Saturday, 30 July 2016

We shall declare war against Niger Delta Militants if negotiation fails - FG

FG to declare war if peace dialogue fails
Yenagoa -The federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari says it cannot rule out all-out war against the Niger Delta Avengers if peaceful dialogue with the militants fails.

According to the Punch, the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Alli stated this during a courtesy call on Bayelsa deputy governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah, at the government house in Yenagoa.

Dan-Alli said his visit to Bayelsa state was to see what was on the ground and the operational capability of the armed forces within the zone.

The minister said: “One of the cardinal objectives that brought us here is to look for peace. But we are also preparing in case the peace and negotiations are not favourable.

“We are also on our own side making all the necessary security arrangements so that there will be peace in the Niger Delta.”

When reminded about recent statement credited to the chief of army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, that the military will resort to the use of force if current efforts at dialogue fails, the minister said “we cannot rule it (force) out.”

When warned that there would be collateral damage if the military declared war on the militants, Dan-Alli said the military operation against militants was an internal security work and cannot be termed as going to war.

He said: “We are not saying that we are going to war; we are doing internal security work and internal security work is not war, and so you cannot start claiming collateral damage.

“We know our rules of engagement, we cannot use forces like that without any mandate.  So, collateral damage does not come in here. As far as I am concerned, we are just trying to stop criminality in this general area.”

The defence minister was in company with chief of defence staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin and the commander, operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie.

Meanwhile, prominent Ijaw leaders, including traditional rulers, have converged at the residence of Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark in Warri, to discuss the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta region.

According to the Punch, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, and the deputy governor of Delta state were still being expected at the meeting as at press time.

The Ijaw leaders are expected to discuss the present happenings in the region and state of affairs in the country, according to a source.

Source: Premiumnews24.com, Punch

Tags: Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta Militants, 
          President Buhari

Ladies Only: Tips to keep your man faithful, fulfilled and happy

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Ladies complain that their men are not faithful. This may be partially true, but it's also true that not all men cheat. Women are often clueless about the reason why men cheat. Men have insecurities and when they are not shown sufficient attention, or if they are emotionally or sexually dissatisfied, they may cheat. It is also true that some men cheat because they are always looking for excitement, but many men also choose commitment and faithfulness.

If you show your man that he is the only one in your life, and take care of him, there are fewer chances that he will leave you for someone else. Women have not been successful in ridding men of such behavior, but some women can do it. Below are secrets to keep your man from being unfaithful.

Show him love:
When a man knows that he will get attention and love at home, he will not be anxious to find it elsewhere. If you do this, you can expect him to do the same for you. Treat him with care and let him know that he is important.

Remind him of the consequences:
Do not tell your man that you will leave him, tell him you will do the same. No man would be able to accept a cheating wife.

Assure him your complete love: 
You love each other that why you both married. You pledged your love, too. But if you send him an SMS text or put a love note on the refrigerator, it will have a better effect.

Be romantic and sexy: 
It is possible that your man has lost interest because you have changed significantly—emotionally and physically. Sexual attraction is important in keeping a relationship alive. You do not have to look like a supermodel, but maintain your original shape. Also, you must initiate sexual intercourse. The feeling that he is desired will make him love and want you more.

Have confidence in him: 
Men, or anyone for that instance, don't like someone keeping a track of their daily activities. Trust him and show him that you know he will be faithful to you.

Flirt with him: 
Flirting keeps your passion alive, and it is a vital part of any good relationship. You should keep the romance alive, and go on dates often.

Stay by him: 
Support and encourage him if he wants to try something new. Support him if he's going through a rough phase in life. Generally, men do not open up as easily as women do. If you talk to your man, chances are that he will talk back. Support him, and at the same time, respect his privacy.


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Breaking News: Nigerian Govt Has Agreed To Release Nnamdi Kanu, Okah Brothers, Other Concessions - MEND

Picture taken during operation in 2008
 In a statement issued today, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed that a team negotiating on behalf of the Federal Government for a return of peace to the oil-rich delta had agreed to release several detained or imprisoned militants, including Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Henry Okah, a MEND chieftain serving a jail sentence in South Africa, Charles Okah, and Obi Nwabueze. The statement disclosed that Mr. Kanu and other detained IPOB activists would be released on condition that they renounce their agitation for secession. According to MEND, ex-Senator Adolphus Wabara had introduced the compromise to secure the release of the pro-Biafran agitators.

MEND also stated that the government’s negotiators had agreed not to arrest or harass fugitive ex-MEND militant, Government Ekpemupolo (popularly known as Tompolo), “whenever he makes himself available as a delegate of the MEND Aaron Team 2.” In addition, the group stated that the government would review the life sentence meted out on Edmund Ebiware.

MEND declared itself the only militant group from the Niger Delta region presently engaged in a dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria, adding that oil companies and security agencies were representing the government in talks aimed at brokering peace in the region which has witnessed increasing attacks on oil facilities since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May 2015.

MEND stated that the agreement called for a review of “criminal charges against Urhobo freedom fighter, Mr. Kelvin Prosper Oniarah,” and the review of life sentences handed to seven soldiers in 2008 for supporting the Niger Delta struggle. The affected soldiers are Major Suleiman Alabi Akubo, Sergeant Mathias Peter, Lance Corporal Alexander Davou, Lance Corporal Moses Nwaigwe, Lance Corporal Nnandi Anene, Lance Corporal Taatihi Emmanuel, and Private Caleb Bawa.

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You Don't Have to Fall - Kenneth Copeland

Faith to Faith Daily Devotional

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Topic: You Don't Have to Fall

Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. - 2 Peter 1:10

You shall never fall. When you think about it, that's a startling statement, isn't it? Most of us have been tripped up by the devil so many times we don't like to think about it.

But the Word of God says it doesn't have to be that way. He says there's something that can keep us on our feet. What is it? Diligence.

If you haven't already, you need to realize how important diligence is. You need to face the fact that you simply can't live a life of victory without it.

You can't stand strong on the Word of God and not pick your Bible up during the week. Sunday morning alone isn't going to get the job done. Yet most believers try to get by on that. That's precisely why we have thousands of churches all over the world filled with born-again people who don't have enough faith to blow their hats off. No diligence.

I remember several years ago when I ministered to a lady who was healed of cancer. She'd gotten into the Word, taken a stand of faith, and had been delivered. But several years later she called me and said, "Brother Copeland, I wish you'd pray for me. This cancer has come back on me again."

Right away I recalled the scripture the Lord had given us to stand on those years before: "No weapon that is formed against [you] shall prosper." So I said, "Get your Bible and let's go back to Isaiah 54:17."

In the background I could hear her whispering to someone else in the room, "Where's my Bible?" When I heard that, I almost cried out. I knew she wasn't going to make it. Why? No diligence.

Listen, this is a daily thing. The devil's out there 24 hours a day devising ways to make us fall. Jesus is on the throne 24 hours a day giving us power to resist him, and we need to be exercising our faith all the time.

If you're going to stand in the days ahead, you're going to need a lot more than Sunday school faith. You're going to need some full-grown, mountain-moving faith, and there's only one way to get that: By giving yourself to the Word more diligently than you ever have before.

So do it. Give diligence to make your calling and election sure; and no matter how slippery the situation gets, you won't have to fall!

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3-10

The Crowning of a King - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Daily Manna Devotional written by Pastor Kumuyi

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Topic: The Crowning Of A King

Text: 1 Chronicles 12:23-40

Key Verse: "All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king" (1 Chronicles 12:38).

Saul was chosen by the Lord to be king over Israel and as long as he remained obedient to God's commandments, the kingdom prospered as Israel defeated his enemies. However, immediately after he went into disobedience and feared man more than God, he lost God's favour, guidance and protection. A young man after God's heart was about to succeed him.

David had been anointed king in Hebron over the two tribes of Judah. Now the time was ripe to anoint him king over the other 10 tribes which had been under the rulership of King Saul. All the men of war numbering over 300, 000 gathered with only one purpose, to make David king. Even the Levites who ought not to be drafted as they were exempted from military service, also volunteered to fight in David's army. People are often drawn to a great cause.

The brave and the determined stand out for the attainment of set objectives. The salvation of lost mankind is by far a greater cause; and as believers, we must be brave, determined and faithful to engage in this task. We should not be unmindful of God's purpose of sending His only Son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of the world. Spiritual blindness caused Israel's inability to know this. God is about fulfilling His purpose for the church and we need to be awake and be of one heart.

Thought for the day: A disunited church cannot fight God's cause.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Timothy 1-6

Child of Destiny - Pastor E.A Adeboye

Open Heavens Daily Devotional
Saturday, 30 July 2016

Topic: Child of Destiny 

Memorise: And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee. –Jeremiah 1:19

Read: Jeremiah 1:4-8 (KJV)

4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Bible in One Year: Titus 1-3 – Philemon 1, Psalms 22:22-31

MESSAGE:
According to Psalms 115:3, destiny has its origin in the sovereignty of God. It is also the plan that God had for you before creating you. It is what God says about your future. In other words, God had a purpose for your life, long before you were born. Joseph was a typical child of destiny. His brothers fought aggressively against his destiny. One good thing about destiny is that, your destiny, being the counsel of God for you, shall stand forever (Genesis 37:18-28). Joseph started his life experiences with the first and second dreams which set him at variance with his brothers and parents. The fulfilment of his destiny took him through Portiphar’s house, the prison and eventually the palace of the Egyptians.

In the text for today, the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah announcing his destiny to him. Jeremiah had been separated right from his mother’s womb to be a prophet. At times, we behave foolishly by arguing with God on why He called us; a call that is the reason for which we were born. More often than not, God’s plan for mankind does not appeal to the rational man, though it is the best for us.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” -Jeremiah 29:11

It is very important for us to embrace the truth in the above scripture. When we do, we shall not be guilty of spiritual insubordination. Jeremiah ignorantly argued:

“Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.” - Jeremiah 1:6

God called Moses to go and perform a task in Egypt but he was giving excuses of not being an eloquent speaker. Beloved, I want you to get something settled in your mind today; God does not call the qualified but qualifies the called so that He can take full glory for the success of the called.

The Lord said to Jeremiah;

“Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.” - Jeremiah 1:7

The Lord further encouraged him not to be afraid of the faces of those He was sending him to. This is a lesson for those of us who are too scared to deliver God’s message in our places of work, school, community etc. The Spirit of God will always give us something of eternal value to tell His people. God has destined you to be unique; it is left for you to allow Him to fulfil His purpose for your life. May the Lord fulfil your destiny gloriously in Jesus’ name.

Prayer Point: 
Father, please help me to fulfil my destiny in Jesus’ name.

The benefits of being a blessing - Dr. Paul Enenche

The benefits of being a Blessing
Saturday, 30 July 2016

Topic: The Benefits Of Being A Blessing

SCRIPTURE: I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." – Genesis 12:3 NIV

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Being a blessing connects a person to a ceaseless flow of the blessing

The Will of God for His children is to be channels of blessing (Genesis 1:28). From our anchor scripture, we understand that by being a blessing to people, a person becomes a blessing.

Now, what are the benefits of being a blessing?
1. Being a blessing connects a person to a ceaseless flow of the Blessing: “I will bless you and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:3).
2. Being a blessing makes a person escape the curse.
3. Being a blessing releases the nature of God in man. The nature of God is the nature of authority, power and dominion. So, exhibit that nature by being a blessing.
4. Being a blessing releases in a person the joy of impact. It is a wonderful experience when you can turn around and see many lives your life has helped. You do not know joy until you know what it means to bless others. It is the joy of impact and fulfilment.

As you make up your mind to be a blessing today, I prophesy the release of the benefits highlighted above on your life, in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this: Being a blessing connects a person to a ceaseless flow of the blessing.

ASSIGNMENT(S):
1. Make up your mind to have people in mind in your budget.
2. Obey God’s Word by practically blessing others.

PRAYER: O LORD, bless me in order to be a blessing to people. Help me LORD to release what belongs to people in my hands in Jesus’ Name.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: BE A BLESSING.

QUOTE: Get committed to God today and your fulfilment is established. Culled from, THE STORY OF THE GLORY by Dr Paul Enenche.

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DAILY READING: 2 Chronicles 26:1 to 28:27, Romans 13:1 to 14, Psalm 23:1 to 6, Proverbs 20:11