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|Politics / [PHOTOS] Scores Feared Dead As Fire Guts Balogun Market by Queennikky(f): 8:49am|
Scores of people were feared dead and others injured when a six storey plaza in the heart of the popular Balogun Market in Lagos was gutted by fire on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigerian reports that the plaza is surrounded by several important business premises, which included the Union Bank, Diamond Bank and the United Bank for Africa.
NAN also observed that the plaza, which was being used as a wholesale and retail outlet for shoes and bags, is directly beside and attached to Union Bank building.
Investigations revealed that the fire started at about 9am and was battled by a team of
combined firefighters from the Union Bank and UBA before the arrival of the Lagos State Fire Service.
Some eyewitnesses, who spoke to NAN, said some people, who jumped out from various floors of the burning plaza to escape the fire, were carried away dead.
Mallam Hamza Abdullahi, a trader in the market, told NAN that he saw three dead bodies and five people, who were wounded. “People were shouting and jumping down from up stairs. I saw a woman dead with her skull open,” he said.
Mrs. Florence Adewunmi, a staff member of the Lagos State Ambulance Mobile Intensive Care Service, stationed at the scene told NAN that some victims had been stabilised and transferred to hospital.
“The patients jumped from the second, third and fourth floor and had fractures and varying degrees of injuries.
“There were those that inhaled too much
smoke, so we gave some oxygen, some
Dyclofenac injection; we treated ankle
dislocations; we sutured deep cuts before
carrying them to General Hospital, Lagos.
“So far, we have carried six people to hospital and discharged four after treatment.”
One of shopowners, who deals on female shoes, Mr Nonso Christian, told NAN that he came to the plaza at 10am and met it on fire. “I met the plaza on fire and I tried to go in to bring out my goods but I couldn’t because the fire is too much.
“My shop is on the second floor and I just re-stocked on Monday. I don’t know what to do because the second floor is still on fire,” he said.
Several other shopowners, who were waiting while watching the fire, declined comment. One of them simply said “we are sad, this hard economy. Where do I start from?’’ A security man attached to Union Bank, Mr. Umoru Monday, told NAN that the fire started a few minutes before 9am.
|Religion / Re: Belgian MP: 'Muslim Immigration To Europe Is A Trojan Horse Invasion' by jcross19: 8:42am|
vedaxcool:have you recited sura albakary.
|Phones / Re: If You Own A Spoilt Laptop Battery, Come In by donhils: 8:35am|
I have 2 dead hp laptop batteries. What should I do?
|Politics / Re: See Why Buharis Asset Declaration Is A Deception by olayinkaj2(m): 8:17am|
amusadele:. The last time I checked, lagoon does not have a gate, so you can do yourself a favour by diving into it, its free, no charges attached. Ode oponu!
|Dating And Meet-up Zone / Re: "Chat Central and Derailer's Paradise"...Welcome! by ggrin: 8:14am|
Good morning beautiful
Sassybae:missed you too dear, still waiting for 'the' pm tho
|Crime / Re: Cult members bury motorist alive in Lagos (Photo) by Tex42(m): 8:12am|
With the trend of violence in Mushin and the incubating 'support it receives from the LASG', it's only a question of time before it produces a new terrorist group. That is how the North played hanky-panky with religious violence and today, it has been awarded with boko haram.
R I P to the dead.
|Politics / Re: See Why Buharis Asset Declaration Is A Deception by puzzler: 8:12am|
kehinde1588:exactly. .. and tthey ar still finding it hard to believe dat pdp is dead and will never rule dis country again..
|Crime / Re: Passenger Slashes Driver’s Throat To Snatch Car by sisisioge: 8:01am|
Now that's a crazy unintelligent mofooo . For a premeditated crime, the plan is seriously sloby!
May God shield us all from both intelligent and unintelligent criminals. Peace to the dead.
|Politics / Re: Driver,11 Passengers Dead As Young Shall Grow Bus Crashes Into A Truck(pics) by Stoner69(m): 7:58am|
RIP to the dead.
|Politics / Re: See Why Buharis Asset Declaration Is A Deception by amusadele: 7:58am|
Buhari does not know his left from right. I have seen and heard different degree of dunce before today, but the one Buhri fall into is the dead dumbness. I have said it before. In the Nigerian history, who has ever asked another persons or his aids to assist in declaring his own assets? Buhari is a complete daft. See who wants to carry out probes. Buhari like Thiffnubu, like Amaechi, Oshiomhole, Atiku just name them are all bastered thieves.
Am very sure more facts about the volume abi high degree of lies about Buhari's asset declaration will emerge from time to time.
|Politics / Re: An Indepth Look Into Buhari's Asset Declaration By Barcanista by stanech: 7:44am|
And you wonder why we never get it right in this part of the world.
A lot of Nigerians (especially buhari and his followers) are brain dead.
|Politics / What Is Our Government Doing To The Issues Of Fatal Accident With Trucks ? by lahnder(m): 7:38am|
Its over 2 days now the fatal truck accident occurred at ojuelegba involving 3 persons dead and yet both state and federal government had yet to comment on this ...this incident is coming usual and i think as Nigerians we need to cry out to our legislative arms of government to look into the matter of truck drivers , conditions of the truck and as well implement a policy banning them from moving in some major cities in the day light .. in some advance countries like Dubai , its given a Specific period of time for heavy trucks to move from 11pm to 5am .. i think this will really reduce the rate of road crashes especially trucks in Nigeria.
|Politics / Terror: Radio Biafra Director Threatens To Avenge Death Of 3 Members by tochukwuifeduba: 7:28am|
In the below statement, the host of the pirate rogue Radio Biafra station, Nnamdi Kanu, threatened to avenge the deaths of IPOB pro-Biafra protesters who were killed in a shoot-out with Nigerian law enforcement in Onitsha. The Radio Biafra station is coordinator the IPOB, Indigenous People of Biafra groups which it promotes around the world.
STATEMENT AND PROMISE OF THE HOST OF RADIO BIAFRA ON THE 3RD OF SEPTEMBER 2015 LIVE BROADCAST: “We are still mourning the death of our lost Brothers,who were murdered at Onitsha by The Nigeria Government. I swear with the Lifes of my Family and my Life that, the zoo will not go Unpunished for this calamity they have brought upon Biafrans. Those Media that have refused to write on the Terrorist act and Mayhem carried upon Biafrans on the 30th of August, 2015, wil￼l do so, after we avenge. I want the World to take note of this, so that we will not be blamed when we descend on the perpetrators of the killing of Biafrans, I will only replay today’s Broadcast, that took place on the 3rd of September, 2015,￼reaching you from NEW YORK CITY. The deaths of our Brothers MUST be avenged. Mark today’s date, WE MUST AVENGE THE DEATH OF OUR PEOPLE. There will be revenge, that I can assure you”. MAZI NNAMDI KANU THE DIRECTOR OF RADIO BIAFRA AND THE COMMANDER OF THE BIAFRA ARMY, ON THE 3RD OF SEPTEMBER 2015 LIVE BROADCAST FROM NEW YORK CITY.
Three persons were feared dead and about twenty others wounded on August 30th when members of a new pro- Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and security operatives engaged in a shootout the deadly Onitsha.
Analysts had predicted that the Radio Biafra fanatic group was on the routine course to terror and was only waiting for the provocation excuse. Apparently the group is ready to embark on a terror course on the premise of the recent clash.
The station claims that the deaths of the agitators was unprovoked and they were “peaceful protesters on evangelism mission,” however all Nigerian news media reports contested those details describing a shoot-out with armed protesters.
To this effect, Radio Biafra host, Nnamdi Kanu threatened the media too as targets of his revenge.
Biafra Zionist Federation
Pro Biafra protesters have in the recent past used weapons to take over a radio station. In June of 2014, Pro Biafra Zionists killed a police sergeant and wounded another in attempt to take over the Enugu radio station. They were arrested and paraded by the then Jonathan government.
In his speech of September 1st, Nnamdi Kanu said “Boko Haram were very peaceful, it was Nigerian government that kicked it off after they attacked the peaceful Boko Haram and this caused Boko Haram to get violent.”
He said that Nigeria started the terrorism by attacking the “unarmed protesters” and as such he promised his group will mount their “counter-terrorism” measures against the Nigerian state.
In a very angry broadcast in which Kanu insulted blacks as silly, wicked and evil compared to whites, he said why did the doctors who were Igbo did not treat the IPOB pro-Biafra victims and were first asking for a certificate, when the Nigerian police boss Solomon Arase had just ordered hospitals treat accident and gun shot victims without any police report.
|Politics / Re: Driver,11 Passengers Dead As Young Shall Grow Bus Crashes Into A Truck(pics) by Benedict44(m): 7:16am|
Rip to the dead and i thick it serves as a lesson to the other drivers of the young shall grow motors because the rate at which they speed is too much.....Maybe because the bus is new not forgetting that life have no duplicate...
|Politics / I’m Not Interested In Giving Stewardship On Newspapers Pages —fashola by geesilver(m): 7:09am|
FORMER Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde
Fashola, has declared that he is not interested in
giving account of his stewardship on the pages of
Fashola, who spoke at the 16th Bishop Mike Okonkwo annual lecture in Lagos on Thursday made the declaration in his response to a question during the question and answer session, at the event held at Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos.
The former governor who was the guest lecturer,
spoke on the lecture titled: “The Nigerian political
class and the citizens quest for good governance,”
made the declaration when he was asked by a
reporter to break his silence over the allegations
trailing his administration in Lagos State.
“I wont give account of my administration on the
pages of newspapers,” Fashola said.
In his lecture, Fashola attributed the success in
curtailing the menace of Ebola Virus Disease in
Nigeria, to the cremation law his administration has
put in place in Lagos.
“When we introduced the cremation law, there were
lots of criticism. It got to a stage where I had to come out and explained to the people that it was necessary that everyone must cremate their dead.
“But, I also let our people know that we have become a global city state, there are people from other parts of the world who are living with us and who cremation is not alien to as it is a way of life. They live here, work here, but when they die, they are taking out of here. Why? Why can”t they be buried here? Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Professor George Obiozor, who was also a former Nigerian Ambassador to the US, said it is crucial that a cursory look be taken on Nigerian political evolution from time to time.
“When we do this, we will know where we are coming from, where we are, and of course, where we are going,” Obiozor said.
|Romance / Bizarre! Two Corpse Found In A Sexual Position In A Morgue At Aba(Picture) by manlyprof: 7:04am|
Attendants at a mortuary in Aba, Abia State, were shocked to the marrows when they reportedly found two corpses found lying in a sexual position.Unconfirmed reports stated that one of the corpses was found on top of another with an erect manhood.The story has sent chills down the spines of several persons who are yet to believe such a strange thing would ever happen.It is believed that one of the corpses was that of a man who lived in Aba, though from Akwa Ibom and reportedly died on top of a prostitute in a brothel on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.The corpse was later deposited ina mortuary in Aba awaiting investigation and collection for burial probably by his relations.According to Daily Times NG, a female corpse was brought to themorgue on Thursday, August 27, 2015.When they saw the two corpses at a raunchy position, the terrifiedattendants ran for their lives as such occurrence remained mysterious.
|Art, Graphics & Video / 15 Colossal Facts About The Great Wall Of China by geesilver(m): 6:57am|
The Great Wall of China is one of the oldest, largest,
and most celebrated achievements of human
ingenuity, but there are still a few things you might
not have known about China’s ancient landmark.
1. BUILDING THE WALL TOOK MORE THAN 1800
The Great Wall wasn’t the first fortification erected in
Chinese territory to protect citizens from foreign
invaders. As far back as the 8th century BCE, barriers were going up to repel nomadic armies. When Qin Shi Huang seized power of a collection of
neighboring principalities in 221 BCE and kicked off
the Qin Dynasty, he began construction on a 5000-
kilometer wall to safeguard his territory. Later
dynasties continued this work and added their own
flourishes. While construction began under the Qin
Dynasty, the recognizable segments that we think of
when we visualize the Great Wall were largely the
handiwork of the Ming Dynasty, which created these
facets between the 14th and 17th centuries CE.
2. THE STRUCTURE ISN’T ONE CONSISTENT WALL,
BUT A COLLECTION OF WALLS.
There’s a pervasive misconception that the Great Wall of China is one long uninterrupted structure. In fact, the Wall is more accurately described as a 20,000- kilometer network of walls spanning the northern border of Ancient and Imperial Chinese territories.
3. A SURPRISING INGREDIENT CAN BE FOUND IN THE WALL.
The Great Wall is largely crafted from unremarkable
building materials like earth and stone. More
interestingly, glutinous rice—known colloquially as
“sticky rice”—was incorporated into the mortar
recipe thanks to its cohesive properties. Modern
studies have indicated that the amylopectin of the
rice (the same substance that makes it sticky) helps
explain the wall’s strength and endurance.
4. WALL CONSTRUCTION WAS A COMMON
PUNISHMENT FOR CHINESE CONVICTS.
In a particularly extreme version of modern
community service, Great Wall construction,
maintenance, and surveillance were regular duties of convicted criminals during the Qin Dynasty. To
distinguish outlaw laborers from their civilian
colleagues, authorities shaved working convicts’
heads, blackened their faces, and bound their limbs
in chains. Transgressions ranging from homicide to
tax evasion were all punishable with Wall duty. The
work was dangerous—some estimates state that
400,000 workers perished while building the wall.
5. ROOSTERS WERE BROUGHT TO THE GREAT WALL
TO HONOR THE dead.
With so many lives lost during construction, grieving
family members feared that the spirits of their loved
ones would be forever trapped within the structure
that cost them their lives. In an effort to grant
deceased laborers spiritual emancipation, a mourner would cross over the Wall with a rooster in tow. This tradition was believed to help guide a soul away from the fortification.
6. AN ANCIENT POEM PREDICTS CONSTRUCTION OF
THE GREAT WALL.
The Shijing, a collection of Ancient Chinese poems
written between the 11th and 7th centuries BCE,
predicts proper construction of the Great Wall of
China with an entry describing a king’s efforts to fend off military invaders via development of a defensive barrier.
7. THE WALL PAYS TRIBUTE TO MYTHICAL AND
Lining the Great Wall are shrines and tributes to
figures from Chinese history. Guan Yu, a third-
century general who served during the Han dynasty,
is honored with temples built on the Wall.
Additionally, various points on the Wall pay homage
to Tinwáng, the Four Heavenly Kings of Buddhism.
The Long China Wall
8. THE WALL WAS NOT THAT GREAT AT KEEPING OUT INVADING FORCES.
Despite all the effort that went into making Great Wall the premiere component of China’s military defence system, many of the country’s varied enemies throughout history managed passage across the barrier. Manchurian invasion through the Wall in the
17th century resulted in the fall of the Ming dynasty.
9. HISTORICALLY, OTHER CULTURES HAVE BEEN
FONDER OF THE GREAT WALL THAN CHINA HAS.
China’s celebration of the Great Wall as a tourist
draw and landmark is a relatively recent
phenomenon, having only blossomed in the 20th
century as a result of international interest. China
first took note of the Wall’s wide appeal in the 19th
century, following its engagement in relations with
other Asian and European countries. Travellers and
merchants returned to their home countries with
stories they translated into art and print, creating an
enchantment with the Great Wall that helped spark
Chinese appreciation for the structure.
10. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EXAGGERATING FOR
CENTURIES ABOUT THE WALL’S VISIBILITY FROM
Despite numerous accounts to the contrary, the
Great Wall of China’s reputation for extraterrestrial
visibility stands strong to this day. One good sign that this claim is specious lies in the fact that it dates back two centuries before mankind mastered space travel. English scholar William Stukeley outlined the idea in his Family Memoirs, written in 1754. The myth got a boost from journalist Henry Norman’s 1895 book The Peoples and Politics of the Far East, as well as in a 1932 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! cartoon strip. More reliable sources—astronaut Neil Armstrong among them—assert that the Great Wall is by no means visible from space, much less the moon. At best, the Wall can be spotted from a low orbit, sunlight and weather permitting.
11. THOUSANDS OF MILES OF THE ORIGINAL GREAT
WALL HAVE DISAPPEARED.
Today, the surviving elements of the Great Wall of
China stretch to a whopping 13,171 miles. Impressive though the measurement may be, it’s quite a decrease from what is believed to be the Wall’s peak length during the Ming dynasty. More than 1200 miles’ worth, or approximately one third, of the construction from this period no longer stands.
12. PIECES OF THE GREAT WALL WERE RECYCLED TO
BUILD CIVILIAN HOMES IN THE 1960s AND 1970s.
During the 20th century sociopolitical movement
known as Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the
Chinese government did quite a bit of damage to the
Great Wall. Mao Zedong and the Red Guard
recognized the Wall as little more than a relic whose
materials would better serve in the development of
contemporaneous housing. Between 1966 and 1976,
miles of the Wall were stripped of bricks and re-
purposed to build civilian homes.
13. CERTAIN STANDING PORTIONS OF THE WALL
MIGHT VANISH BEFORE 2040.
Predictions about the Great Wall’s fortitude have
grown increasingly dire during the 21st century.
Natural weathering and human-imparted erosion
may result in the disappearance of certain parts of
the Wall before 2040. Portions of the Wall in the
Gansu province are thought to be in particular
14. NEW SECTIONS OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
ARE STILL BEING DISCOVERED.
Previously unknown stretches of the Great Wall have
been discovered as recently as 2012. In the past
decade, archaeologists have located some of the
northernmost sections yet to be identified, standing
in and on the border of present day Mongolia.
15. THE GREAT WALL GOES BY MANY NAMES
AROUND THE WORLD.
“The Great Wall of China” is a nickname commonly
used by Americans, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, while other Western nations prefer a
humbler designation: “The Chinese Wall.” Within
China, the Wall has known a number of monikers,
having been introduced in its inceptive days as “The
10,000-Li-Long Wall” (as in the first century BCE
publication Records of the Grand Historian) and “The Long Wall of 10,000 Li” (as in Book of Song, published during the fifth century CE), a Li being about a third of a mile. Over time, the Wall earned some more ostentatious handles, including “The Purple Frontier” and “The Earth Dragon.” Ultimately, China christened its man made wonder with a simple but appropriate name: “The Long Wall.”
—Provided by Mental Floss and culled from msn travel.
|Education / How my roomate died by Danrizzle: 6:53am|
More facts have emerged on how a 200-Level Theatre Art
and Film Study student of the University of Port Harcourt
(UNIPORT), Miss Precious Kelechi, died mysteriously on
Her room-mate, Kainti Dauebimoere Chant’elle, revealed
how her close friend slumped in the hostel bathroom and
died after the deceased was rejected by the UNIPORT
Teaching Hospital (UPTH).
Kainti, a 300-Level Theatre Art and Film Study student and
the deceased bedmate, narrated: “Precious and I woke up
almost at the same time on Monday at 5m. She left the
room to have her bath. A few minutes after, I heard her
screaming. I ran to the bathroom to know what was wrong
with her, but I saw her on the floor, shivering.
“I rushed back to call other roommates. We got a car at
5:45am to take her to UPTH. When we got to Accident and
Emergency section, doctors on duty told us there was no
bed space. Our plea to the doctors to admit her fell on deaf
ears. Precious was rejected.
“We left for Fountain Hospital in Ozuoba area. The doctor on
duty told us to inform her parents and advised we should
take her back to the UPTH. When we told the doctor she was
rejected at UPTH, he directed us to Ebonyi Hospital, where
Precious was also refused admission.”
Kainti said: “Then, we rushed her to military hospital, where
she was confirmed dead. We were advised to make
statement at the Choba Police station, after which the body
was taken to UPTH mortuary. The same UPTH management,
which said there was no space to accommodate the
distressed students, accepted her corpse in their mortuary.”
Kainti said her friend died because she could not be
admitted for medical attention.
When the news hit the campus, the students, led by the
president of Students’ Union Government (SUG), Endwell
Chuku, abandoned lecture and blocked the popular East-
West Highway to protest Precious’ death.
They accused the UPTH management of complicity in the
death of the late student, criticising the hospital for rejecting
a student of the university.
The UPTH Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Aaron Ojule,
said there was no space when the victim was brought to the
hospital, noting that the hospital could not have willfully
rejected the late student.
He said: “We did not reject the late student. We cannot reject
anybody, not to talk of the student UNIPORT. But, when the
wards are filled, we cannot ask patients to come down from
the bed to accept another. We sympathised with the
deceased’s family and the university.”
Meanwhile, normalcy has returned to the campus as
students returned to classrooms. The union advised the
management to reach agreement with the Teaching Hospital
to give students in distress a preferential service anytime
they go to the hospital.
|Politics / Re: 13 Interesting Facts You Need To Know About Murtala Muhammed by zendy: 6:52am|
It beats my imagination that a man like Murtala Ramat Mohammed still has,not just a place of honour on the 20 Naira note, but also has an International Airport and many other landmarks named after him. How is this possible? Or is it that no one cares about history any more? How can such a controversial character still be accorded such recognition?
The sins of Murtala:
1] Led the counter coup and superviced the killing of over 300 fellow officers. Murtala led other northern elements (including the then Lt Buhari) to commit this murderous act in retaliation for what they tagged an "Igbo coup". For me,a coup plotter,wether Nzeogwu or Murutala has any place in history. It should also be noted that everyone who participated in the first coup were punished at the end of the war while Murutala and co who committed far worse atrocities got off scot-free.
2]Troops under Murtala's command committed genocide in Asaba when they entered the city at the start of the civil war. Over 700 defenceless civilians who came to welcome the federal troops were gunned down in cold blood. Wether this happend on Murutala's orders or not is immaterial. His troops killed people and he should bear responsibility for the conduct of his men.
3]Murtala,in direct contravention of orders and sound advice led thousands of Nigerian soldiers to their deaths trying to cross the river Niger (in 3 separate attempts) into Onitsha all in his vain attempt to increase his popularity. His troops would later be destroyed at Abagana and he was recalled from the war and sent to London while many of his men lay dead under the River Niger.
4]murtala came to represent the face of northern domination. He kicked out Gowon,seized power,retired everyone who was above him in rank and in one of the worst acts of military indecipline,he triple promoted himself from a one star Brigadier to a full 4 star General. Murutala was the first military officer to conduct a coup in other to take political power. Even Nzeogwu and co had no intention to take power for themselves.
Murtala Mohammed was a failed soldier,a sociopath,mass murderer and accomplished coup plotter. Because of him,many people needlessly died. My question is this. What is the face of such a despicable man doing on the 20 Naira note?
|Politics / Re: Driver,11 Passengers Dead As Young Shall Grow Bus Crashes Into A Truck(pics) by ELTON123(m): 6:37am|
Everyday accident, the one that I witnessed in owerre yesterday was so fatal 5died instantly....God please protect your children.
R.I.P to the dead
|Religion / How God Gives Assurance. by omitooguns(m): 6:35am|
Am I truly a Christian?
Few questions cause more fearful trembling in believers, and few soul-shepherds are as helpful as John Newton in explaining to trembling saints how God cultivates assurance in the Christian life.
God loves to give his children the gift of “the full assurance of faith” ( Hebrews 10:22). It is a precious thing, a source of deep peace and consolation, and he wants us to have it.
But like most things in the Christian life, assurance is something that is cultivated and grows deeper and stronger over time. It is a gift that God gives to us, according Newton (1725–1807), gradually through frequent testing.
Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental proof of the Lord’s power and goodness to save; when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope, and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances: and this trust, when habitual and strong, bears the name of assurance; for even assurance has degrees. ( Newton on the Christian Life, 220)
In other words, God’s way of growing the sweet gift of assurance in us is by putting us through numerous and varied hardships. The process is designed to be hard. Trials are the way that faith is proven, refined, and strengthened. This is why James writes, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” ( James 1:2–3).
Assurance Grows through Spiritual Conflict
It’s why Paul writes, “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance [same word translated as “steadfastness” in James], and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” ( Romans 5:3–4).
And it’s why the author of Hebrews reminds us,
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. (Hebrews 12:7–8 )
The discipline of enduring trials and sufferings ends up proving that we are God’s children. And though “for the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant . . . later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” ( Hebrews 12:11).
One of the peaceful, consoling fruits of the “righteousness of God that depends on faith” (Philippians 3:9) is assurance. And it’s a fruit that is realized “later” and in increasing amounts.
Why God Grows Assurance this Way
Why has God designed the process of giving us a growing assurance of faith through enduring trials? Newton answers this way:
We cannot be safely trusted with assurance till we have that knowledge of the evil and deceitfulness of our hearts, which can be acquired only by painful, repeated experience. (222)
Like Peter who confidently promised Jesus that he would never deny him only hours before he did, we do not realize as younger believers how powerful our sin nature is and how weak our faith is. We don’t know how proud and self-reliant we are. It is the fiery trials that apply heat to our faith and cause the dross of unbelief in the form of doubt, fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy, bitterness, selfish ambition, fear of man, and more to rise to the surface. And when we see the dross, we can fear that our faith may not be real.
And that’s what God wants. For when see the horrible sin in us and feel our helplessness to get rid of it on our own, it pushes us in desperation to trust Christ’s work on the cross alone. When we see our numerous weaknesses and feel our helplessness to be strong on our own, it pushes us to search out and trust Christ’s promises to us alone.
We can have no security from gifts, labors, services, or past experiences; but that from first to last our only safety is in the power, compassion, and faithfulness of our great Redeemer. (234)
It is the various kinds of pressing, painful, exposing trials that teach us to trust in Christ for everything — to really “live by faith in the Son of God” ( Galatians 2:20).
And so God grows the full assurance of faith in us, and causes the joyful, peaceful fruit of righteousness to grow in us through trials. He wants our faith to rest fully on the Rock of Christ, so that we “rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). Because, as Newton said,
“We are never more safe, never have more reason to expect the Lord’s help, than when we are most sensible that we can do nothing without him.” This is the paradox of assurance. (234)
Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares
Newton spoke of assurance from experience. He said,
In mercy [God] has frequently stirred up my nest, shaken me in it, and forced me to fly to him, when I should otherwise have dropped into sleep and [false] security. (221)
For Pastor Newton, the sweet God-given gift of assurance looked much like verse three of his famous hymn, “Amazing Grace”:
Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come;
His grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
Our assurance of salvation does not come from a confidence in some subjectively measured inner witness, nor how warm our affections for God are at any given moment. Rather, our assurance comes from a growing confidence in Christ’s saving work that purchased the fulfillment of all his great promises to us (2 Peter 1:4) and his power to keep them.
Greater assurance comes through stronger faith. And faith only grows stronger through the vigorous exercise of testing.
If you haven’t yet read Tony Reinke’s
Newton on the Christian Life, I hope one fruit of this article is that you will. John Newton once said, “There are silver books; and a very few golden books.” That’s true. And this book is a golden one. The chapter on “Battling Insecurity,” from which the quotes above come, is more than worth the book’s price. But you will find gold from cover to cover.
|Politics / Driver,11 Passengers Dead As Young Shall Grow Bus Crashes Into A Truck(pics) by stephenduru: 6:21am|
Eleven passengers and driver have been confirmed dead after a 16-seater Young Shall Grow Motors with registration number EKY 733 XD crashed in a road accident into a truck in Benin yesterday.
The fatal accident occurred at about 1pm along Benin by pass.The driver of the Young Shall Grow Motors and 11 passengers died on the spot while other people were severely injured.
According to a Trezzy Blog reader who sent the photos, the driver of the Young Shall Grow Motors bus was speeding while on his way to the Eastern part of Nigeria from Lagos before he lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid oncoming SUV.In the process,he crashed into a truck parked by the roadside.
Almost everybody in the vehicle died except 4 people that were severely injured.The injured people were rushed to a nearby hospital.
|Politics / 13 Interesting Facts You Need To Know About Murtala Muhammed by Sparonani(m): 5:54am|
OnE of Nigeria’s most remembered leaders, 37-
year-old Murtala Muhammed, was killed on
February 13, 39 years ago, in an abortive coup
attempt led by Lt. Col Buka Suka Dimka. Many years have passed, but the nation still
remembers its great leader.
For many Nigerians, getting to know Murtala
Mohammed was from the green, crispy N20 naira
note, which had its face inscribed on it, and really
clear-headed stories told by parents. We gathered
for some must-know facts you need to know about
hero of Nigeria’s nation.
1. Born on a Tuesday, the 8th of November, 1938,
in the Kurawa Quarters of Kano State to Risqua
Muhammed and Uwani Ramatu, he had 7 siblings
(one girl and seven boys) and he was the second
2. On the 26th January, 1952, he was admitted as
student number 941 as the school itself was
founded in 1909. He was one of the ten students
from Kano and finished in 1957. One of his
classmates was the late General Mohammed
Shuwa shot dead at his home by gunmen in Maiduguri in November 2012. Shuwa was one of
the prominent figures during the Nigerian Civil War
and later a leading figure in Murtala’s government.
Gowon also attended the same college.
3. He attended Regular Officers Special Training
School , ROSTS (Teshie, Ghana), now Ghana
Military Academy where he was taught as a 2nd
Lieutenant infantry tactics and military laws by the
late Odumegwu Ojukwu. Obasanjo and Gowon
also attended ROSTS.
4. Murtala might be a strong-headed soldier but he
was an amazing family man. In 2006, his Yoruba
wife (with partly Fulani roots), Mrs. Hafsat Ajoke
Muhammed recollects the fond memories: “At home and at work, my husband was one and the
same person. His behaviour at work and home
were the same. He was a firm person, upright and
had a great sense of humour.”
5. He was introduced to his wife by his cousin.
They fell in love, hit it off, and when they met in
Kaduna later, he proposed to her and they got
married in Kaduna in 1963 after her studies, the
same year he became a Captain. Their marriage
was a blissful and peaceful one. In 1965, the marriage was blessed with a cheeky baby girl who
later attended the Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos. 6. At the time when Murtala was killed, his
daughter, Zalihatu was just two years old, and
Jumai was just a baby.
7. When Murtala was killed and the news was
relayed to his wife, she broke down and wept for
her dear husband.
8. Today, Mrs. Ajoke Muhammed is ageing
gracefully, is widely respected for her charitable
activities and calm demeanor. Even as a First
Lady, she was not unnecessarily flamboyant. Her
marriage was blessed with six children: Aishat,
Fatimah, Zakari, Risqua Abba, Zalihatu, Jumai (she was just a baby, less than a year old when
her father was killed). The daughters are now
9. By the end of 1964, Murtala was already a
temporary Major (known as a T/Major).
10. The Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970) lasted for
thirty blood-soaked months and one of the principal
actors of that sad phase of Nigerian history was
11. On the evening of the 30th of July 1975,
Murtala made his maiden speech to the nation as
the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the
12. He set up a panel headed by Justice Ayo
Irikefe on the creation of seven more states (Niger,
Bauchi, Gongola, Benue, Ogun, Imo and Bendel)
to the 12 existing ones on 22nd December, 1975.
The panel came up with a report which was utilized
in the formation of new states in 1976.
13. Murtala was a blunt, outspoken and
consummate risk taker. A soldier who ironically
had no regard for the chain of command, he was in
a class of his own when it came to dangerous
exploits. A no-nonsense person, Murtala was
known for his legendary outbursts of terrifying anger.
|Politics / Re: Shocking!!! President Buhari Orders Closure Of Aso Rock Villa Church by ZUBY77(m): 5:48am|
Read my previous post on this thread.
I dont really care if Buhari closes the Church.
I dont even care if every church in Nigeria is shut down.
My point was that it is very difficult to believe anything from Akande, Adesina, Shehu Garba and the rest of the paid months.
Their job is to Lie.
|Romance / Re: She Lied To Me About Her Virginity.. by stanvesco(m): 5:47am|
histemple:i beg to disagree with u plz,
wat diagnosis wud d doctor be handling?
Septic abortion/incomplete abortion.....
Is dat nt revealing enof,
dirz probably a bag of blood running in....
let dat doctors licence remain were e day o...
|Nairaland / General / Re: Scores Die As Fire Guts Balogun Market, Lagos by AlPeter: 5:46am|
attaching tribalism to this too? Come off it, it's really disgusting.
|Politics / Re: Shocking!!! President Buhari Orders Closure Of Aso Rock Villa Church by Rawani: 5:42am|
Stop this propaganda. This news piece is completely FALSE; no reputable publication has published it since it was first created by wailers who have been trying to push it for two days now.
dead on arrival.
|Politics / Nigerian Immigration Recruitment Suspended by KoboUP(m): 5:33am|
The Federal Government has announced the immediate suspension of the recent recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Vanguard reports.
The recruitment exercise was conducted on the directives of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, between March and April this year.
To this effect, the NIS headquarters has instructed state commands and heads of training institutes to recall newly recruited persons sent for training at the Immigration Service Training Schools at Orlu, Kano and Ohoada.
About 18 job seekers died and many were injured during a nationwide recruitment test conducted by the Nigeria Immigration Service.
The applicants reportedly paid the sum of N1 000 as application fee.
Millions of job seekers had thronged venues of the exercise, mostly stadia, for the exercise.
Seven were confirmed dead after a stampede at the National Stadium, Abuja, venue of the exercise in the Federal Capital Territory.
|Religion / Re: The Earth Is Not 6000 Years Old. by KingEbukasBlog(m): 3:47am|
No no ! This is not proof of evolution , it just proved that I was right on that thread . The DNA and genetic composition of those animals (fossils) were used as some sort of blueprint in the creation of the new inhabitants of earth during its restoration . That could be what He did but its been mistaken for an evidence of evolution . Oh no !
Natural selection does not link to evolution . Creatures are designed by God to adapt and this characteristic has been mistaken as proof for evolution .
Atheist scientists are pushing so hard to provide "facts" for evolution thus denying creation .
1 Timothy 4:1:
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils
Not literal demons /spirits per se but "facts" like this that turn people's mind away from God or give them that impression that there is no God .
Why believe in evolution when there is no proof that life came from inorganic matter , from which it evolved from ? Shaky/Sandy foundation (abiogenesis) but solid building (evolution ) .
But hear ye the word of God which I can never refrain from telling thee :
People like me who believe God (solid/strong foundation and building ) is the creator of life will surely have the last laugh , at the great fall of the theory of evolution .
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|Crime / Re: Cult members bury motorist alive in Lagos (Photo) by Adufetohposh(f): 3:27am|
The world is upside down!
One thing is certain, the dead man's hands ain't clean either. You choose to be a gangster, u go like a gangster.
|Crime / Cult members bury motorist alive in Lagos (Photo) by dre11(m): 3:21am|
A war is brewing in the Mushin area of Lagos State after some suspected cultists dragged a motorist out of a commercial bus and buried him alive.
|Celebrities / Re: Young Shall Grow Bus Plying Lagos To The East Crashes, Driver, 11 Passengers Die by Optional2(f): 2:14am|
Wat is entertaining in dis dat u av to post it in celebrate forum @OP.
Rip in Peace to d dead
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