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Politics / Fasoranti’s Daughter: Bakare Weeps, Says Nigeria’s ‘cup Full’ by ogododo: 7:59am On Jul 15
The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, went a little emotional on Sunday when he broke down in tears while lamenting the gruesome murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

While delivering his Sunday sermon in his church in Lagos, Bakare wondered how Nigeria had found itself in a situation where life counted for nothing even to the leaders, adding that with the latest killing, Nigeria’s ‘cup is full.’

The fiery cleric specifically took a swipe at the political and security leaders in the country, saying both had been playing politics with the lives of the citizens through deliberate inaction.

“A few weeks ago here, I called the attention of the nation to the impostors who visited Aso Rock in the name of Afenifere leaders. Now you have killed the daughter of the real Afenifere leader, a 95-year-old man,” Bakare said while crying.

“And you think God will overlook these things. Someone who had gone to see her father and returning to her station! I tell you, now, the cup is full.”

The cleric submitted that security agencies had used different standards for different categories of people whose kinsmen were victims of criminals in the country.

Bakare added, “The other day, the wife of the Governor of Central Bank (of Nigeria) was kidnapped; and within a few hours, they did not just rescue the woman, they also arrested those who perpetrated the crime.

“Now, the daughter of Pa Fasoranti has been killed, and we have been hearing only stories, nothing tangible has been achieved.

“If someone desires a thing so seriously and does not know the purpose for such a thing, when he gets it, he won’t achieve anything with it.”

Sports / Re: David And Victoria Beckham Beat The Odds As They Celebrate 20th Anniversary by ogododo: 4:53pm On Jul 04
World number 7
Sports / Re: David And Victoria Beckham Beat The Odds As They Celebrate 20th Anniversary by ogododo: 10:29am On Jul 04
Seun celebrate ManU
Sports / Re: David And Victoria Beckham Beat The Odds As They Celebrate 20th Anniversary by ogododo: 9:57am On Jul 04
Why Beckham no de coach, im for be Manu coach like Lampard.
Sports / Re: David And Victoria Beckham Beat The Odds As They Celebrate 20th Anniversary by ogododo: 8:20am On Jul 04
They have really tried to keep it together.Happy anniversary to them

Me self no believe the thing go last 5 years, dem don surprise me, make God dey bless dem for all of us oo.
Sports / David And Victoria Beckham Beat The Odds As They Celebrate 20th Anniversary by ogododo: 7:31am On Jul 04
Showing what big people they were, David and Victoria went to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, even though they’d copied them with the thrones. Victoria was nine months pregnant and still in skyscraper heels, of course. What do you think she is, an amateur?
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.


Lalasticlala na Waffi man be Beckham grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

Foreign Affairs / BREAKING: Second Suicide Bombing Attack In Tunisia's Capital. by ogododo: 12:29pm On Jun 27
BREAKING: Second suicide bombing attack in Tunisia's capital.

At least one person has been killed in Tunis. The latest from Sky News here:
Crime / Re: Why I Arranged My Kidnap – Suspect by ogododo: 10:40am On Jun 27
You said you wanted to raise the money to assist your husband but he was the one that had to run around to raise the ransom money, so you are stealing from him to assist him

No be only Warri rain de fall
Lalasticlala up Papa Eagles
Crime / Why I Arranged My Kidnap – Suspect by ogododo: 6:52am On Jun 27
A middle aged woman, Mrs Yemi Samuel, yesterday said she arranged her own kidnap to raise money from family members to assist her husband. The woman, who was paraded by the Kwara State police command, said her husband is a pensioner with the Kogi State government and had not receive his pensions for many years, making life difficult for them.

Samuel further explained that family members who are financially buoyant have also refused to help them, hence her reason for her arranged kidnapped. The woman, who reportedly ran to Ilorin to hide in her rented family apartment, said they were residing in Kogi and since people don’t know her in Ilorin, she decided to come and hide in Ilorin.

I demanded for N1million but unfortunately I was arrested. I know I am guilty but I saw it as the only way to get money since I couldn’t secure job as a graduate of mathematics,” she said. Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, while parading the suspect alongside other suspects arrested, said Samuel hatched a self-kidnapped scenario but was arrested at Kulende, Sango area of Ilorin after she demanded for N5 million. “She reduced the money to N1 million and effort was intensified and N500,000 was arranged by her husband, as well as family and well-wishers. She directed them to take the money to Iluke town but she was arrested before the transaction could be effected. She would be arraigned in court soon,” the CP said. Other suspects paraded included Kazeem Issa, Soliu Popoola, Abdulwaheed Ambali, Samuel Elaibi and Wahab Olaiya. The CP said the suspects went on rampage and riotiously attacked the office of Kwara State Traffic Management Authority (KWATMA) with dangerous weapons and damaged properties worth millions of naira. He added that the suspects accused their leaders of extorting money from them on the pretense of taking it to police and KWATMA officials but they were still being stopped by the officials they claimed they paid to.

Read more: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/why-i-arranged-my-kidnap-suspect.html
Sports / Re: Uriri High School Students Burn Dormitory After Being Denied Chance To Watch Ken by ogododo: 9:15am On Jun 24
If na Warri, dem go still de flog those students.
Sports / Uriri High School Students Burn Dormitory After Being Denied Chance To Watch Ken by ogododo: 7:50am On Jun 24
Students of Uriri High School have burnt one of their dormitories after being denied a chance to watch an AFCON match.

The students reportedly wanted to the Kenya vs Algeria match yesterday that was taking place in Cairo, Egypt. However, their quests were turned by school's administration hence spurring dissent.

According to the school principal, an alarm was raised by the school watchman that the dormitory had been set ablaze before the neighbouring community and students themselves came in to contain the situation.

Property of unknown value was destroyed during the inferno.

“No casualties have been reported, we have launched an investigation into the incident and soon we will know what transpired,” a senior police officer told journalists.

In June 2016, learning at Itierio Boys High School in Kisii was paralysed after students burnt down eight dormitories in protest against new ‘tough’ rules set by the school administration. Among the tough rules was the cancellation of a football watching routine the students were used to during weekends. The students who were on rampage also left their classes and school dining hall completely vandalised.

The students also went ahead to raid the principal’s office, school canteen as well as a laboratory at a neighbouring school where they left a trail of destruction.

Mid last year, police arrested six students in the wake of a wave of unrest in schools in Nyanza region.

Ministry of Education blamed anxiety over exams, resistance to the transfer of headteachers, copy-cat effect, and indiscipline on the unrest rocking schools.

Five of those arrested after the burning of two dormitories at Chulaimbo Secondary School were charged with arson.

Politics / My Predecessor Spent N2.3bn On Burial In Five Months – Bauchi Gov by ogododo: 7:05am On Jun 24
The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has alleged that his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar, spent N2.3bn to buy materials for burial in the state.

But Abubakar has dismissed the allegation, describing it as laughable.

The governor, who spoke through his spokesperson, Dr Ladan Salihu, in an interview with journalists in Bauchi, said the funds were spent between January and May, 2019.

He explained that over N900m was spent on the purchase of white cloth used for wrapping corpses while over N1.4bn was used to buy the wood for lacing the graves after burial.

According to him, the government discovered issues of corruption, venality, daylight robbery of the commonwealth of the people of the state.

Ladan alleged, “This money which ought to have been appropriated by the state House of Assembly before expenditure, all of a sudden emanated from our treasury books. How could you imagine that a state government, within five months, that is, between January and May, 2019, spent well over N2.3bn on funeral materials, dresses for wrapping dead bodies and the woods that you lace the graveyards with.”

Asked if the state government had any proof to substantiate its claim, he said there was no iota of doubt on the matter, saying that there was documentary evidence to prove that.

“All these are captured in the report of the transition committee and these were gathered from documents and vouchers and payments made from our treasury books. There is the Freedom of Information Law, use it and find out for yourself from those documents,” Ladan said.

The governor’s spokesman vowed that the state government would use every instrument of the law, including petitioning the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and other anti-corruption agencies on the matter, “until every kobo stolen is returned.”

Ladan said, “Government will take stern measures; we will recover every kobo that has been looted or stolen by the immediate past administration and, in fact, the administration before it. Where it is established that there is a clear case of misappropriation or outright stealing of public funds, it’s an obligation, you don’t allow criminality to run roughshod on the rest of us because these are public funds.”
When contacted by our correspondent for a reaction, the media aide to the former governor, Ali M. Ali, said he was not aware of such allegation.

He said, “I’ve not heard of anything like that so I will speak on it when I make my findings but this is laughable. I will get back to you on that when I have done my findings.”

He had yet to get back to our correspondent 24 hours after he was first contacted on the matter.

Politics / Re: Confusion As ‘prayer Warriors’ Compete With Medical Doctors For Patients by ogododo: 12:53pm On Jun 22
Another tragic case involved a lady, a banker, who was diagnosed with low blood pressure. When she collapsed one day, after her condition worsened, rather than rush her to the hospital, her relatives took her to some prayer warriors. They believed that it was a case of spiritual attack and did not require medical attention in hospital. However, when she couldn’t recover in the prayer house, they decided to take her to the hospital. But by the time they got to the hospital, she was pronounced dead.

“That may have been an avoidable death,” Ndubuisi observed.

Public health problem

Noting that the situation whereby medical cases are adjudged as ‘spiritual’ was making it difficult for some patients to come to hospital early enough, Ndubuisi said the problem was a serious challenge in medical circles.

He stressed that the development had become a public health problem.

The consultant neurosurgeon said, “The problem has been there for a long time but now we are beginning to speak out against it because it is becoming a serious challenge in medical circles. The impact is getting worse and the problem there is that those involved will not come to hospital early.

“Most times, people don’t see the proper experts early enough because one or two suggestions by prayer warriors will sway them but the truth is they (prayer warriors) are not really in a position to make informed decisions for those that come to them. Worse still, people exhaust their resources at the prayer houses before coming to hospital to access the proper medical treatment. That is why I think it is becoming a public health problem.

“Most of these prayer warriors advise from the point of ignorance – they always talk of death, death, death, and this makes patients to stay away from the hospital, thereby delaying treatment for a long time.”

A consultant psychiatrist at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatrist Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr Olugbenga Owoeye, noted that delaying the time a patient is brought to the hospital tends to have a negative effect on the outcome of treatment, when the case eventually gets the necessary medical attention.

“When there is delay over a period of time before eventually coming to the hospital for treatment, it tends to affect both the treatment and the outcome of the treatment,” he said in an interview with our correspondent.

‘Undue interference by prayer warriors in medical issues’

Ndubuisi, in the same vein, spoke of what he described as ‘undue interference’ by prayer warriors in the work of medical professionals.

Giving several instances to highlight the situation, he said, “Another unfortunate issue is sometimes when patients die genuinely in the hospital, their families contact the man of God. The man of God might say that they should leave the corpse for two or three days before taking it to the mortuary. There is something we call ‘brain dead’, which means the brain has died but the heart may still be beating. The doctor can never convince the deceased’s relatives that this person can no longer be revived so they will say he is alive, until the man of God says otherwise. I think this is an undue interference.”

Religious leaders react

While medical practitioners are grappling with the complications thrown up by the involvement of prayer warriors in medical issues, religious leaders are of the view that while prayer is essential for the well-being of human beings, patients should endeavour to seek medical help when they are sick.

Religious leaders who spoke to our correspondent include Rev Fr Benjamin Achi of the Enugu Catholic Archdiocese, Pastor Dr Joseph Ajujungwa, a leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the South-East zone, and the Secretary-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Dr Abubakar Khalid-Aliyu.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, Achi described the ‘intervention’ of prayer warriors in medical issues as a tragic development, particularly in the southeastern part of the country.

He said, “It is a tragedy in our area and it says a lot about our people’s perception of religion and what God can do for them. We are working very hard to correct that impression; it is a very bad understanding of religion. It is a wrong approach.”

“The first port of call for anybody who is sick should be the hospital because God has made it possible for us to find medical solutions to our health problems. People should desist from complicating their medical problems by opting for prayer houses when they should go to the hospital. In most instances, these prayer warriors make the situation worse so people should do the correct thing when they are ill. Seeking medical solution to health problems in a hospital is the appropriate thing to do,” he added.

Ajujungwa noted that some people are not able to differentiate between medical cases and spiritual issues due to ignorance and foolishness.

“Some of the cases bother on foolishness – the Holy Bible said, ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’. Some people do not differentiate between what requires orthodox medicine or prayers. Personally, I am of the opinion that matters that should be referred to the hospital should not be taken to prayer houses. For example, I had appendicitis; I had to go to the hospital for it to be removed. Why should I go to prayer house?” he added.

Also reacting to the matter, Khalid-Aliyu said, “For us, the teaching is that whenever you are sick, you seek treatment for that ailment. We don’t have any place kept aside specifically as a prayer house for the treatment of ailments. However, prayer is very essential in the life of a Muslim. There are issues you pray about, but if you are hungry, for instance, you should eat, instead of praying about it.

“It is rather absurd that people who have clear medical issues, some of which require surgery or other aspects of treatment, would resort to prayer houses. Of course God has the power to heal and it is He who heals. But it is also God who asked His servant to treat sicknesses in order to restore their health, therefore it is important.”

Why do people go to prayer warriors rather than hospitals?

The medical practitioners and the religious leaders identified various factors as the reasons some people shun hospitals for prayer houses when confronted with health challenges.

In Achi’s view, the major cause is that some of the prayer warriors have turned their ‘prayers’ into a sort of business, while blaming the development on the economic situation in the country.

However, Owoeye, a psychiatrist, observed that the prayer warriors are not forcing people to come to them.

But he also admitted that, in some cases, they claim they are capable of doing things they cannot do.

Asked if the prayer warriors are taking advantage of members of the public, Owoeye said, “It is not that they are taking advantage of people. They don’t go and canvass for people. People go there on their own, and those ones (prayer warriors) claim a lot of things they can do which they cannot even do. These prayer houses are not churches alone – they cut across all religions, including herbalists and all the rest.”

The psychiatrist added that many people opt for prayer warriors due to lack of knowledge.

Speaking from a mental health perspective, he observed that, in most cases, people do not understand the nature of the ailment, a situation which makes them to see the problem as ‘spiritual’, rather than medical.

Owoeye said, “Some people don’t have knowledge about what is happening to them, so they don’t know where to seek help. Another reason is lack of awareness – to what extent do our print and electronic media take it upon themselves to educate people about these mental health problems?

“Most of the severe mental health cases, especially depression, anxiety and stress related disorders, present in a way that people may not even know that hospital is the next port of call. So because of cultural beliefs and the stigma associated with such ailments, people don’t think of going to the hospital first. They want to seek spiritual intervention because they cannot explain what is happening.”

Fagboungbe, a psychologist, however, identified poverty as a major factor responsible for the problem.

On his part, Ajujungwa, a pastor, identified two factors – the high cost of medical treatment in hospitals, and ‘demonic attacks’, as responsible for the rising influence of prayer warriors in medical issues.

Khalid-Aliyu, an Islamic cleric, on his part, blamed the development on ignorance and the quest for pecuniary gains by some religious leaders, while stressing the importance of prayer in the life of a Muslim.

The neurosurgeon, Ndubuisi, also identified ignorance as the major reason people take their medical challenges to prayer warriors, instead of hospitals.

But he also noted that highly educated individuals are also involved in the practice.

He said, “It is even more worrisome that educated people are also involved – we can’t really say it is a problem of the uneducated ones alone. PhD holders are also affected. Ignorance and people’s beliefs play a major role in this phenomenon. People have always believed in spiritualism and faith, across all religions, including Christianity and Islam. Also, people prefer anybody who will tell them what they want to hear and in such situations, it becomes very difficult to convince them to do things differently.”

He equally observed that, in most cases, the prayer warriors should be held responsible for deceiving their followers.

“The blame should be shared between ignorance on the part of the concerned patients and the fact that the so-called prayer warriors treat the matter as business. They haven’t been able to tell people the full truth about the limitations of what they can do. Even though they profess they can do what God did 2,000 years ago, they are not God, and it was the same God that made it possible for mankind to record breakthroughs in the treatment of diseases,” he noted.

Prayer can complement medical treatment

Ndubuisi further observed that, rather than usurp the role of medical treatment, prayers can complement the work of medical professionals.

He said, “The prayer warriors should understand that the role of the medical doctor cannot be disputed. Even if you are in the hospital somebody can still pray for you at the same time, there shouldn’t be a barrier in what God can do. The two (prayer and medical treatment) can even be complementary – somebody can be praying for you in Jerusalem while you are receiving treatment in Nigeria. Patients should not be kept in the custody of people who are not ideally supposed to keep them for treatment. The doctor should take up the duty of treating the patient and the prayer warrior can be in the background, praying for healing.

“Also people should not see religion and medicine as contradictory, rather they should be complementary. They should go to hospital and heed the right medical advice while the person that is praying is praying. We need to educate our people. In countries where they are atheists people still recover from sickness. Faith healing may exist but the best approach, when anybody is sick, is to maximise available medical health care options.”

Interestingly, for Fagboungbe, prayers can only heal sickness when there is strong faith.

He said, “If your faith is shaky, you will only kill yourself if you go to a prayer warrior instead of going to a hospital when you are sick. If your faith is not strong enough, you better seek medical attention in a hospital.”

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Politics / Confusion As ‘prayer Warriors’ Compete With Medical Doctors For Patients by ogododo: 12:53pm On Jun 22
Mrs Felicia Eze, an officer with the Nigeria Immigration Service, believed that her husband, Mr Basil Eze, was responsible for her sickness. A prophet told her so. The couple were living happily until Felicia started experiencing a severe back pain, which got worse each day. At a point the woman was finding it very difficult to stand, or even to sit down. At that point, she was still in good terms with her husband, who was so concerned about his wife’s medical condition and decided to take her to the hospital for medical treatment. After tests were carried out at the hospital, the consultant who attended to Felicia recommended that she undergo an urgent surgical intervention to correct the problem. From the findings made by the hospital, it was discovered that Felicia could lose the use of her limbs if the problem was left to linger.

For several months Felicia kept going to the prophet for prayers, even as her health, and her relationship with her husband and her children, continued to deteriorate. Eventually, her children ‘dragged’ her to the hospital, and the surgery was performed. It was successful, and Felicia did not die. Rather, she recovered.

Interestingly, the first person Felicia asked for after the surgery was her husband, Eze, who she had not spoken to in months. Eze and the children were waiting in the hospital ward when she was wheeled in from the theatre. The Ezes became a happy family once again as Felicia recovered from the ailment.

A consultant neurosurgeon at Memfys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu, Dr Chika Ndubuisi, who is aware of the case, explained that Felicia could have become paralysed if she had continued to delay the surgery.

“The woman delayed treatment for seven months and would have become paralysed,” he told our correspondent in a telephone interview.

Felicia was lucky. Juliet Ugonna and Ejiro Felix were also among the lucky ones.

When Ugonna suddenly slumped and became unconscious just after getting home from work one afternoon, her relatives suspected a case of ‘spiritual attack’. The lady was not rushed to the hospital immediately – people around when the incident occurred, including her mother, some other relatives and neighbours, embarked on prayers. After a while, she was taken to a nearby hospital on their street in Aba, Abia State. However, after regaining consciousness in the hospital, Ugonna kept complaining of a very severe headache which came and went at intervals. When she was not experiencing the headache, Ugonna would seem fine and in good health and her relatives would ask the doctors to discharge her so that they all could go home. But then the pain would return, accompanied by loud cries of agony from the patient. Confused and exasperated, Ugonna’s mother started consulting different prophets and prayer warriors. But the revelations revealed by the prophets further compounded the confusion. All the prophets came up with different reasons as the cause of Ugonna’s ‘strange’ ailment – some said she stepped on ‘juju’, or poison, at her work place, some said she was under spiritual attack by some people who were engaged in a land dispute with her parents, others said the sickness was the doing of a ‘spiritual husband’, who was angry that a young man was coming to ask for Ugonna’s hand in marriage. Yet another prophet said the ailment was a manifestation of a ‘curse’ in her family. While the prophets differed in their ‘revelations’, they agreed on one fact – Ugonna’s condition was spiritual and could only be handled with prayers.

Fortunately for Ugonna, even as her family was seeking a spiritual solution, they did not neglect medical intervention. Having been taken to a bigger hospital, she was attended to by a medical specialist who recommended an MRI scan on the brain. When the result came out, it was discovered that Ugonna was suffering from a case of subarachnoid haemorrhage – bleeding in the brain caused by rupture of a vein in the skull. The situation required an urgent brain surgery, and since it was already about three days since the incident occurred, time was running out. Luckily for Ugonna, her surgery at a neurosurgical hospital was successful.

“I thank God that I was taken to hospital even as prayers were being said for me,” Ugonna observed, while narrating her experience in a telephone chat with our correspondent.

In Felix’s case, doctors had recommended a surgical intervention after he was diagnosed with brain tumour. “But the man of God warned that if the patient underwent surgery, he would die. So the mother, a Phd holder in education and also a lecturer, rather than heed the advice of doctors, insisted on following the instructions of the man of God. Eventually, a relative, who is a medical doctor, convinced them that the surgery must be done, so they came back. But on the night of the surgery, the man of God sent another message to the woman that if the surgery took place her son would die, and the woman again refused to proceed with the surgery. But after some time, the patient, reluctantly, agreed to have the surgery and it was successful – he recovered,” Ndubuisi, a neurosurgeon, disclosed.

Some others are not lucky as the ‘intervention’ of prayer warriors led to probably ‘avoidable’ deaths.

Sunday James, a businessman, shook his head and wiped tears from his eyes as he narrated the circumstances that surrounded the death of his wife. Sandra, James’ wife, was pregnant with twins, and long before her due date, the gynaecologist at the hospital where she was going for antenatal care recommended that the birth should be by Caesarian Section, due to certain complications. James rallied to get the fees for the CS ready on time, even before the time the operation was scheduled. But Sandra’s mother informed a prophetess about the development, and asked for special prayers for her daughter’s safe delivery. The prophetess told Sandra’s mother that it was not the will of God that the birth would be by CS. She said Sandra would put to bed naturally, like the Hebrew women in the Holy Bible. The prophetess also instructed that Sandra should be brought to her prayer house once she started feeling the signs of labour. The prophetess is a widely acclaimed seer with thousands of followers and Sandra and her mother had no doubts whatsoever concerning her revelations. But James was kept in the dark, and as he was hustling to put money and other logistics together ahead of the anticipated delivery, his wife and her mother were preparing to move down to the prayer house. Unfortunately for James, the Expected Date of Delivery fell during a scheduled business trip to China but then, he had made all the necessary arrangements, and was looking forward to returning to meet his wife and the new twins. As instructed, Sandra’s mother took her to the prophetess’ prayer house when she went into labour, even though they had informed the husband, James, that they were going to the hospital. The gynaecologist, who had been checking up on Sandra, also called to know when she would be coming to have a CS. He was informed that Sandra would come ‘soon’. But that was the last James, or any other person, heard from Sandra. She died while trying to deliver the twins, after a prolonged labour at the prayer house. The babies also died. The prophetess fled. Grief-stricken and consumed with a sense of guilt, Sandra’s mother could not muster the courage to give James the terrible news.

“I was in constant communication with my wife and her mother, who was staying with her in my house, when I was in China. The last I heard from them was when I was told she had gone into labour and that they were going to the hospital. I was tensed up but I was also expecting good news so I became agitated when I couldn’t hear from them afterwards. It was my younger brother that eventually told me what happened,” James, who said he could not get over the tragic incident, told our correspondent during an encounter in Lagos.

Also, the death of a six-year-old boy, who was diagnosed with brain tumour, could have been prevented, if his parents had not decided that the situation should be addressed spiritually, rather than with orthodox medicine.

Ndubuisi, who was also aware of the case, disclosed, “It is a case where an avoidable death could have been prevented. The child was suffering from tumour in the brain and that tumour blocked the water flow to the brain, what we call hydrocephalus. The parents are educated. After the diagnosis, they were counselled on the urgent need for a surgery to divert the water even if they were not ready for the surgery to remove the tumour at that time. There were concerns that the hydrocephalus was going to build up and kill the child.

“The parents asked for some time to go and come back. Surprisingly they went to a church and came back about six weeks later insisting we should do a brain scan for the patient. We thought maybe they came back for surgical intervention but they insisted we do a scan (to confirm the supposed healing in the church). We did the scan and the problem was still there. Normally, they (prayer warriors) will ask them to go and get a medical report to confirm the healing.

“The parents were again counselled on the need for urgent surgical intervention because the scan showed that the tumour was getting worse but instead of accepting admission, they said we should give them three more days and they went ahead to check into a hotel near the hospital. From there they were trying to contact the church. Barely 48 hours after, the patient slumped and couldn’t be revived. Before they could even move him from the hotel to the hospital, the boy had already died and the sad thing is he was the only child of the parents.”

Politics / Re: Fulani Herdsmen Make Fresh Demands From FG, Northern Governors by ogododo: 7:33pm On Jun 18
Ferd ministry of use of our natural resources
Politics / Re: Fulani Herdsmen Make Fresh Demands From FG, Northern Governors by ogododo: 5:33pm On Jun 18
In a statement issued Tuesday in Damaturu, KACRAN’s National President Khalil Mohammed also urged the Federal Government to as a matter of utmost urgency, focus on issues of policy formulation and programme implementation peculiar to the Ministry or alternatively give animal husbandry services equal budgetary provision as that of arable farming.
Politics / Re: Fulani Herdsmen Make Fresh Demands From FG, Northern Governors by ogododo: 5:01pm On Jun 18
Naija de God's hands oo

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Politics / Fulani Herdsmen Make Fresh Demands From FG, Northern Governors by ogododo: 4:55pm On Jun 18
A Fulani group, Kulen Allah Cattle Reares Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) has demanded the establishment of Ministry of Animal Resources by the Federal Government to address numerous challenges confronting the livestock sub-sector in Nigeria.

It stated that this will be in recognition of the pivotal role that the sub-sector plays in sustaining the nation’s livestock industry and contributing to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

In a statement issued Tuesday in Damaturu, KACRAN’s National President Khalil Mohammed also urged the Federal Government to as a matter of utmost urgency, focus on issues of policy formulation and programme implementation peculiar to the Ministry or alternatively give animal husbandry services equal budgetary provision as that of arable farming.

“Not only the creation of this Ministry, considering the diverse and often complex aspects of pastoral production, and significant position of the livestock industry in the national economy, we also call on Mr President to kindly appoint somebody who has very vast knowledge and experience on livestock production as a Minister, who will cooperate with his staff to achieve the Ministry’s desired objectives or alternatively give Directorate of animal husbandry services equal budgetary allocation as that of arable farming,” he advised.

The association further advised the federal government and 19 northern governors to implement polices and programmes aimed at addressing the plights of pastoral communities, tackle the issue of alleged injustice against herdsmen and earmark not less than 20 per cent of available land for pastoral production activities among others.

“As a matter of government policy, all development projects (agricultural or otherwise) should be considered in program design and implementations on pastoral livelihood, ensuring that adequate provision is made for livestock production. An environmental impact assessment of such projects should be undertaken prior to projects commencement.

“Regional nature of pastoralism requires cooperation among countries sharing common borders, which necessitates the linkages of Nigeria’s efforts of pastoral Renaissance to Cameron, Chad, Niger and Benin. The Federal Government should mount a strong lobby aimed at persuading all the neighboring countries to join in its efforts of sedentarisation of the pastoral production system.

“The Ministry under discussion should be given mandate or authority to identity foreign nations which possess livestock productions skills, to establish bilateral relationship on how the two side would put head together to develop livestock industry in Nigeria,” Mohammed demanded.


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Politics / Re: BREAKING: Borno Under Attack Again | Sahara Reporters by ogododo: 8:56am On Jun 18
Warri self dey quiet than many places
Politics / Re: BREAKING: Borno Under Attack Again | Sahara Reporters by ogododo: 9:19pm On Jun 17
This na serious matter.

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Politics / BREAKING: Borno Under Attack Again | Sahara Reporters by ogododo: 8:14pm On Jun 17
The terrorists stormed Gajiram town in Nganzai about 6:45 pm shooting sporadically while civilians tried to hide in the bush.


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Hundreds of civilians have fled their homes as suspected Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaging troops in a gun duel in Nganzai local government area of Borno State, security source says.

The terrorists stormed Gajiram town in Nganzai about 6:45 pm shooting sporadically while civilians tried to hide in the bush.

According to the security source, the gun battle is still going on between the terrorists and the Nigerian troops.

Details later...
Politics / Re: INEC Servers Exist, ICIR Provides Proof In Fresh Report by ogododo: 6:26pm On Jun 16
Server de Airport road Warri
Politics / Re: How Pdp Shared The Position In The House Southwest Was Left Out by ogododo: 6:11pm On Jun 16
Let us examine how the PDP shared their positions in the Senate.

Enyinnaya Abaribe (Minority Leader)
Emmanuel Bwacha (Dep. Minority Leader)
Philip Adudua (Minority Whip)
Clifford Ordia (Dep. Minority Whip)

No SW etc.... Is this how to unite Nigeria and make it work as they falsely mounted so as to deceive the gullible?

I expected CAN to also talk about this

You know remember Dimeji Bankole was Speaker. Abi una de smoke pawpaw leave for ya domot
Politics / Re: N11trn Fuel Subsidy In Six Years? by ogododo: 6:09pm On Jun 16

On the other hand, if Buhari or GEJ before him had completely removed subsidies, and stopped paying them, fuel would be costing 300 per liter... And you would be calling them oppressors.

Till the benefits of removing subsidy ....increased investment in refineries and so on, come in. And prices drip drop eventually.

And if you believed Buhari in 2015 when he said subsidy is gone, while he was still setting the price of fuel, you'll believe anything..

I tire ooo
Politics / Re: N11trn Fuel Subsidy In Six Years? by ogododo: 11:40am On Jun 14
Question mark?
Politics / Re: N11trn Fuel Subsidy In Six Years? by ogododo: 10:56am On Jun 14
Basically, when you agree to pay a subsidy....the amount of money you would pay to maintain the beast will increase year by year...because.

1.People are buying cars.

2.People are buying gnenerators

3.More fuel is being consumed...and more money is needed to keep prices low.

Even with all our refinereis working...we have to import at least 20million liters of fuel a day just to keep our heads above water.

The simple solution is to end subsides...and watch as investments flow in to improve our refineries, build new ones.

But any time that is proposed...it is immediately lambasted as anti-people...yet, I see no other way.

Even Warri Refinery for Ekpan junction no de try, no production.
Politics / Re: N11trn Fuel Subsidy In Six Years? by ogododo: 8:54am On Jun 14
Oyel money!!!!!!
Politics / N11trn Fuel Subsidy In Six Years? by ogododo: 6:53am On Jun 14
As part of its valedictory resolutions,the Eighth Senate expressed reservations over the payment of N11 trillion in six years to fuel importers under the subsidy regime. It was reacting to a report by the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream Sector. Among the lament of the Senators was that the executive arm was paying the subsidy claims of some oil marketers even before the National Assembly appropriated the money for it. Chairman of the committee Senator Kabiru Marafa, who disclosed the payment, also said that due to the scarcity of forex during much of the period of payment,government allowed the oil marketers to source forex outside the official window being the approved rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN] to enable them meet the country’s demand for refined fuel. Meanwhile the information came just after the Senate had approved another N129 billion for subsidy payment to 67 oil marketers. ADVERTISEMENT Government subsidy for domestic consumption of refined fuel, \ under various guises, has been a sore issue in the Nigerian political terrain for many years, with successive governments seemingly transfixed over it. This is in spite of growing evidence that it is hardly serving the purpose for which it was intended. Like previous administrations, the present Buhari Administration seems to be confronted with indecision over which way to go with respect to the retention or removal of fuel subsidy. In all cases the governments justify their retention of this drainpipe by arguing that it is intended to protect the poor. As government’s own figures have pointed out, the benefit that accrues to the poor from trillions in subsidy is relatively little. Submissions by the World Bank and other authorities indict the subsidy programs as being more beneficial to the rich than to the poor. In the Nigerian situation in particular, the oil subsidy regime had transformed into a grand platform for stealing public funds in broad daylight. Evidence from several investigations by both the National Assembly and the executive arm have demonstrated clearly the scope of fraudulent activities associated with the operation of the oil subsidy regime, leading to genuine fears that the economy stands to be crippled if the practice is not checked. ADVERTISEMENT Continuation of the subsidy regime in the face of the country’s installed and potential oil refining capacity have made the importation of refined fuel products unjustifiable. Nigeria has four refineries, two in Port Harcourt, one in Warri and another one in Kaduna. Together they have a total installed capacity to refine 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day. At optimum operational status these would produce enough to meet the country’s fuel needs. However, they are presently in a comatose state, leaving the country at the mercy of imported fuel with its catalogue of woes of which the discredited subsidy regime is just one. In the circumstances, the country now has a saving grace in the upcoming Dangote Refinery, due to go into operation in 2020, with a daily production capacity of 750,000 barrels. Yet, the Dangote Refinery, which is built on the Atlantic coast and is oriented towards export of refined fuel and possible import of crude oil as well, would not ameliorate the national situation as long as government insists on a controlled internal fuel price. This is where the report by Senator Marafa’s Committee provides a good take-off point for the newly inaugurated Ninth National Assembly to work towards a final resolution of the country’s subsidy headache. Since the subsidy regime, presently called NNPC “under recovery,” diverts funds from other vital areas of the country’s public life, the earlier it is addressed, the better for the country. Nigeria’s fuel subsidy conundrum is totally unjustified. As a major crude oil producer,Nigeria should actually be a hub of oil refining for West and Central Africa. This should be a cardinal item on the Legislative Agenda of the Ninth National Assembly, now that it has taken off.

Read more: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/n11trn-fuel-subsidy-in-six-years.html
Politics / Re: See Shehu Sani Reaction To PMB Democracy Day's Speech by ogododo: 1:10pm On Jun 13

Has Buhari treated his ear infections

lalasticlala, this man de yarn something
Politics / Obasanjo Knew About June 12 Annulment - Kingibe by ogododo: 11:58am On Jun 13
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, yesterday said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was one of the architects of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was won by the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

Kingibe was Abiola’s running mate on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP).

He said although Obasanjo attempted to convene a meeting of statesmen to address the aftermath of the June 12 crisis, President Muhammadu Buhari only attended the inaugural meeting and stopped because of the direction of the session.

Kingibe said Buhari’s position was very clear over the years that the annulment was unjustified.

He, however, parried questions on whether or not he betrayed the late Abiola, who died in his bid to reclaim his mandate.

He said the celebration of June 12 as a Democracy Day should not be an occasion for recriminations or for talking on who betrayed who and who abandoned what.

He said he had never spoken over the years because he was bemused and saddened by the annulment.

Kingibe broke his silence for the first time on the annulment of the election while appearing on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme.

He did not give details of the roles Obasanjo played to annul the presidential poll.

He however justified why Buhari opted to honour Abiola.

Kingibe said: “In the aftermath of the annulment, one of the architects of the annulment, former President Olusegun Obasanjo tried to get some elder statesmen (former presidents and so on); I think at the African Leadership Forum to see how the aftermath of the annulment could be addressed or to see how the problems arising from the annulment could be addressed.

“And I think President Muhammadu Buhari did attend the meeting once, the inaugural meeting. I understood that when he (Buhari) saw the direction of the meeting, he decided not to attend again.

“Every time the issue of the annulment came up over the years, his position was very clear; it was very firm that the election was free, fair and there was a clear winner. And that the annulment was unjustified.

“So, having had the opportunity, perhaps, to right the wrong, I won’t be surprised he did so because it is in his character to try and do justice, however, belated and under whatever the circumstances.”

Asked if he was surprised by the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day, Kingibe said: “In a way, yes. I was surprised more by the timing of it than that it happened.

“I was actually on lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia when the announcement was made. I was not surprised that it was made because I knew President Buhari felt strongly about June 12.”

He paid glowing tributes to Abiola for being the arrowhead of the campaign for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 mandate.

He added: “You know, June 12 was the creation of all Nigerians. All Nigerians were the architects of June 12.

“Like all collective endeavours, there is always a leader, and one can never diminish the role of MKO Abiola in the final stages of this political journey to democracy in giving the leadership; in being the arrowhead and the symbol of that struggle for democracy.”

Kingibe was, however, non-committal on whether or not he betrayed Abiola.

He said: “I think we are now going to celebrate the first of the June 12 being a Democracy Day. It is an opportunity to recall all the positive takeaways of the June 12 experience, what it represented and how we can learn lessons for the future.

“I don’t think it as an occasion for recriminations, who betrayed who, abandoned what. The whole process leading to June 12 was a unique experience in Nigerian political journey towards democracy.

“The facts of June 12, the elections that took place on that day, were unique. We have held many elections but the elections of June 12 were unique.

“The annulment of the elections was unique in the life of all Nigerians and being unique and novel, I think everybody reacted accordingly to their understanding of what reaction was required.

“I do not think that we have the time to go through who played what role, who did what on this occasion. All I said, let us celebrate the event of June 12.”

Kingibe said he did his best to ensure that the annulment did not stand.

His words: “Suffice it to say that there are many ways of pursuing a goal. To me, the immediate goal was to make sure that the annulment did not stand. That I had a very strong opinion about. Don’t forget, from the annulment and the enthronement of Interim National Government (ING), there were 82 to 84 days or so.

“During those days, we all worked together to make sure the ING did not stand. And it did not stand. Thereafter, we all had our reflections collectively and individually as to the way forward, and we moved on

Responding to a question on why he has never spoken, he said: “Indeed, I never.

“This is the first time that I am addressing the issue. Sometimes, I am bemused; I am saddened, perhaps sometimes I am not surprised about the comments that people were making about June 12; the claims on June 12, those who stood on June 12 and so on.

“I know every detail of what happened and there is no way that one can tell the truth about June 12 without perhaps diminishing some people’s own; without taking away from the significance and the solemnity of that day.

“I have actually recorded my recollections of those days and those events. I hope that I will have the opportunity to air my recording one day. It is in video recording, not audio recording.”

There was no comment yesterday from Obasanjo on Kingibe’s claim.

Speaking with The Nation through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo simply said: “No comment.”

“I have no comment.”

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