Monday, 26 September 2016

Social media backlash on President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to sell Nigeria Assets

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A social media backlash has trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to sell the nation's assets as a way of reviving the nation’s ailing economy.

But the Organized labour comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have warned that the government would be playing with fire should it go ahead to sell the assets. Though the minister of budget and planning Udoma Udo Udoma has said that the federal government would not sell critical national assets, the labour has insisted that a sale of the assets will trigger a mass revolt and civil unrest that will be worse than the anti-SAP riots of 1989. MORE 

Ex-President Jonathan Blast President Buhari Over Allegations

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Nigeria Former President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed President Buhari’s allegations that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) left nothing behind for his administration.

According to Daily Post, the former President, in a Facebook post, said “I am grateful to God and my team for what we were able to achieve with our railways amongst other things.”

GEJ also referred to an article written by the Special Assistant on Digital/New Media to Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi, who praised his achievements.

Ogunlesi on January 12, 2015 wrote an article on Premium Times titled: The case for and against President Jonathan.

An excerpt of the article reads: “Last week I promised to write about President Jonathan’s achievements. It would be silly and disingenuous to try to argue that his government has achieved nothing, or has been a total disaster, as some people have tried to insist. You will of course be familiar with most of what I’m about to say, because it is what his supporters have been shoving down our throats in the name of a ‘Transformation Agenda’.

“Let’s start with infrastructure. On the railways the Jonathan government scores high marks. The railway line between Lagos and Kano has been revived, after about two decades of inactivity. The Enugu-Port Harcourt line has just been launched; Abuja-Kaduna is almost finished. There was a determined push to upgrade airports across the country, for which we are grateful. A lot of noise has been made about roads but I don’t see much evidence of transformation anywhere.

“I travelled by road to Benue last August and didn’t see anything that looked like transformation. Uyo-Calabar I’m told is still as awful as it was when I travelled on it in 2013. The East-West highway, which the government promised in June 2013 would be completed by December 2014, is not finished, even though a lot of work has been done, especially around the Benin-Ore axis. The Lagos-Ibadan expressway is still very far from being a hellish experience.

“Agriculture is arguably this government’s strongest point. Minister Akin Adesina, winner in 2013 of Forbes Magazine’s Person of the Year, has brought incredible energy and vision to bear on his job, with the obvious support of the President. Last year I attended the launch of Olam’s integrated rice mill in Rukubi Village in Nasarawa State. It’s said to be the largest rice milling facility on the continent, and is certain to translate into considerable economic opportunity in the area.”

Ogunlesi also went further to criticise GEJ for some areas that he alleged that the former President’s administration failed.

Buhari, on Monday, September 12, 2016, said his administration did not inherit anything from the PDP. despite its 16-year rule.

Jose Fernandez: His Final Loving Words To Pregnant Girlfriend Before Tragic Death

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This is so unbelievably tragic. Jose Fernandez wrote a heartbreaking message to his pregnant girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, just days before his untimely death. See the pic and get the details, here.
Jose Fernandez, 24, penned an unbelievably sweet tribute to his pregnant girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, just five days before he died tragically in a boating accident in Florida on Sept. 25. “I’m so glad you came into my life,” the late Miami Marlins pitcher captioned a black-and-white Instagram photo of Carla standing on a beach, holding her baby bump. “I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst”


Our hearts are seriously broken. Carla and Jose had been together for a long time. At a September 2015 Marlins game, Carla ran onto the field and embraced Jose to celebrate him becoming the first pitcher to win his first 17 career home decisions. He was also a two-time MLB All-Star and the 2013 Rookie of the Year. It’s so awful to think about how promising Jose’s future looked, both professionally and personally, as he looked forward to becoming a proud father.

BREAKING: Former CBN Governor under EFCC spotlight

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Top lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has confirmed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing the activities of former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo.

Sahara Reporters quoted a statement from Falana as saying that he has got the EFCC to look into a $7billion loan giving to 14 banks during the tenure of Soludo as governor of the apex bank.

Falana’s revelation came after Soludo demanded that he apologize and retract a statement indicting him (Soludo) of corrupt offences in an article on Sahara Reporters website some days back.

Rather than apologize, Falana revealed that Soludo has already been reported to the EFCC which has been charged to investigate his matter promptly.

Falana’s statement read: “On October 3, 2006, the Central Bank of Nigeria under the management of Professor Chukwuma Soludo gave a loan of $7 billion to 14 commercial banks in Nigeria. The loan was confirmed by the Head of the CBN Corporate Affairs, Mr. Festus Odoko when he announced that “deposits worth $7 billion representing the apex bank’s share of the foreign reserves estimated at $38 billion has been released to the consortium of bankers.” (The Guardian newspaper of 5/10/2006)

“Barely four days later, a respected economist, Mr. Henry Boyo challenged the illegal claim that the $7 billion was a “share” of the CBN in the nation’s foreign reserves. Since the funds belong to the three tiers of Government by virtue of Section 162 of the Constitution Mr. Boyo rightly stated that “the Senate and the House of Representatives would have defaulted in their constitutional duties if CBN is not invited to defend why $7 billion of our reserves should be ‘given’ to 14 banks without oversight approval.” (Vanguard newspaper of October 9, 2006).

“Having confirmed that the banks have failed to liquidate the said $7 billion loan, I have asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate the illegality of the loan and recover same together with other huge funds which have been criminally diverted or withheld from the Federation Account. With respect, the denial of the $7 billion loan by Professor Soludo has supported the request for a thorough investigation of the allegations contained in my petition. However, having regard to the facts and circumstances of the controversial loan, Professor Soludo may wish to direct his demand for the apology to Mr. Festus Odoko!”



Katie Price flashes tummy and mysterious plaster as she poses up a storm at book signing

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The mum-of-five opted to wear a crop top - despite having a big white band aid stuck to her stomach
If you were forced to wear a plaster on your stomach, you would probably want to keep it covered up.

But not Katie Price.

The former glamour model didn't seem at all fazed to be showing off a huge plaster on her tummy at her book signing in Milton Keynes on Sunday.
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The 38-year-old was promoting her latest explosive tell-all, Katie Price Reborn, and opted to wear a tie-up denim shirt which showed off her tight tum - despite the big white band aid showing prominently over her naval.

Katie didn't reveal what was underneath it and didn't at all seem fazed by any unwanted interest as she posed and pouted up a storm inside WHSmith.

Katie finished off the revealing look by doubling up on the denim with a pair of low-cut jeans and pale pink heels.

The star, who had her hair scraped back, was all smiles as she happily signed books for fans.

Katie has been teasing fans with excerpts from the new autobiography, but has said she has no plans to read it herself because she's still in pain over husband Kieran Hayler's affair with her former best friend.
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“I have not read the book back. I really can’t read it back," she explained during a recent appearance on This Morning .

The mum-of-five said of Kieran's betrayal after sleeping with Jane Pountney behind her back: "I will never forgive him and never forget but I learn to live with it.

She added: "Basically it feels like all of those people were murdered… When both of them are at it who do you turn to ? It was horrible."

Mooning and streaking outlawed in Victoria, Australia

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AUSTRALIA - Exposing your bare buttocks in public has been officially made a crime in the Australian state of Victoria.

Known as mooning, the cheeky offence was previously punishable under other laws but is now banned under specific legislation.

First-time offenders face up to two months in jail while repeat offenders could spend six months behind bars.

The amendment was one of more than 50 crimes included in an overhaul of sexual offence laws.

The updated legislation has been designed, in part, to separate pranks involving nudity from acts of sexual exposure.

The Summary Offences Act states that "behaviour that is indecent offensive or insulting includes behaviour that involves a person exposing (to any extent) the person's anal or genital region".

It specifically cites "mooning or streaking" as an example of such an offence.

The act also outlaws singing "an obscene song or ballad" and behaving in a "riotous, indecent, offensive or insulting manner".

BIKINI LADIES: Lydia Bright and the TOWIE babes showcase enviable 'CURVES'

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The stunning TOWIE babes have been taking Marbella by storm for the last few days.

Showcasing a variety of barely-there bikinis and swimsuits, the girls - including Lydia Bright, Georgia Kousoulou, Amber Dowding and Gemma Collins - have all been filming for the hit ITV 2 show in Spain.

Blonde bombshell Lydia took centre stage as she showcased her slim figure in a plunging high-waisted swimsuit which she paired with tie-up silver gladiator sandals and a white lace kaftan.

Finishing off the hot look, she wore a pair of stylish mirrored aviators. See photos after my style
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Queen Mother Lala Anthony dazzle the Global Citizen Festival


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When you put beauty and fashion together it merges to super-awesome. Yes, SUPER-AWESOME! The former TV presenter and mother of one wore a Dsquared2 “Samurai Tattoo” jumpsuit to the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City over the weekend. She looks amazing! More photo after my style;
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Sports: Chelsea risk another mid-table finish

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More crisis in APC as Tinubu orders Oyegun to resign

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ABUJA, NIGERIA - All Progressives Congress, APC, national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has demanded the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. In a statement from his media office, Tinubu accused Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo State by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He said:
“The APC, a party born of the quest for democratic good governance, is under critical threat by those who managed to be in the party but never of it. From the party’s inception, the principles of democratic fairness and justice were to guide APC internal deliberations. Party founders realized that only by intramural fair dealing could the party remain faithful to the progressive ideals that we presented to the Nigerian electorate as our governing creed. If the party could not justly govern itself, it would find it difficult to establish and maintain just government throughout the nation.

“In essence, the party was the embodiment of a democratic promise made between its members as well as a democratic vow made to the public. Evidently, some errant members believe promises and vows are mere words to be easily spoken and more easily broken. Chairman John Oyegun has breached these good pledges in a most overt and brazen display. In doing so, Oyegun has dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes to lead. It is an awful parent who suffocates his own child for the sake of a few naira. The party was supposed to buttress APC members elected to government at all levels. Because of Oyegun’s conduct of our affairs, the party is rapidly becoming an albatross to those it was meant to help.

“Oyegun’s comportment regarding the Ondo State primary will become the textbook definition of political treachery and malfeasance of the basest order. In early September, the state primary was held. A purported winner was named. Having faith in the ways of the party, Tinubu publicly accepted what he assumed to be a verdict honestly derived. As a democrat, one must face the possibility of defeat and accept such as outcome with as much grace as one would embrace victory. One of the few bright spots during the conduct of the primaries was Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar. He chaired the primary convention with decorum and impartiality. He was unaware that a tampered list had been slipped into the process.

“Indeed within hours of the announcement, news began to filter in that gravely disturbed me. Credible allegations of fraud troubled the waters. The delegate list had been materially altered by someone in a strategic position to so do. The names of over 150 valid delegates were excised to make room for an equal number of impostors. This was not a clerical error. The alteration was wilfully executed that the primary would be directed toward a chosen end that bore nothing in common with the will of most state party members. A cunning few had tried to deceive the many into believing they were outnumbered. “A conspiracy to steal the Ondo primary had been uncovered.


“Fortunately, the grand deception afoot had been unable to cover its tracks fast enough. Truth began to cry for justice. Several candidates filed petitions contesting the result. The party established an investigative board to review the evidence. In a two to one decision, the panel found the delegate roster had suffered tampering. The panel recommended that a new primary should be held using the valid delegate list. This recommendation was tabled before the National Working Committee (NWC).

“After many hours of deliberations spanning several days, a final vote was held by the NWC. Before hand, NWC members agreed that the decision of the majority would become the stance of the party. Such is the way of democracy. The NWC voted six against five to cancel the fraudulent results and hold an honest primary. For a moment, it seemed the party would restore its integrity by giving democracy a chance. However, those who sought to scam an entire state would not let the vote of 11 people spoil their enterprise.

“After the NWC vote, a noticeably agitated Chairman Oyegun proposed the NWC engage in prayer before concluding the meeting. Adhering to this chairman’s request, NWC members began to pray. Seeing that the others had taken his bait, Oyegun used the prayerful interlude to secretly excuse himself from the meeting. Contravening the NWC decision and in violation of all rules of fundamental decency, Oyegun decided to safeguard the fraud done in Ondo by perpetrating a greater fraud. Oyegun arrogated to himself the right to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the candidate of the party.

“Truth has finally come to light. There exists a regressive element in the party that cares nothing for the progressive ideas upon which this party was founded. They joined the APC because it was the best ride available at the time. Now they want to guide the party into the ditch. They want to turn the party into a soulless entity incapable of doing good, just like they are. When such a person tastes power, they shed all good restraint. They come to abuse the trust given them as if they are the owners of that trust and not its mere custodians. These people did little to build the party but now will do much to wreck it.

“Our party was to stand for change. Oyegun and his fellows seem to be on a different wave length. They are the cohort of Unchange. The APC wants to guide Nigeria into a better tomorrow. Oyegun and the cohort of unchange want to pull Nigeria back into the past where rigging and vote stealing were the old and new testaments of politics. They want the people to think that there is no alternative to their reactionary system of skewed politics and imperious government.

“Thus, they seek to turn the APC into a factory of the very political malpractices the people soundly rejected in the past election. To choke the APC in this manner is to kill the chance for progressive reform for the foreseeable future. Much more than the Ondo primary is at stake. Oyegun has revealed his team’s game plan: It is the destruction of progressive politics and governance on behalf of the people.

“As party chairman, Oyegun was supposed to protect our internal processes and be an impartial arbiter, a person in whom all had confidence. Instead, he donned the garment of a confident man, duping the NWC, the party, and INEC in one fell blow. He has robbed APC members in Ondo State of the chance to pick in a fair manner who they believe is the best candidate.

“As such, he has broken faith with the party and probably has broken a few laws. The consequences of what he has done are more expansive than a man of his scope can fathom,” Tinubu said as he said that Oyegun must have been under some major sinister influence as to allow what happened. “With strong expectation, we await a response to Oyegun’s wrongdoing from those who clamored so long and loudly about Tinubu’s alleged role in the Ondo primary.

“Leading into the primary, a prominent lawyer from Ondo published lengthy missives alleging that Tinubu was a malicious hand intent on rigging the primary. His letters spoke of his great love for democracy and justice. Though Oyegun has assaulted democracy in a most public and vulgar way, this lawyer’s prolific pen will remain stilled. He dare not publish a word about this travesty. His silence will be sign for all who care to decipher its meaning.

“The plan was to point the accusing finger at Tinubu. With everyone focused on Tinubu, they would have distracted all attention from the heist they had set in motion. As fate would have it, the trickery they hoped to conduct in the shadows has come to light.

“Those who so actively attributed imaginary wrong to Tinubu now stand dumb and mute in the face of confirmed impropriety. They remain silent for reasons they cannot divulge. Oyegun and his ilk turn out to be gangsters adorned in the tunic of party authority.

“Oyegun has engaged in the strange math where five is greater than six. This smacks of how the PDP conducted its affairs and orchestrated its own downfall. Tinubu disparaged such malpractice when it was not in his party. Tinubu surely disowns it now that it has invaded the party he helped bring to fruition.

“Tinubu has consciously refused to hold any official position with the party to avoid the perception that he was trying to control all and sundry. Tinubu has even kept his peace for some time despite many things that happened within the party that were not quite right. He exercised this forbearance because the party is young. A collective endeavor cannot avoid the mistakes and errors of organizational newness and evolution.

“Yet, the wrongs Oyegun committed had nothing to do with newness or the mistakes occasioned by the path of reform. His actions are in the nature of the old wrongs that have afflicted our national politics much too long. If Oyegun wants to walk backward into the past, he has every right to it. However, he has no right to drag the party or any of us with him. Against our choosing.

“The informal title of national leader of the party was given to Tinubu at the onset which he accepted it as a sign from those who wished to recognize my contributions to the party’s formation. It is an honorific title which he has been proud to wear until today. I would rather not have any title yet reside in a party that honors democracy than hold a title in a party that says it honors me but that treats justice with indecency. I find greater honour and comfort where democracy and fairness are found and respected.

“Oyegun has done the irredeemable. His coup is an insult to party and to patriot, to reason and to the reform agenda of this government. To remain silent would be to admit the defeat of the reform and progressive change many have labored to bring forth. While the forces resistant to change and reform are strong, Tinubu dare not submit to them. Tinubu encourages all party members not to submit to them. If we acquiesce in this wrong, the one greater than this shall cascade upon us.

“Oyegun’s transgressions are a warning. He is but the mercenary of forces that seek to return the nation to the old ways. If they get away with this infraction, no telling what or whom they will undermine tomorrow. Much is at stake. On the chopping block, lies the future of the political party in which the majority of voters had placed their confidence. To rescue the party, Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time.

“If Tinubu is to choose between John Oyegun and progress toward a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made. For those who care about the party, who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.”

Mexican priest killed in central state of Michoacan

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A Mexican priest was found murdered in the central state of Michoacan, the state attorney general said on Sunday, the third to be killed in the country in less than a week.

The priest in Michoacan, identified as Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found on a highway between Puruandiro and Zinaparo, the state attorney general's office said.

Autopsy results, which revealed gunshot wounds to be the cause of death, suggested the priest was killed five days before his body was found, the office said.

The murder comes after a decade of drug violence in Mexico that has frequently touched the Roman Catholic church, with 31 priests killed in the 10 years to 2015, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a rights group.

On Sunday, the state attorney general´s office said no ransom calls had been made after Lopez was reported missing earlier in the week. His body was identified by relatives.

The killing came days after two other priests, identified as Alejo Jimenez and Jose Juarez, were abducted violently from their church in the city of Poza Rica and found dead in the Gulf state of Veracruz.

Some priests in the world's second-biggest Catholic country have denounced the violence of drug gangs.

BREAKING: Colombia to sign peace with Marxist rebels, ending 52-year war

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COLOMBIA -  President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will sign a deal on Monday ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people, stymied the economy and made Colombia a byword for violence.

After four years of negotiations in Havana, Santos, 65, and Timochenko, a nom de guerre for the 57-year-old revolutionary, will shake hands for the first time on Colombian soil in front of world leaders.

Their deal to end Latin America's longest-running conflict will turn the FARC guerrilla group into a political party fighting at the ballot box instead of the battlefield it has occupied since 1964.

Some 2,500 foreign and local dignitaries will attend the ceremony in the colonial city of Cartagena, where huge billboards call on Colombians to accept the peace plan.

"I can't believe this day has finally come, peace is coming to Colombia," said Juan Gamarra, 43, who sells jewelry in the walled city.

Guests include U.N. head Ban Ki-moon, Cuban President Raul Castro, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and victims of the conflict.

Though there is widespread relief at an end to the bloodshed and kidnappings of past decades, the deal has caused divisions in Latin America's fourth-biggest economy.

Some, including influential former president Alvaro Uribe, are angered the accord allows rebels to enter congress without serving any jail time.

The agreement must be ratified during an Oct. 2 plebiscite, but polls show it will pass easily.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) - which began as a peasant revolt, became big players in the cocaine trade and had as many as 20,000 fighters at their strongest - will hand over weapons to the United Nations within 180 days.

"It's such an important day - now we can fight politically, without blood, without war," said Duvier, a 25-year-old rebel attending a FARC congress last week in the southern Yari Plains.

Colombians are nervous over how the remaining 7,000 rebels will integrate into society, but most are optimistic peace will bring more positives than problems.

Colombia's economy has performed well relative to neighbors in recent years, and peace should reduce security costs and open new areas for mining and oil companies. But crime gangs could try to fill the void and landmines hinder development.

With peace behind him, Santos, the scion of a wealthy Bogota family, will hope to use the political capital to push his economic agenda, especially tax reforms to compensate for a drop in oil income caused by a fall in oil prices.

PRESIDENT BUHARI WILL TAKE NIGERIANS INTO THE PROMISE LAND - Vice President

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo while Speaking at the 56th independence anniversary inter-denominational church service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would eventually “take Nigeria across the Red Sea into the promised land”.
Quoting the Bible, he said the promise of God was that he would build a new Nigeria where there would be peace from the north-east to the Niger Delta — a Nigeria where there would be jobs for the unemployed.

“We are on our way out of the wilderness,” Osinbajo said.

“We should not be like children of Israel whom he took out of Egypt and after few problems became grumblers-in-chief. As children of God, we must declare this nation will prosper; we must be like our father who is the great encourager.

“Our message to Nigeria is be strong and of good encourage. Do not be dismayed; every Nigerian will benefit from the new Nigeria. God saw our nation and decided to put this leadership in place; this leadership will take us across the red sea to the new Nigeria.”

Samson Ayokunle, a reverend and president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), urged the federal government to promote politics of love and not of vendetta.

In his message titled ‘Wisdom that prevails over economic recession’, he said Nigeria is at a critical time, when oil has lost its value, and there are also threats of insurgency, attacks by suspected herdsmen, militancy, armed robbery and massive unemployment.

He said the problems were self-imposed because past leaders failed to save.

“In our economic boom days we were not wise like Pharoah,” he said.

“We did not invest but squander; our leaders helped themselves to nation’s health. This was almost the plight of Egypt but for intervention through Joseph.”

Suggesting ways out of the economic quagmire, he said: “Leaders must seek divine revelation from God because with wisdom of man, you won’t go far‎. It was Pharoah’s revelation that saved Egypt from famine. We must be like children of Issacha who understood the times.

“Second is godly direction. Political leaders must look beyond party affiliation and get those with wisdom like Pharoah got Joseph, a foreigner, a prisoner, to bail the nation out.

“Our leaders must have the ability to listen to counsel that will bring about solution‎. You can also learn from your enemies.

“Our leaders must promote and celebrate values. Present stakeholders in the Nigerian state should be sacrificial.‎ Leaders should ‎learn to appreciate and encourage.”

Southern Japan jolted by 5.7 magnitude quake

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Japan's southern Okinawa island and a chain of neighboring islands were shaken on Monday by an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

On March 11, 2011, the northeast coast was struck by a magnitude 9 earthquake, the strongest quake in Japan on record, and a massive tsunami. Those events triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.

World leaders are happy with Buhari, Nigerians should clap for him - Lai Mohammed

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NIGERIA - Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari has earned the respect and appreciation of global leaders, and this should be a source of hope and pride to Nigerians. According to a statement he released in Lagos on Sunday, Buhari received “ringing global endorsement” from world leaders at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in the US.
He said;
“The global community appreciated the giant strides that have been made by President Buhari’s administration in fighting terrorism and corruption, as well as in deftly managing the nation’s economy at a time of global economic downturn,” Lai said.

“This is an indication that the administration is on course in its quest to ensure a better life for the people.”

“In spite of the attempts by naysayers to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians, the achievements of the administration in the areas of economy, security and the fight against corruption have not gone unnoticed globally.

“World leaders, including US President Barrack Obama; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, French President Francois Hollande and Switzerland’s President Johann Schneider-Ammann, all took turns to extol President Buhari’s leadership.

“This should be a source of hope and pride to Nigerians, who have borne the brunt of the difficulties associated with the current economic downturn as well as the country’s negative global image in the past.”

He thanked Nigerians for their perseverance and support, saying the tough times would not last.

He said that the fact that the president was able to highlight and seek a global rallying point on critical issues during his trip, would have a positive effect on the country.

”The president sent a clear and direct message to world leaders on such issues as poverty, climate change, terrorism, plight of IDPs
arising from Boko Haram activities,” he added.

“He also passed the message on diversification of the economy and the creation of enabling environment for Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria.

“The timing of the president’s message and the platform in which he highlighted those issues could not have been more apt. It will undoubtedly complement the administration’s efforts at tackling those key issues.”

Let Your New Man Out - Gloria Copeland

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FAITH TO FAITH DEVOTIONAL

Monday, 26 September 2016

TOPIC: LET YOUR NEW MAN OUT

Key Verse: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. - Romans 12:1

MESSAGE:
When you made Jesus Christ Lord of your life, you became what the Bible calls a “new creature.” Inside, you’re not the same person you were before. You have the nature of God born into you. But it’s not enough for you just to have that new nature on the inside. You have to let it take over the outside as well.

Don’t expect that to happen automatically. You have to make a decision to bring your body into obedience to the new man within you. You must determine to do what Romans 6:12 says and “let not sin...reign in your mortal body….”

I know that sounds tough, but remember, you’re not in this alone. You have a Helper inside you to enable you to carry out that decision. His Name is the Holy Spirit. He’s there to strengthen you. He gives you the power to put sin out of your life and under your feet.

Make that decisive dedication of your body today—and let that new man that’s on the inside of you begin to come out!

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:12-23

DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Recession to Depression: Hungry Youths snatched food from pupils

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NIGERIA - Hunger-induced crimes in Minna, Niger State capital have taken a worrying dimension as hungry youths now go about snatching food packs from nursery and primary school children on their way to school, The Guardian reports.

The latest victim, one Fati Sanusi, a four-year-old nursery two pupil of Mega Stars Academy, located in Kpakungu, Minna, alleged that her food pack, prepared by her mother was snatched from her by a youth.

Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Cecilia Bunmi Koseemani, who confirmed the incident exclusively to The Guardian, said that it was difficult to get the little girl to stop crying.

"We had to send for her mother who prevailed on the four-year-old girl before she stopped crying. The mother later rushed back home to prepare Indomie for her instead of the rice meal that was initially snatched from her." said Mrs Koseemani.

The Headmistress appealed to parents to try and put their little school children in the care of grown up schoolmates, so as to avoid such things in the future, describing the incident as a reflection of the prevailing hardship in the country.

Other cases of hunger-induced crimes includes reports of people stealing food still on fire, as well as women collecting food items from sellers in the market and deliberately taking to their heels instead of paying. It was also reported that a housewife stabbed her rival to death over the modalities for sharing a measure of Gaari (Cassava flour) brought home by their husband.

Source: The Guardian

The Heritage of The Lord - Pastor E.A Adeboye

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

Monday, 26 September 2016

TOPIC: THE HERITAGE OF THE LORD

Memorise: And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. – Exodus 2:9

Read: Psalms 127:3-5 (KJV)

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 16, Psalms 68:22-35

MESSAGE:
The Bible presents the nation of Israel and the Church of God as the chief objects of God’s fatherly love.  All of humanity have the privilege of becoming God’s children through faith and are then encouraged by the Scripture to imitate their heavenly Father in their daily living. However, as I have always maintained, you can choose to be anything you want before the Almighty God. You can be just a creature, a dog or a cow. You can go beyond being a mere creature to becoming a servant. Being a servant gives you more personal access to God. But you could go yet another step to becoming a son of God. Sons have tremendous opportunities that servants do not have. As a son of God, you become a co-heir with Christ. That means all that God has jointly belongs to Jesus and you. Besides, John 8:35 says sons abide in the house forever. No wonder David in Psalms 23:6 says:

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

He could say so because he had a Father-son relationship with the Lord. For such sons, even after leaving planet earth, Jesus promised to prepare His Father’s house for them to stay throughout eternity (John 14:1-3). Sons have eternal right to God’s house. Are you a son of God?

If you abide in God’s house, you would automatically flourish. Psalms 92:13 says;

“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

Beyond being rich or wealthy, you can flourish. Age will not erode your opportunities or harvests. In fact, the older you are, the more flourishing you become. This is not for those who merely visit God’s house. It is not for servants but for sons. Some people endure going into God’s house or presence. If they were asked to come for a big contract at 9 am, they will be there by 7 am. But if invited to meet with the King of kings for 8 am, they will stroll into church by 10 am. This attitude hinders people from attaining the heights they were created to achieve. If you find it difficult to stay in God’s presence, you can be sure you cannot have access into His Heavenly home. Those who will enter Heaven must desire to enter that city not made with hands (Hebrew 11:10, 16). It far excels the best of planet earth to the extent that it is simply incomparable. Do you qualify for Heaven? To what extent do you long for Heaven? How much do you crave to be in God’s presence? How much do you enjoy worshipping the Lord?

Prayer Point: Father, please help me to make it to Heaven and to abide in You forever in Jesus’ name.

MAJESTY OF DIVINE GUIDANCE - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

Monday, 26 September 2016

TOPIC: MAJESTY OF DIVINE GUIDANCE

Bible Text: Numbers 9:15-23

Key Verse: "At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents" (Numbers 9:18).

MESSAGE:
Life has been described as a journey. The journey itself is a process and a discovery. But only travellers on life's road who understand the reading of the compass will enjoy safe trips and get to their intended destinations. Life's experiences become more enjoyable and more fulfilling when we allow divine backing and illumination to continually lighten our ways and decisions.

The children of Israel were delivered from the Egyptian bondage and set out on a supposedly short trip to Canaan, the land of promise. Unfortunately, because of their continual moral failure, the journey was unduly prolonged. Yet, as a loving and caring God, Jehovah continues to guide them through the wilderness journey for forty years. The passage today provides some very instructive lessons to present-day pilgrims on the way to their eternal home, heaven. While we remain on earth, vulnerable to challenges, temptations and trials, we can still enjoy divine presence and guidance when we allow the God of heaven to lead us. Every Christian must closely watch and emulate the attitude of the children of Israel at this stage in their journey.

The Scripture tells us that they wholeheartedly relied on the guidance of the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, symbolising God's presence. They moved and stopped at the direction of the two pillars. How wonderful will it be for Christians today to seek God's guidance and instruction in all the decisions they have to take. Believers must learn from the Israelites' journey to the promise land and endeavour to be led by God in minor, medium and major matters of life.

Thought for the day: Let your step and your stop be directed by the Lord.

Bible Reading in one Year: Proverbs 30-31

YOU CAN PREACH - Billy Graham

Devotional

BILLY GRAHAM DEVOTIONAL

Monday, 26 September 2016

TOPIC: YOU CAN PREACH

Bible Text: And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world . . .- Matthew 24:14 (TLB)

MESSAGE:
We are stewards of the Gospel. The power to proclaim the greatest news in heaven or on earth was not given to the angels. It was given to redeemed men. This was addressed to humble laymen. Some think that only ministers are to preach, but that is wrong. Every Christian is to be a witness; every follower of Christ is to preach the Gospel.
Devotional

We can preach by sharing our experience with others. We can preach by exalting Christ in our daily lives. Sermons which are seen are often more effective than those which are heard. The truth is: the best sermons are both heard and seen. They are a sort of audiovisual testimony. We can also preach by giving to others, so they may preach. Missionary gifts, church offerings, and charitable contributions all speak eloquently of your unselfishness and Christian generosity.

In all these things, we are partners with God. We are helping by His grace to redeem the world. God needs our time, our talents, our witnessing, and our money, today more than at any other time in history. Become a full, working partner with God.

Prayer for the day:
Wherever I go today, make me conscious of the people I meet. They need Your love. So whether I can speak of You to them, say a kind word or minister in any way, I would be like You, Lord—ever loving, ever giving.

MANIFESTING AUTHORITY - Dr Paul Enenche

Dunamis

SEED OF DESTINY DEVOTIONAL

Monday, 26 September 2016

TOPIC: MANIFESTING AUTHORITY

SCRIPTURE: And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. – Genesis 1:24

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When the people of God exist below their status in God, it is an abomination.

God lives naturally in the realm of supremacy. All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Him.

Since we were created in the image of God, we also need authority to be like God.

Authority is needed for the reproduction of God’s character and nature in His people.

The law of creation says that everything reproduces after its kind (Genesis 1:11-12). Therefore, man has no choice but to manifest authority and dominion because man was created in God’s image.

When the people of God exist below their status in life, it is an abomination to creation. Just as a child must resemble any of the parents, we must also resemble God in character. The purpose of authority is for man to reproduce the character and nature of His Maker. The world needs to be brought to know God; they cannot see God, but when they see you, they ought to see God in you.

Authority is needed in order to make impact in life. When you struggle in life, people may not listen to you, but when you are successful, they will listen. Make up your mind today to manifest God’s authority.

Remember this: When the people of God exist below their status in life, it is an abomination.

ASSIGNMENT(S):
1. Ask God daily to help you to be a true representation of His image.
2. Start by manifesting His authority over the forces of darkness.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: GOD’S PROMISE AND PURPOSE FOR AUTHORITY AND EXCELLENCE – PT. 1

PRAYER: O LORD, I refuse to exist with an image that is contrary to Yours, in Jesus’ Name.

QUOTE: When you spend time with God, you absorb His character. Culled from WHO ARE YOU? by Dr Paul Enenche.

AMAZING FACT: Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

TODAY IN HISTORY – 26/09/1981: The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, Washington.

DAILY READING: Isaiah 48:12 to 50:11, Ephesians 4:17 to 32, Psalms 69:1 to 18, Proverbs 24:5 to 6.