedly resembling the Bengali people with regards to religion, language and appearance.

* The genocide of 2012

New tragedies began for the Muslims in Burma on Friday, in the seventh month of the Islamic calendar in the year 1433 which coincides with June of 2012 according to the Gregorian calendar. One this day ten Muslim callers to Islam were murdered with an unimaginable brutally.  About 466 Magh Buddhists gathered these ten men who were teaching the people Islam and tied their hands and feet. Then they commenced to beat them with sticks until nothing could be seen except blindfolds, shattered skulls, scattered brains, broken limbs, and their tongues which were pulled from their mouths. When the Muslims resisted, the Magh Buddhists responded by attacking the Muslim villages and homes with hatchets, swords and knives. They launched an organized genocide against the Muslims. They burned the villages and homes. They massacred Muslim men and Muslim women. The number of victims exceeded thousands while thousands were displaced and many were left to die and drown. The Muslim wells were poisoned in a despicable plan for ethnic cleansing. The goal was to implement a total annihilation of the Muslim population. All of this occurred as the world watched and listened in an age where the entire world is like one town (Global Village). They watched, witnessed and listened to the screams of the tortured. It was as though they were the people of the ditch (Ashabul Ukhdud in Surah al-Buruj), as they were burned alive. The world sees and hears this but the situation of the West and the East is as the saying goes: “Killing a dog in the jungle is an unforgivable sin while killing a secure village is a matter which needs to be investigated.”

* The tragedy of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Where are the United Nations, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), human rights organizations and other Zionist Masonic organizations that claim to advocate justice and brag about promoting equality?! Are those people who are appalled when a cat is tortured not moved when a human being is burned alive! Yet they are hurt at the sight of injured dogs and they enact laws to protect animals. Is anyone in the world moved with pity at the sight of the pictures of Muslim children being murdered and cut into pieces with knives? Are they not moved by the pictures of those burned alive? Those who didn’t die from the burns suffocated mercilessly. How are wild beasts of prey more important than them? Do people think what they are witnessing from entire villages being burnt to the ground, eyes poked out, bones broken, brains splattered, victims burned alive, limbs severed and blood shed is a Hollywood movie?! Or do they know it’s true but it’s not deserving of relief efforts or it’s not seen as injustice because they are Muslims. So because of their Islam they must be eradicated from the earth, they must be eliminated collectively, but if I harm animals, laws will be enacted. Why the intelligent people of the world became hypocrites?

* A pattern of misbehaving

This suspicious silence towards the ethnic cleansing and eradicating the Muslims from this land is similar to what previously occurred to the Muslims in the Balkans. Just as the thieves of old who were expelled from their land and sent on ships to a new land and upon arrival they rushed to exterminate the America Indians. And they turned to the African coast and sent out gangs to abduct noble free men, women and children from Africa to be their slaves in the house of Satan. And America is the house of Satan. So where are they now; as they witness what is taking place?

* Tawhid and unity brings about the help of Allah

But if we continue to blame our enemies for what is happening to us or to some of us, this is not from wisdom. Why don’t we blame ourselves? Why don’t we blame the Ummah itself and move to improve the condition of the Ummah? And there will be no improvement without the rectification of its creed and belief system. Tawhid will unite them, and with Tawhid our Lord will help them and they will have might and strength in this world and status and loftiness in the hereafter.

* The beliefs of the Buddhists

The belief of the Buddhists is built around atheism. Buddha – their object of worship – continued his downward spiral until he proclaimed there was no Creator and no god.  Buddhists is built around atheism while they believe Buddha is the son of God. They deny the resurrection and they believe the reward is given by way of reincarnation. They believe when the physical body of a person dies his spirit returns to a new body based upon his previous actions. He could return as a mouse, a dog, a rat, a donkey, or whatever. They pray to Buddha and they are idol worshippers, disbelievers. These are the people holding the necks of the Muslims in Burma. These are the people practicing ethnic cleansing as the world watches and listens while no one responds or helps. And Allah is sufficient to respond and Allah is sufficient as a Helper.

But Alhamdulillah, Saudi Ambassador to Turkey Walid Al-Khereiji said that “the Kingdom has been standing by the side of the Rohingya Muslims for 70 years at the international level, and by providing assistance and donations. The Kingdom has also made a donation of $50 million for the Muslim minority, through health rehabilitation and educational programs, and started receiving in 1948. Today, there are 300,000 Rohingya people in the Kingdom.” (ARAB NEWS)

* Recent happenings

Today tens of thousands of refugees are trapped on the border into Bangladesh without basic food and medicine amid operations by the Myanmar military, which have already killed hundreds.

Satellite photos released by Human Rights Watch Saturday showed what they are desperate to escape — entire villages torched to the ground in clashes between Myanmar’s armed forces and local militants.

More than 73, 000 Rohingyas have now fled across the border since August 25, the United Nations said Sunday.

But in northern Rakhine State there are reports of at least another 30, 000 Rohingyas trapped in hilly terrain without basic supplies of food, water or medicine, according to activists.

The Rohingya, a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, are considered some of the most persecuted people in the world. Myanmar, also known as Burma, considers them Bangladeshi and Bangladesh says they’re Burmese.

It is the second time in less than a year that a military crackdown has led to a mass exodus.

* Stranded

Unable to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh and fearful to return to what’s left of their homes, Rohingya activists say the refugees are stranded between Maungdaw and Rathedaung townships.

Videos provided to CNN by activists show dozens of men, women and children stranded on a mountain, surrounded by dense jungle, living in makeshift shelters made of sticks and sheets.

“The human lives that are most vulnerable must be rescued immediately without delay,” executive director of Burma Human Rights Network, Kyaw Win, said in a statement.

The trapped refugees are just some of at least 100,000 Rohingyas who have been forced to flee their homes since August 25, after armed forces began “clearance operations” across Rakhine State.

The government blames “terrorists” for starting the violence. Rohingya militants killed 12 security officers in border post attacks some weeks ago, according to state media, intensifying the latest crackdown.

A top military official said the government was “taking great care in solving the (Rakhine State) problem.”

Due to Myanmar’s policy of shutting off all access to Rakhine state for the media, CNN is not able to verify any figures independently or any stories told by refugees.

* Village burnt down

Human Rights Watch renewed its calls for the Myanmar government to allow independent observers into Rakhine State, after releasing troubling satellite photos from inside the region.

“This new satellite imagery shows the total destruction of a Muslim village, and prompts serious concerns that the level of destruction in northern Rakhine state may be far worse than originally thought,” Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said in a statement.

The images were taken on August 31 of Chein Khar Li village in northern Rakhine State. According to Human Rights Watch, they show about 700 buildings have been burned down, making up about 99% of the village.

“This is only one of 17 sites that we’ve located where burnings have taken place,” Robertson said.

Reports of villages being burnt down, allegedly by Myanmar’s military, previously emerged in a United Nations report investigating the 2016 crackdown on Rohingyas.

Myanmar’s government has blamed the most recent violence and property destruction on “Rohingya extremists.”

* ‘Hacking our people to death’

The Rohingya have long been persecuted by the Myanmar government. Despite living in the country for generations, they’ve been denied citizenship and are regularly harassed.

A separate outbreak of violence in 2016 saw 85, 000 Rohingya fleeing across the border, bringing with them horrifying stories of rape, torture and murder inside Rakhine State.

Some refugees who poured across the border into Bangladesh told CNN what they had witnessed since the latest crackdown began some weeks ago.

“They are beating us, shooting at us and hacking our people to death,” Hamidah Begum, a refugee who has left everything behind, told CNN.

“Many people were killed. Many women were raped and killed. We are very poor.”

* Top general: Military ‘solving the problem’

On Saturday, a top Myanmar general issued an defiant statement on the violence in Rakhine State.

Posted to his Facebook page, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing said the only action been taken against “Bengalis” was “to ensure everything is within the framework of the law.”

“The Bengali problem was a long-standing one which has become an unfinished job despite the efforts of the previous governments to solve it,” he said.

“The government in office is taking great care in solving the problem.”

In his post, Gen. Hlaing didn’t address protests made by Bangladesh alleging Myanmar’s military had violated their airspace on multiple occasions in the past week.

In a note sent to Myanmar’s embassy in Dhaka on Friday, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs “strongly protested” the incursions and warned it could lead “to an unwarranted situation.”

“Bangladesh demanded Myanmar take immediate measures to prevent recurrence of such incursion in the future,” a statement posted to the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry’s website said.

* International condemnation grows

On Sunday night, Indonesia’s minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi flew to Myanmar to request the government cease all violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo announced the move in a statement, condemning the attacks and demanding real action to help the Rohingyas. Indonesia is the largest Muslim majority country in the world.

Nobel laureate Malala has called out Myanmar’s state councilor and defacto leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the violence, saying in a statement she was still waiting for her fellow Nobel Winner to join her in condemning the treatment of Rohingyas.

“Every time I see the news, my heart breaks at the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar,” she wrote.

Qatar foreign minister Al-Thani said his country “strongly condemn(ed) attacks on Rohingya Muslims during Eid,” calling on the country to follow international laws.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Nigerian Governments etc. also strongly condemned the merciless attacks on Rohingya Muslims, calling on the international communities to intervene.

Wassalamu Alaikum

Compiled by your Brother:

Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached through: +2348038289761.

The Cure For Nepotism, By Adamu Adamu

A true leader must encompass the 3R’s  Respect for self,  Respect for others,  Responsibility for all action – Anonymous.
In Nigeria the false idea that the major reason for any form of greviance in the country is Marginalization which is been done through the act of Nepotism and Favouritism. Nepotism can be seen as a way in which people in power favour a certain set of people like friends, relations in times of jobs opportunity, Favouritism is giving preferential treatment to a set of group at the expense  of other groups.
Looking at the Nigeria political Structure since 1966  when Maj. Gen Aguiyi IronsI decided to unify Nigeria by squashing the federalsitic structure base on regionalism we were practicing then and over the years it has remained so.
Over the years all these government have all been accused of Favouritism and Nepotism but if you look at the  structure of the Nepotic tendency of leaders of Nigeria you would come to realise that the People of the leaders have never actually benefited anything positive from the so called nepotism and favouritsm.
If you take a closer look at the states of which most of Nigerian Presidents comes from you would hardly pick anything worth saying they did for their people which is economical sustainable that have given them unfair advantage over others. Take a look at Niger state can anyone point out anything of economic benefit the state has gotten from the two Presidents the state can boast of now? someone might say roads, to me roads is not a form of favouritism because you can’t restrict roads to only a particular set of people or region etc.
President Obama was Head of this country for 8years but the road to his own farm is bad his people never got anything out of him been their person but we bragged about how he made people millionaire one of them is Dangote who is from the North West.
When Dr Goodluck was President all kinds of lies where brandished that he was doing things to favour his people now same lies are been brandished under General Buhari too. But the reality Nepotism and Favouritsm exist but it’s limited and consciously targeted at a set of people and group. This is the part where I wake up the spirit of Karl Marx from his grave.
Inequality is between the rich and the poor that’s the facet other forms of inequality exist if you juxtapose his line of thought to favouritism and nepotism in Nigeria you would come to realise that it is the people of the political elite class that have and would always  enjoy any form of nepotism  and favouritsm but people of the president state or region suffer the insult while in reality they are also the victim of such acts.
Now take a look at the process of recruitment in the so called juicy employment names of people been brandished are names of children of the rich and it’s the same thing, even the not so juicy jobs are now hard to get because it’s strictly base on connections and it’s getting  worse under General Buhari if you don’t know someone you can’t get anything base of competence and all that.
Nepotism and Favouritsm is just a political elite thing not a state or region thing as people want us to believe the common man is always and would always be the victim, the common man from any zone of the country that’s the crux of the matter.
NATIONAL SECURITY
Whenever  the government don’t want you too know the truth about anything they tell you it’s a matter of National Security. But when politicians in government come out to explain certain issues they always forget National security and spring up politics in line of argument,  example the Minister of Information said looters of our national treasury are sponsoring Ipob again he has said they are sponsored from France and UK,  if you ask him to name names he would tell you national security. He said that UK sees radio BIAFRA  issues as freedom of Expression  but has the NIA attachee in UK gathered evidence of hate speech against radio BIAFRA in UK and send it to the UK and theyrefuse to act?  Mr Lai Mohammed think UK is Nigeria where we act base on Emotions? If UK have disband such Radio that say the is against people of South Africa  and Kenya in the Past why would Nigeria case be any different?
AGITATIONS IS OKAY
we can restrict agitations to political issues alone but we can never deny the fact that there are real issues bedeviling people of a particular  region, I am not against agitation and I would never be against it so long as it follow the due process. Others can keep quiet due to political hypocrisy or consciousness  but don’t expect others to do same.
Example when Niger Delta Militants were bombing pipelines we were told by people in the Government that is aggrieved politicians sponsoring them to bring down the government  (same excuse Me Goodluck gave for BokoHaram) but when the government took concrete step to quell the issues now bombing of pipelines are no longer happening and are they now telling us the sponsorer’s have stopped sponsoring them?  rather the govt did some things which are :
1. They came up with the clean up of ogboni Land Issue even though it’s just a show off thing but at least it shows they were doing something.
2.VP  Osibanjo went to visit the Region and that was a political move that made the people feel among.
3. Modular Refineries where going to be incorporated in the region to curtail illegal refineries
4. They towed the line of reasoning by agreeing to establish Maritime University rather than follow the political ill advised line of Rotimi Ameachi that was saying they should catch Tompolo and when he returns the money he got from government  for the land before the university can take off with that same fund.
This are steps government take to quell agitations not just hang issues on the fact that it is politically motivated, I am not saying agitations are not politically motivated but generalizing issues to only one line of thought. Beside have the government  ask  themselves  how come Nigerians especially  the youths are easily manipulated into taking up arms or agitating for issues by people with low IQ? this shows that there is an educational deficit in the country and what are the steps the Government is taking to reduce such deficit of critical thinking because education is more than just carrying certificate around claiming you are a graduate.
Look at the way people are going after Shehu Garba because he said Herdsmen are criminals not Terrorist due to such critical thinking deficit, Nigerians don’t know the difference of terrorism and criminality? every act is criminal in nature but not all act are terror in nature, the herdsmen causes economical damages like the Niger delta militants  but they don’t have a leader of a group, they don’t have a leader insulting people left right and center like Kanu they didn’t create a Flag and insignia to tell people they have seceded etc so for once let’s face facts Shehu Garba is right on this one even he too like scoring own goals.
We can choose to life together or we can choose to depart peacefully but all the Hate won’t take us anywhere  after all we negotiated to be a federation under regionalism  that for me was not a mistake.
Have a lovely week fellow Nigerians.
Written by Adamu Auta  Adamu
He could be reached though: @adamu318 – Twitter

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