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Business / Re: Hausa Ajami/Arabic Inscriptions Removed From New N100 Note by abubello(m): 4:45pm On Nov 17
when are they going to remove the arabic numerals from the Naira?

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Politics / Troops Lead Sheriff Into Maiduguri by abubello(m): 1:00pm On Nov 17
Hundreds of soldiers led by a serving colonel of the Nigerian Army provided cover for former Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff who stormed Maiduguri yesterday to strategize ahead of next year’s election.

Our correspondents report that several police men and operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) also provided security to the former governor who landed at the Maiduguri International Airport in his private aircraft around 2.30pm.
The security operatives in armoured personnel carriers (APCs) cordoned off the airport before the arrival of Sheriff. The former governor had defected to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) few months ago, and since then, has become “a priced bride” of the Federal Government, receiving full security complement wherever he goes.

During his visit yesterday, soldiers and policemen stood at various locations in Maiduguri to ensure adequate safety for the former governor, who was accompanied by his brother and PDP governorship aspirant Mala Sheriff.

Others in the entourage were Alhaji Kashim Imam, Alhaji Gambo Lawan and Barrister Umara Kumalia, all of whom are also working to get the governorship ticket of the PDP, among others.

Former chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, who was earlier tipped as Sheriff’s preferred candidate arrived in Maiduguri earlier and was also given security complement.

While on his way out of the airport in a long motorcade, an armoured personnel carrier led the convoy and another one trailed behind even as dozens of security patrol vehicles stood in between hundreds of private cars of politicians.
Shehu not in palace

From the airport, Sheriff drove straight to Shehuri, with the intention of paying homage to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi.

But the Shehu had left the palace few minutes before the arrival of Sheriff.

The former governor left after waiting for about 20 minutes when it became clear that his host was not around to receive him.
The Secretary of the Borno Emirate Council, Alhaji Zannah Laisu Kazalma, said the Shehu did not shun the former governor.
“I want to inform you that the Shehu is a father to all and is always willing to grant audience to everybody. What happened today (yesterday) is that he had to go to the Government House here in Maiduguri to attend a security meeting. This is the true picture of what happened.
“The Shehu had granted audience to the former governor in the past and it will be wrong for anyone to insinuate that he avoided the former governor this time around,” Laisu said.

Sheriff later arrived at the PDP state secretariat along Kashim Ibrahim way where he was received by a tumultuous crowd.
Though he did not stay long at the secretariat,

He had contested for the same seat in 2011 while completing his second term as governor but seat was defeated by Khalifa Ahmed Zannah, who defected to the APC few days ago.
Flagrant abuse of power

“It is very sad that despite the glaring insecurity in Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima does not have a single soldier in his convoy and he has less than 20 policemen and 10 SSS operatives providing security for him,” Barrister Mohammed Ali, a legal practitioner said.
“I still remember the flagrant abuse of power by the federal government when the Maiduguri airport was reopened for Sheriff to land few weeks after he defected to the PDP. The same airport was closed for about one year and even pilgrims had to take the risky ride to Kano before they were airlifted to Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Shettima, who has remained in the All Progressives Congress (APC), had parted ways with Sheriff over a year ago.
http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/top-stories/39674-troops-lead-sheriff-into-maiduguri
Politics / Re: Why Is There Arabic Inscription On Our Naira Note?? by abubello(m): 5:17pm On Nov 13
spywareczar:
Can someone please tell me why the arabic inscription on our naira note and what it entails?

But the figures on the Naira (1,2,3,4) etc are also called Arabic numerals.

You may want to remove those too and replace them with Latin Numerals (i,ii,iii,iv)

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Islam for Muslims / Re: My Journey To Islam - Michael David shapiro (ex Jew) by abubello(m): 2:04pm On Nov 10
@wazoboy, where did u get the view that islam advocate death for those who do not follow it from?
Islam for Muslims / Re: My Journey To Islam - Michael David shapiro (ex Jew) by abubello(m): 12:10pm On Nov 10
@Degis- He was brainwashed into Scientology and later left, but by his own admission, nobody brainwashed him to embrace Islam, He did after personally studying the religion
Islam for Muslims / My Journey To Islam - Michael David shapiro (ex Jew) by abubello(m): 11:45am On Nov 10
I am ethnically a Russian Jew. My quest began when I was 19 years old. I was recovering from my stint with Scientology (yes I was brainwashed into it).

My belief in God was uncertain. My goals in life were to be a rock star. I was living in my Pasadena apartment and working as a secretary. Funny, I know.

One night I was walking to the kitchen, and encountered a dark fellow. I remembered asking him: “Can I keep this vodka in the fridge tonight?” We shook hands and went to sleep. After that point, my life changed drastically…

This dark fellow, a Muslim, was the first Muslim I had ever met. Extremely curious, I conversed with him about his faith. What’s this stuff I hear about praying 5 times a day? And about Holy War? Who is this Mohammed guy?

Our talks were accompanied by our Christian roommate, Wade. Together, we created “The Jewish, Christian, and Muslim dialogue sessions”. In it, we discovered many differences, and many commonalities.

My interest had then shifted from sex, drugs, and parties, to a massive search for the truth. A search that I had to complete. A search for God. And a search for how to follow him.

In my quest for the truth, I asked myself: “Ok let’s start simple, how many God’s do I think are out there?” I figured only one; knowing that a divided God is weaker than One God; figuring that if one God didn’t agree with the other, there might be arguments and feuds. One God was my choice.

Once I opened up my mind to the possibility of the existence of God, I analyzed both atheist and theist beliefs. The thing that directed me to the latter was the quote “Every design has a designer”. With that in mind, eventually I woke up with certainty that God exists. I can’t explain why, I just felt it somehow.

This newfound excitement was accompanied by a sense of responsibility to follow the Creator. The world of religion was my next frontier.

Then I asked myself, “Where do I start?” There are literally thousands of them. I need a way to narrow them down to a just a few. How do I accomplish such a task? “Find the ones that are monotheistic” entered my mind. “Hey that makes sense, since I believe in only One God.”

Ok, then. This ruled out Buddhism and Hinduism, both being polytheistic faiths. The major religions I encountered that fell under the title of Monotheistic, where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Well since I’m a Jew, I started with Judaism. One God, some prophets, 10 commandments, Torah, Jewish souls…uh, what: “Jewish souls?”

While doing research this idea was brought to my attention. The story goes, “if a person is born Jewish, then they have a Jewish soul, and they must follow Judaism.” Hold on a sec…that’s discrimination, isn’t it? That’s not universal.

So God makes Jewish souls, and Christian souls, and Muslim souls, and Hindu souls? I thought all men are created equal? So, because one is born into a religion that means by the decree of God he must remain in it… even if the person believes it to be false? Hmm…I don’t agree with that.

Another thing really bothered me…there is no strict concept of hell in Judaism…then why be good? Why not sin? If I don’t have fear of strict punishment, then why should I be moral?

Moving on, I discovered Christianity. Ok, one God, a father, a son, and a holy ghost…one more time: one God, a father, a son, and a holy ghost. Uhhh, please explain. How can all those things be one God? 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 right? So how can you say you believe in only one God?

Explanation after explanation, equation after equation, comparison after comparison, analogy after analogy, I couldn’t grasp this concept. Ok let’s keep looking here.

Ok, next major doctrine: Jesus died for our sins and he did this because we all are polluted with “Original Sin”. So, Jesus Christ, the “son of God”, had to be murdered to save everyone from Hell and cure us of our sin “given” to us by Adam.

Ok then, so are you saying that we are all born as sinners? And to sin is to do something wrong right? Then you’re telling me that a one-year old baby is guilty of sin or doing something wrong? Ok that’s strange, so based on the actions of one man, all of mankind must suffer? What’s the moral of that story? Punish the whole group if one deviates? Why would God create such a rule? That’s just not in agreement with my logic.

So Jesus died because he “loves mankind”. Hold on, it says in the Bible that Jesus said “father, why have you forsaken me?” So, apparently, Jesus didn’t understand why he was being brutally murdered. But you just said he “volunteered” to be sacrificed. Anyway, I couldn’t accept this belief. Ok, what’s the next religion?

Islam. Islam means submission. The main beliefs are as follows: One God, worship God five times a day, give 2.5% annual charity, fast during Ramadan (to be closer to God and appreciate life…among other reasons) and finally journey to Mecca for Hajj if you are able financially. Ok, nothing hard to understand so far.

There’s nothing that conflicts with my logic here. The Quran is a book with all of these interesting miracles and timeless wisdom. Many scientific facts only discovered recently where proclaimed 1400 years ago in this book.

Ok, Islam had passed my initial religious prerequisites. But I wanted to ask some deep questions about it. Is this religion universal? Yes, anyone can understand these basic beliefs…no analogy or equation are needed. Does it agree with science? Yes, dozens of verses in the Quran agree with modern science and technology.

As I sifted through the countless logical facts that I read through and researched, one thing took my attention the most. “Islam”. The name of this religion. I noticed it is written many times in this Quran.

However, recalling my prior studies, I didn’t remember once seeing the word “Judaism” in the Old Testament or “Christianity” in the New Testament. This was BIG. Why couldn’t I find the very name of the religions in those two books? Because, there is no name in these books! Thinking…I noticed that “Judaism” could be broken down to “Juda- ism” and “Christianity” could be respectively “Christ-ianity”.

So who is Juda? Or Judah, rather. He was the tribe leader of the Hebrews when God revealed his message to mankind. So this religion was named after…a person. Ok let’s look at who Christ is. He was the person who delivered the message of God to the Jews. So this religion was named after…a person.

So in recollection, we can deduct that the names of these religions are people’s proper names attached to “ism” and “ianity”. Regardless of that fact, the very names of those religions are not mentioned in their scriptures. I thought that was very odd.

If I went door to door selling a product, and I said “Would you like to buy this _______”? Wouldn’t the logical question be: “What is this _____ called?” I would make no money off of a product without a name.

Naming is the very basis which humans identify with objects, both physical and non-physical. If religion is supposed to be practiced and spread to every person on earth, shouldn’t there be a NAME for it?

Moreover, shouldn’t the name be given to us from God Almighty? YES, my point exactly. The names “Christianity” and “Judaism” were not written in the Holy Scriptures. Humans named them, not God. The notion that God would ordain a religion for mankind to follow without a name is impossible for my mind to accept.

At that point, both Christianity and Judaism lost their credibility as pure, logical, and complete religions, at least from my perspective.

Islam is the ONLY of these religions to include the NAME of the religion in its scriptures. This is so huge for me.

I realized I would follow Islam at that point. I then became a Muslim. I knew the truth. I was out of the darkness. I came into the light…

http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/1427/
Politics / Re: Boko Haram Is Sacking Northern Christian Villages by abubello(m): 9:37pm On Nov 04
Op, How is Mubi a Christian town? The Name of the Emir of Mubi is Abubakar Isa Ahmadu does that sound like a Christian name to you. I mean the reigning Emir before the BH invasion

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Culture / Re: Nigerians And Fake Foreign Accents by abubello(m): 7:07am On Nov 02
I think it is time Nigerians start thinking if doing away with English or at least minimizing its usage. What is wrong in communicating in ur mother tongue. Why can't children in the east be taught in Igbo, the west in Yoruba and the north in Hausa from primary to university level.
I was in Japan last month, and to my surprise those guys do almost everything in their language, and see how technologically advanced they are.
Look at china, Iran, and the Arab countries that use their languages as medium of instruction yet most of them are technologically advanced than Nigeria.

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Politics / Re: Abuja-kaduna Rail Line Will Be Completed And Handed Over In December by abubello(m): 9:04am On Oct 22
Sammyeguzie But if you have been robbed twice while taking a route, will you continue to ply the same route when you av another route?


Very apt reply
Politics / BH: Nigeria To Pay N45bn Interest On $1bn Loan by abubello(m): 9:04am On Oct 15
Nigeria is to pay N45 billion as interest on the $1 billion foreign loan to be taken by the Federal Government for the purchase of military hardware, it emerged yesterday.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in July asked the National Assembly to approve the foreign loan, which is to be used to ramp up spending on military equipment for the battle against BH insurgency.

The House of Representatives heard yesterday that the loan is to be repaid in yearly installments of N30 billion for seven years, making a total of N210 billion.
Our correspondents report that based on this, the additional N45 billion represents interest and other charges on the principal sum of N165 billion, which is the naira equivalent of the $1 billion loan.

House of Representatives Finance Committee chairman Abdulmumini Jibril told lawmakers yesterday that during interactions with stakeholders, the committee discovered that Nigeria would have to cough out about N30 billion annually for seven years to defray the loan.
He explained that the yearly repayments would be captured in the 2015 Federal budget.

Jibrin said his committee and the Committee on Debts and Loans, which are saddled with the responsibility of interfacing with stakeholders on the loan, must ask some relevant questions on the issue. He said the panels were trying to establish the portion of the military hardware that would go to each security agency, among other issues.

Jibrin added that some of the security agencies do not even know what they would get from the equipment to be procured, hence the need to do a thorough job.

He asked the House to give them two weeks to conclude work on the loan request. But Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal directed them to present their report “latest by next Tuesday.”

http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/daily/top-stories/36888-nigeria-to-pay-n45bn-interest-on-1bn-loan
Politics / sorry by abubello(m): 2:40pm On Oct 13
It has come to my notice that the website is known for posting fiction I m sorry i did not read the disclaimer before posting
Religion / Re: C by abubello(m): 2:39pm On Oct 13
@psylas go to the link provided and see his picture and tell us if he looks like a mad man
Religion / Re: C by abubello(m): 2:34pm On Oct 13
Glory be to God who guides whom He wills to the right path
Religion / C by abubello(m): 2:32pm On Oct 13
It has come to my notice that the website is known for posting fiction I m sorry i did not read the disclaimer before posting
Politics / Re: South Africa Government Flawed FG Explanations Over $9.3 Million by abubello(m): 9:11pm On Sep 18
Jonathan May turn out to be the most corrupt Nigerian president so far.
Politics / Re: President Jonathan Approves the Purchase Of Several Newest Russian Helicopters by abubello(m): 2:14pm On Sep 15
Na today, what about the chopper that crashed during the burial of oronto's father? (Azazi and Yakowa died in the crash) Was it not a military chopper
Sports / Re: South Africa Vs Nigeria: Your Prediction? by abubello(m): 5:51pm On Sep 10
chinex276:
come bak home, watch d match nd go bk.
No b only DUBAI na DIBIA

You don't have to respond, if you don't have any sensible thing to say
Sports / Re: South Africa Vs Nigeria: Your Prediction? by abubello(m): 3:06pm On Sep 10
Please I'm in Dubai now, anyone knows how I can watch the match?
Thanks
Politics / Re: FG Spends N3.4bn Monthly On Ajaokuta Mill by abubello(m): 11:58am On Sep 01
imagine the number of state of the art hospitals/schools that amount can build
Politics / Re: 4 Years After Pact With Chinese…where Is The FG’s N3.7tr Refineries Project? by abubello(m): 11:19am On Sep 01
if they build more refineries what will happen to the very lucrative business of fuel importaion?
Politics / Re: FG Spends N3.4bn Monthly On Ajaokuta Mill by abubello(m): 10:51am On Sep 01
What a waste!
Politics / FG Spends N3.4bn Monthly On Ajaokuta Mill by abubello(m): 10:50am On Sep 01
The federal government is wasting N3.4bn monthly on Ajaokuta Steel Mill, the chairman of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Alh Kola Belgore, has said. “That is what we are paying for doing nothing monthly currently at Ajaokuta.”

He lamented that despite the huge potential of Ajaokuta Steel Mill, it remained unproductive.

“There are 2,500 engines mounted and engineers and 6,000 employees, and we are paying them every month a total of N3.4bn,” he stated.

Belgore spoke in Ilorin at an award ceremony in honour of acting inspector-general of police Sulaiman Abba, AIG Ambrose Aisabor, corps marshal of the FRSC and three other alumni of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Stategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos.

The ceremony was organised by the immediate past president of the Association of Alumni of Institute (AANI) and chairman, LUBCON Group of Companies, Alh. Jani Ibrahim.

The AMCON chairman decried the situation of the country, saying things are virtually static.

He proudly announced that AMCON is the only corporation with over N6trillion and one kobo of the money has not missed.

He blamed the unemployment problem on closure of companies and businesses in the country.

He lamented that the country is importing fuel despite being an oil-producing country, saying it is ridiculous and the development has made Nigeria a laughing stock among the comity of nations.

He added,”The honest truth is that we are not happy and if here we say we are happy, it is because most of us are in a comfort zone of the society –we are privileged in the society. If we ask the masses of this country who are downtrodden, they would tell you they are not happy with the situation of the country.

“The country is virtually static. Things are not moving in the right direction and everybody is keeping quiet. It has nothing to do with politics, it has to do with our collective interest.

“God endowed Nigeria very well with human, material resources, yet we are seriously under-performing as a nation. We must wake up and try to do something to move us in the right direction.

“The nation is blessed with petrol and yet we are importing fuel in the country. We are importing petrol and we are the seventh largest producer in the world. What kind of ridicule is that? Yet we all kept quiet. You saw what happened when they were investigating those that said they imported fuel to the country. They did not bring anything, yet through connivance they manipulated papers and they were collecting billions as cost of importing fuel.

http://leadership.ng/news/382662/fg-wastes-n3-4bn-monthly-ajaokuta-mill
Politics / Re: Military Planes Bombed Gwoza, Limankara Begin Major Operation To Recapture Towns by abubello(m): 4:56am On Aug 30
Rikidony:
BRO LEAVE SARCASM ASSAID THIS IS A THREAT TO OUR NATION AND WE MUST JOINED HANDS TO FIGHT THIS. IF NAIJA BECOME A FAILED STATE WE ARE DOOMED. angry
Islam for Muslims / Re: Stories From The Quran- Moses and Pharaoh by abubello(m): 5:36pm On Aug 22
@op may Allah reward you abundantly
Religion / Re: Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them by abubello(m): 12:24pm On Aug 19
@ZKOSOSO But you are not a Jew?
Religion / Re: Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them by abubello(m): 11:31am On Aug 18
@Barcanista, at least the muslims know their positions with the Jews, but the way some Nigerian christians behave towards Israel, you would think Israel is a christian country

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Religion / Re: Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them by abubello(m): 11:13am On Aug 18
I hope Nigerian Christians who blindly support the zionist regime are reading this!

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Religion / Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them by abubello(m): 11:13am On Aug 18
A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the passerby spat in his face.

The clergyman prefered not to lodge a complaint with the police and told an acquaintance that he was used to being spat at by Jews. Many Jerusalem clergy have been subjected to abuse of this kind. For the most part, they ignore it but sometimes they cannot.

On Sunday, a fracas developed when a yeshiva student spat at the cross being carried by the Armenian Archbishop during a procession near the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. The archbishop’s 17th-century cross was broken during the brawl and he slapped the yeshiva student.

Both were questioned by police and the yeshiva student will be brought to trial. The Jerusalem District Court has meanwhile banned the student from approaching the Old City for 75 days.

But the Armenians are far from satisfied by the police action and say this sort of thing has been going on for years. Archbishop Nourhan Manougian says he expects the education minister to say something.

“When there is an attack against Jews anywhere in the world, the Israeli government is incensed, so why when our religion and pride are hurt, don’t they take harsher measures?” he asks.

According to Daniel Rossing, former adviser to the Religious Affairs Ministry on Christian affairs and director of a Jerusalem center for Christian-Jewish dialogue, there has been an increase in the number of such incidents recently, “as part of a general atmosphere of lack of tolerance in the country.”...

http://worldobserveronline.com/2014/08/17/christians-jerusalem-want-jews-stop-spitting-2/
Religion / Re: Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them by abubello(m): 9:54am On Aug 18
I said you should stop "blind support", is attack the opposite of blind support? Did I ask you to attack them, People who don't give a hoot about you, who spits on your co- religionists, and you think you should should reward them with blind support?

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Religion / Re: Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them by abubello(m): 9:40am On Aug 18
I hope Nigerian Christians who blindly support the zionist regime are reading this!

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Religion / Christians In Jerusalem Want Jews To Stop Spitting On Them by abubello(m): 9:39am On Aug 18
A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the passerby spat in his face.

The clergyman prefered not to lodge a complaint with the police and told an acquaintance that he was used to being spat at by Jews. Many Jerusalem clergy have been subjected to abuse of this kind. For the most part, they ignore it but sometimes they cannot.

On Sunday, a fracas developed when a yeshiva student spat at the cross being carried by the Armenian Archbishop during a procession near the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. The archbishop’s 17th-century cross was broken during the brawl and he slapped the yeshiva student.

Both were questioned by police and the yeshiva student will be brought to trial. The Jerusalem District Court has meanwhile banned the student from approaching the Old City for 75 days.

But the Armenians are far from satisfied by the police action and say this sort of thing has been going on for years. Archbishop Nourhan Manougian says he expects the education minister to say something.

“When there is an attack against Jews anywhere in the world, the Israeli government is incensed, so why when our religion and pride are hurt, don’t they take harsher measures?” he asks.

According to Daniel Rossing, former adviser to the Religious Affairs Ministry on Christian affairs and director of a Jerusalem center for Christian-Jewish dialogue, there has been an increase in the number of such incidents recently, “as part of a general atmosphere of lack of tolerance in the country.”...

http://worldobserveronline.com/2014/08/17/christians-jerusalem-want-jews-stop-spitting-2/
Religion / Re: Interesting Facts About The Bible!!! » » » by abubello(m): 12:29pm On Aug 17
@emmaomotob by your own admission some some accounts in the bible are untrue, the question is how many percent of the bible is untrue?
Do you as a Christian have a way if sifting the true from the untrue in the bible. How can you be sure that passages like crucifixion, trinity, original sin etc do not belong to the untrue portion?

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