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|Politics / Endsars: How Soldiers Killed Artisan In Auchi by GreenAgain: 5:02pm On Oct 24|
How Soldiers Killed Artisan in Auchi
The heart-rending killing in cold blood of a 25-year old orphan and automobile electrical apprentice, Godwin Iraoya Junior in Auchi, Edo State on Monday, October 19, 2020, by two gun-wielding soldiers during a peaceful #Endsars protest in the town instantly invoked provocation across the land. The incident moved many to uncontrollable tears, including the Palace of the Otaru of Auchi, which reacted no less.
The last of his parents’ five children, Iraoya, who turned 25 on October 3, 2020, having been born on October 3, 1995, was allegedly killed by soldiers attached to Setraco (Nig) Ltd Life Camp, a staff housing estate of the construction firm located a few metres away from Jattu junction in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
According to eyewitness accounts, Godwin Iraoya Junior’s killing arose from an unprovoked assault on the protesters by the two soldiers, who were insistent on getting off the barricades placed on the road by them notwithstanding that their movement was not hindered in any way.
His killing was said to have particularly elicited provocation in the neighbourhood because the young man was not in any way connected with the protest but just walking through on his way to the workshop, where he was an apprentice when he encountered the peaceful protesters and got shot by the soldiers.
In an effort to scare away the protesters and get the road cleared, the soldiers were said to have fired indiscriminately and in the process hit Godwin Iraoya Junior, who fell to the ground in his pool of blood, reeling in pain until he was picked up by some good Samaritans and rushed to a nearby hospital, Jey M Jey Clinic, a popular private medical facility in the town, where they gave him the initial first aid in an effort to stabilise him. However, he was said not to have immediately gotten any good treatment as there was no doctor on ground until a while after. When that eventually showed up, he was said to have directed that the patient was taken to the Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), a directive that was not too pleasing to those who took him there, scared that he could die from the delayed treatment and perhaps before he gets to Irrua from Auchi.
His conveyors eventually settled to take him to the ISTH, Irrua but like they feared, he gave up the ghost on the way and his family members led by his Uncle, Mr. Titus Oisamoje Iraoya, and other sympathisers, who went with him, returned with the corpse to Auchi and went straight with it to the palace of the Otaru of Auchi, where they staged some protests before taking it for deposit in a morgue in Jattu.
His elder brother, Mark Iraoya, had described Godwin as quiet and easy-going, stating that they were from Otuo in Owan East Local Government Area LGA) of Edo State.
According to him, Godwin Iraoya Junior and the rest of the children had been struggling, trying on their own to survive since they became orphans after the death of their father, Abel Oisadiaye Iraoya in 1997, and their mother, Mrs. Gladys Iraoyah Nee Peru’s, a year later from prolonged grieving over her husband’s death, stressing that Godwin, who completed his secondary education at Azama College, Otuo, was born in Sapele, their late mother, being from the family of Late Chief Peru of Okpe Clan, Awolowo Road Extension, Sapele, Delta State.
He appealed to the Federal and Edo State Governments to ensure that the chilling murder of Godwin Iraoya Junior was investigated and justice served as his life was unjustifiably cut short, stating that he was neither a protester nor a violent person.
Video footage of his shooting by the soldiers recorded by POPORI TV has since gone viral to validate the incident.
|Politics / EndSARS: Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, security chiefs, others in crucial meeting by GreenAgain: 11:09am On Oct 23|
#EndSARS: Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, security chiefs, others in crucial meetinghttps://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/422632-endsars-buhari-obasanjo-jonathan-security-chiefs-others-in-crucial-meeting.html
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|Politics / ENDSARS: This White Guy Is Courageous by GreenAgain: 11:18pm On Oct 17|
Watch how this white guy publisized the ENDSARS campaign. He termed it "Project Night Fall"
God bless Nigeria.
|Politics / ENDSARS: A Must Read Encounter by GreenAgain: 5:35am On Oct 13|
I do not know how true is this, but is trending on social media. Please read and let appropriate authority do something before is too late.
"Please be careful, advice our youth and teens to delete any End SARS pictures on their phone and they should not wear any shirt or paraphernalia that suggest End SARS. All will be well.
Just as I left the hospital.
Before I got to the intersection.
They pulled before us in a black Toyota Sienna.
Blocking us from moving further.
In black and blue jeans.
And black tight t-shirts.
Sunglasses as usual.
Climbed out of the vehicle.
My driver exhaled heavily.
"These people again."
Two moved toward the Taxify.
Cocking their rifles as though they had caught some criminals.
I sat calmly.
If you are a young man who frequents Taxify or Uber in Lagos, you'd probably get used to that embarrassment.
I had nothing with me just my phone.
And the medication I had gotten from the hospital.
I was so weak.
While they approached I asked my driver.
"Who are those guys?"
"Haaa. Bros, na SARS o."
"I thought they have banned these guys?"
He looked at me.
"For wia. Na today?"
The two approached one on each side of the car. I kept my hands in plain sight and made no sudden moves.
One of the men shouted at my driver.
"You no go wind down? Abi you want us to beg you?"
The Taxify driver quickly hit the window button as he screamed forcing a smile.
"Aaah officer of the law no vex, sir! I throw way salute."
The one who had shouted approached my window.
I was looking away.
"Oga, you no dey greet person abi you no see us?"
I slowly turned my head and looked at him.
"Officer, good afternoon, sir."
"Afternoon. Who are you?"
I was about to answer.
"Oga, come down?!"
One of his folks standing a few steps away shouted.
"Who be dis person wey no dey hear us? Na one of those protesters? Devil go welcome am for hell now if he be one of those protesters."
He cocked his gun and approached my Taxify.
It was a lonely road.
A few cars passed by the other side of the lane.
I gently got down from the car.
I greeted again.
Both of them.
"Officers, good afternoon, sir."
My driver came out and said.
"Na my passenger! I pick am from that hospital down the road."
The one who had asked me who I am shouted at him.
"Shut up! Did we ask you anything? You dey mad? Your moda!"
Then he turned to me.
"Oga, who are you?"
"My name is Kyrian Chiemelie, sir."
"What do you do? Wetin dey your pocket?"
"I am a writer, sir."
"No, sir. Author, scriptwriter, filmmaker, sir."
"Oga, wetin dey your pocket?"
"My phone, sir."
"Bring it out."
I dug out my phone.
The other one shouted attracting the rest, pointing his gun at him.
"You are asking us questions? Are you stupid?"
"No, sir. But none of you has the right to search my phone. I didn't do anything wrong."
One shouted, running toward us.
"Who dey yarn that rubbish? Na one of the protesters? Shoot the modafuvker!"
The other one said.
"We never know na when we search him phone we go know."
The Taxify driver said to me.
"Please, unlock your phone. You know what is going on already."
The one pointing rifle at me shouted.
"Oga, unlock your phone for the last time!"
As I used my fingerprint he snatched my phone from me immediately.
Handed it to the last folk who approached us.
He seemed to be the leader.
He started to go through my phone as he said.
"What did you say you do again?"
"I am a filmmaker, sir."
I shook my head.
He looked at me.
"You look tired."
"I just dey come back from the hospital. The one down there."
"Wetin dey do you? COVID-19?"
"No, sir. Na stress and little sickness. My doctor has given me some tablets, I will be fine in a couple of days."
As he scrolled through my phone the others watched.
Gun pointed up, down. A few at me.
I remained chilled.
"And you are not one of the end SARS protesters."
I remained silent.
One of them moved toward me as though he wanted to hit me his rifle.
"Oga, dey ask you, you dey ignore am."
The man said.
"Leave am. Make I see end SARS pictures on his phone first and he is gone with the gun."
I was still silent.
A few minutes later.
One said to the one with my phone.
"Oga, did you see any pictures of end SARS on his phone?"
"I never see one."
"Sir, can I go, please? There is nothing on my phone."
He looked at me.
"Are you teaching us our job?"
"Not at all, sir. But there is nothing on my phone. My doctor said I should not stand too long."
"You dey tell us na. We wey no get doctor make we die. We wey dey use chamist cure our infection and malaria."
I didn't say a word.
One of them approached me and showed me some images on his phone.
Fresh corpses of youth, both male and female.
Lying by the bush.
Blood gushing from bullet wounds.
I looked at him, in fear.
"Shey dem dey shout end SARS we no dey catch anybody again o. But na make we see pictures of end SARS for person phone the person is gone. Dis ones wey you dey see so na some of the protesters o. Shey dey don die like dis? Dey will keep dying."
One shouted at him.
"Why you dey tell am this thing? Why you dey leak our secret? Do you know who he is?"
"Shey he talk say na filmmaker? He won't do anything."
Goosebumps rushed over me.
In actuality of how these guys are killing in reckless abandon.
The one with my phone said.
"I no see anything for him phone. He is free to go."
He handed my phone back to me.
I took my phone and said.
As I headed back to the Taxify, a Lexus Jeep was approaching behind us.
They rushed immediately and flew it to stop.
The Taxify driver got in and we started to drive off.
While I looked behind, watching as they dragged five guys out of the car.
About three wore t-shirts.
Boldly written 'EndSARS'.
The Taxify turned right at the intersection and I couldn't see anymore.
"Ah. These people are in trouble."
But I heard it barely ten seconds later.
It was loud from a distance.
By Kyrian Chiemelie Offor"
|Education / Re: I Graduated With A 2.2, How Do I Become A University Lecturer? by GreenAgain: 8:14pm On Oct 02|
Earning a Second Class Lower (2.2) should not stop your dream. The only problem here is the choice of postgraduate course and school.
Some universities/faculties admit 2.2 for M.Sc (both state and federal). E.g Great University of Benin. All you need do is to browse courses and requirements and once you are serious with such a programme by earning a Ph.D grade (70%) of the units, you qualifies for a Doctorate (PhD) course of becoming a great lecturer anywhere in the world.
Should you earn less just like this your B.Sc programme, you have to under go an M.Phil (a repeat of earlier M.Sc units) in order to qualify for a Doctorate(PhD).
Such is the journey of becoming a great scholar and academic.
|Politics / Marriage Between Air Chief And Sadiya Umar Faruk, False – VOA Hausa by GreenAgain: 7:04pm On Sep 26|
As news continued to spread on the purported marriage between the Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Baba Abubakar and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Faruk, VOA Hausa has quoted a close friend of the Air boss describing the report as false.
It was reported that Sadique and Sadiya got married in a mosque located in the Maitama high brow area of Abuja on the 18th of September, 2020.
However, the VOA Hausa reported that when contacted on the matter, senior Air Force officers in Abuja said they were not aware of the marriage.
“Even an intimate friend of the Air boss, who was in charge of his affairs, said he had inquired from his friend the Chief of Air Staff, and he told him the story was a fallacy. ”
A public commentator, Mohammed Usman, told the VOA that it won’t be a surprise if the duo decided to marry secretly.
“They are adults, they may decide to marry secretly in this period of pandemic to observe the protocol again, they are not children, they are senior citizens.
“But where the proverbial spider spins its cobweb, was that the Sadique has denied this marriage with the minister.
“So we should be careful, rumours shouldn’t be peddled, especially by media outlets that the public relied upon with confidence,” he said.
According to VOA, associates of the minister who were contacted said they will not comment because they were not aware if such marriage took place.
In a related development, an Islamic scholar, Sheikh, told our correspondent, that the religion of Islam does not encouraged secret marriage.
“Marriage should be publicised, celebrated. That is why even light beating of drum, the doff, is allowed during marriage”, he said.
|Politics / Terrorists Kill 3 Soldiers, 8 Policemen, 4 Others On Zulum’s Convoy by GreenAgain: 2:05am On Sep 26|
Jihadist fighters linked to the Islamic State group on Friday killed 15 security personnel in an ambush on the convoy of a governor in restive northeast Nigeria, three security said.
Sources told AFP that eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed militia were killed in the attack on vehicles carrying Borno governor Babagana Umara Zulum near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.
The insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force, a military coalition of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
“The governor escaped unhurt but 15 security men on the convoy were killed in a fierce battle with the terrorists”, one source said.
Zulum was on an assessment tour of Baga in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced from the town by the jihadists in 2014, the sources said.
The governor flew on a helicopter into the garrison town of Monguno, 60 kilometres (40 miles) away, and headed to Baga in a convoy under tight security, one of the sources said.
All three sources were talking on condition of anonyonimity.
The IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group maintains most of its camps on islands in Lake Chad and the region is known as a bastion for the jihadists.
The militant group has recently intensified attacks on military and civilian targets in the region.
In July Zulum’s convoy came under gun attack from ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.
Last week the group killed a Nigerian army commander along with three soldiers in an ambush near the town of Damboa.
Civilians plying highway linking Monguno and the regional capital Maiduguri said the jihadists set up daily checkpoints, robbing, killing and abducting passengers.
The decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and forced over 2 million from their homes.
Most of the displaced have been housed into squalid camps where they depend on food handouts from international charities.
Local authorities have been encouraging the displaced to go back to the homes despite concern from aid agencies of the security risks to which the returnees would be exposed.
Last week Zulum said feeding the displaced was not financially sustainable, insisting the only option was for them to return and rebuild their homes and live a “dignified” life.
ISWAP splintered from the main Boko Haram group in 2016 and has gone on to be the dominant insurgent force in the region.
|Family / Your Marriage And Your Sex Life by GreenAgain: 1:54am On Sep 26|
A friend once asked me this question, and I had wanted to scream the answer in his ears, but we were in a Catholic church, and the Reverend Father was shooting occasional glances at my general direction. So I had to bend slightly over and whisper it to him, then I had given him the expression that conveyed the words “Are you kidding me?”
Oh, in case you’re wondering what I said to him, it was ‘ABSOLUTELY’. A couple’s sex life almost always reflects the exact state of their relationship!
Let us – for just one moment - drop the pretense and the lies, let us push aside the modest sentiment and the bias that the mass media, religious organizations and cultural influences have impressed in our minds, and let us be brutally honest with ourselves - the ultimate end of every marriage is great sex.
Yes, I know how that sounds. This is stuff no preachers preach, (talking about sex is not so ‘sexy’ – Get it?) but in the deepest, innermost recesses of your heart, you know that it’s true. If you feel a little guilty for nodding in agreement, you shouldn’t!
So you have found your soul mate. You are excited about getting married. Good. I am extremely glad that you’re taking the next step - it takes a lot of courage and will. But before you swear before man and God to spend the rest of your life with him/her, let us talk about sex!
Tell me: Have you ever given it some thoughts? When the wedding ceremony is over and you’re finally alone, how do you proceed? Who does what? How do you keep the spark in your relationship?
Why should you worry about any of this?
Research shows that a healthy sex life is an extremely strong predictor of marital wellbeing, a strong predictor of mental and physical health. (You probably didn’t know this, but sex greatly also boosts immunity, is extremely good for the heart, reduces stress, boosts confidence and generally increases longevity.)
On the contrary, an unhealthy sexual life - usually marked by a general loss of desire - can have a negative impact on marriage and on individual wellbeing. Unhealthy sex life is the number one problem discussed in relationship forums, and it also ranks really high among reasons why couples get a divorce!
Like every journey in life, the first (sexual) step together can set the tone for the rest of your marriage, and by implication, for the rest of your lives. You don’t want to get your wedding off to a terrible start! Things can get really awkward really fast in your marriage, (especially if you’re one of those ‘lucky’ couples who have zero experience when it comes to the subject of sex).
What should you do?
Now that you understand the importance of sex in a marriage and the fact that it might get boring, monotonous and eventually ruin your marriage, what should you do?
Understand that a sexless marriage is a grave issue, and be ready to put in some work.
Embrace spontaneity; abandon routine and safety. If you have a sex calendar, tear it up. Be impulsive, go on fancy dates, plan a weekend adventure, and explore new sexual experience.
Do things, just because. Everyone loves a nice surprise – ‘little thoughtful gestures that shows you still care’.
You and your partner must be open to options, and learn new ways to put some spark in your relationship, so that the whole thing does not get real boring real fast.
A sexless marriage is dull, frustrating, and can be an indicator of emotional disconnect. It is like a plant without water. It might be alive, but ‘it is droopy and lethargic, it’s sad, and it has lost its vibrancy.’
|Foreign Affairs / To Save Cost, Italy Votes To Remove One In Three Lawmakers by GreenAgain: 9:19am On Sep 23|
Italians have voted to reduce one-third of the country’s lawmakers in order to save cost.
Almost 70 percent of the citizens voted in favour of the move in a referendum which followed an earlier decision by the parliament.
The move will see the number of parliamentarians downsized from about 945 to 600; the senators will be reduced from 311 to 200, while the members of parliament in the lower house will drop to 400 from 634.
With each MP and senator said to be earning €230,000 and €249,600 annually, the cut is expected to save Italy about €82 million every year.
Five Star Movement, the main party in Italy’s governing coalition, had said the measure will save an estimated €1 billion over 10 years.
Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s foreign minister, reportedly described the outcome of the referendum as “historic.”
“The one achieved today is a historic result. Let’s go back to having a normal parliament, with 345 seats and fewer privileges,” he was quoted to have said, adding: “It is politics that gives citizens a signal.”
The vote comes comes amid the clamour for Nigeria’s federal lawmakers to introduce cost-saving measures either by reducing their pay or number.
Despite being the country with the highest rate of extreme poverty globally, a senator reportedly earns as much as N13.5 million as running cost monthly, while a member of the house of representatives is said to earn N12 million monthly.
Among those calling for such cost-cutting measures is Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west, who once argued that Nigeria does not need 109 senators and 360 members of the house of representatives.
“What are three senators doing that one senator cannot do?” Okorocha had asked.
“Here, we have three senators per state. Over there (house of representatives), over there, we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance.”
TheCable had reported how over N70 billion spent as running cost for senators in the eighth assembly could transform the lives of Nigerians.
|Politics / Kyari: Members Of A Cabal Were Enriching Themselves With Susbidy Payments by GreenAgain: 7:54am On Sep 22|
Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says the benefits of the fuel subsidy regime were enjoyed by members of a cabal rather than the masses that it was targeted at.
Speaking during a Hausa programme on Liberty FM, Kaduna on Sunday, Kyari said subsidy was removed because it was characterised by fraudulent activities.
He explained that fuel subsidy was not beneficial to the masses who are the original target beneficiaries, therefore the federal government removed it with a plan to reinvest on projects that will have a direct impact on the masses.
“The crude oil is a global commodity and its price is not hidden, everyone can calculate and know how much is the cost of every final product from the crude at the international market. But, since the inception of oil importation, the government has been paying subsidy on petrol to make it cheaper for Nigerians to buy below the cost price,” Kyari said.
“This subsidy is designed to assist Nigerians, that is the intention. But in reality, the masses are not the beneficiaries. First, the masses are not the owners of the exotic cars, buying fuel, owning the filling stations, and doing the oil business.
“This subsidy that the government has been paying over the years is the root of all the atrocities and fraud committed in this country.
“For example, if you look at it from 2006 till 2020, we have spent over N10 trillion on fuel subsidy. Apart from that, there is also subsidy on foreign currencies, everybody knows how much is dollar in the market, but the government is also subsidising it. So, this and the fuel subsidy, within this period, have gulped between N14 trillion and N15 trillion.
“It was not the masses of Nigeria that were enjoying this subsidy, except some members of a cabal, who are rich and powerful. They were enriching themselves with the subsidy money at the detriment of the masses who were the primary target.”
Kyari explained that the money from subsidy payments can be channelled to other areas of development.
“From this money, Nigeria has been able to pay workers’ salaries without retrenching despite the effects of the COVID-19 on the global economy,” he said.
“In the whole of West Africa, it is only Nigeria that didn’t retrench workers as a result of the pandemic. Apart from that, part of the money will be used to support farmers and other business owners.”
The federal executive council approved that the NNPC should no longer absorb the differential between the landing cost of the petrol and the approved retail price.
|Politics / Desmond Elliot, Okunbor, ‘kabaka’… Those Who Contributed To Ize-iyamu’s Loss by GreenAgain: 2:38pm On Sep 21|
It was a keenly contested race, considering the two major contenders who had been on opposing sides in 2016. This time, however, the stakes were seemingly higher. Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, who had enjoyed the support of Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor, had been disqualified from contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while his major opponent, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who had flown the flag of PDP in 2016, became the APC governorship candidate. With the actors in play, anything was possible in the build-up to the September 19 election.
Although 14 political parties participated in the election, it was clear that it was a contest between the PDP and APC. Four years ago, APC had coasted to victory by a margin of more than 60,000 votes, and in 2020, it was clear to those who understood the stakes that Obaseki had a battle of sorts to win if he was to retain his seat as the number one man in the state. Interestingly, from Oshiomhole’s dramatic campaign, to the Edo versus Lagos godfather theatrics, and the “operation show your result”, going by the music in the air in the days before the election, among other factors, six individuals whose influence may have had significant impact in deciding the winner of the poll, served Obaseki well to grant Ize-Iyamu a loss that may have probably been avoidable.
OSHIOMHOLE — HE CALLED IZE-IYAMU ‘THIEF’ IN 2016
In another life, Oshiomhole may have been a successful marketer. His unique way with words is one for the history books. However, his “gift” contributed in no small feat to Ize-Iyamu’s loss considering what had played out in 2016. If anyone could be said to have made the most significant level of difference in how the election would eventually go, that person would be Oshiomhole, suspended chairman of the APC. He, however, turned out to be Ize-Iyamu’s albatross.
In the buildup to the 2016 governorship election in Edo, Oshiomhole didn’t mince words in expressing his disgust with Ize-Iyamu, at the expense of promoting Obaseki at the time.
“Do you know why he wants to be a governor – Ize-Iyamu wants to be a governor to get immunity to protect him from prosecution. Do you want to hand over Edo treasury to a thief? I’m a proud Kukuruku man, not the son of a cook, but we don’t take money for police, money meant for soldiers, money meant for defence to secure Christians in churches. Pastors are collecting it and sharing it to their party members,” Oshiomhole had said about Ize-Iyamu in July 2016.
As it is always said, in politics, there is no permanent friend or enemy. But the weight of the campaign of calumny traded by Oshiomhole against his now favourite (Ize-Iyamu) may not have been easily forgotten by most Edo voters as his sudden U-turn could not erase the scar he painted on the minds of the people. Therefore, Ize-Iyamu may have been fighting a lost battle.
BOLA TINUBU, THE DEMOCRAT
Bola Tinubu, national leader of the APC and former governor of Lagos state, may have thought he was sending a strong message to Edo people to shun the reelection of Obaseki, when he made a short video a few days to the election, saying Obaseki “does not deserve any democratic ballot paper”.
However, contrary to the expected outcome by APC, the video was trailed by large-scale criticism on and off social media, with many wondering why the APC leader seemed vested in the election outcome in Edo. And so did the #EdoNoBeLagos mantra gain more ground. The video may have been targeted at discrediting Obaseki, but it appeared to have only strengthened the resolve of Edo people on voting their choice candidate.
DESMOND ELLIOT, THE GODFATHER BENEFICIARY
Politics of godfatherism has featured prominently in the Nigerian political space. However, it appears Desmond Elliot, Nollywood actor and lawmaker representing Surulere at the Lagos state house of assembly, went too far in his attempt to sell an idea that there was nothing wrong in godfatherism.
Desmond Elliot had told Edo people there was nothing wrong in godfatherism
In his excitement to campaign for Ize-Iyamu, while trying to discredit the #EdoNoBeLagos slogan, he had said there was nothing wrong in godfatherism. And he didn’t stop there. He drank water from a bottle, got more comfortable in the red jacket he was wearing while being interviewed and pointed his hand to his chest, saying “I’m a product of godfatherism.” The statement served to only make the APC campaign even more questionable, as it seemed the party was indeed promoting the concept of godfatherism.
GANI AUDU, THE ‘UNKNOWN’ DEPUTY
Nigerian politics is one that favours popularity. The popularity of Gani Audu, the APC deputy governorship candidate, may have added little impact to his principal’s election compared to Philip Shaibu, Obaseki’s second-in-command. Although Audu and Shaibu are both from Etsako west local government area, and had both served in various capacities as government officials, serving as a deputy governor for four years was significant enough for Shaibu to sell key achievements of the administration to the people of Edo.
Gani Audu, Ize-Iyamu’s deputy, whose influence appeared to have little impact when compared to that of Philip Shaibu
Besides, Shaibu learnt well from Oshiomhole, with whom he was once very close. After all, there are only a few people in Nigeria who can pull off the NLC “khaki” aside from Oshiomhole and Shaibu. On the flip side, for Gani Audu, he seemed to just be a convenient way to balance the Christian-Muslim ticket for APC, as Desmond Elliot repeatedly pointed out when he kept saying “you have a pastor and an imam” as his way to campaign to the Edo people.
Hosa Okunbor, business mogul and philanthropist, is one of the many influential figures in Edo politics, and when he openly threw his weight behind Ize-Iyamu, it looked like Obaseki had another major threat to contend with.
Okunbor, in an interview, had boasted: “I would support Ize-Iyamu with my hard-earned money and people that know me know that when I believe in something, I can spend my last kobo to achieve it.”
“He (Ize-Iyamu) is lucky to have someone like me. When God wants to work, he will bring all together to work for your good.”
Okunbor, a former supporter of Obaseki, later fell out with the governor, accusing him of mismanaging the economy. But, as the results eventually proved, Okunbor’s money did little to secure victory for Ize-Iyamu.
TONY KABAKA — AND THE ‘LIONS AND TIGERS’
Tony Adun, better known as Tony Kabaka, former revenue collector for the state and strong supporter of Oshiomhole, didn’t give up on his derogatory campaign against Obaseki.
The feud was intensified after his multi-million naira hotel, T. Latifah Hotel and Suites, was demolished by the state government and an N18 million suit was slammed against him for logistics cost in bringing down the property.
Kabaka, who accused Obaseki of “forgetting himself”, may have believed that without his support and that of his principal (Oshiomhole), Obaseki would not have much in terms of influence that could swing the votes in his favour.
He pitched tent with Ize-Iyamu, his “awaiting excellency”, and was seen in a video introducing himself and the “lions and tigers from different local governments” who would work for the APC candidate in the election. In the same “lions and tigers video”, Ize-Iyamu had addressed the gathering, saying “your influence goes beyond one polling unit. You will do your units; you will move to other units….this election will be ‘operation show your result’, and that operation, I tell you, na many of una e go favour’.”
Ize-Iyamu’s posture in that video seemed to encourage flouting the code of conduct for peaceful elections, as he was encouraging his supporters to ignore the rules on restriction of movement. However, it appears the Edo people proved Kabaka and his cohorts otherwise, to show that even in the jungle, there is need for some sense of order in the interest of preserving the peace.
|Politics / El-rufai: Opinion Poll Showed APC Will Win Edo Election,i Don’t Know What Happen by GreenAgain: 12:30pm On Sep 21|
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said he was optimistic up to three weeks ago that his party, the All Progressives Congress, would win the Edo State Governorship Election.
He said opinion polls conducted had shown that the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would win the election, adding that he didn’t know what went wrong in the last three weeks of the campaign.
The PUNCH had reported Sunday that the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Godwin Obaseki, winner of the keenly contested election.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, said Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ize-Iyamu, who got 223,619 votes.
Commenting on the development, the Kaduna State governor, who spoke on Monday morning while featuring on Channels Television, said the election was “reasonably decent”.
El-Rufai said, “We (APC) would have loved to win and quite frankly, I was optimistic up to three weeks ago; the polls indicated that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last three weeks of the campaign.
“As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of the election. Many voters decide no matter what happens, this is how I am voting but most people want to wait and make up their minds in the last two weeks.
“Three weeks ago, the polls clearly showed that APC was going to win but the result came out differently from what we expected.
“Obaseki has won, that’s it. You can’t go into an election without the possibility of losing.”
He added, “The election was reasonably decent. We were all worried about violence but there was very little violence or none at all.”
The governor also stressed that the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was committed to free and fair elections.
|Politics / Sacked As APC Chairman, ‘dethroned’ In Edo — What Next For Oshiomhole? by GreenAgain: 6:08pm On Sep 20|
In just three months, the political career of Adams Oshiomhole has suffered a huge setback. Some political experts believe his career might have been reduced to rubble by no other person than the former Edo state governor himself.
Not so long after the court of appeal affirmed his sack as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has been dislodged in Edo where he governed from 2008 to 2016.
The tussle with Godwin Obaseki whom he helped into power is one of his greatest undoing as he has not just lost political relevance in his stronghold but suffered a heavy blow. After he fell out with Obaseki, the APC executive committee in his ward in Etsako west local government suspended him. The APC chairmen in the 18 local government areas of the state also passed a vote of no confidence on him, accusing him of working against the party interest.
Although Oshiomhole appeared to have dismissed the suspension as a child’s play, it would later cost him his position as the national chairman of the party as a high court in Abuja suspended him on that basis.
Danlami Senchi, a judge, had ruled in March that it was wrong of the APC to have kept Oshiomhole as chairman after he was suspended by his state chapter of the party. The final attempt to get him back into the party’s hierarchy failed in June after the appellate court ruled there was no justifiable basis for an appeal against the court ruling suspending him.
In the heat of the crisis, the national working committee of the APC was dissolved and his loyalists lost control of the party.
While it appeared as if Obaseki was losing grounds ahead of the governorship election, considering how popular the APC had been in the state, Oshiomhole relocated to Benin where he became the face of the APC governorship campaign, with Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a spectator in his own game.
His authority as a two-term governor and a former national chairman was not in doubt. Some people had, in fact, likened him to the “almighty” Bola Tinubu who has remained powerful in Lagos despite leaving office as governor in 2007.
To all the ears that cared to listen, Oshiomhole boasted of how the APC will defeat Obaseki in the election and even apologised for “selling him” to Edo people as the best fit for governor in 2016.
But Obaseki who wanted to beat the master in his own game appealed to the people as the “Edo No be Lagos” mantra resonated among the electorate.
In the closing days of his campaign, Obaseki boasted to his supporters in Oredo local government which eventually gave him 43,498 votes, the highest in the election, that having dealt with Oshiomhole at the national level of APC, the next target was to bury him politically.
“This election is a contest with Oshiomhole. We have dealt with him at the national level, we will bury him politically in this election,” he had said.
Well, the elections are now over and it has become clear that the voters trounced godfatherism. So, what’s next for Oshiomhole? Reconcile with Obaseki to regain relevance in the state’s political stage, like the average Nigerian politician, or return to the labour union as the comrade he used to be?
|Politics / Re: PDP Monitoring Edo Election From Situation Room (Photos) by GreenAgain: 4:16am On Sep 20|
I must say I am amazed at the level of belief and doggedness that my Governor, Godwin Obaseki has shown inspite of the obstacles like the red Sea all these months. He has reawaken my hope for this country and set a pace for future leaders who aspire to contribute their quota of political service to the Nigeria state. God bless bless the governor and his team.
|Politics / Jonathan: Any Society Where Thugs Become Role Models Will Fail by GreenAgain: 9:01am On Sep 18|
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says any society where thugs become role models is doomed to fail.
Writing as a guest columnist on THISDAY on Friday, Jonathan said it is sad that in some places, miscreants are celebrated for the roles they play during elections.
In the article entitled, ‘COVID-19, democracy and task of nation building’, the former president said he is convinced that electronic voting would eliminate rigging during elections.
“I am also convinced that electronic voting will eliminate the worrisome issue of massive rigging and violence during elections because it will limit human presence during voting,” he said.
“It will bring an end to incessant deployment of miscreants during elections because there will be no room for ballot box stuffing or snatching. It is sad that in some places, these miscreants are even celebrated, because of the ignoble roles they play during elections.
“I should point out that a society where thugs become role models is doomed to fail.”
According to him, holding elections regularly does not define democracy.
“Holding regular elections alone does not really define democracy or guarantee good governance,” Jonathan said.
“We need to work on how to strengthen the pillars of democracy where they are weak, and enhance political stability across the continent.
“You can always tell how credible or otherwise a democratic process has been from the level of protests, violence and the number of post-election litigations. For Africa to make more progress towards building liberal democracies, we should first take deliberate measures to strengthen the independence of the electoral management bodies.”
The former president also said Africa missed out on the industrial revolution and lagging behind in the race to space.
“We therefore have no reason to fail our people in democracy. True democracy guarantees free, fair elections and peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another and it is within our capacity to achieve that,” he said.
“Before the end of this year, five nations in West Africa alone are scheduled to hold Presidential elections. They include Ghana, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Niger. That for me is a plus and an important step in the right direction.”
|Politics / Femi Adesina: Nigeria Has Always Been Divided… It Didn’t Start Under Buhari by GreenAgain: 8:34pm On Sep 16|
Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesman, says right from amalgamation, Nigeria has been a divided country.
Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Wednesday Adesina said the division in the country predates the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was reacting to comments made by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and Wole Soyinka, playwright and Nobel laureate, who said that Nigeria is more divided than ever before.
But defending the president, Adesina described Nigeria as an inconvenient amalgamation which has always been divided.
“Nigeria had always been divided right from amalgamation in 1914. Nigeria is an inconvenient amalgamation but we have kept at it and we have worked at it,” Adesina said.
“And I tell you that there is no time in the history of this country that the country was not divided. But then, we have kept at it and we are trying to make it work.
“As at 2015 when President Buhari came, Nigeria was terribly divided; divided along ethnic, religious and political lines; divided along language; divided hopelessly and terribly.”
The presidential spokesman, who said the current administration has been making efforts to unite the country, accused some people of “playing politics with everything.”
“That is the division that President Buhari has been working at. But you see that a number of people, instead of letting harmony return to this country, thrive and luxuriate in widening the gap between Nigerians. They play politics with everything,” he said.
“So, if they say Nigeria is divided today, it is because Nigeria has always been divided. And all efforts to unite Nigeria and Nigerians never worked.
“When Nigerians come to a decision point that we must live together, we can’t wish anybody away, then we will be working towards being a nation.”
|Politics / Nigerians Disagree With Buhari Over Most Prosperous Black Nation Comment by GreenAgain: 8:23pm On Sep 16|
Nigerians on Wednesday disagreed with president Mohammed Buhari on social media over his comment that the country is the most prosperous black nation in the world and Africa’s largest economy.
The president had on Wednesday while unveiling the 60th Independence Anniversary celebration logo said the neatly encrusted Diamond on the Nigerian Map symbolizes our age of treasure, the worth of the Nigerian people with our sparkle to the admiration of the world.
He further said ‘‘In the same vein, the pear green and dark green colours should respectively remind us of our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land.
‘‘All these properties make us unarguably the most prosperous black nation in the world and Africa’s largest economy.’’
The president’s comment has, however, attracted backlash as some Nigerians on Twitter did not find it appealing thereby disagreeing with what the president said.
Here are some comments gathered on Twitter by Vanguard:
@EjioforOnyishi wrote “Nigeria has entered one chance, he does not even know his administration has brought Nigeria to the worse in every ramification in almost every black nation in the world”
@AtikuZo “Nigeria was the most prosperous black nation until Buhari happened to Nigeria”
@titilayo_maryam “Yeah…Until you came on board and made us poverty- capital of the entire world..Loudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying face”
@ReidAkiim “Oh fada why? Individual prosperity or national prosperity, which one?”
@walesale “Ironic, some people barely feed in Nigeria”
@FelixRonnie1 “Yes sir, but just by number and population”
You can read more comments from Nigerians on Vanguard’s Tweet below:
|Politics / Soyinka Backs Obasanjo, Says Nigeria Divided Like Never Before Under Buhari by GreenAgain: 4:56pm On Sep 15|
Elder statesman and playwright, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said the country is more divided as never before under the current administration of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd).
Soyinka in a statement signed from his Autonomous Residence of Ijegba, Idi-Aba Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday titled, “Between ‘Dividers-in-chief’ and Dividers-in-law,” said though not a fan of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, but embraced any accurate reading of this nation as a contraption teetering on the edge of total collapse.
Obasanjo last week said the country was slowly becoming a failed state and more divided under the Buhari regime. But the presidency reacted to the comment by describing the ex-president as a ‘Divider-in-chief.”
Soyinka said, “I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reasons to change my stance on his record. Nonetheless, I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse. We are close to extinction as a viable comity of peoples, supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co-habitation, capable of producing its own means of existence, and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate.”
The Nobel laureate stated that on Africa Day, May 2019, organised by the United Bank of Africa, he similarly seized an opening to direct the attention of this government to warnings by the ‘Otta farmer’ over the self-destruct turn that the nation had taken, urging the wisdom of heeding the message, even while remaining chary of the messenger.
The Akogun of Isara said, “That advice appears to have fallen on deaf ears. In place of reasoned response and openness to some serious dialogue, what this nation has been obliged to endure has been insolent distractions from garrulous and coarsened functionaries, apologists and sectarian opportunists.
“The nation is divided as never before, and this ripping division has taken place under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari– does that claim belong in the realms of speculation? Does anyone deny that it was this president who went to sleep while communities were consistently ravaged by cattle marauders, were raped and displaced in their thousands and turned into beggars all over the landscape? Was it a different president who, on being finally persuaded to visit a scene of carnage, had nothing more authoritative to offer than to advice the traumatised victims to learn to live peacefully with their violators? And what happened to the Police Chief who had defied orders from his Commander-in-Chief to relocate fully to the trouble spot – he came, saw, and bolted, leaving the ‘natives’ to their own devices. Any disciplinary action taken against ‘countryman’? Was it a spokesman for some ghost president who chortled in those early, yet controllable stages of now systematised mayhem, gleefully dismissed the mass burial of victims in Benue State as a “staged show” for international entertainment? Did the other half of the presidential megaphone system not follow up – or was it, precede? – with the wisdom that they, the brutalised citizenry, should learn to bow under the yoke and negotiate, since “only the living” can enjoy the dividends of legal rights?”
|Politics / Jega, Onaiyekan To Buhari: Nigerians Battling With Double Sufferings by GreenAgain: 8:01am On Sep 15|
The Nigerian Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate dialogue at the national and sub-national levels to address the country’s security challenges.https://www.thecable.ng/jega-onaiyekan-to-buhari-nigerians-battling-with-double-sufferings
|Politics / ‘I Never Knew There’s A Cell At Aso Rock’ — Magu’s Lawyer Speaks On Encounter by GreenAgain: 7:51am On Sep 15|
Zainab Abiola, counsel to Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC), has described her client’s probe as a “hatchet job.”
In an interview with TheCable, Abiola, who was walked out of the panel’s sitting on Monday, said there is no evidence that Magu is guilty of the allegations against him.
President Muhammadu Buhari set up the panel to probe corruption allegations levelled against the anti-graft czar.
At its sitting at the presidential villa on Monday, Wahab Shittu, Magu’s lead counsel, was joined by Abiola and Aliyu Lemu, another of his lawyers.
But Ayo Salami, head of the panel, insisted that only Shittu would be allowed to defend Magu, and asked his other lawyers to leave the venue.
Speaking with TheCable about her experience, the lawyer, who is one of the widows of the late MKO Abiola, said it is wrong for the panel to refuse Magu’s lawyers access to their sitting.
“This is a democratic dispensation, you cannot bring military tactics, a Hitler’s Gestapo rule to this type of occasion,” she said.
“The panel was set up to be public. How then did it become a private sitting with Emperor Salami? He has become an emperor. He told me personally that there is only one chair for a lawyer. So I said, if there is only one chair, send for more chairs now.
“He called the DSS, they were fully armed. So, we left. But the other lady, Fatimah, was bundled and put in a cell, in a prison cell. So, there is a prison in the presidential villa? Nigerians should worry for themselves.”
Abiola, a former presidential aspirant, further told TheCable that while the former EFCC chairman’s rights are being trampled upon at the moment, it could be anyone else’s turn next.
“If you see how Magu was just sitting there, like a sheep without a shepherd. Like a Christmas goat about to be slaughtered by Emperor Salami. Why would they refuse me access to such a fundamental probe? It is a nullity, very shambolic,” she added.
“They don’t have anything against Magu. Not a shred of evidence. The pastor they said took the money. FCMB has apologised in three national papers to Magu and the pastor. They also said Magu did not investigate the P&ID case and he was exonerated.
“What is the allegation? How can lawyers not be allowed to represent him? It is not as if we went alone; we were introduced by Magu himself. Did they imagine that it will be only one lawyer defending a man like that?
“Twenty-two allegations, 22 lies. The fact of the matter is that this is not a panel of inquiry. It is a Kangaroo contraction with Salami as the emperor.”
Magu has often accused the panel of not giving him fair hearing, saying he has not been allowed to defend himself.
After he requested the panel to summon Malami to give evidence of his alleged crimes, the AGF said he would gladly testify against him if asked to do so.
|Politics / Ige: They Killed My Father Out Of Jealousy ― Muyiwa Ige by GreenAgain: 10:39pm On Sep 13|
As the 90th posthumous birthday of the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige (SAN) was held in Ibadan Sunday, his son, Architect Muyiwa Ige said his father was killed out of jealousy.
He said this during the service held in honour of the deceased politician who was murdered by yet-to-be-disclosed hoodlums at St. Anne’s Church, Molete, Ibadan.
Muyiwa said, “A lot of his peers didn’t like him because they could not understand young people which he did. But, that was the essence of Bola Ige, and it was part of the envy that ate into the souls of some of those who didn’t like him.
“Nonetheless, that was their problem. Bola Ige came to this world, did his bit, and his legacy still lives on.”
On what politics used to be, Muyiwa Ige said: “The conservatives knew themselves, while the progressives knew themselves. Now, you can’t even differentiate between A and B.
“There is also a leadership vacuum and so, we need to go back and begin to study what they did well positively in their days and try to enhance that and begin to ensure that there is a vibrant mentoring programme, especially for our youths. There are great leaders out there that we can still point to that can support young people”, he concluded.
|Family / Fertility And Age: What You Should Know! by GreenAgain: 11:11am On Sep 12|
How does age affect fertility?
A woman’s peak reproductive years are between the late teens and late 20s. By age 30 years, fertility (the ability to get pregnant) starts to decline. This decline becomes more rapid once you reach your mid 30s. By age 45 years, fertility has declined so much that getting pregnant naturally is unlikely for most women.
How likely is pregnancy as a woman ages?
For healthy couples in their 20s and early 30s, around 1 in 4 women will get pregnant in any single menstrual cycle. By age 40 years, around 1 in 10 women will get pregnant per menstrual cycle. A man’s fertility also declines with age, but not as predictably as a woman’s fertility.
Why do women become less fertile as they age?
Women become less fertile as they age because they begin life with a fixed number of eggs in their ovaries. The number of eggs decreases as women get older. Also, the remaining eggs in older women are more likely to have abnormal chromosomes. And as age increases, women are at higher risk of disorders that can affect fertility, such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
What are the risks of later childbearing?
Women who get pregnant in their late 30s or 40s have a higher risk of complications. Some of these problems may affect a woman’s health. Others can affect the health of the fetus.
How can later childbearing affect a woman’s health?
Pregnant women older than 40 years have an increased risk of preeclampsia. Some of the increase in risk may be because older women tend to have more health problems before they get pregnant than younger women. For example, having high blood pressure, a condition that becomes more common with age, can increase the risk of preeclampsia. Studies also show that older women who do not have any health conditions still can have complicated pregnancies.
How does aging affect the risk of having a baby with a birth defect?
The overall risk of having a baby with a chromosome abnormality is small. But as a woman ages, the risk of having a baby with missing, damaged, or extra chromosomes increases. Down syndrome is the most common chromosome problem that occurs with later childbearing. The risk of having a baby with Down syndrome is:
1 in 1,480 at age 20 years
1 in 940 at age 30 years
1 in 353 at age 35 years
1 in 85 at age 40 years
1 in 35 at age 45 years
Is there testing to find out the risk of having a baby with a birth defect?
Yes. Prenatal screening tests assess the risk that a baby will be born with a specific birth defect or genetic disorder. Prenatal diagnostic tests can detect if a fetus has a specific birth defect or genetic disorder. Every woman should review the available testing options with her obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional so that she can make an informed choice.
What are other risks of later childbearing?
The risks of miscarriage and stillbirth are greater in women who are older than 35 years. Also, multiple pregnancy occurs more often in older women than in younger women. As the ovaries age, they are more likely to release more than one egg each month.
What is a reproductive life plan?
All women should think about whether they would like to have children and, if so, when to have them. This is called a reproductive life plan. If you would like to have children someday, your ob-gyn or other health care professional can help you develop your reproductive life plan.
How often should I talk about my reproductive life plan with my ob-gyn?
It is a good idea to talk about your plan once a year with your ob-gyn or other health care professional.
What should I do if I do not want to get pregnant now?
If you do not want to get pregnant now or have decided not to have children, use a birth control method to prevent pregnancy if you are having sexual intercourse. Make sure you are using a method that fits your reproductive goals, your lifestyle, and any health conditions that you have. You and your ob-gyn or other health care professional can review your birth control options.
What should I do if I do want to get pregnant soon?
If you want to get pregnant soon, you should try to be as healthy as possible before pregnancy. Steps toward better health include stopping alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use. You also should start taking folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects.
What is a prepregnancy health care visit?
A prepregnancy health care visit is a time for your ob-gyn or other health care professional to review your medical and family history. He or she also will review any medications you take and your immunizations to be sure that you have all of the recommended vaccines. Your ob-gyn or other health care professional also may ask about your diet and lifestyle
discuss how you can maintain a healthy weight before getting pregnant
recommend screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
discuss the option of carrier screening for you and, if needed, your partner
Are there ways to preserve fertility?
Currently, there is no medical technique that can guarantee fertility will be preserved. If you know that you want to have children later in life, one option may be in vitro fertilization (IVF). With IVF, sperm is combined with a woman’s eggs in a laboratory. If the sperm fertilizes the eggs, embryos may grow. Embryos can be frozen and used many years later. When you are ready, an embryo can be transferred to your uterus to try to achieve a pregnancy.
What are the chances that in vitro fertilization will work for me?
The chance that IVF will work for you depends on many factors, including your health and your age when the embryos are frozen. Talking with a fertility expert will help you understand your chances of success with IVF.
What else should I know about in vitro fertilization?
Some IVF treatments are expensive and may not be covered by insurance.
I have heard about egg freezing. What is this procedure?
In a procedure called oocyte cryopreservation—“freezing your eggs”—several eggs are removed from the ovaries. The unfertilized eggs are then frozen for later use in IVF. Egg freezing is recommended mainly for women having cancer treatment that will affect their future fertility. There is not enough research to recommend routine egg freezing for the sole purpose of putting off childbearing. Egg freezing also is expensive and may not be covered by insurance.
I have not gotten pregnant. Should I have an evaluation?
If you are older than 35 years and have not gotten pregnant after 6 months of having regular sexual intercourse without using any form of birth control, talk with your ob-gyn or other health care professional about an infertility evaluation. If you are older than 40 years, an evaluation is recommended before trying to get pregnant. This advice is especially true if you have a problem that could affect fertility, such as endometriosis.
What happens during an infertility evaluation?
During an infertility evaluation, you have physical exams and tests to try to find the cause of infertility. If a cause is found, treatment may be possible. In many cases, infertility can be successfully treated even if no cause is found. But the chances of success with these treatments decrease with age.
Can a woman older than 35 years have a healthy pregnancy?
Yes. Despite the challenges, many women older than 35 years can have healthy pregnancies and babies. Seeing a health care professional before pregnancy and receiving good prenatal care during pregnancy are key.
Why is prenatal care important?
When you are pregnant, getting early and regular prenatal care may increase your chances of having a healthy baby. You should visit your ob-gyn or other health care professional regularly. At each visit, your health and your fetus’s health will be monitored. If you have a preexisting medical condition or if a medical condition develops during pregnancy, you may need to have special tests or more frequent prenatal care visits. You also may need special care during labor and delivery.
Carrier Screening: A test done on a person without signs or symptoms to find out whether he or she carries a gene for a genetic disorder.
Chromosomes: Structures that are located inside each cell in the body and contain the genes that determine a person’s physical makeup.
Diagnostic Tests: Tests that look for a disease or cause of a disease.
Down Syndrome: A genetic disorder that causes abnormal features of the face and body, medical problems such as heart defects, and intellectual disability. Most cases of Down syndrome are caused by an extra chromosome 21 (trisomy 21). Many children with Down syndrome live to adulthood.
Embryos: The stage of prenatal development that starts at fertilization (joining of an egg and sperm) and lasts up to 8 weeks.
Endometriosis: A condition in which tissue that lines the uterus is found outside of the uterus, usually on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic structures.
Fetus: The stage of prenatal development that starts 8 weeks after fertilization and lasts until the end of pregnancy.
Fibroids: Growths, usually benign, that form in the muscle of the uterus.
Folic Acid: A vitamin that has been shown to reduce the risk of certain birth defects when taken in sufficient amounts before and during pregnancy.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): A procedure in which an egg is removed from a woman’s ovary, fertilized in a laboratory with the man’s sperm, and then transferred to the woman’s uterus to achieve a pregnancy.
Miscarriage: Loss of a pregnancy.
Neural Tube Defects: Birth defects that result from incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, or their coverings.
Obstetrician–Gynecologist (Ob-Gyn): A physician with special skills, training, and education in women’s health.
Oocyte Cryopreservation: A procedure in which eggs are removed from a woman’s ovaries and frozen for later use with in vitro fertilization.
Ovaries: The paired organs in the female reproductive system that contain the eggs released at ovulation and produce hormones.
Preeclampsia: A disorder that can occur during pregnancy or after childbirth in which there is high blood pressure and other signs of organ injury, such as an abnormal amount of protein in the urine, a low number of platelets, abnormal kidney or liver function, pain over the upper abdomen, fluid in the lungs, or a severe headache or changes in vision.
Prenatal Care: A program of care for a pregnant woman before the birth of her baby.
Screening Tests: Tests that look for possible signs of disease in people who do not have signs or symptoms.
Sexual Intercourse: The act of the penis of the male entering the vagina of the female (also called “having sex” or “making love”).
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): An infection that is spread by sexual contact, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [AIDS]).
Stillbirth: Birth of a dead fetus.
Uterus: A muscular organ located in the female pelvis that contains and nourishes the developing fetus during pregnancy.
Credit: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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|Politics / Marafa: Crooks Within APC Want To Install Serving Governor As Buhari's Successor by GreenAgain: 8:38pm On Sep 11|
*** Says he assisted Yari to become governor in 2011https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/09/2023-crooks-within-apc-want-to-install-serving-gov-as-buharis-successor/
|Politics / Breaking: Nigeria’s Debt Rises 8.3% To N31trn In 3 Months – DMO by GreenAgain: 7:25pm On Sep 09|
The Debt Management Office (DMO), Wednesday, put the nation’s total public debt stock at N31.009 trillion or $85.897 billion, as at June 31, 2020, representing 8.3 percent rise from N28.628 trillion in March 2020.
The figure comprised the debt stock of the federal government, the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The DMO, in a report yesterday, explained that, “The increase in the Debt Stock by N2.381 Trillion or USD6.593 billion was accounted for by the USD3.36 Billion Budget Support Loan from the International Monetary Fund, New Domestic Borrowing to finance the Revised 2020 Appropriation Act, including the issuance of the
N162.557 Billion Sukuk, and Promissory Notes issued to settle Claims of Exporters.”
The DMO also said that the figure could rise further when the balance of the new borrowing is raised for the implementation of the current budget.
It stated: “The DMO expects the Public Debt Stock to grow as the balance of the New Domestic Borrowing is raised and expected disbursements are made by the World Bank, African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank which were arranged to finance the 2020 Budget.
“The 2020 Appropriation Act had to be revised in the face of the adverse and severe impact of COVID-19 on Government’s Revenues and increased expenditure needs on health and economic stimulus amongst others.
“Additional Promissory Notes are expected to be issued in the course of the year, this, and new borrowings by State Governments are also expected to increase the Public Debt Stock.”
The federal government announced, earlier in the week, that it lost 60 per cent of its expected revenue to the COVID-19 pandemic which adversely impacted the global economy and at a point pushed oil prices into the negative zone, thereby forcing it to take more loans.
Nigeria’s Oil cargoes were on the international waters without buyers for weeks, at the peak of the pandemic when most nations were on lockdown. Crude prices crashed, thereafter, and have remained low, since then.
|Celebrities / I Can Only Boil Water, Don’t Know How To Cook – Mr Ibu by GreenAgain: 11:55am On Sep 06|
In this interview, popular Nollywood, Mr. Ibu celebrity shared some issues.
How often do you go shopping for food?
I don’t have the time to do that because of work. Therefore, my wife handles that aspect. I don’t know how often she does that.
Do you take note of the nutritional value of the things you eat?
My wife knows all about food and it is her duty to take not of that. She makes sure she gives me the best of what I need to eat. I do not take note on my own (of the nutritional value), but my wife does it for me.
Do you know how to cook?
No, I don’t know how to cook. I can only boil water. There was only a time I tried to cook, but my wife eventually did that for me. I told her how I wanted the soup to be made and the ingredients I wanted in it. I call it Ibu stew.
Do you like spicy food?
No, I do not really like it. Also, I’m scared of food that has certain types of flavours.
Do you like to eat out or eat at home?
It depends, I’m always out for work, so I eat out. But whenever I’m back home, I always eat at home.
What is your favourite meal?
I love eating ‘swallow’ with good soups like vegetables, egusi and okra.
Do you think cooking should be done by only women or by both genders?
Cooking is for the women and should be done by them, except on few occasions if you just feel the need to cook, which shows you have regard for your wife. Asides that, cooking is a woman’s duty.
When a man cooks, it is either because the wife is away from home and he’s alone. So, he has to cook for himself.
Have you ever eaten anything that made you ill?
Yes, I have, and it was due to the fact that I ate at a wrong time. I was on set and we had to shoot. I therefore, postponed eating until later in the evening and by the time I ate it, made me sick. It gave me constipation.
|Politics / FG Moves NIMC To Federal Ministry Of Communications And Digital Economy by GreenAgain: 8:50am On Aug 31|
To ensure synergy and effective ministry supervision, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transfer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
A statement by the Spokesperson of the Minister, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman said the approval for the transfer was based on Mr President’s consideration for the critical role of NIMC towards the realisation of the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).
It said also said that the President directives for NIMC to be under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is an illustration of Mr President’s vote of confidence on Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), the Minister, based on an unprecedented achievement he has recorded within a short time in office.
It will be recalled that Dr. Pantami has, within his first year in office, amongst others, resolved the ICT sector’s decade-long dilemma of Right of Way charges and also able to secure Mr President’s approval for the provision of security as well as designation of Telecommunications Infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure; regularization of improperly registered SIM cards and deactivation of unregistered ones; the deployment of over 250 digital projects across the country under his policies and supervision as well as built the capacity of over 36,000 Nigerians.
The NIMC is mandated to create, manage, maintain and operate the National Identity Database established by the NIMC Act, 2007. In an effort to realise this, the Commission has so far registered around 41 million eligible enrollees for the National Identity Number (NIN).
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the other hand has details of over 191 million mobile subscribers.
Similarly, the National Information Technology Development Agency has recorded huge successes in the development and implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), the country’s first codified data protection regulation.
The Agency has also reached an advanced stage on the implementation of the National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI), while Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) also provides services to Government Agencies – Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service.
The need therefore for NIMC, NCC, NITDA and GBB to work closely together under the supervision of one Ministry towards harnessing what has already been achieved cannot be overemphasized.
The NIN, considered as social security as well as civil number, is very important for economic planning and social intervention. With Federal Government’s digitalization initiatives in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, access to services and interventions will require it.
The Minister, therefore, urged all eligible individuals to enrol as soon as possible, assuring all citizens as well as residents that appropriate measures will be put in place to ensure that opportunities for enrolment are provided to all.
|Politics / Confusion As Subsidy Returns, NNPC Pays N5.4bn As Under Recovery In 2018 by GreenAgain: 4:32pm On Aug 30|
Amidst confusion in the downstream petroleum industry, concerning its deregulation, subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, has once again resurfaced, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, weekend, said it incurred N5.35 billion as under recovery in June 2018.
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|TV/Movies / Chadwick Boseman, The 'black Panther' Who Acted 9 Movies Hiding Cancer by GreenAgain: 11:50am On Aug 30|
Long before the advent of ‘Black Panther’, Marvel’s 2018 superhero film, which had starred the now regrettably deceased Chadwick Boseman as its lead character, many would argue out the prejudices among US filmmakers regarding the diversity of their movie casts and the descriptions for roles often accorded people of African descent.
But, with Boseman having adorned himself in that daredevil costume that later saw him change the narrative for the directorial choices pertaining to movie roles by African-Americans as well as the cinematic response to such films, a newfound movement that would almost guarantee the success of subsequent movies of this sort was initiated, with many unique African stories waiting to be told.
Chadwick Boseman was famous for playing the titular role of Black Panther in the Marvel franchise (Disney/Marvel Studios)
Yet, tragedy — a deep tragedy that would defy description among wordsmiths — lurked around. Black Panther would later go-ahead to change history — becoming a huge step forward for African cinema, grossing over $1.3 billion worldwide, and breaking numerous box office records including the highest-grossing film by a black director. It is even among the ten highest-grossing films of all time.
But while Boseman was fighting villains on-screen, what fans of the famed and idolized superhero character never knew was that the man behind the black mask was also waging a very real battle in his personal life and edging closer to his death, having been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer back in 2016. Boseman had not publicly spoken about his illness before his death. In April, fans had expressed concerns over the Marvel star’s health after he was pictured with drastic weight loss. The film star, who appeared visibly thin and sporting a beard, however, did not engage fans with questions.
He eventually breathed his last on Friday evening while at home with his family.
Battled cancer while on ‘Black Panther’ set, eight other movies!
Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, he got his start in the movie industry in an episode of ‘Third Watch’ in 2003 and then featured on ‘Law and Order’, ‘ER’ and ‘CSI’ before getting his breakout role as Jackie Robinson in ’42’. It was his act in ’42’ that led directly to his role as T’Challa/Black Panther, the fictional leader of Wakanda — a character that first appeared in the ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
Over the last four years, even as he was on surgeries and chemotherapies, Boseman took up several roles across blockbuster films.
Chadwick Boseman had not spoken publicly about his cancer diagnosis (CNet)
The year after his diagnosis, he filmed and appeared in ‘Gods of Egypt’ (2016), ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016), and ‘Message From The King’ (2016). Chadwick then took the role of ‘Thurgood Marshall’, the first black Supreme Court Justice, in 2017’s ‘Marshall’ before the famed ‘Black Panther’ (2018). He also played the same role in other Marvel films such as ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018) and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019). He starred in Spike Lee’s 2020 film ‘Da 5 Bloods’ as ‘Stormin’ and August Wilson’s upcoming ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’. In 2019, Boseman had noted that the film changed what it meant to be “young, gifted and black.”
For his biggest role in ‘Black Panther’ and its many fight scenes, the star was said to have trained rigorously to get in shape and learned Angolan capoeira, Dambe boxing, Zulu stick fighting, karate, kung-fu and jiu-jitsu. According to his family, many of Boseman’s movies got filmed amid his “countless surgeries and chemotherapy” even as his cancer diagnosis was not publicly known.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, battled it…as it progressed to stage 5. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and several more, all were filmed between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” the family said.
DNA test showed he’s of Nigeria, Sierra Leon ancestry
Raised in the United States, the deceased actor had revealed that his DNA test indicated that his ancestors were Krio people from Sierra Leone, Yoruba people from Nigeria, and Limba people from Sierra Leone. His mum was a nurse while his dad worked at a textile firm, managing an upholstery business as well. As for him, he initially sought to become a leading movie director and executive.
Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 (Getty Images)
Boseman graduated from T.L. Hanna High School in 1995. In his junior year, he wrote what turned out to be his first play ‘Crossroads’ and staged it at the school after a classmate was shot and killed. Boseman also attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing., with one of his teachers Phylicia Rashad becoming his mentor.
She was said to have helped raise funds so that Boseman and some classmates attended the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London, the United Kingdom to which they had been accepted as Boseman wanted to write and direct, and initially began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors. He thereafter returned to the United States, where graduated from New York City’s Digital Film Academy.
Being a firm believer in social justice, the actor had severally spoken against racism, having lived in Brooklyn as a black man at the start of his career. Boseman worked as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles to finally pursue an acting career.
After news of his death broke, Howard University tweeted a tribute, where Wayne Fredrick, the school’s president said, “It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power!”
Chadwick Boseman gives 'Wakanda Forever' salute at Howard graduation
Boseman gives ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute at Howard graduation (Washington Post)
Even the institution will hardly forget the deceased star’s moving speech, which was made after he returned in 2018 to his alma mater on an invitation to deliver the main address at the school’s historic 150th commencement ceremony. There, he praised student protesters who had taken a stand a month earlier, and he charged graduates to find purpose in their lives and not simply a job.
“When you are deciding on next steps, next jobs, next careers, further education, you should rather find purpose than a job or a career. Purpose crosses disciplines. The purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history,” he said while addressing the graduates.
“Many of you will leave Howard and enter systems and institutions that have a history of discrimination and marginalization. The fact that you have struggled with this university you love is a sign that you can use your education to improve the world you’re entering.”
Tributes have been pouring in for the late movie star as words of his death spread.
|Sports / Messi, Ronaldo And Guardiola Will Join PSG - Pancrate Tips Ligue 1 Champions by GreenAgain: 5:33pm On Aug 29|
The former midfielder believes the trio will all end up in the French capital and claims "Manchester is ugly" amid Man City interest in the Argentine
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be at Paris Saint-Germain and have Pep Guardiola as their coach by next year, says Fabrice Pancrate.
Messi has told Barcelona he wants out and, as revealed by Goal, the Argentine plans to meet the Catalan club's board to discuss leaving on good terms.
L'Equipe have claimed that PSG sporting director Leonardo contacted the 33-year-old's father, Jorge, to inquire about his situation before being told that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has opted to join Manchester City.
However, Pancrate, who played for PSG between 2004 and 2009, believes the Ligue 1 champions have a masterplan in place which involves not only Messi, but Guardiola and Juventus star Ronaldo too.
"I'll tell you what I think. Beyond the city itself – because Manchester is ugly, it's grey, it's raining – there are plenty of things that make me say that Messi is going to Paris," Pancrate told Le Parisien.
"And Ronaldo will join him in 2021. And Guardiola too.
"I think Guardiola and Messi have spoken to each other before. Guardiola must have told him: 'We're going to mix things up. I want you in Manchester, but go to Paris and don't worry, next year I'll join you there.'
"I see it like that. And there, the slogan of PSG – 'let's dream bigger' – it makes perfect sense!
"It would be the first team in the world to bring together four aliens: Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe. With a crazy coach."
Ronaldo is about to enter his third season at Juve, having left Real Madrid in a €112 million (£100m/$119m) deal in 2018, but Pancrate believes a move to PSG would make perfect sense.
"Even though people say Messi is already 33, and that Ronaldo is going to be 36, stars of their calibre don't need to run," Pancrate continued.
"It's the ball that moves! They will always make a technical difference. And then if you were able to take a [Gianluigi] Buffon or a David Beckham at 37, with a marketing side that no one hides, it makes perfect sense to take a Ronaldo who is still very competitive, very professional, who is afraid of nothing.
"Paris has everything to gain! It's too premature for him to leave the European scene. He needs ever-higher challenges. Who can offer him that after Juve? Can you imagine this dream team? It would just be grandiose."
|Romance / 40% Of Married Nigerian Men Are Bi-sexual- Halima Abubakar by GreenAgain: 8:51pm On Aug 26|
A few days ago, popular Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar took to her social media account to send a cryptic message which set the platform agog as many of her friends and followers read meanings to the message.
The actress simply posted, “Don’t blame people who jump from one girl to another. Some times what they really want is another man. Don’t hurt yourself. Dust yourself and move on.”
In an exclusive chat with Punch, the Kogi state born actress shared her reason for the cryptic message. She revealed that about 40 per cent of married Nigerian men are on the “Down-low” (bi-sexual).
She said, “We have over 40 per cent of down-low (bi-sexual married men) in Nigeria, whether you want to believe it or not. Sadly, their families don’t even know. Instead of them putting their families through hurt, infect them with various diseases and end up killing their wives or themselves because they are scared to open up, I feel they should be truthful and realistic about their needs and put it first before anything.
“I know so many people who are married and they are bi-sexual. I’m saying this because it is the truth and those reacting are the guilty ones. Tell me why a man will change girls at random? What exactly are they looking for if it is not a man? Nigerians don’t accept the truth because half of us are hypocrites. I Halima Abubakar am telling you that a lot of people are bi-sexual. They should save the lives of future generations by coming out, if they don’t want to come out, they should not get married.
She continued, “If they want just a child, they can afford surrogacy. You won’t believe some of these people have nine children, tell me what they want nine children for only to go and end up with a man. That’s destroying somebody’s life.
I’ve been hinting about it for a long time now so I just needed to say it like this.”
The mother of one debunked rumours that her statement was directed to her long time friend, Tonto Dikeh, as speculated by some blogs stating that such comments were stupid.
“Is she a man? The people that said that are very stupid. How can they even mention Tonto Dike? Please let them stop putting my name in things like that. She is somebody that I’ve known for over 15 years why will I just make a post about her when it is not a birthday or congratulatory post. Look, I do not make enemies in my life and she is one of the people that I will never in my life say something against anywhere. People know that I am vocal, if I have a problem with you, I will ask you or call you. I am that bold, so why should I indirectly insult a friend?” the thespian said.
|Family / Muslim Girl In France Shaved By Family Over Christian Boyfriend by GreenAgain: 7:09pm On Aug 21|
The parents, uncle and aunt of a teenager of Bosnian Muslim origin will face trial in France on charges of violence against a minor for shaving her head over her relationship with a Christian Serbian boy, prosecutors said Friday.
The girl had her hair shaven off and was also beaten in the eastern city of Besancon on Monday, judicial sources said.
“Shaved and beaten because she ‘loved a Christian’. Deeply shocked by this act of torture on this 17-year-old girl,” French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter.
“This barbarity calls for the most severe punishment,” he added.
Police detained the two parents as well as the uncle and the aunt. They were released under judicial control but are banned from contacting the girl, who has been placed under protection. They are not aware of her whereabouts.
They will be tried for “violence against minors”, deputy prosecutor Margaret Parietti told AFP.
– ‘Can’t marry a Christian’ –
The girl, who arrived from Bosnia-Herzegovina two years ago with her family, had for several months had a relationship with the young man, aged 20, of Serbian origin who lived in the same building.
“The two families knew each other and (their relationship) was not a problem, but when they started talking about marriage, the girl’s parents told her: ‘We are Muslims, you cannot marry a Christian’,” Parietti said.
The family took away her phone and stopped her contacting her boyfriend. The pair then fled for four days and on their return came to the apartment of the girl’s family along with the boy’s parents.
“The first blow came from the mother, then there was an outbreak of violence. She was taken to a room and beaten. She was shaved, according to her testimony, by her uncle — her father’s brother — while being beaten”, the prosecutor said.
The parents of the young man said they did not dare to intervene but he left the house to report what had happened to police, prosecutors said.
Police in France arrived to find the Muslim girl had been made to hide in a room by her aunt. But she was discovered and taken to hospital, the Est Republicain newspaper reported.
She suffered a broken rib and bruises “everywhere”, in particular, “at the level of the ear”, according to Parietti.
Head-shaving in this context has a particularly shocking context in France.
It was the punishment after World War II meted out to thousands of women who had relationships with Nazi occupiers.
Bosnia’s 1992-1995 inter-ethnic war pitted Muslims, Serbs and Croats against each other and left 100,000 people dead and displaced more than two million.
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