Career, Education and God’s Ministerial call ( an advice for those in delimma )

CAREER

Hello Pastor Doctor Femi.
I am convinced that God wants me to go into full time ministry. Am already in 300l studing plant biology and considering leaving the university for the seminary. I have been receiving conflicting counsels but what will you advise me to do sir?

My Response:

Thanks for sharing. Thank God for showing you early the direction He wants you to go.

Without any form of ambiguity or verbosity, FINISH YOUR DEGREE.
Here are my reasons:

1. Education enhances ministry efficiency. Have you ever wondered why God didn’t reveal the story behind the creation to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Enoch etc, God was waiting for a Moses who was learned in all wisdom and science. A man mighty in words and deeds.

2. Earning a degree will boost your image. No matter your level of anointing, some people will still ask ‘what is his qualification?’. If you leave half way now, people may later say that you got dropped out.

3. Many men of God today excelled academically not before they were called but even after. I know of a G.O. in Nigeria who had a first class in Microbiology and is still publishing in academic journals.

4. The university is a mission field, start your preliminary work there.

5. Above all, God is a God of order. He has allowed you to start this course. completing it won’t be a sin. Be patient and do your best to excel in what you are doing. Within the next two years, you would have graduated and completed your NYSC.
May God perfect all that concern you.

Let’s consider Apostle Paul, he excelled above the “12” and wrote about 50% of the new testament. You will agree with me he was a lawyer. Luke the physician presented Jesus’s account in the best chronological order of the 4 gospels. He also was educated. A man of God once said, “if you are a horn, God will make sounds thru you. But if av the opportunity to become a trumpet grab it bcos God will make more sonorous melodies thru you. Please complete ur 1st degree. God is in the business of engaging the best brains.

Joseph Ayo Babalola was very anointed, performed strange miracle, and did more crusades and tent meetings back then.

But, we all know the color and glamour that Arch Benson Idahosa brought to the Pentecostal movement in Nigeria.

Education makes all the difference!.

“Her Blood Is Not On My Hands”- The Travails Of A Nigerian Medical Doctor (Must Read)

Serious food for thought. Happens in almost every health care facility in this country.

A colleague sent this to my colleague who shared this with me. I am just sharing as received.

I own a hospital in Southwest- (not Osun state Nigeria …lol). I currently have about 17 patients on my ward each of whom I have admitted at several occasions through emergency. None of these patients has paid upto 30% of his/her bill. Some of them have stayed upto 7 weeks on the ward. I admitted and attended to them based on the fact that their conditions were life-threatening as at the time they came. I made their bill known to them – and they signed before they were treated. But there is a common trend, as soon as they felt relief and became stable they pleaded for their bills to be reduced – this I vehemently refused.
About 4 weeks ago a woman was rushed in with Eclampsia having just convulsed while pregnant and she was unconscious. I promptly took her straight to the theatre without collecting a dime though i had informed the relatives of the charges – #120,000 for her operation and medications. They signed and I carried out the surgery succesfully. Mother and baby survived. Within the following 6-days they paid a total sum of #12,000 and they began pleading to go home for the child’s christening ceremony. I looked at them with disdain. Till now, they have only managed to pay a total sum of #14,000.
Another man who was managed for strangulated hernia has only paid 20,000 out of 75,000 bill. And the list goes on. Their failure to pay has made it difficult for the hospital to replace consumables and medications needed to manage other people’s condition.
In the early hours of today 1:30am, a woman was rushed into the hospital following delivery at the referrral center. Blood had refused to stop gushing out. I did a quick assesment and realised she would need more materials than the hospital pharmacy currently had in store. I could have my staff get from a nearby pharmacy too. However, the husband said he had no money on him and so did the numerous relatives that accompanied. It was indeed a familiar pattern. I decided to let them go. I referred her to a government hospital. Ofcourse they pleaded for me to help but there was nothing I could do. Few minutes after they left – just few metres from my hospital gate, she collapsed. She had lost a lot of blood. I rushed there and rigorously tried resuscitating her right there outside the hospital 2am early morning, but all efforts proved abortive. A young woman of 28years had just died after having her first baby. Screams, wails, cries ensued. I felt bad – this is not why i became a doctor. But her blood is not on my hands.
Her blood is on the hands and heads of all the patients on the ward who can afford to pay but to – on the grounds that – “What will they do?. Her blood is on the hands and heads of the government officials past and present who have made it difficult and impossible for workers to get paid for their work. But the government officials are not the target of this my narrat. It is aimed at those who take hospital healthcare and medical doctors for granted. Those (including myself) who emphasise that doctors should not put money first before treating emergency conditions. In emergency cases, relatives would go to any length through any struggle to get money. As soon as the situation becomes calm, they relax and then they refuse to pay.
Last year a distant relative of mine was delivered of her baby via Caesearian section (in a hospital in Lagos- not mine). They were billed #180,000 which they accepted before the operation. After the surgery, her husband called me and asked how much I charge and i told him. He then began pleading with the management of the said hospital to review his bill. They declined. The husband being who he is, paid #120,000 and absconded with his wife and his newly born son. How he did this, I do not know, but i know that at the christening ceremony a week later, he had two cows slaughtered to celebrate the birth of his first son.
Many times we complain of doctors who ask for charges before treating patients but no one has ever bothered to ask the doctors why they do? Doctors are humans too, we need to pay bills. This is our trade, our profession, our means of livelihood. We have needs too. We can not go to the market place with the ID showing that we’re doctors and hope to get food items on credit. We need to pay our children’s school fees, we need clothes , shelter etc just as you. Everywhere in the world healthcare is expensive, both services and materials are exepensive. Well we understand that you may not have money. The government should find a way. The government should find a way/policy that ensures that we get our money back after we have rendered our service. In the UK there is the National Health Scheme, in the United states they have health insurance schemes too in addition to Medicare, Medicaid. In Nigeria we have the barely effective, poorly regulated and massively corrupt National Health Insurance Scheme.
Well i have decided to change the modus operandi of my institution. The previous one has not benefitted anybody. Henceforth if any one comes to my emergency room without a dime. I will not attend to. If such a person dies, the blood is not on my hands, its on the hands of those who have received treatment in the past and failed to pay afterwards.

The British Girl Who Changed Her Career From Medicine To Prostitution

BABY-FACED Maria has just spent the last five years qualifying as a doctor.

But now she is preparing for another hands-on career dealing with the public — as a prostitute.

Maria paid her way through university with cash from clients and instead of starting a respectable job, the 24-year-old has chosen to continue working as a call girl.

Around 80,000 women in the UK are hookers — some pick up trade from passing cars while others, like Maria, operate from home and find punters through newspaper ads and the net.

Regardless of the moral issues surrounding cash for sex, selling yourself is not illegal in the UK. Around ten per cent of British men have visited a prostitute, according to a report this year titled Tackling Demand for Prostitution.

The trade attracts its share of tragic cases, with one study showing up to 95 per cent of sex workers are drug addicts.

Shockingly, a recent survey revealed 75 per cent of prostitutes have been physically assaulted, while 50 per cent have been raped. The risks have not deterred Maria, from London, who keeps her sordid career a secret from her parents.

Here she outlines a typical day to reveal the grim reality of her job.

8am I have lots of stuff to do before work but the only thing I want to do is to go back to sleep.

I need a shower but that means much more than a shower. In this job you have to shave what seems like square miles of your body, which is very time consuming.

I didn’t suddenly decide to become a prostitute. I was looking for any way to make money and saw an ad for nightclub hostesses. I went for an interview and they told me I had to sell Champagne. The more you sold the more money you got.

I gave it a try and there was a guy who kept pestering me to sleep with him. Eventually I was offered £2,000. It would pay for almost half my uni fees that year.

I agreed. My only concern was that I couldn’t provide the experience to match the fee. We just went to a hotel.

I think I was drunk. It was all done in ten minutes and I took my money and left. That was all. I’ve worked as a prostitute for two years now.

10:30am I’m in the flat getting ready. The flowers are in the vase and the snack food is in the fridge. Cleaning the apartment is very important to me because I want my clients to get a good impression.

I’m very fussy about the bathroom and make sure it’s gleaming. I never cook for clients. If they want a meal they have to take me out — they’ve got wives and girlfriends to slave over home-cooked meals.

I don’t think being a prostitute is any worse than being a housewife who sells sex to her husband in return for financial protection or whatever her husband provides.

I’ve just turned my phone on. It’s always off when I’m off. Right now I have five texts and seven voicemail messages I’ll have to listen and see if there’s anything from the past hour or so. If there is, I may have a punter here quite soon.

11:30am I’ve had a few more calls but no visits so I’ve managed to get the laundry out of the way.

It consists of bed linen, lots of towels and lots of underwear.

I used to work in a brothel with ten other girls, but that’s illegal under current UK law. Prostitutes can only work on their own. It’s stupid because it makes you even more scared and vulnerable.

Most of my friends work in the industry and we call each other regularly to make sure everything’s OK.

When I do hotel visits I call a friend beforehand to tell them where I’ll be. Afterwards I ring back to let them know I’ve left.

I would love to feel 100 per cent safe but it’s not possible. There are advantages and drawbacks to every profession and for me this is a risk worth taking.

2pm It’s slow today. I’ve answered a few more calls but no one has visited yet. My clients are massively varied. You get all ages and backgrounds.

The youngest was 20 and the oldest was 87. That was a lot of fun. His wife died quite a few years ago and he wanted me to act like her in bed.

I don’t have a boyfriend and never will — unless he’s a millionaire. This job has made me realise men don’t commit to relationships, so why should I? Most of my guys are married or have girlfriends.

Men don’t offer me anything I need. I guess I’m not an emotional person.

With the regulars you get into a kind of relationship, but they don’t buy me, they buy my time.

3pm I have about 15 minutes before my first appointment. I’m going to eat something quickly.

It’s a guy who called about 15 minutes ago. I haven’t seen him before but he sounded very nice on the phone.

I’m not too nervous yet, but we’ll see how it goes. I get clients to stand somewhere I can see them from my window then call me.

If I think they look OK and not dodgy or weird I give them the address. The scariest thing is if they disappear at this point. I worry what they will do, knowing my phone number and where I live.

7pm The man who called was a very decent person. He introduced himself and shook my hand.

He gave me the money without me having to ask for it, which is always a bonus. I’m sure he’ll come back.

He texted me afterwards with just three letters — WOW.

When people pay you for doing what others do for free you feel appreciated. The majority of queries come via my website and I get some very strange requests but I don’t go in for costumes and tacky plastic outfits. I don’t want to stand there looking cheap.

7:30pm I’ve got some good news. I’ve got an old regular coming round. He is in his late 60s and well preserved for his age. He’s spent his life in the Army so I know he’ll be on time.

Young and shy, rich and stupid, old and ugly, I’ve had them all. The number of men I see in a day varies. Sometimes none, sometimes double figures.

I get tested for STIs every six to eight weeks. I always use condoms but you still have to be careful. Some punters ask for unprotected sex and get violent if it’s refused.

I’ve never experienced this but I have a few numbers in my phone for guys who have intimidated other prostitutes.

We share that information to keep everyone safe.

The worst thing to happen to me was having my handbag stolen from my flat.

8:45pm The gentleman has just left. Although I got paid £2,000 the first time I sold sex, I don’t earn anywhere near that amount now. But the money isn’t bad and I don’t have to accept a punter if I don’t like the look of him.

There are a lot of statistics out there suggesting vast numbers of prostitutes are drug addicts but I know around 100 working girls and perhaps two would smoke something now and then.

In my opinion addicts who use sex to fund their habit aren’t true prostitutes. They’re just desperate for money.

11:30pm I’m stretching in bed ready to go to sleep. It was a quiet day but I shouldn’t complain because I made enough today to pay the rent for this week.

Being a prostitute isn’t easy. The vulnerability, the fear, the secrecy surrounding what you do. If you’re not cut out for it you’re heading for trouble.

I’d love to run my own medical clinic some day. I’m thinking about it. Goodnight.

HOPE CYNICS WILL ONE DAY BE HUMBLE ENOUGH TO APOLOGISE TO PRESIDENT BUHARI–FEMI ADESINA

Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, was on Channels TV to field questions on state of the nation from Mr Seun Okinbaloye during Sunday Politics programme(March 27, 2016).
Excerpts
Q: The queue for fuel is still persistent because I was on queue for 5 hours to get N5, 000 fuel before I was able to refuel.
A: You got fuel eventually. That is what matters at the end of the day. There is hope.
Q: We have seen too many queues at filling stations in less than a year of President Buhari’s administration. Isn’t it bothering this administration?
A: You seem to forget very early that before this administration, it was like that. It is an endemic Nigerian problem and is not peculiar to this administration.
Q: Should we now live with it right now?
A: If it means living with it for awhile, we have to, until it gets better because it is not going to be by a sudden flight, it is going to be a methodical and systematic process, but we will get there.
Q: It takes ordinary Nigerians to just have hope when they have to face the rigour of queuing for fuel for their ‘I pass my neighbour’ generator to power their home appliances.
A: That is sad and regrettable, but it is the reality of the moment. We have to live with it for awhile but we know that better days will come.
Q: You have heard the comment of the Minister of State for petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachukwu about the fact of the availability of fuel and a number of Nigerians have taken him up for it. Even the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that his statement is not acceptable, when will the queues go away?
A: The Minister is the one who has the authority to give the actual position, he has given it and I think, it is what we should believe.
Q: That the queue will stay another month?
A: He has more brief….
Q: What is the official brief from the President?
A: There won’t be another official brief apart from what he has said.
Q: The President should have a better brief because he is the chief executive of the state. People are suffering across board. In some states, fuel is N130 per litre above N86 official rate.
A: Once you don’t have a control of all the variables, such things are bound to happen. We lived in this country 16 years of PDP, even before then, there was the military rule, the process of refining petroleum locally was virtually short- circuited .The refineries were there and were allowed to run aground and when you don’t have the variables under control, anything can happen. It used to be that NNPC imports 60 % petroleum products, at a point it crept up to 70% , now it is almost 100 per cent. When a situation like that is on ground, anything can happen. Once, there is a slight hitch, it throws the process into a tailspin. Once you don’t have complete control, things like that can happen.
Q: The President is the father of the nation and if your children are going hungry, he should be able to tell them ‘wait till night, I will bring you food’, when are we expected to see relief in our filling stations?
A: The Minister of Petroleum said in weeks and that amounts to May. I think the Minister spoke with candour, maybe he didn’t weigh the words but he said the truth at the end. Would people rather prefer him to say in two weeks and it doesn’t happen? The month of May is how many weeks away? Maybe about five weeks. I think, the Minister should not be crucified for his statement.
Q: So, Nigerians will suffer for another few weeks and probably buy it higher from people who are hoarding it?
A: If that came from the Minister of Petroleum, we should believe him and I think that word was modified thereafter, when he said it would be a couple of weeks, not May. The truth of the matter is that Nigerians including me may need to wait a while more before normalcy returns to filling stations. But will normalcy return? Yes, it will. Will Nigerians get out of this rough patch eventually? Yes, we will get out of it.
Q: The President has apologised to the nation a few times on some key issues and Nigerians are wondering if apologies will solve some of these issues? And some critics in some quarters have said that Nigeria needs a strong direction in terms of economic recovery policies, especially some of the governors.
A: I know what you are driving at. Some of the governors have a right to their opinions, we don’t join issues with them but then, if the President apologies to the nation, it is a problem and if he does not apologise, it is another problem. With Nigerians,head or tail, you often lose. Would you rather that he does not apologise when things have gone wrong like that…
Q: Nigerians will never want him to apologise but for him to fix the problem. Which is much better.
A: Because Nigerians always want a magic wand and it does not necessarily work like that. …
Q: The president and his party during campaign promised almost magic…things that are unrealistic
A: Mark your own words… almost magic. But not magic.
Q: The president promised that by end of 2019, there will 10,000 megawatts, looks like magic
A: it doesn’t look so
Q: is that realistic?
A: Don’t forget that about four weeks ago, Nigeria had 5,070 megawatts of electricity with a promise that by December 2016, another 2,000 megawatts would be added, which will make it 7,070 megawatts. If at the end of 2016, we have 7,000 megawatts, what makes 10,000 megawatts not possible by 2019?
Q: That 5,070 that you mentioned because we are back to less than 3,000 and many Nigerians are not aware.
A: You know what happened? After we had that 5,000, we had a vandalism in Bayelsa, we lost about 1,600 megawatt, thereafter in Delta, we lost another 1,000 megawatt. If some Nigerians are crying over power outage, they should hold those people who vandalised the installations responsible. But 10,000 megawatts as the president has promised is a possibility by 2019.
Q: Again, does this nation have a clearly defined economic policy direction?
A: Now, let me illustrate with this, you have a government in which the number 2 man, the vice president heads the economic team, the finance minister, Trade and finance minister, Minister for budget and National planning, Central Bank governor, Economic Adviser to the president, and yet people still keep asking for an economic team? What else do they need?
Q: The economic direction is what Nigerians are asking for?
A: Yes, are they not the people that will fashion out the direction?
Q: We want the direction and the average Nigerian doesn’t want to know the people in the team but where we are headed to as a nation?
A: It is clear were we are headed to as a nation and those people manning the economy will tell you where we are headed. I am not an economist but I know that the direction in which they are headed is that there are luxuries that we cannot continue to indulge in, those luxuries are being weeded out. Essential forex is being warehoused and saved in the real sector for more productive usage.
Q: After the Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka asked for an economic summit, few days later, there was an announcement of economic retreat. Would you say that retreat was fruitful at the end of the day?
A: I will just like to correct the sequence that you just went through. Prof Soyinka asked for an economic summit but what happened was not what he asked for because before he asked for a summit, the National Economic Council had decided to hold a retreat. And don’t forget that the president at an interview in Qatar had said if someone people want to sit and hold a summit, the government is not averse to it. But what happened last week was not what Prof. Soyinka canvassed for. The National Economic Council had decided to hold that retreat before Prof. Soyinka spoke.
Q: Do you think that retreat was fruitful?
A: Well, to the best of my knowledge (I was there at the opening ceremony, the other two days, I was not.)A report is going to come out on that summit and thereafter, we will be able to judge. I know where you are driving at because a governor has been saying some things and he has rights to what he has said. We know those who were at that summit are not frivolous people.
Q: You are saying it wasn’t a jamboree?
A: It is not by any means, because this government is not given to jamboree anyway.
Q: How much was spent on that summit?
A: I heard a ridiculous amount that somebody mentioned, let him justify it,
Q: N250 million has been spent so far on the retreat…
A: The person who alleged that that amount was spent should justify it. (It may as well be N1 billion or any figure but let him justify it.)
Q: Very interesting. But again, we understand that the budget has been passed at the National Assembly, has the President received that budget?
A: You need to know the process. When the National Assembly passes a budget, which was done on Thursday, a clean copy would then be communicated to the President .Of course ,if the presidency had sent a budget, which was reduced by N17 billion, he would need to study it to see things that were taken out. And then, if some things had been juggled, you need to see and be sure that you agree with the juggling.
Q: This clean copy, you are talking about has it been communicated to the president?
A: You know that was done on Wednesday, and Thursday was the last working day for the week. (I am not quite sure whether it had got to the president as at Thursday)
Q: Look at the current economic reality that we face as a nation, oil production rate, oil benchmark, the dollar system, which are some of the spine of the budget that was passed. The dollar still stands at N300 at the parallel market, if you look at it, do you think that the president is not losing the steam from the perspective of the average Nigerian on the street.
A: Losing steam as how?
Q: In terms of promises made before the election and people have been waiting for almost a year and the budget is just passed. People are just wondering that for almost a year, we have not really seen the dividend that has been promised by the APC government.
A: You are not likely to see the dividend within a year because it is a four –year mandate. If you are in a long distance race, you pace yourself. You may start with a burst of energy and stop mid-way. And those who have paced themselves properly will pass you along the way and breast the tape before you. It is a four-year mandate, this is the 10th month and there is still 38 months to go. We need to be a lot realistic. I just pray that those who have been cynical and critical will be humble enough to eat their words when they begin to see things happening.
Q: So Nigerians should begin to see things in a big way?
A: I can assure you
Q: He travels so much, isn’t it, averagely even more than President Barack Obama, when he became president of the United States?
A: if there are trips that are essential, why not?
Q: Couldn’t he have sent his vice?
A: There are trips for the vice president, where a president can be represented and he often gets represented. But there are other places where you expect to see Mr President. Our president is not a frivolous man. Let me tell you something, in September last year(2015), the United Nations Assembly was going to hold on Salah day, the president was in Katsina state, he prayed in the morning, they slaughtered the ram, by 2pm on that same day, the president took off for New York. Now, would he not have loved to stay with his family for Sallah? But that is the sacrifice the man is making for the country.
Q: Nigerians are impatient and waiting for the dividend of democracy
A: The dividend will come but I hope and pray that when they do come, these people who are so critical will be humble enough to admit that they were wrong, and say sorry, Mr President. We got it wrong but you got it right.
Q: Will president Buhari run for election in 2019?
A: That is his decision to take.

Easter story( Repeat , Easter Special )

AD 30,
 
Pilate’s palace
 
Last watch of the night
 
The night was eerily silent. The air was still and the normal chirping of the cicadas was absent. The night was cold but she was covered in sweat. The dreams were always the same; since the night before the crucifixion. She dreaded going to bed nowadays- the dreams were horrifying. She looked at her husband lying beside her; he was fast asleep, snoring lightly. She resisted the urge to wake him up; he would dismiss her as usual. If only he had listened to her and not bowed to pressure from the Jewish leaders. She was sure the man was innocent, and was only brought before her husband because the Jewish leaders were afraid to lose their hold on the people. He was killed out of sheer jealousy, and her husband had aided them.
 
High priest palace
 
Last watch of the night
 
Caiaphas stared at the fire, his mind far away. A thought has been disturbing him since the crucifixion of the blasphemer. What if he truly was the son of God like he claimed to be? Strange happenings have been occurring since the evening of the crucifixion. Could these things be signs? The implication of orchestrating the death of God’s son was enormous and he could not bear to think of them. But then if he had been the Messiah like he claimed to be, he shouldn’t have died at the hands of the gentiles; the Messiah was supposed to deliver them from the oppression of the gentiles. The more he thought about it, the more he became sure that even if he had not been the Messiah, the man was definitely a righteous man, only that could explain the strange occurrences. He was experiencing what he hadn’t experienced in a long time – remorse, and a twinge of guilty conscience.
 
 
Golgotha
 
First hour of the day
 
The sky was turning gray, dawn was coming. The cold was biting. Claudius rubbed his hands together and placed them over the dying fire. He looked at the stone in front of the sepulcher and wondered about the man that was lying inside. He was no ordinary man. He had never believed in the claims of the Israelites about their God; only one God who was creator of all. He had always seen the Jews as proud and arrogant and he hated them because of their claim to belong to the one and true God who created heaven and earth and would refrain from worshipping other gods; they even acted superior because they claimed to be the chosen race. But events of the last few days have begun to change his mind. The man they had crucified was definitely a righteous man and even his claim of being the son of God might not be far from the truth. He kept this to himself however and dared not share it with his friends who were huddled around the fire, cracking anti-Semitic jokes.
 
The events that happened next were a blur- one minute he was sitting around the fire with friends, the next he was flat on the floor. There were flashes of lightning in the sky, rolling thunder and the ground was quaking. He could hear the fearful voices of his comrades. The sky became brilliantly lit, and a being descended from the sky, his features were indescribable. He went to the mouth of the tomb and rolled the stone away like they weighed nothing. Somewhere at the back of his mind, his military training was telling him to resist but he was paralyzed and couldn’t move- he just stared.
 
Then something even more amazing happened. The man they had buried three days ago was walking out of the tomb, and was shining like the sun! And the terrible being that came from the sky was paying obeisance to him.
Just then Claudius heard movements to his right and saw that his men were fleeing. Suddenly, he could move again and before he knew what he was doing, he was on his feet and running too.
 
 
Jerusalem
 
First hour of the day
 
Mary Magdalene was restless. She was pacing up and down the room. What was delaying the others? She mused. Just then the door opened and Joanna and three others came in carrying the ointments they had prepared yesterday. Without further delay, they set out towards the city gates. The city was just about waking up and very soon, the sounds of women going to the well would fill the streets. They hurried towards the gates which were just being opened.
 
 
 
Golgotha
 
Dawn
 
Mary Magdalene was at the head of the procession and even as she was walking briskly, her mind was in overdrive. Her paramount thought was how they were going to move the stone that was set at the mouth of the tomb. From her vintage point, she had seen that it took twenty soldiers to roll the stone to the mouth of the cave, and they were just a bunch of women. She was lost in thought that she did not notice until one of the women gasped. When she looked at what the others saw, she was transfixed: the tomb was open.
Without thinking, she ran the remaining distance to the tomb and stopped just shy of the entrance. She stood there till the others arrived, and gathering her courage, went inside.
The tomb was empty.
 
 
 
Jerusalem
 
Dawn
 
Peter was lying on the mat at the corner of the room, staring at the roof. While others slept, he hadn’t slept a wink. To his right was john, he had had a restless sleep, talking in his sleep and tossing severally. Apparently, he was having nightmares about the crucifixion because he kept repeating ‘’yeshua yeshua”. Peter envied his devotion to the master. If only he had been that strong, he wouldn’t have denied him. At the remembrance of that night, fresh tears came to his eyes- he had failed the master, just like the master predicted. If only he had been more watchful and heedful of the master’s warning. But now it was too late. What troubled him most was why the master had allowed himself to be taken, beaten and crucified. Was he not the savior they had been expecting? Surely, he was the son of God, there was no doubt about that, he had seen too much to doubt that. What happens now? He wondered. What was their fate? It had been three days now…
 
His thought was interrupted by the urgent knocking at the door. He frowned as he stood up to answer the door. Who could that be? At the door, he was greeted by a group of wide eyed and breathless women, all speaking at once. He tried to follow them but he couldn’t. The loud knocking had awakened the others and they now gathered behind him.
 
They listened with open mouths as they listened to the accounts of the women. Peter didn’t know what to believe.
Who would have moved the body of the Master? That tomb was heavily guarded by the roman soldiers.
He was going to have to see for himself before he believed what he was hearing.
 
 
 
Golgotha
 
Dawn
 
Breathless Peter bent over in front of the tomb. It was open alright. His lungs burned from the run. He was the last to arrive; the others were younger than him and so were faster. But none of them had entered- they were waiting for him. After a few moments, he entered the tomb. It was empty.
He scanned the room again not believing. The only thing in the tomb was the linen that had been wrapped around the master’s body at burial. Puzzled he left the tomb along with others. Maybe the governor had given an order to remove his body from the sepulcher, definitely at the instigation of the high priest.
None noticed that Mary Magdalene wasn’t with them; they were too caught in their sorrow to notice.
 
Mary Magdalene sat at the entrance of the tomb, weeping. They had taken away the body of her Lord. First they accused him wrongly, and then they sentenced him to a horrible death. Even in death, they wouldn’t let him be buried properly. They have dishonored him even in death.
Something caught her attention from the corner of her eye, and she looked into the tomb. There appeared to be someone in there. She went into the tomb to find out and saw two men sitting down where the body of the Master had lain. The men wore shining apparel and their countenances were shining.
 
“Why are you weeping woman?” they said to her
“They have taken away the body of my Lord” she replied “and I don’t know where they have taken it”
Just then another walked in. Who were these people? She thought. What were they doing here? Were they the ones that moved the body?
The man asked her the same question the two men asked her. She was losing her patience. She needed answers now.
 
“Tell me where you have taken him to and I will go and carry him” she said to the new man.
“Mary” the man said gently.
She looked at him sharply. How had he known her name? And then recognition hit. She hadn’t bothered to look at him before, that was why she didn’t recognize him.
There he was! And he was alive! Her Lord was alive!
It took a while before her body reacted. She lunged at him.
 
“Touch me not; I have not yet ascended to my Father” he told her, stopping her.
“Go to my brethren, and tell them I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God and your God”
And then He was gone.
For several moments Mary just stood there taking in the incident. The Lord has risen, and had first appeared to her even before ascending to heaven to appear before His Father- their Father. And He said to go tell His brethren- not friends anymore, not disciples, but brethren!
 
 
 
Jerusalem, upper room
 
Dusk
 
The disciples were huddled together after supper, although only few had eaten. Many were talking in hushed tones. The news of the Lord’s resurrection had spread to the disciples and they had all gathered together that evening. Mary was the centre of attention, as many were gathered around her asking for more details about her encounter with the risen Lord.
 
Peter and the rest of the twelve, except Thomas were gathered together, and discussing. They were afraid of what the Jewish leaders would do should the news of the resurrection get to them. The doors had been locked from the inside and everybody had been ordered to stay indoors.
Then He was there.
 
“Peace be unto you” his voice rich and comforting. He looked into their eyes and could see despair and sadness, His heart ached for them. He could see disbelieve and fear in some; they thought he was a ghost. He marveled at their unbelief. He showed them His hands and feet.
He could see the joy and hope in their eyes as it slowly returned. His heart swelled. These were his brethren, beloved, chosen from among men to be sanctified unto His God.
 
 
 
Mount Olive
 
40days later
 
Jerusalem was filled with news of the Messiah’s resurrection; he who had been condemned to die had overcome death. But the high priest and Jewish leaders wanting to save face had bribed the soldiers to spread a lie that the disciples had stolen the body of Jesus in the middle of the night, and were now claiming he was resurrected. The disciples were not bothered about this; in the past 40days, the Lord had been appearing to them severally and preparing them for the days ahead. They didn’t have Him with them always like before his crucifixion but he has promised them another- the Comforter, His Spirit, the Holy Ghost, who will dwell with them and in them. Now they were gathered together to witness his ascension into heaven, his mission fulfilled. In death, he has birthed life- eternal life; in his life, he has given salvation and dominion- to reign as kings on earth.
So parting, he gave them his final charge and left a promise
 
“Go make disciples of all nations” he charged them. “I am with you always even unto the end of the world” he promised
 
Then he began His ascension while they steadfastly looked up into heaven until they saw Him no more.
There was an eerie silence. Uncertain what to do they stared.
And two angels appeared. “Men of Galilee” they said, “why are you all staring intently at the skies? This same Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven shall also come back in like manner as you have seen him ascend”

Credits : Ogundare Tope

Why we’re organizing global nine million man march for Buhari says Group

Ibrahim Wala is the Director of Media and Publicity of #IStandWithBuhari. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, he speaks on the group’s plan to organize a nine million man march for President Muhammadu Buhari across the world as well as other issues.

Excerpts:

PT: Your organisation, I Stand With Buhari, sounds political. What basically is your goal and why do you have this organization at this time when there are no elections?

Wala: It may sound political but the name was carefully articulated to connect Nigerians with the good leadership traits of the man, Muhammadu Buhari. Understandably, the name rings a political bell because of the name Buhari, being a politician. Do not forget that he is the same man we all stood by because of his good characters as a leader.

The mere fact that the name dominated the space in every political news page during the campaign for the elections, everything connected to it (name) must be seen as political.

With all sense of responsibility, we agree with those who say #IStandWithBuhari is nothing but politics. However, the#iStandWithBuhari is an affirmative statement by Nigerians, in total support and solidarity with the actions and leadership style of President Muhammadu Buhari to change Nigeria. We must also understand the importance of coming to terms with the reality that election was a mere transitional stage. The stage we are in today is the moment of regaining all we have lost during the elections. The most important thing to do as a nation is to forget about our political differences and all that has happened to us in the days of context. These are the days of action and development.

PT: Are you saying this has nothing to do with President Buhari, the politician and his party, the All Progressives Congress?

Wala: This is about our own Nigeria; it is not about drumming political support for the person of Mr. President. It was intentionally conceived for the purpose of building a platform that will help in sensitizing Nigerians on the importance of effective governance. It is through such interactive platforms that Nigerians can easily be informed on the policies and programs of the administration of Mr. President. We must not continue with the “I don’t care” attitude. If we do care in the process of choosing our leaders, we must also care when they are in office.

PT: Why now and why standing only with President Buhari?

Wala: This is it! I was waiting for you to ask. I must commend Nigerians for taking advantage of the new media as an instrument of change. First and foremost, the effective use of social media prompted Nigerians to the level of systemic decay in our country. The avalanche of information relating to corruption, impunity, bad governance, poor level of infrastructure, etc, coming out on daily basis overwhelmed the entire citizens. Before you knew it, there was a subconscious call for action because Nigerians understand what went wrong. This means that we knew our problems and without mincing word, we had our solution.

The solution was the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections. On the list of issues responsible for bringing Nigeria backward is corruption, which is more like a Starfish. It has strong tentacles that is capable of transmuting into multiple starfish, especially at the point you want to kill it. Despite all the ceremonial effort to kill corruption by the past administrations it has instead led to a state of failed economic, social and political institutions resulting in unemployment for Nigerian youth and looting of our aged parents pension funds and leaving little or no hope for the present and future of Nigeria. Understanding that the task ahead for the government is huge, it’s also clear that corruption will fight back.

Therefore, #iStandWithBuhari represents a wake up with physical and intellectual revolution strategies to create and guarantee the future of the Nigerian youth by showing solidarity with the principled character and ideologies of President Muhammadu Buhari.

PT: Are you aware that many Nigerians are becoming impatient with the president because they believe he has not lived up to expectation? Some of them believe he is only focussing on corruption leaving other areas unattended to.

Wala: The previous administration depleted our treasury and we saw the revelations from the EFCC that has to do with the so called respected elders and individuals in high places bleeding our resources without considering what the future holds for the younger generations. This means that Nigeria has been stabbed and it is bleeding furiously before the emergence of the Buhari’s administration. Since the nation has been stabbed, the only way to cure the nation is to remove the arrow of impunity and there is no such way that the arrow can be removed without the body (Nigeria) filling temporal pain to enjoy the everlasting comfort. This explains the need for deep-rooted institutional reforms by way of expunging all the corrupt elements within the institutions. Glad to know that every man and woman on the street understands and appreciate the situation we are in. What sacrifice for a better for a better!

PT: How do you intend to achieve with this?

Wala: If you now agree that the ultimate objectives of the #iStandWithBuhari initiative is to galvanize the entire Nigerian citizens into giving emotional support to their president, then we must also agree on how it can be achieved. But before we dwell on that, let’s take a look at the direction Mr. President is headed – fight against corruption, zero tolerance to impunity, building a stronger economy that will foster financial inclusion for all, building stronger institutions, empowering the masses, compliance with Treasury Single Account, good governance, restoring global confidence, etc. None of these can be said to be for the benefit of a particular political party. They are all instruments for developing a nation for the collective benefit for all. In achieving this task, the #iStandWithBuhari Organization has carefully developed strategic programs and activities that will ensure easy implementation. The most prominent of the programs and activities is the AFFIRMATION MARCH which is coming on March 31, 2016.

PT: Is this not another million man march in the making? We saw a similar thing in the days of the former military head of state, Sani Abacha and in the days of Goodluck Jonathan when a group, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), organized rallies for his re-election.

Wala: Why do you think the previous leaders agreed with the idea of the million man match? The answer is simple. Even when Abacha was a military dictator, he knew very well that there is power in numbers, there is power in people’s opinions and this is what democracy is all about. Therefore, in justifying democratic objectives, the people must be involved and these people must be in numbers. For us to affirm to the President our moral support, we must mobilize Nigerian citizens on the basis of a roll call. Everyone’s opinion must be counted and affirmed because the only language that politicians understand and appreciate is the language of mass mobilization.

To respond to the part of your questions that relate #iStandWithBuhari with TAN, I must totally disagree with you because TAN was a campaign instrument towards the difficult period when there was little hope for the friends of the then president. It was strictly meant to ensure that their principal won the election. Ours is about encouraging President Buhari to stand firm in achieving his noble objectives which is in the interest of the nation.

In essence, this is the reason why mass mobilization is relevant in a situation where few are justifying their selfish and hidden agenda against the wish of the entire citizens. Our wish is to let us end corruption so that any other thing will fall in place. On this note, the Nine Million Nigerians Anti-Corruption Day Global Affirmation March is scheduled to hold in Nigeria and all major cities around the world simultaneously on Thursday 31st March 2016. The Nigerian venue for the March is Abuja.

PT: How do you fund your activities?

Wala: Permit me to highlight key notes in some of the document we made public, which captioned “What We are Not” They are “Not a political organization,” “Non partisan and not affiliated to the APC,” “Not illegally sponsored by Government,” and “…also not personally sponsored by PMB or a politician.” and We are not TAN and we can never tarnish our image. Expanding on the aspect of funding or sponsorship, #iStandWithBuhari is an independent organization that is mindful of integrity and also frowned at corrupt practices. We will not take part in any form of indecent activity or accept to be used as a conduit pipe to any public office holder in the name of seeking for sponsorship or any form of financial support. One of our core values is the fight against corruption and abuse of law. This is why we restrict our sources for funding to the following: Contributions by members of #iStandWithBuhari; sales of merchandize or souvenirs (branded TShirts, mugs, key holders, calendars, etc); transparent fund raising process and partnership with local and international stakeholders and groups.

PT: So, after President Buhari’s days in office, what happens?

Wala: #iStandWithBuhari as an organization will surely outlived the days of President Buhari in office. The characters of role models in leadership positions have always outlived their days. Why are we still reading about the likes of Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Zik of Africa, Sardauna of Sokoto, etc?

-Premium Times

He paid all for me ( Good Friday Poem )

See Him carrying the cross
Created by me, a sin boss.
It was the emblem Of suffering and shame
And for the agony I had to pay,
The burden on him they lay.

They took all my charges,
Leveled them against Him, an innocent man,
Then sentenced him for death.
He Had to pay for what he did not buy
they sent his Father a receipt.
But He turned away His face. He too could not bear the shame.
So he cried out ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTANI

It should have been me at the cross and not Jesus.
That’s the truth so swallow your pride and face it.
Someone said count your blessings and name them one by one.
Well I say count your sins and name them one by one
And you will feel the weight of the cross meant for you.
I will count mine too
Then we do our sums and just imagine burden an innocent man bore.

Today is GOOD FRIDAY indeed.
Cos no name is worthy enough.
It was the day every man
Bound or free.
Sick or strong
Slave or prince
Black or white.
Debtor or indebted
Poor or rich.
I dare say Kings and Rulers. Priests and Leaders
This was the day of their final redemption.
When evrything was really free for undeserving souls.

– Full Credits : Korkoradjoa Love

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vols 363, 364, 365, 366, 367 and 368+CrossChallenge+Little Nigeria History+NUC 11 year medicine is nonsense+Mother’s pre-nuptial advice+If I am Siasia (eagles coach ) +Good Friday poem

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NUC’s new 11 year policy for studying medicine in Nigeria is dead on arrival

Medical students to spend 11 years now in varsity before obtaining MBBS degree says NUC. The problem is that most Nigerian policy makers neither think deeply about implications of a policy nor weigh it properly nor study the dynamics and applications to our own local situations here before they conclude and force their policies on us. There have been many changed and failed policies in govt.

For instance, someone wakes up and says Unitary Govt is good for Nigeria, another recommends Federalism, another says Regionalism, another wants more states to be created no matter how unviable they may be, yet another views seccession as the panacea and cure for all the problems is if he’s not seeing the Carnage in South Sudan now.

In another instance, different people have views of presidential / parliamentary systems of govt without weighing the pros and cons of such moves. In the education system, someone wakes up today and forces 6-3-3-4 system on u. Another says 7-5-2-3 is better while another wants 6-5-2-3. Yet one man may wake up and say 9-3-4. How positively has this impacted us?

NUC is just talking like people with no brains (apologies for such harsh statement). Have they viewed the implications on Nigeria? Have they viewed how badly Nigeria still needs more doctors and the doctor:population ratio is still very low? Did they consider the brain drain of doctors and how lesser number of people are considering studying medicine? Have they noticed how many doctors no longer practice medicine yet are youthful? I forgot Senate Presido is also a medical doctor.

Have they considered residency trainning and the female folks? Studying Medicine for 11 years is not worthy in a country like Nigeria. Later one aunty nurse, radiographer or lab scientist will start dragging C.M.D post with me. The reasons for making it 11yrs are even fake and not thoroughly convincing. In our times ( when I was young ( the 70s and 80s ), small children were not allowed to write JAMB. You can’t see 11, 12, 13, 14 year old writing JAMB. Average age was 18-21 and extremely few (less than 5% wrote their Jamb before 17yrs).

Which yeye maturity? It would discourage people from studying Medicine. Later in future, the country will complain of shortage of medical doctors when they won’t know it’s retrogressive policies like this that cause them. Already over 50% of my coursemates we finished together in same class are abroad. Shows how willing people are ready to practice in Nigeria This policy is bound to fail says Nostra II.

Disregard Nostra II to your peril !
God rules in the affairs of men !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE CROSS CHALLENGE

The cross is an emblem of eternal love not for my body only but for my spirit and soul. #ILoveTheCross for what it stands for. It is the whole essence of my faith. I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live yet not I but it’s Christ who lives in me. I boast of nothing but the cross.
#ILoveTheCross.The cross reminds me of the moment when God took away sin, shame, guilt and pain that should be mine upon Himself.
#ILoveTheCross because it’s my hiding place, my refuge, my icon of salvation, the stronghold on which I lean.
#‎ILoveTheCross‬
I nominate my friends (mention 5 to 12 names ) to say one thing the cross means to them end it

#‎ILoveTheCross‬

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME
A DAY BEFORE MY WEDDING!

Mummy’s boy, you are now a man.
Tomorrow you will have a new mother,
a new cook and a new person to share all your secrets with.
It will no longer be me but her.
Love your new mum even more than you love me.
Before you walk into her arms forever, let me give you some words to guide you.

There was a day I was arguing with your father. We were screaming, Tempers were high. I was angry and He was angry. Then I called him an idiot! He was shocked, He looked at me asking how dare I call him that, Immediately started calling him idiot, fool, stupid, crazy, I called him all sort of name.
Guess what he did? He didn’t raise his hands to hit me. He just walked away, banging the door as he went out.
My Son, If your father had hit me and destroyed my eyes, how will you feel sitting here with me today? How will you regard him as your father? Would you have been proud of him or would you be blaming me for calling him names? Never hit your wife! No matter the provocation just walk away and things will be normal. Whenever she offends you, think of this story I just told you, it could have been your mum!

Before I forget, after he left, I was filled with guilt. We slept on same bed that night and I went to him the next day. I pleaded with him, I did all I could to show am sorry and he forgave me.
That day I cooked his favourite food, yes you know he loves Pounded yam & Vegetable soup right?
After that day, I never called him names, my respect for him was ten times stronger.

There is something very important you must always do, my son listen very carefully, defend your wife. When she is under pressure, stand by her. If your friends hates her, it is your duty to make them see her as a Queen.
Your Uncle, I mean Uncle Emeka, never liked me. But Ur father was always supportive until his perception changed.
There was a day your Father was going to host the owner of his company and friends. They were three of them. That day I was in the kitchen cooking for them and your father went to buy drinks. When the table was set and food was served. Everyone started eating. Then I remembered I did not add salt in the food. I was embarrassed.
Your father tasted the food and looked at me. He immediately turned to the guests. He told them that he instructed his wife last month not to add salt whenever she is cooking because of some problem with his body.
He said it in a funny way and everyone laughed! The guests understood and he asked me to bring salt and everyone added according to their taste. He managed to eat the food without salt. After the guest left, he went on his knees and asked God to forgive him for lying.

Your wife is like a baby,
sometimes she don’t know what to say or do. Stand up and speak for her!

Now let me talk to you about Sex.
You see Sex is a wonderful thing.
Do not be surprised if your wife enjoy and need Sex more than you do.
There were days, I needed Sex more than your father and there were days he needed it more than me but the important thing is to always try to satisfy the other when they need you.
Don’t always think of your self.

There was a time things were hard and I needed to do two jobs to support your father. One night I was so tired. When I got to bed he was in the mood. He try to make love to me and I didn’t refuse him. I was tired but I felt I needed to be there when he need me. When he tried undressing me, he saw my look and he stopped. He asked what was wrong and I said nothing. But he understand me better. He stopped and then started telling me stories until I fell asleep.
My son, Sex is best enjoyed when the two parties are physically and mentally ready for it. Sometimes, read your wife and understand her.

Make it a habit to go anywhere with your wife. Beside your job, move around with her. If anyone invite you to his house and told you not to come with your wife then be very careful. Use wisdom.

I know you love mummy…
I know you tell me all your problems.
But now things will be different.
Let your wife be the first to know before me. Let her be the first to see before me.
When you have problems with her don’t run to me immediately.
Wait for a day to pass and then talk to her about it.
Pray about it.
Report her to nobody but talk issues out within yourself.

Finally, don’t forget to come and visit me with your wife every month!
I know you will have a happy home.
You will always be mummy’s boy.
God will bless Ur home.
Pls don’t forget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A bit of Nigerian history:

Do you know that?
1-2. The River Niger Bridge at Onitsha was constructed between 1964 and 1965 by Dumez- a French construction company and cost £5 million.
3. The highest peak in Nigeria is located in Taraba and is called Chappal Waddi which means “The Mountain of Death”.
4. There are 196 countries in the world and at least one Igbo person from Nigeria lives in every one of them.
5. The Pidgin word ‘Sabi’ came from ‘Saber’, Portuguese and Spanish for ‘to know’. Both country’s ships traded slaves from the Bight of Benin.
6. Katsina College (now Barewa College in Zaria) has produced 5 Nigerian Presidents/Heads of State since it was founded in 1921 in Katsina.
7. Ojukwu taught Murtala Mohammed and Ben Adekunle at Regular Officers Special Training School, Ghana. Both ‘fought’ their teacher during the civil war
8. At Nigeria’s independence in 1960, there were 41 Secondary Schools in the North and 842 Secondary Schools in the South.
9. In 1983, Senator Arthur Nzeribe spent $16.5 million to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu (in Imo State).
10. In 1973, the Federal Government of Nigeria considered officially changing the name of “Lagos” to “Eko”. Regarding “Lagos” as a colonial name.
11. The geographical area now referred to as Nigeria was once referred to as ‘Soudan’ and ‘Nigiritia’.
12. Offences punishable by death sentence after the 1966 coup included embezzlement, rape and homosexuality.
13. MKO Abiola was named Kashimawo (Let us wait and see) by his parents. He was his father’s twenty-third child, but the first to survive infancy.
14. Jaja Wachucku was the first person to refer to Lagos as a “no-man’s land” in 1947, provoking a national controversy.
15. Jollof rice, chicken breast, serve of ice cream, tea, coffee or Bournvita, with full cream milk and sugar: Meal Cost = 50Kobo- Unilag in the late 1970s
16. At the point death in 1989, Sam Okwaraji was a PhD candidate and qualified lawyer with an LL.M in International Law (University of Rome)
17. When British Bank of West Africa (now First Bank) opened a branch in Kano in 1929, Alhassan Dantata (Dangote’s Grandfather) opened an account depositing 20 camel-loads of silver coins.
18. Jaja Wachuku is reputed to have owned the biggest one-man library in West Africa. Balewa sometimes referred to him as “Most Bookish Minister
19. The colonization of Nigeria took more than 40 years to achieve and the territories were integrated by the use of force.
20. Yoruba is spoken as a ritual language the Santeria cult in Carribean and South-Central America.
21. Slavery existed in the Nigerian territory before the 15th century and was abolished in the 19th century- 1807 by the British.
22. At least 55 women were killed in South-East Nigeria, in 1929 when the women forced the Umuahia warrant chiefs to submit to their rule.
23. The coinage ‘Supreme Court’ was first used in 1863 by the colonial administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance No. II.
24. MKO Abiola died suddenly on July 7, 1998, exactly one month after General Sani Abacha died mysteriously on June 8, 1998.
25. Agbani Darego was the only one to wear a maillot as opposed to a bikini during the Miss Universe contest in 2001.
26. The ‘Ankara’ material is not indigenous to Nigeria. Our indigenous textiles include the Akwete, Ukara, Aso-Oke and Adire.
27. Aloma Mukhtar is the first female lawyer from the North and went on to become the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
28. The area known as Makoro town in Lagos was first a swamp, later sand-filled by the colonial government and served as the first bridge to the Island.
29. Esie Museum is Nigeria’s first museum, established in 1945. Once reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
30. Aminu Kano formed the Northern Teachers’ Association (NTA) in 1948, the first successful regional organization in the history of the North.
31. George Goldie, who played a major role in founding Nigeria, placed a curse on anyone who attempts to write his biography.
32. In 1996, John Ogbu, a Nigerian Anthropologist firmly advocated for the use of African-American Vernacular to teach in the U.S
33. Hause Language indigenous to Northern Nigeria is spoken in 11 African States. Germany, French, U.S., and British International radio stations broadcast in Hausa.
34. The surgeon who ‘killed’ Stella Obasanjo was sentenced to 1 year in prison, disqualified for 3 years and fined €120,000.
35. The word ‘asiri’ means ‘secret’ in Hausa, Yoruba, Nupe and Igarra. It also means ‘gossip’ in Igbo.
36. Igbo-Ora in Oyo State, Kodinji in India and Candido Godoi in Brazil are the towns that produce the highest number of twin births in the world.
37. Bishop Ajayi Crowther, a Yoruba, in 1857 produced a reading book for the Igbo Language and a full grammar and vocabulary of NUPE in 1864.
38. The first TV broadcast in Nigeria and Tropical Africa was on October 31, 1959.
39. In 1978, a 50Kobo increase (from #1.50 to #2) in the cost of University Students’ meal per day caused the ‘Ali Must Go’ protests.
40. Albert E. Kitson discovered coal in Enugu in 1909. This discovery led to the building of Port-Harcourt town in 1912.
41. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil. More than 3.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported to Brazil.
42. Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata to stack bags before export.
43. In 1967, old traditional ruler, Oba Akran and A. Ademiluyi were jailed for 14 years (7 each) for stealing £504,750 (#2.5b).
44. Since 1960, Nigeria has been either ruled by an ex-lecturer/ex-teacher or military man. The only exceptions are Azikiwe and Shonekan.
45. If you visited Lagos in 1975, you could spend a day at the Presidential Suite of Federal Palace Hotel for #100, single room for #19.
46. The first aircraft to land in Nigeria landed in Kano in July 1925. A British fighter jet flew from Khartoum (present day Sudan).
47. In 1895, Koko of Nembe (now in Bayelsa) took 60 white men hostage. When the British refused his demands, more than 40 of those men were eaten.
48. The ‘Naira’ was coined by Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he was serving as the Federal Commissioner of Finance.
49. Koma Hill (settlement in Adamawa where people lived and practised the killing of twins) was discovered in 1986 by a NYSC corps member.
50. The pilot (Francis Osakwe) that flew Ojukwu away from Biafra (1970) was the same pilot that flew Gowon to Uganda (last flight as Head of State).
51. In 1986, Shehu Shagari was banned from participation in politics for life. The ban has still not been lifted.
52. As the wife of the deputy Head of State (Vice President of Nigeria) in 1984, Biodun Idiagbon personally ran a small ice cream shop in Ilorin..
53. Koma Hills (Adamawa State) inhabitants when discovered were observed to engage in the practise of borrowing wives among themselves.
54. Juju, Dashiki, Yam and Okra are words in the English dictionary that originated from ethnic groups located in present day Nigeria.
55. Nigeria has more English speakers than England, and more Muslims than Saudi Arabia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If I am Samson Siasia

If was Siasia, coach of the U-23 Olympic team and acting coach of the Super Eagles, I would have raised two teams for the AFCON’17 qualifier home and away, against Egypt. I would have used a different squad for the home match and another different squad for the away match. I would have used the foreign based Eagles for the away match against Egypt in Cairo next week, having known the Egyptian weather is mild this period and very suitable to what they play in Europe.
I would have camped them in Portugal or Spain or UAE or a north african country for more than a week. My assistant would have overseen trainings till I come.
I would have used the home based U-23 Olympic team to play the home match. I would have camped them for at least 4 weeks and made them train during the intensity of the sun during 12noon to 3pm to acclamatize. I would have played the match today Thursday 24th March, 2016 in a northern city like Kano or Kaduna or Gombe or Katsina or Bauchi. The match would have started 12.30pm. I would use the advantage of the weather to my advantage and wear out the Egyptians in the 1st half and pumped in at least 4 or 5 goals in the second half.
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Gardene of Gethsamene (a poem) ( Repeat , Easter Special )

 From the garden of Gethsemane Where Jesus knelt to pray To the betrayal done by Judas On that grim and fatal day. From the mighty hands of Pilate Who wished to let Him be To the noble priests and leaders Who refused to set Him free. From the crown of thorns upon His head And lash marks from a strap To the weight of such a heavy cross Placed there upon His back. From the thief who hung beside Him Crying, “Lord, remember me” To the gentle words of Jesus “Today, you’ll be with me.” From the darkness of the noon time As He died upon the cross To the earth that shook and trembled In response to such a loss. From the cheering cries of soldiers As they took His body down To the caring hands of Joseph A follower new in town. From the tomb where He was laid to rest In linen cloth of white To the guards who had to stand close by Throughout both day and night. From the stone that blocked the entrance As it gently rolled away To the miracle that happened On that third and final day. From the baffled look of soldiers As they peered into the room To the startled face of Mary When she found an empty tomb. From the strange events that happened As the guards all turned and fled To the words that came from angels “He has risen from the dead.” From the frightened eyes of Mary As she swiftly left that place To the light that flowed from Jesus When she saw Him face to face. From the doubt of His disciples When she spoke of resurrection To the fear upon their faces As He walked in their direction. From the written word of scripture He fulfilled in prophecy To the eleven who had gathered On a hill in Galilee. From the words that had been spoken Before He went away To His ascension into heaven Where He lives this very day. From the bible on the mantel Tis the words you need to heed To find wisdom in its pages And a light to sow a seed. From the death and resurrection Of the one we hold so dear To the coming of His spirit Now that Easter time is here. From the colored eggs and candy And an orchid trimmed in blue To the truth found there in scripture Christ Jesus died for you. Happy Easter once again

Credits : Tope Ogundare

A bit of Nigerian history:

Do you know that?
1. The River Niger Bridge at Onitsha was constructed between 1964 and 1965 by Dumez- a French construction company and cost £5 million.
3. The highest peak in Nigeria is located in Taraba and is called Chappal Waddi which means “The Mountain of Death”.
4. There are 196 countries in the world and at least one Igbo person from Nigeria lives in every one of them.
5. The Pidgin word ‘Sabi’ came from ‘Saber’, Portuguese and Spanish for ‘to know’. Both country’s ships traded slaves from the Bight of Benin.
6. Katsina College (now Barewa College in Zaria) has produced 5 Nigerian Presidents/Heads of State since it was founded in 1921 in Katsina.
7. Ojukwu taught Murtala Mohammed and Ben Adekunle at Regular Officers Special Training School, Ghana. Both ‘fought’ their teacher during the civil war
8. At Nigeria’s independence in 1960, there were 41 Secondary Schools in the North and 842 Secondary Schools in the South.
9. In 1983, Senator Arthur Nzeribe spent $16.5 million to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu (in Imo State).
10. In 1973, the Federal Government of Nigeria considered officially changing the name of “Lagos” to “Eko”. Regarding “Lagos” as a colonial name.
11. The geographical area now referred to as Nigeria was once referred to as ‘Soudan’ and ‘Nigiritia’.
12. Offences punishable by death sentence after the 1966 coup included embezzlement, rape and homosexuality.
13. MKO Abiola was named Kashimawo (Let us wait and see) by his parents. He was his father’s twenty-third child, but the first to survive infancy.
14. Jaja Wachucku was the first person to refer to Lagos as a “no-man’s land” in 1947, provoking a national controversy.
15. Jollof rice, chicken breast, serve of ice cream, tea, coffee or Bournvita, with full cream milk and sugar: Meal Cost = 50Kobo- Unilag in the late 1970s
16. At the point death in 1989, Sam Okwaraji was a PhD candidate and qualified lawyer with an LL.M in International Law (University of Rome)
17. When British Bank of West Africa (now First Bank) opened a branch in Kano in 1929, Alhassan Dantata (Dangote’s Grandfather) opened an account depositing 20 camel-loads of silver coins.
18. Jaja Wachuku is reputed to have owned the biggest one-man library in West Africa. Balewa sometimes referred to him as “Most Bookish Minister
19. The colonization of Nigeria took more than 40 years to achieve and the territories were integrated by the use of force.
20. Yoruba is spoken as a ritual language the Santeria cult in Carribean and South-Central America.
21. Slavery existed in the Nigerian territory before the 15th century and was abolished in the 19th century- 1807 by the British.
22. At least 55 women were killed in South-East Nigeria, in 1929 when the women forced the Umuahia warrant chiefs to submit to their rule.
23. The coinage ‘Supreme Court’ was first used in 1863 by the colonial administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance No. II.
24. MKO Abiola died suddenly on July 7, 1998, exactly one month after General Sani Abacha died mysteriously on June 8, 1998.
25. Agbani Darego was the only one to wear a maillot as opposed to a bikini during the Miss Universe contest in 2001.
26. The ‘Ankara’ material is not indigenous to Nigeria. Our indigenous textiles include the Akwete, Ukara, Aso-Oke and Adire.
27. Aloma Mukhtar is the first female lawyer from the North and went on to become the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
28. The area known as Makoro town in Lagos was first a swamp, later sand-filled by the colonial government and served as the first bridge to the Island.
29. Esie Museum is Nigeria’s first museum, established in 1945. Once reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
30. Aminu Kano formed the Northern Teachers’ Association (NTA) in 1948, the first successful regional organization in the history of the North.
31. George Goldie, who played a major role in founding Nigeria, placed a curse on anyone who attempts to write his biography.
32. In 1996, John Ogbu, a Nigerian Anthropologist firmly advocated for the use of African-American Vernacular to teach in the U.S
33. Hause Language indigenous to Northern Nigeria is spoken in 11 African States. Germany, French, U.S., and British International radio stations broadcast in Hausa.
34. The surgeon who ‘killed’ Stella Obasanjo was sentenced to 1 year in prison, disqualified for 3 years and fined €120,000.
35. The word ‘asiri’ means ‘secret’ in Hausa, Yoruba, Nupe and Igarra. It also means ‘gossip’ in Igbo.
36. Igbo-Ora in Oyo State, Kodinji in India and Candido Godoi in Brazil are the towns that produce the highest number of twin births in the world.
37. Bishop Ajayi Crowther, a Yoruba, in 1857 produced a reading book for the Igbo Language and a full grammar and vocabulary of NUPE in 1864.
38. The first TV broadcast in Nigeria and Tropical Africa was on October 31, 1959.
39. In 1978, a 50Kobo increase (from #1.50 to #2) in the cost of University Students’ meal per day caused the ‘Ali Must Go’ protests.
40. Albert E. Kitson discovered coal in Enugu in 1909. This discovery led to the building of Port-Harcourt town in 1912.
41. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil. More than 3.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported to Brazil.
42. Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata to stack bags before export.
43. In 1967, old traditional ruler, Oba Akran and A. Ademiluyi were jailed for 14 years (7 each) for stealing £504,750 (#2.5b).
44. Since 1960, Nigeria has been either ruled by an ex-lecturer/ex-teacher or military man. The only exceptions are Azikiwe and Shonekan.
45. If you visited Lagos in 1975, you could spend a day at the Presidential Suite of Federal Palace Hotel for #100, single room for #19.
46. The first aircraft to land in Nigeria landed in Kano in July 1925. A British fighter jet flew from Khartoum (present day Sudan).
47. In 1895, Koko of Nembe (now in Bayelsa) took 60 white men hostage. When the British refused his demands, more than 40 of those men were eaten.
48. The ‘Naira’ was coined by Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he was serving as the Federal Commissioner of Finance.
49. Koma Hill (settlement in Adamawa where people lived and practised the killing of twins) was discovered in 1986 by a NYSC corps member.
50. The pilot (Francis Osakwe) that flew Ojukwu away from Biafra (1970) was the same pilot that flew Gowon to Uganda (last flight as Head of State).
51. In 1986, Shehu Shagari was banned from participation in politics for life. The ban has still not been lifted.
52. As the wife of the deputy Head of State (Vice President of Nigeria) in 1984, Biodun Idiagbon personally ran a small ice cream shop in Ilorin..
53. Koma Hills (Adamawa State) inhabitants when discovered were observed to engage in the practise of borrowing wives among themselves.
54. Juju, Dashiki, Yam and Okra are words in the English dictionary that originated from ethnic groups located in present day Nigeria.
55. Nigeria has more English speakers than England, and more Muslims than Saudi Arabia
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