People are Dying of Hunger- MASSOB Cries Out

The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Cross Rivers state chapter has cried out about the high cost of living in the state, asking the Buhari-led government to intervene by allowing the emancipation of the Biafra state.

In a statement issued in Calabar on Tuesday by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Okon Eyo Effiom, MASSOB said  there were indications that the Nigerian state could no longer take care of its citizens, stating that “Even at Christmas, a period characterised by celebration and merriment, many people could not afford to cook the common rice meal for their families. Rice is the basic staple during such time but because of high level of poverty in the land many families could not afford to buy it.

“The standard of living in the country has depreciated abysmally in just one year and the cost of basic items has quadrupled beyond the reach of the ordinary person. This has made the citizens to easily succumb to diseases and death while others who are unable to bear the situation are killing themselves.

“Between 2015 and this year, the cost of living has risen by over 500 per cent which is way beyond the ordinary citizen which accounts for the high death rate through disease and suicide amongst our people.”

“We want to leave the Nigerian state and build a nation of our own based on the vision of Ralph Uwazurike.

“Fifty-six years after the Nigerian civil war, injustice is still being perpetrated against the people of Biafra especially the minorities as seen with the devastation of Odi in Rivers State and the handing over of Bakassi to Cameroon by the Nigerian government.

“We hereby call on President Muhammadu Buhari to let the people of Biafra go so that we can decide our fate and build our nation instead of languishing in this unholy state called Nigeria” .

I Removed the ‘Ogun Odela’ Idol in my Palace- Oluwo of Iwo Land

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has urged monarchs in Yoruba land  to offer their subjects various forms of assistance and  words of encouragement to give them hope especially in the present economic situation in the country.

This is according to a reported interview the monarch held with a Nigerian newspaper, The Punch. In the interview, the Oba also urged his counterparts to discard idols in their palaces, saying God hates idolatry.

He stated, “Our palaces must be clean and devoid of any idol. There is authority in the mouth of any monarch who is clean and who shuns idol worshiping. Our palaces must be devoid of idols.

“I removed the ‘Ogun Odela’ in front of my palace and asked them to take it to Ogundigba (far from the palace) because of this. This happened about two weeks ago.

“Oba must not kneel down before anybody to pray. This is a message or a warning to all the kings and let me tell them that their palaces are the habitation of God on earth. God was dwelling with us before churches and mosques were built.”

The Iwo monarch explained that people should be able to come to palaces and pray to God, saying this would not be until the monarchs rid their palaces of strange gods, which he said could not help them.

Oba Akanbi said the era of monarchs sitting back in their palaces and expecting their subjects to bring tributes to them was long over. According to him, service to the people is a necessary requirement for any monarch to earn the love of his subjects.

This principle, the Oluwo said Oduduwa applied in order to become the greatest king in Yoruba land.

American BillIonaire Offers Scholarship to Chibok Schoolgirls

A black American billionaire, Mr. Robert Smith, has volunteered to sponsor the education of 24 girls from Chibok community, including the 21 recently rescued ones.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said beneficiaries of the scheme include the first set of escapees from Boko Haram insurgents.

According to him, the girls will be admitted through negotiation at the American University of Nigeria, Yola.

“Smith has offered to pay for the education of the 21 Chibok girls released through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will, hopefully, be eventually set free.

“The Murtala Mohammed Foundation in the country is equally interested,’’ he added.

On the welfare of the recently-released 21 Chibok girls, Garba said “they are being treated as adoptees of the Federal Government, but there is a lot of local and international interest in the future plans of the girls.’’

However, some of the parents of the 21 Chibok girls have complained that they did not have enough room for interactions with their daughters brought home for Christmas by the Department of State Services.

Reacting, Shehu admitted that there were some hitches arising from a lack of understanding of the objective of the trip on the part of some security operatives.

He, however, stated that following the receipt of this complaint, a directive had been given from the headquarters for the access by the parents to be eased.

“If the situation persists, please let us know so that the higher authorities will make a further intercession,” he said.

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Ekiti APC Slams Pastor Adeboye Over Support For Fayose

The Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the comments of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye.

yesterday commending the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, for what he called the governor’s courage and willingness to defend his people and the cause of the common man in the country.

The party said it was alarmed that a cleric of Mr. Adeboye’s standing could praise Governor Fayose for his persistent insults and abuses on President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that the cleric should be seen as speaking for himself and his comment must not be seen as representing that of the entire members of the RCCG.

In a release issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday and signed by the state chairman of the party, Jide Awe, the party alleged that Mr. Fayose could have bribed Mr. Adeboye with huge amount of money to get such endorsement, which is not being circulated.

Pastor Adeboye had during his tour of the country to the state as part of the church’s annual ‘Let’s Go A Fishing” programme, said to Mr. Fayose: “We thank God for your courage, for your boldness, we thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defence of his people. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name.”

Mr. Awe said Governor Fayose is a man that can bribe even angel of God to endorse the devil, warning Mr. Adeboye to avoid what will make the people of Ekiti rise against him.

The APC said that Mr. Adeboye even chose this period of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to embark on praise singing of a character like Mr. Fayose is to say the least, preposterous.

The party chairman called on members of the RCCG, especially families of the founder, Josiah Akindayomi, to call Mr. Adeboye to order before he destroys the church with his involvement in politics.

He said the pastor must not be allowed to destroy the legacies of the founder of the Redeemed Church and the entire members of the church.

Mr. Awe said Mr. Adeboye should be reminded that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a staunch member of the RCCG and what is expected of the cleric was support for members of his church, not praise singing of Mr. Fayose.

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Olumba Olumba sees Quick End to Recession

The Spiritual Head of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS) Worldwide, Olumba Olumba says the current recession in Nigeria would end soon if Federal Government continues with its current economic recovery programme.

Olumba said this on Tuesday in Calabar while briefing Journalists on the activities lined up for the celebration of the divine manifestation of its founding Leader Olumba Olumba Obu.

He blamed the current recession in Nigeria on greed and lack of love by the country’s leaders.

He said: “If there is love there will be no recession; recession is a result of mismanagement of Nigeria’s resources by the leaders.
“Nigeria has abundant resources as a nation, but because leaders lack love with one another, they squander the collective wealth of the people.

“President Buhari will succeed in ending recession, if he continues with his current programs, including the fight against corruption among others.’’

Olumba, who spoke through BCS spokesman, Mr Edet Archibong said that, part of activities to mark the event include visit to Motherless Homes; heeling the Sick; Deliverance and giving of Arms.

He described leader Olumba Olumba Obu as a true Son of God who came to fulfill the prophecies about the establishment of the New Kingdom of God and the second advent of Christ.

According to him, the activities which began on Monday, Dec.26, would reach a climax on Friday.

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Main Black box of Crashed Russian Plane Found

The main black box from a Russian military plane that crashed Sunday in the Black Sea with 92 people on board has been found, Russia’s defence ministry told local news agencies Tuesday.

“The main black box was found at 5:42 am Moscow time (0242 GMT) 1,600 metres from the shore at a depth of 17 metres,” the agencies quoted the ministry as saying.

The agencies reported that the black box would be flown to the Moscow region to be deciphered by experts.

The ministry also said that 12 bodies and 156 body fragments had been recovered from the water since the crash.

Authorities have said that the human bodies and remains found would be sent to Moscow for identification.

The Tu-154 jet, whose passengers included more than 60 members of the internationally-renowned Red Army Choir, was heading to Russia’s military base in Syria when it went down off the coast of the resort city of Sochi minutes after take-off on Sunday.

Authorities have dismissed terrorism as a possible cause for the crash.

Russia’s federal security service said Monday it was focusing on pilot error, a technical fault, bad fuel and a foreign object in the engine as the four main scenarios that could explain the crash.

B’Haram Escapee Caught in Ikorodu, Lai Mohammed Says “the Worst is Over’

The Chief of Army Staff,  Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said a suspected Boko Haram member was arrested last Thursday in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State by soldiers.

With the recapture of Sambisa Forest, a Book Haram stronghold, an alarm was raised that defeated terrorists were fleeing to other parts of the country.

 Buratai, who said the arrested terrorist was one of those who fled Sambisa Forest, said the forest would be turned into a military base in 2017.

The Chief of Army Staff said this on Monday during his visit to the troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno State, to mark the reopening of the Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak Road.

He said, “I urge you not to relent until all the terrorists, who had fought Nigeria since 2009, are arrested. We must maintain the momentum of the operation. We must pursue the terrorists wherever they are. We must never allow them to regroup.

“For instance, a Boko Haram member was arrested in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State on Thursday. Despite the takeover of the terrorists’ Camp Zero in the Sambisa Forest, we have no time to waste. The seven-year fight against the Boko Haram terrorists was quite sober, and a number of officers lost their lives in the war. I pray for the repose of their souls. We vow to fight the remnants’ of the terrorists.”

In the same vein the Federal Government has congratulated the troops of the Nigerian military for seizing the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammed, appealed to Nigerians to maintain support for the Nigerian army and also remain alert to Boko Haram escapees who may want to blend into new communities.

 He said “We urge Nigerians to keep our gallant and victorious troops in their prayers, and to also imbibe the mantra of ‘if you see something, say something’ as a way of ensuring that no escaped terrorist is able to wreak havoc in their communities. It is also important to know that now that they have been dispossessed of their fortress, the Boko Haram escapees will intensify their cowardly attacks on vulnerable targets if only to maintain an illusion of terror. But there should be no panic because the worst is over”.

Be Close To God, Osun First Lady Tells Children

The wife of the Osun State Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, has ‎asked children to endeavour to be close to God Almighty especially at this period of Christmas.

‎Mrs Aregbesola made the appeal on Tuesday at the 2016 end of Year Christmas celebration and fanfare with the children held at the Government House Lawn in Osogbo the Osun State capital.

The first lady, who advised the children to respect their parents and teachers and their leaders, urged them not to join bad gangs, as this would only lead to the path of destruction.

While wishing the thousands of children drawn from across all the local governments in the state a merry Christmas, Mrs Aregbesola said it was expedient for the children to embrace hard work and shun all forms of immoral behaviour to enable them become great men and women to be reckoned with in the future.

“I give all praises and thanks to the Almighty God for the gift of life and for the opportunity to be among our dear children in the state to celebrate the end of another year. How time flies! It is just like yesterday that we were here on this same ground 12 months ago for the 2015 end of the year party.

“Another season is now over after so many activities during the year and I have no doubt that this year was filled with its successes as well as challenges for you as children.

“May I at this point appreciate all parents and guardians for the care of these children. I implore all children in the state to obey lawful instructions of your parents, guardians and teachers if you are to succeed in life.

“I thank the governor of our state for his passion and endless support for holistic development of women and children in the state,” she said‎.

The governor’s wife believes that the O’Meal Programme and the infrastructural development of schools among others have contributed greatly to the wellbeing of children and she prayed that Osun State would continue to grow.

‎ Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who joined in the celebration with the children, said: “We celebrate the season with them. We want them to concentrate on their studies, as we equally urge them to take the advantage of this season for relaxation and enjoyment within limit.

“They must not be excessive in their participation in activities to mark the festive period. They should be good children and keep to the instructions of their parents and guardians.

“We also pray that God will make them good and successful children and in future be great men and women in the society”.

Family Objects to Exhumation of Ifedolapo’s Corpse

The family of Ifedolapo Oladepo, a member of the National Youth Service Corps, who died during the orientation programme in Kano State, has said the exhumation plan by the panel investigating the death is not necessary.

The father of the deceased, Mr. Wale Oladepo, said Ifedolapo, a first class graduate of Transport Management from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, was killed because the medical personnel at the NYSC camp administered a medication which Ifedolapo reacted to, adding that they refused to heed the plea of the deceased’s sister, a nurse, who asked that the corps member be taken to a teaching hospital for a proper treatment.

Wale said there was no need to exhume the remains of his daughter because autopsy would only reveal what caused the death and not the negligence of the medical personnel at the NYSC camp clinic, which he insisted led to her death.

He confirmed that a Commissioner of Police called him from Abuja on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and told him of the plan to exhume his daughter’s corpse.

Wale said, “The person said I would take them to the place where Ifedolapo was buried, adding that we should bring the evidence we have.

“I told him that I would not provide any evidence now until they produce the call log of the conversations between the family and medical personnel at the NYSC camp clinic when Ifedolapo was taken there.

“I told him that exhumation for autopsy is the last thing to be done because that will only reveal the cause of death. But we must see the call log and we will match it with the telephone recordings that we have. We didn’t even know it will get to this stage but thank God we have the conversations recorded on the telephone.”

The bereaved father, who is a pensioner, said some corps members told him that Ifedolapo collapsed during the early morning drills at the camp, but was not attended to by the camp officials until later.

He said it was not true that his daughter reported to the camp sick and did not urinate for three days, saying she would not have been able to participate actively in all camp activities if she could not urinate for three days.

He said, “Some of my daughter’s colleagues, who were at her bedside at the camp clinic, are ready to testify against the medical personnel at the camp clinic.

“They ( medical personnel) administered a medication on her (Ifedolapo) and she reacted with rashes all over her body and she managed to take a photograph of the rashes on her hand and sent it via WhatsApp.

“Her tongue became twisted in a reaction to the medication administered on her. Her sister, who is a nurse, asked them to take her to a teaching hospital immediately, but they did not until five hours later.”