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|Family / ALERT! Kidnapped Orekoya Boys Found, Back Home With Their Parents by solaugo(m): 8:46am On Apr 15|
The three Orekoya boys, Aderomola Orekoya, 11 months, Adedamola Orekoya, 4 years and Demola Orekoya, 6 years, who were kidnapped by their 23 year old nanny, Mary Akinloye, on April 7th have been found.
Their mother took to her Facebook wall to share the good news.
But the family didn't say how they were able to get the children back or if they paid a ransom. We thank God they are back!
|Politics / Re: Buhari, Ministers Promises To Work With Out Salary! by solaugo(m): 6:51am On Apr 14|
tit:I don't how post like this make to the front page.....some important post remain in their group without movement to the front page....I think NL is drifting gradually........the need to from another forum....
|Politics / Drama As INEC Reverses Result Cancellation In Abia; Cited Order From Above by solaugo(m): 11:40am On Apr 13|
There was tension at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s secretariat in Umuahia on Sunday as the Peoples Democratic Party practically arm twisted the state Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, to reverse his decision on the cancellation of the governorship results in three local government areas of the state.
But the state Governor, Theodore Orji, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, and the Minister of State for Defence, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd.) stormed the venue of the collation exercise for the state governorship election to demand the reversal of the decision.
The state Returning Officer, who is also the Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, had cancelled results for Isiala-Ngwa North, Osisioma and Obimgwa local government areas citing widespread electoral malpractices, violence, ballot box snatching and reports of independent foreign observers that monitored the exercise.
Announcing the cancellation, Ozumba said, “We are here to uphold the rule of law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. By the power vested in me as the state collation and returning officer, I hereby cancel results from the following local governments; Obingwa, Isiala-Ngwa North and Osisioma. This is based on the evidence before me and the provisions of the constitution and Electoral Act.”
Ahamdi Nweke, the APGA agent at the collation centre had argued that there were no elections in Osisioma Local Government, coupled with cases of electoral violence and ballot box snatching in other places.
The PDP agent, Solomon Ogunji, while reacting to the cancellation said that it was unheard of that result of an election would be cancelled based on evidence from foreign observers and social media.
According to him, his party will not accept the decision.
Abaribe insisted that the collation exercise would not continue until the decision was reversed. Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Selina Oko, left the collation centre to hold a closed door meeting with the governor, Metuh, Abaribe and other PDP chieftains that had besieged the INEC office.
Ozumba attempted to continue with the collation exercise, but was stopped by other PDP stalwarts who had flooded the venue, insisting that the exercise could not continue until their demands were met. Ozumba was left with no option than to leave the collation centre, bringing the collation exercise to a halt.
During the course of the forced break, Nweke granted a press interview where he accused the PDP of electoral violence, malpractice and falsification of results.
Reacting, the PDP agent, Solomon Ogunji, denied all the allegations.
He wondered why an election that had produced members of the state House of Assembly would be cancelled at the governorship level.
Abaribe, who also spoke to the press said that he would not allow the Ngwa people, whom he represents at the Senate, to be disenfranchised by the action of the Returning Officer, because the three local government areas in question are in Ngwa land.
At the resumption of proceedings, Ozumba reversed his earlier decision, citing orders from above, to the delight of the PDP and its officials.
|Politics / Desmond Elliot Dismss Alleged Photo "Sharing" Money To Policemen - See Tweet by solaugo(m): 11:26am On Apr 11|
See Tweet and photos......
|Politics / Re: Jonathan Leads Buhari In Taraba by solaugo(m): 1:16pm On Mar 30|
SSCE Past Questions and Answers Online - Visit www.ssce.assure.com.ng
|Politics / Joanthan In Bauchi.....used The Slogan "We Have Decided" by solaugo(m): 9:09pm On Mar 23|
On NTA NEWS 9pm 23rd March 2015.....
Clips of the visit of President Jonathan to Bauchi to commission a health facility and the Bauchi Airport, while delivering his speech used the word..."We Have Decided".....slogan associated with the All Progressive Congress...APC
Is the president associating himself with the philosophy of the APC?
Only time will tell......
|Education / Re: 2015 National Common Entrance Examination Into JS 1 Of Unity Colleges by solaugo(m): 9:08am On Mar 20|
See the new date @ http://www.nairaland.com/2205538/neco-postpones-2015-national-common
|Education / NECO Postpones 2015 National Common Entrance Examination Till April 25 by solaugo(m): 9:15pm On Mar 19|
The 2015 National Common Entrance Examinations into secondary schools scheduled for March 21 has been postponed till April 25.
Mr Abdul Mustapha, the Abuja Liaison Officer of the National Examination Council (NECO) disclosed this in an interview with NAN on Thursday in Abuja.
Mustapha said that postponement was necessitated by the anxieties of parents ahead of the general elections rescheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11.
According to him, registration for the examination will continue until April 18.
”The idea of postponement was brought by the ministry and after consultations with the council, we decided to shift it.
”There are some concerns as to whether parents will leave their children in schools with the uncertainties ahead of the elections.
” Mustapha said it would be better to write the exam in a relaxed atmosphere after the elections.
A parent, Mrs Bridget Emoha, said the postponement was a welcome development as parents would like to have their wards at home during the election period.
“This is a good move from NECO; the extension of registration will enable candidates who had not registered to do so before the new date,’’ Emoha said.
Another parent, Mr Benjamin Ikpegbu, said the candidates for common entrance were still very young children who should not write examination in a tensed atmosphere.
According to him, the general situation of things in the country will be calmer and more conducive for examinations after the elections. (NAN)
- See more at: http://ncee.assure.com.ng/neco-postpones-2015-common-entrance-till-april-25/
|Education / NECO SSCE May/june 2015 – Examination Timetable by solaugo(m): 11:26pm On Mar 14|
NECO has released the final timetable for the 2015 May/June Examination.
See table below:
NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (NECO)
KM 8 BIDA ROAD P.M.B 159, MINNA, NIGER STATE
SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION: JUNE/JULY 2015
21ST MAY TO 10TH JULY, 2015
DATE PAPER CODE PAPER TITLE AND SUBJECT DURATION TIME
THURSDAY 21ST MAY TO THURSDAY 28TH MAY 2071 Paper I: Practical - Physical Education To be determined by the event
3051 Paper I: Practical - Auto Mechanics 3hrs
3081 Paper I: Practical - Home Management 3hrs
3091 Paper I: Practical - Foods and Nutrition 3hrs
4041 Paper I: Performance Test, Music Technology/Alternative 1hr 30mins
4044 Paper IV: Aural Music 40mins
4104 Paper IV: Oral French
4114 Paper IV: Oral Arabic 1hr 20mins
6011 Paper I: Practical - Auto Body Repair and Spray Painting 3hrs
6021 Paper I: Auto Electrical Work 3hrs
6031 Paper I: Practical - Auto Mechanical Work 3hrs
6051 Paper I: Practical - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 2hrs
6061 Paper I: Practical - Welding and Fabrication, Engineering Craft Practice 6hrs
6071 Paper I: Practical - Electrical Installation & Maintenance 3hrs
6081 Paper I: Practical - Radio, Television and Electronic Works 3hrs
6091 Paper I: Practical - Blocklaying, Bricklaying and Concrete Work 5hrs
6104 Paper IV: Exhibition - Painting and Decoration Actual date and time will be fixed by the Council.
6111 Paper I: Practical - Plumbing and Pipe Fitting 5hrs
6121 Paper I: Practical - Machine Wood-working 3hrs
6131 Paper I: Practical - Carpentry and Joinery 4hrs
6141 Paper I: Practical - Furniture Making 3hrs
6151 Paper I: Practical - Upholstery 3hrs
6161 Paper I Practical - Catering Craft Practice 3hrs
6171 Paper I: Practical - Garment Making 3hrs
6181 Paper I: Practical - Clothing and Textile 3hrs
6194 Paper IV: Exhibition - Dyeing and Bleaching
6204 Paper IV: Exhibition - Printing Craft Practice
6211 Paper I: Practical - Cosmetology 3hrs
6224 Paper IV: Exhibition - Photography
6254 Paper IV: Exhibition - Leather Goods, Manufacturing and Repair
6301 Paper I: Practical - GSM Maintenance and Repairs 3hrs
6314 Paper IV: Progressive Assessments. Animal Husbandry
Monday 1st June 2031 Paper I: Practical - Physics 2hrs 45mins 10:00am – 12:45pm
3021 Paper I: Practical - General Metal Work 3hrs 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 2nd June 1033/1032 Paper III & II: Objective & Essay - Civic Education 3hrs 10:00am – 1:00pm
3071 Paper I: Practical - Woodwork 3hrs 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday 3rd June 2081 Paper I: Practical - Computer Studies 3 hrs 10:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday 4th June 2021 Paper I: Practical - Chemistry 2hrs 10:00am - 12:00noon
3041 Paper I: Practical - Electronics 3hrs 2:00pm – 5:00pm
2011 Paper I: Practical - Biology 2hrs 10:00am - 12:00noon
6231 Paper I: Practical - Mining 2hrs 3:00pm - 5:00pm
6261 Paper I: Practical - Stenography 1hr 17mins 3:00pm - 4:17pm
6311 Paper I: Practical - Animal Husbandry 1hr 30mins 3:00pm – 4:30pm
6321 Paper I: Practical - Fisheries 1hr 30mins 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday 5th June 6101 Paper I(a) : Painting and Decoration (Report Writing) 2hrs 3:00pm - 5:00pm
6191 Paper I(a): Dyeing and Bleaching (Report Writing) 2hrs 3:00pm - 5:00pm
6201 Paper I(a): Printing Craft Practice (Report Writing) 2hrs 3:00pm - 5:00pm
6221 Paper I(a): Photography ( Report Writing) 2hrs 3:00pm - 5:00pm
6251 Paper I(a): Leather Goods Manufacturing and Repair (Report Writing) 2hrs 3:00pm - 5:00pm
6101 Paper I(b): Painting and Decoration (Practical) 6hrs 10:00am - 4:00pm
6191 Paper I(b): Dyeing and Bleaching (Practical) 6hrs 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 6th June 6201 Paper I(b): Printing Craft Practice (Practical) 6hrs 10:00am - 4:00pm
6221 Paper I(b): Photography (Practical) 6hrs 10:00am - 4:00pm
6251 Paper I(b): Leather Goods Manufacturing and Repair (Practical) 6hrs 10:00am - 4:00pm
Visit http://ssce.assure.com.ng/neco-ssce-mayjune-2015-examination-timetable/ for detail timetable and download past questions and answers
|Politics / Re: BREAKING: How APC Manipulated AIT Presidential Poll In Favor Of Buhari by solaugo(m): 4:48pm On Jan 29|
It's a lie...else they should show us the log-in ips on their server during the poll.....most of the online polling script do not allow same ip to vote more that once...an average IT specialist know this.....
|Politics / Doyin Okupe Blasts Buhari Again On Twitter – Nigerians Fires Back – Read Tweet by solaugo(m): 8:16am On Jan 22|
Doyin Okupe early this morning took to tweeter to lambast APC Presidential Candidate Muhammadu Buhari......but to his greatest suprice, he received the bashing of his life as Nigerians on tweeter fires back....
Here are some of the screenshot
Source - http://newsnownigeria.com.ng/doyin-okupe-blasts-buhari-again-on-twitter-nigerians-fires-back-read-tweet/
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|Politics / APC Gusau Rally LIVE - Holding In The Tick Of The Mid-night - See Photos by solaugo(m): 11:24pm On Jan 21|
Wao....can't believe this.....APC Gusau Rally on-going now at about 11:20pm Wednesday 21st January 2015.
Crowd waited patiently to listen to the people's president, Muhammadu Buhari......
See photos captured on AIT LIVE Coverage of the rally......
The rally is still on-going as at the time of filling this report...
Source - http://newsnownigeria.com.ng/apc-gusau-rally-live-holding-in-the-tick-of-the-mid-night-see-photos/
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|Politics / Buhari Advertorial: Fayose Has The Right To Express Himself - Fani Kayode by solaugo(m): 9:32pm On Jan 20|
PDP presidential campaign organization spokesperson, Femi Fani Kayode says the sensational advertorial by Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose on APC's presidential candidate, Buhari yesterday January 19th was solely his opinion and not a representation of the PDP or President Jonathan.
Fani Kayode stated this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja today January 20th...
"Governor Ayo Fayose is a distinguished leader of our party. A democratically-elected governor and someone we have immense respect and affection for, but he released this advert in his own name. That represents his own personal opinion, which he is entitled to. What I can tell you on our part, as the presidential campaign organisation, is that it does not represent the opinion of the campaign organisation or indeed that of the president.
It is his opinion, which he is entitled to, and he is somebody that we have immense respect for; he is a leading member of the party. I have spoken with him and we respect him, but for anybody to suggest that this is the position of the presidential campaign organisation or President Goodluck Jonathan, that will be most unfair.
Source - http://newsnownigeria.com.ng/buhari-advertorial-fayose-has-the-right-to-express-himself-fani-kayode/
|Politics / ALERT: NANS President Escape Death, Loses Aide by solaugo(m): 11:47pm On Jan 18|
Source - http://newsnownigeria.com.ng/alert-nans-president-escape-death-loses-aide-2/
|Politics / Call Your Supporters To Order, Jonathan Tells Buhari by solaugo(m): 8:14pm On Jan 11|
Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation has called on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), to call his supporters to order and ensure a violence-free election.
Director of Media and Publicity of the Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja against the backdrop of the violence, arson and destruction unleashed on President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign buses at Zololo Junction along Bauchi road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday.
Fani-Kayode warned Buhari and the APC not to prepare the ground for the re-enactment of the post-election violence of 2011.
According to him, “It is on record that General Buhari’s utterances since 2011 have fuelled violence especially the post-election violence in parts of the north which claimed the lives of many youth corps members who were deployed as ad-hoc staff members for that year’s election.
“It is sad that up till now General Buhari has refused to apologize to the Nigerian people for that barbaric and shameful incident or show any remorse for the actions of his supporters. He could not even bring himself to tender an apology to the families of those young corps members that were hacked to death and murdered in cold blood by his agents.
“As if that was not enough tragedy unleashed on the polity, General Buhari recently said that the ‘baboon and the dog would be soaked in blood if what happened in 2011 repeat itself in 2015.’
“The Jos attack on the campaign buses of President Goodluck Jonathan would appear to be a pointer to what the opposition APC presidential candidate is planning before and after the February 14 presidential election.
“We therefore call on well-meaning Nigerians and members of the international community to speak forcefully against this development, which threatens our elections and democracy and which falls way below the standard of best international practices,” Fani-Kayode added.
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|Politics / Re: PDP Enugu Rally: President Goodluck Jonathan In Enugu;blast Buhari - Read Quote by solaugo(m): 4:32pm On Jan 09|
I'll upload the audio file....ask someone watching LIVE...I guess you're not....
|Politics / PDP Enugu Rally: President Goodluck Jonathan In Enugu;blast Buhari - Read Quote by solaugo(m): 4:27pm On Jan 09|
quoting President Jonathan...how much did Jim Nwobodo stole ....money not up to the price of a peugeot....and buhari regime send him to jail...is that good enough?....The crowd yelled Nooooo....
Pls tune to radio nigeria and NTA for the LIVE broadcast....
What a shame...
|Politics / Dele Momodu Apologies To Buhari; Says "I Was Wrong In 2011" - See Tweet by solaugo(m): 6:55am On Jan 09|
Read the 2011 article below:
As ex-coup plotter, Buhari not qualified to rule–Dele Momodu, NCP presidential candidate
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Those who underrate him, those who think he is just another political wannabe must have started asking themselves this crucial question: have we been fair to Dele Momodu?
The answer to that poser is as clear as daylight. But in a political climate that has been seriously polluted by desperadoes and dominated by people with obscene wealth, it is quite easy for some people not to want to reckon with him as a ‘serious’ contender in the race to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
That is why Momodu, a man of humble beginnings, who has been ruling his destiny through dint of hard work and unwavering commitment to his cause, has come out smoking, flaunting his capacity to project more receptive political personality than most of the ‘big men’ traversing the country’s chaotic space.
To convince doubting Thomases that he has what it takes to be president, come May 29, the Ovation publisher-turned-presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), goes back in time, tracing his political trajectory to 1983, when he was appointed private secretary of the then Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Chief Akin Omoboriowo. He impresses with how he coursed through the riots that turned Ondo State to a huge hell on earth, as well as his involvement in virtually all the country’s major political developments since that date, the biggest being the June 12, 1993, watershed.
Momodu adds up all the highpoints of his impressive credentials and declares that he is more eminently qualified to rule Nigeria than General Muhammadu Buhari, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, and other ‘big men’ now strutting the land, angling for the soul of Nigeria.
Here are excerpts of the interview:
From the way you spoke just now, it appears you are not quite with your colleagues, journalists, on this race…
It’s not as if I’m not pleased with them, but some of my colleagues, journalists underrate me. But I’m not surprised. Right through when I was in school, I was always underrated by people who thought I was playful. And my secret was that you would never see me when I am working. You can only see me when I am playing.
Why was that so?
Because I am the type of person that always do things my way. So, it is very difficult for you to know precisely when I am busy. And then I have this demeanour of someone who is not serious because I can joke with anything. My life is easy-going. I don’t compete with everybody. I only compete with myself. I don’t hate anybody, but rather people hate me. That is just me. If I am hungry, you won’t know because I am big.
The only hunger you used to show when we were in Concord was the hunger for your Guilder.
(Laughs…) You still remember, my brother. I was one of the few people who could bring a bottle of beer into the newsroom. You know that we used to have a ‘bush canteen’ in Concord, and if you want to drink you have to go there. But I broke all the rules even when I was in African Concord. For instance, we had something like a tariff that guided travels. If you are a reporter, you cannot spend more than N30 a day. N30 was not a small amount of money then. If you are a staff writer, you cannot spend more than N45 a day. But in my own case, I will travel and bring a bill to Louis Obi (the Editor-in-Chief), and say that I spent N100. The man will flare up and say, ‘you are getting too expensive, Dele.’ And I would say ‘yes, my stories are getting expensive too. He would just say, ‘okay’ and he would sign the paper.
The only person I could not bully was Bayo Onanuga (Editor), who is an Ijebu man. Anytime I came, and Bayo was acting editor, I would hide my claim until Louis Obi would come back. Oh, we had fun. I could do all that because my stories were stories that editors loved to have; and because I was good in writing, in fact, Mike Awoyinfa wrote about that many times in his column that I was an editor’s delight, because when I write, it is final. There is nothing an editor needs to do again. In fact, Louis Obi gave me a theory that he prefers to hire a writer than a reporter. He said that a writer can report, but a reporter may not be able to write. He just goes there, gets the raw material and usually, if you are not able to write, you may not be able to present the report well. That was why he preferred good writers. That was why he had people like Ike Okonta and the rest of them. That was what happened. He made sure that the writer was king.
But some editors prefer the opposite. Some editors prefer reporters because they (editors) can rewrite the stories reporters who couldn’t write well bring in.
Oh yes. I used to re-write a lot. Even in the days of May Ellen Ezekiel (the late publisher of the defunct Weekend Classique), when she was writing a column for Weekend Concord, that was what brought me close to her. Then, there was a particular period when I was doing the SAP (Structural Adjustment Programme) riots in May 1989. We had just started Weekend Concord when the event occurred. She saw me writing a story, with one of my legs on the table, and as usual, my bottle of Guilder by my side. So, she said, ‘How can you be writing a story and you are drinking?’ And I said, ‘Well, whenever I have very tough situations like this, I like to have a pint of beer.’ And Concord was still like an Islamic Empire then, and people didn’t expect me to get away from things like that. But I think I got away with so many things because of my work. I was a workaholic then.
Meanwhile, in the first edition of the paper, the headline was Black Wednesday in Lagos. I was not in Lagos when the riot took place. I was not in Lagos when the first edition was produced. I came after they had produced the first edition. I told the editor, ‘this is nonsense’. I had a different perspective. And that was one thing that drew me close to Mr. Mike Awoyinfa. I could talk to my boss. I came in and I threw the paper on his table, and I said: ‘Editor, how can you produce this thing? You are saying Black Wednesday and the paper is coming out on Saturday? From Wednesday to Saturday, it would have turned white from black.’
Everybody there laughed. So, he said, ‘what are you suggesting?’
I said, nobody has had the courage to write about what led to the riots in the first place. Everybody just said there was a riot, but nobody wrote the nitty-gritty of the events. He said, ‘can you write it?’ And I said ‘I am ready’. You will not believe it, I produced what I believed was a masterpiece. It was one of my best stories ever in Concord. I started by saying, ‘A rumour developed wings in Benin City, and like a bush fire in harmattan, it took on a new dimension in Lagos.’ And I was painting very vivid imagination of what happened. Fortunately, Chief M.K.O. Abiola had just come back from a trip abroad and he brought us the latest Ebony. Those who were carrying the rumour said it was published in Ebony, in America, that Maryam Babangida owned one of the biggest boutiques in France, and that the then First Family stashed so much money somewhere.
We checked the magazine, page-to-page, there was nothing like that. So, in my story, I quoted what everybody was saying and I said we have a copy of Ebony with us. And number two, Ebony was not known for writing rumours, and we did a bromide so people could see. So, even if government wanted to get angry that we were repeating what people were saying, there was balance in the story. And that is what helped me in journalism, even till today. I always balance my story.
Then there was another great story you wrote on Mike Uyi…
Yeah, he was the president of the Student Union Government of the University of Ibadan. He was an occasional student, and he stayed so long on the campus, he would not graduate. People, at the time, actually believed that he was a government agent. At the end of the day, he himself bowed to my style of reporting. That was one thing about my stories, even if you didn’t like them, you could not fault the facts. They were clear.
Most people who watched you from afar would wonder what used to drive you. Whenever you go for story, you always got the story?
I came to Lagos out of joblessness. I was always mindful of my background. I was always mindful of the fact that I came from a very poor family. We didn’t have a single rich man from the first generation to the last generation in my family. So, I was desperate to break the jinx of poverty in the family. My mother was growing old and I had lost my father at the age of 13. And I knew my huge responsibility within my family. I knew that the only key that would unlock my future was hard work. That was what propelled me.
...Article too long..Read the concluding part of the interview @ http://newsnownigeria.com.ng/dele-momodu-apologies-to-buhari-says-i-was-wrong-in-2011-see-tweet/
|Education / Re: UTME CBT Practice Software (offline Version) - No Need For Internet by solaugo(m): 5:33am On Jan 08|
It;s working....there are new download links recently created...visit http://utme.assure.com.ng/download-utme-cbt-software/ to download
|Politics / Re: Channels TV Terminates Pastor Bakare’s Broadcast Over Alleged Critical Comment by solaugo(m): 4:55am On Jan 05|
Read the full transcript of Pastor Tunde Bakare's broadcast @ http://newsnownigeria.com.ng/pastor-tunde-bakare-addresses-the-nation-calls-for-an-interim-national-government-part-1/
|Politics / Channels TV Terminates Pastor Bakare’s Broadcast Over Alleged Critical Comment by solaugo(m): 10:22pm On Jan 04|
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|Politics / Pastor Tunde Bakare Address The Nation; Calls For An Interim National Government by solaugo(m): 4:46pm On Jan 04|
BEING TEXT OF SPEECH BY PASTOR 'TUNDE BAKARE AT THE STATE OF THE NATION BROADCAST
ON SUNDAY THE 4TH OF JANUARY, 2015.
VENUE: THE LATTER RAIN ASSEMBLY, 4, AKILO ROAD, OFF OBA AKRAN AVENUE, OGBA, IKEJA, LAGOS.
THEME: THE GATHERING STORM & AVOIDABLE SHIPWRECK: HOW TO AVOID CATASTROPHIC EUROCLYDON
CENTRAL TEXT: ACTS 27:1-25 (NKJV)
ACTS 27:1-25 (NKJV):
Fellow citizens of our country, gentlemen of the Press, ladies and gentlemen:
At this crucial juncture in the history of our nation, I bring to you a word in season which, in time to come, may turn out to have been a final warning regarding the imminent storms threatening to hit our nation. At the same time, this is a word of hope; the assurance that despite the looming chaos, Nigeria in the hands of God is going to be the biggest miracle of the century.
First, I must reiterate in unequivocal terms that my position in the unfolding political situation of our nation is that of a nation-builder and not a politician, and that my desire is to see a nation that works in my lifetime. On the 16th of November, 2014, as I stood on this platform to share with you “The Nigeria of My Dreams”, I laid it bare to all and sundry why I would rather incline my ears to the melodies within my reins as to the beat of a distant drum. Although the position I stand here today to declare may appear as controversial to many, I do not go about seeking controversies. It is the Lord who has a controversy with the nations, with the inhabitants of the land, and with His people, because their counsel is contrary to His, according to
Jeremiah 25:31 (NKJV):
'A noise will come to the ends of the earth - For the Lord has a controversy with the nations;
He will plead His case with all flesh.
He will give those who are wicked to the sword,' says the LORD.
Let me therefore declare upfront my desire for a successful transition exercise irrespective of political party interest. About this time five years ago in 2010, when the nation was engulfed in a constitutional crisis that bordered on the refusal to transmit power to the current president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and the hijack of presidential powers by a cabal following the incapacitation of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, as I was inspired by God to take action, I gathered the heroes of democracy with the help of civil society organization leaders at The Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja, and the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) was born. We marched the streets of Abuja and Lagos until the Doctrine of Necessity paved the way for the restoration of constitutionality. After President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in, we, at the Save Nigeria Group, had a series of meetings with him in the bid to chart a new course for our nation offering him what we termed “A Contract to Save and Transform Nigeria”, which we consider an irreducible minimum standard of governance below which the Nigerian people should not be subjected. We sought to lend capacity to a man in whom both God and the people had great expectations. We thought that, having come from a part of the country that had borne the brunt of our lopsided political structure, Mr. President would understand, like the Biblical Queen Esther, that “for such a time as this he was brought into the kingdom” to be the facilitator of geopolitical restructuring and national integration. However, when we could not find fruit of genuine commitment to these ideals at that time and when it appeared to us that the president had chosen a path that could lead to the antithesis of what we consider his unique role, we went across the nation talking to leading political contenders in search of the most suitable candidate to whom we could lend our support. On the 31st of July, 2010, we brought together those we called 'Arrow Heads' who could constitute a team of transformational leaders for our nation, including the likes of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, ex-governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu, Fola Adeola, Jimi Lawal, Hon. Wale Osun, Yinka Odumakin, amongst others. Meetings were held in my home where I made it clear that I would not be seeking political office so that people would not think I convened Save Nigeria Group for that purpose. It was thereafter some of us found General Buhari to be the most suitable of the leading presidential contenders. When, months later, he invited me to be his running mate on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), I flatly refused until after much persuasion and corroborating counsel. Details of what transpired in that period will be out in my book, Strategic Intervention in Governance: Volume I, which will be presented to the public on the 4th of February this year by God's grace. I say all of this to make it clear that I do what I do just because I desire a Nigeria that works, not because I seek any political office. However, it is my considered opinion that capable men and women who love God and love the people must offer themselves to serve when the opportunity arises, for, as Plato said, “the price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”.
That is why I am so grateful to God and thankful to General Buhari for offering me the opportunity to break the jinx and forever eliminate from our consciousness the notion that no pastor should have anything to do with politics. The fact that another pastor who has never won an election is running mate to General Buhari in the 2015 elections is a testimony to that.
As we approach the general elections few weeks from today with President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pitted against General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the second time around, there have been questions regarding my political leanings. It is clear except to the mischief makers where my loyalties lie but this broadcast is not about political endorsements; it is about alerting the nation of the storms ahead. If you must know, my political loyalty lies with General Buhari and I cannot claim not to know the issues surrounding the APC Primary and the processes that led to the selection of his current running mate. Nevertheless, this broadcast is about the counsel of the Most High who rules in the affairs of men and gives rulership to whoever He wills.
THE WINDS AND THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF NATIONS
First, I would love to remind you that the Most High cannot be crowded out of history because history is His story. Kingdoms have emerged or disappeared, nations have risen or fallen, great leaders have mounted and exited the stage, but none of these have occurred without the direction or permission of God Almighty. Not only has He authored history, He has also ordered the times and seasons for the unveiling of the content of its pages, having predetermined the appointed time for each nation. As though opening the pages of a book with His hands to reveal its content, God orders and unveils the story of the nations with the stirring of the winds. In the Bible, we see the destiny of nations unfold in response to this stirring of the winds upon the earth and the sea. Whenever these winds blow, changes occur in the governance of nations, for good or for evil.
In the Book of Daniel we see the Four Winds of Heaven stirring up the Great Sea which represents the people, multitudes, nations and tongues
(Daniel 7:1-. In response to this stirring, four beasts came out of the Great Sea. These four beasts were four kings and their kingdoms known today as the Babylonian Kingdom, the Medo-Persian Kingdom, the Greek Empire, and the Roman Empire. The Four Winds of Heaven are the attributes of God: Mercy, Truth, Righteousness and Peace.
Psalm 85:10-13 (NKJV):
10 Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.
Ironically, when these forces impact upon the earth, they expose the beasts in the rulers of nations. These beastly rulers leave behind them a trail of devastation and dryness after which the Four Winds of the Heavens are again prophetically stirred to expel these beastly forces and bring restoration to the Valley of Dry Bones and its content (Ezekiel 37: 1-14).
In the parallel Book of Revelations, the Four Winds of the Earth are revealed as forces affecting the nations. These forces result in the troubling or change of governmental orders. The Four Winds of the Earth are politics, economy, military and religion. These forces could be channeled to either the making or ruining of nations depending on the dispositions of the leaders and the people. For instance, national ruin was the result in many African states with the emergence of tyrants after independence - the likes of Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Mobutu Sese Seko of Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean Bédel Bokassa of Central African Republic, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, General Sani Abacha of Nigeria, and many other ambitious men whose dreams, drives and delusions unleashed a devastating storm into the political space of their respective nations. This political storm resulted, or has resulted, as the case may be, in economic ruin as these men enriched themselves at the expense of their respective nations. At some point in Uganda, for instance, currency was printed just to satisfy the whims and caprices of Idi Amin without recourse to any principle of monetary policy management. Mobutu, on his part, amassed so much wealth through corruption that he was reportedly richer than his country and appropriated many of his country’s assets as it plunged into infrastructural collapse. Bokassa, intolerant of opposition politicians whom he allegedly killed and ate or fed to crocodiles, diverted and squandered the little wealth his country had. General Sani Abacha became the most brutal dictator in the history of Nigeria, eliminating perceived opponents by means of a deadly killer squad and stashing away over $3 billion of public monies in foreign accounts. Obiang, who is still the president of Equatorial Guinea, is reportedly worth $600 million. He is said to have taken full control of his country's national treasury and deposited more than half a billion dollars into accounts controlled by himself and his family claiming that he did this to prevent civil servants from being tempted to engage in corrupt practices. It will be observed that the emergence of these African dictators was as a result of the invasion of the military wind manifesting through coup d’états or civil wars which, in some cases, resulted in counter-coups or extended civil wars. In more recent times, especially since the turn of the century, the wind of religion and the wind of the military have been unleashed upon the continent and upon the nations of the earth like a genie in a bottle, manifesting in the form of terrorist organizations from Boko Haram in Nigeria to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa; from Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); and from Hezbollah in Lebanon to Hamas in Palestine.
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