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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pastor Dies Hours Before A Burial Service He Was Supposed To Officiate

Venerable Stephen Eseteru Ogue, JP, 53, of St. John’s Anglican Church, Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State and author of several Christian books died at about 7.45 a.m. on Friday, December 11, 2015, two hours before he was supposed to officiate at a funeral service. He reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away at Lily Hospital, Deco Road, Warri. His first daughter, Oghenenyoreme Ogue, said he had been suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. The hearse conveying the remains of the woman whose burial the paster was supposed to preside at, mourners, including a large delegation of the church’s Women Guild as well as members of the Anglican Fasting and Prayer Society, had gathered in front of the church building as early as 9.25 a.m. for the service billed for 10.00 a.m. Unaware of the tragedy that had occurred, the mourners waited patiently for the officiating ministers to receive the body but no pastor was in sight. Meanwhile, other members of the church and visitors kept trooping into the church premises for the funeral service. Worried by the development, members of the mourning family began to call the vicar’s phone but someone kept answering his asking them to exercise patient. The calls to Reverend Friday Erutere, billed to assist the venerable at the funeral service, were initially ignored until he answered to similarly sue for patience, saying he was on his way to the church. After about 45 minutes after the burial ceremony was supposed to start, a Toyota car, said to be owned by the vicar/archdeacon, hurried into the church premises and made its way straight to the staff quarters ,to the relief of those waiting outside the church. Immediately, people started regrouping around the hearse with the hope that the service would soon begin. But that didn’t happen. Eventually, 60 minutes after the scheduled time of service, Erutere, accompanied by two others, arrived at the West Door to officially receive the corpse and proceeded with the funeral service. After the service started, people wondered where the original pastor was, because on several occasions he had enjoined members of the Women’s Guild to be punctual for that particular service and had promised to lead the church delegation to Okpara Inland for the interment. As the mourners departed the church for Okpara Inland, venue of the interment, there was no word about the sudden death of the vicar of the Agbarho church where another Anglican canon, Rev. Benedict Akpoguma, took over proceedings. Put simply, neither the mourners nor well wishers, who had travelled from long distances, including Mr. John Salubi of the NNPC, Dr. Francis Eghwubare of Delta State University, Mr. Joshua Onoronimighwu of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Victor Onogagamue of Delta State Sports Commission, Barrister Joseph Ogedegbe, and a former NBA Chairman of Ughelli Local Government, were briefed on the reason for the funeral’s delay. Only the first daughter, Oghenenyoreme, could volunteer comments,although, she was unable to explain the mystery behind the death of her father, as, according to her, they were trained to submit to the will of God in all circumstances. However, the daughter said they had prayed together that morning in accordance with family tradition, without any visible signs of danger, and the ebullient father retired to the couch in the sitting room apparently to relax. “After a while, I noticed that daddy was no longer breathing normally and I raised the alarm to draw my mum’s attention. She quickly called the driver and we carried him to the car and drove straight to the hospital in Warri. That is all I can tell you, because nobody told us anything about his state of health until the bishop came later that day to break the sad news to us,” she tearfully narrated.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

“Buhari Still Fighting Insurgency With The Equipment I Bought”. Frm President, G.E.J.

In an interview with France 24, the Nigerian leader said insurgency caught the country unawares but his government laid a solid foundation for terrorism to be defeated. “The new government is working hard and I believe they are still using the equipment we procured. Though the budget is still being debated, no new equipment has been bought, so even those equipment the president is using to prosecute the war against Boko Haram are those equipment we procured,” he said. “When Boko Haram started in Nigeria, we had no terror experience. Yes we had armed robbery and other common crimes, but terrorism was different because the people involved were not afraid to die. “So, you need a different mechanism to confront terrorism, you need superior technology, so that you will be able to stop them even before the attack. We never had the equipment, but when we were confronted, we started acquiring and before I left office we built reasonable capacity and I believe with what we left behind and also with what the new government will acquire, they will be able to prosecute this terror war to a reasonable conclusion.” Jonathan also attributed the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the loss of the 2015 election but expressed optimism that the former ruling party would soon gain stability. “The PDP definitely will have some minor issues, it is expected… We lost the presidency and definitely we will have some kind of leadership problems. When you have a president, everybody looks up to the president. But when you no longer have the president, it becomes difficult for the party to have strong leadership. “I believe whatever you observe will be sorted out. Leaders of the party, elders of the party have been meeting and all this perceived disagreement will soon be sorted out. “Every political party has misunderstanding, it is not new, it is always there. From the beginning of PDP, even before I got to Abuja as a vice-president and president, there were instances when the chairman of the party will be asked to step down. And some officers leave from time to time when there are issues. So what is happening is not new but I promise you that PDP will stabilize. “In fact, by March this year, we are going in to elect officers at the lowest levels of the wards to the local government, to the states, to the zones then of course at the national officers will be elected; that is just in March. So the party will bounce back, whatever you are perceiving, it always happen and we will get over it.”
In an interview with France 24, the Nigerian leader said insurgency caught the country unawares but his government laid a solid foundation for terrorism to be defeated. “The new government is working hard and I believe they are still using the equipment we procured. Though the budget is still being debated, no new equipment has been bought, so even those equipment the president is using to prosecute the war against Boko Haram are those equipment we procured,” he said. “When Boko Haram started in Nigeria, we had no terror experience. Yes we had armed robbery and other common crimes, but terrorism was different because the people involved were not afraid to die. “So, you need a different mechanism to confront terrorism, you need superior technology, so that you will be able to stop them even before the attack. We never had the equipment, but when we were confronted, we started acquiring and before I left office we built reasonable capacity and I believe with what we left behind and also with what the new government will acquire, they will be able to prosecute this terror war to a reasonable conclusion.” Jonathan also attributed the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the loss of the 2015 election but expressed optimism that the former ruling party would soon gain stability. “The PDP definitely will have some minor issues, it is expected… We lost the presidency and definitely we will have some kind of leadership problems. When you have a president, everybody looks up to the president. But when you no longer have the president, it becomes difficult for the party to have strong leadership. “I believe whatever you observe will be sorted out. Leaders of the party, elders of the party have been meeting and all this perceived disagreement will soon be sorted out. “Every political party has misunderstanding, it is not new, it is always there. From the beginning of PDP, even before I got to Abuja as a vice-president and president, there were instances when the chairman of the party will be asked to step down. And some officers leave from time to time when there are issues. So what is happening is not new but I promise you that PDP will stabilize. “In fact, by March this year, we are going in to elect officers at the lowest levels of the wards to the local government, to the states, to the zones then of course at the national officers will be elected; that is just in March. So the party will bounce back, whatever you are perceiving, it always happen and we will get over it.”

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wife Storms Wedding Reception In South Africa, Disrupts Husband’s Marriage To Another Woman


MKs: THE MARRIAGE BAGGAGE | Michèle Phoenix
A woman of 42 years identified as Ndodana Chifamba is seen with his wife, Josephine Mhlanga, who stormed his secret wedding
It is almost unheard of for wedding guests to object to a union. But at one South African ceremony, a couple had a startling interruption – from the groom’s wife. Ndodana Chifamba, 42, and his bride, known only as Phindile, were preparing to exchange vows at their wedding in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, when the pastor asked if anyone objected to their marriage. Incredibly, a woman swiftly got to her feet and announced she was married to the groom.
As other guests looked amazed, Josephine Mhlanga, 46, then declared she had two children with her husband of 20 years and had only found about his secret wedding that day.
She said Chifamba who was, by now, stammering could not marry again while she was still alive.
Following the explosive revelation, the pastor halted the wedding. He told the red-faced groom and his lover who apparently knew about his wife that they could not sign the marriage certificate.
Mhlanga reportedly first discovered her husband whom she married in 1995 was living a double life when the groom’s guilt-ridden relatives tipped her off about his planned wedding.
‘One of His relatives tipped me about the wedding’ just hours before it, she said.
‘They said he had emphasized to them that I shouldn’t know about it,’ she added.
Chifamba was reportedly living with his wife and children at the time of his affair with Phindile – but would go away from the family for days at a time – something he apparently blamed his job on.
‘Whenever he visited, he would apologize for spending a lot of time without coming home,’ Mhalnga said, adding that her husband would reassure her that he loved her and wanted to stay with her.
Shockingly, Chifamba even slept next to Mhlanga the night before turning up to wed his new bride.
On the day of the ceremony in the Parklands suburb, Mhlanga arrived uninvited and listened to the music of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services band, which the couple had hired.
As the band performed a drum roll, the pastor then asked if anyone objected to the union.
‘Before the pastor could even say the person should speak or forever hold their peace, a hand shot up and Chifamba gasped in shock,’ a witness at the wedding said.
They said the revelation was followed by ‘dead silence’. The pastor then asked those involved to discuss the matter behind closed doors, before the wedding was transformed into an ordinary party.

It Is Not My Business If Nnamdi Kanu is Dead or Alive – Okorocha


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has denied reports flying in the social media that he called for the hanging of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwemeodo, denied knowing Nnamdi Kanu.
He said: “I read about him (Kanu) on the pages of newspapers like every other Igbo man or Nigerian. Whether he lives or dies, does not have any value to add to me.”
The spokesman said if Kanu dies, he (Okorocha) cannot become director of Radio Biafra or IPOB leader. He said those after Okorocha do not know how to approach their media war against him.
“They have no direction. They have no materials. They lack the moral strength. They also lack the spiritual muscle and that is why they will continue to misfire,” he said.
He said that since 2011 when Okorocha became governor, he never attacked or insulted anybody or any group because his Godliness and orientation do not warrant him to do such things.
“In Imo, the elite gave him (Okorocha) all sorts of names, including ‘Alhaji in Douglas House’, yet, Imo people voted massively for him in 2011 and in 2015 too. And if there could be room for third term, they would have also voted for him.”

Lessons from Ooni’s historic visit to Alaafin


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Apart from deepening the unity of the Yoruba, the historic visit by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, is considered to be a repository of many leadership lessons those running the affairs of Nigeria can learn from
The President, Beyond Better Development, Barbara White, who specialises in motivation and training in interpersonal skills for positive impact, might have had the recent action demonstrated by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at heart when she listed exemplary character, commitment to excellence and ability to think analytically among the seven qualities of a good leader.
Less than two months after Oba Ogunwusi stood before dignitaries, including sons and daughters of Ile-Ife who attended his coronation at the popular Enuwa Square in the ancient town and vowed to build a new Yoruba nation where all traditional rulers would unite and promote unity among the ethnic group, the Ooni used his last Sunday’s historic visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, during the latter’s 45th coronation anniversary to prove that he is an embodiment of those attributes. The Ooni’s action, it is believed, has laid the foundation for the fulfillment of that pledge.
The action of the 51st Ooni was said to be an exemplary and unprecedented one as it added a new chapter to the political history of the Yoruba nation because it eliminated the old rivalry that had existed between Oba Ogunwusi’s predecessor, the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade and Oba Adeyemi.
Before the demise of Oba Sijuwade, he and the current Alaafin never agreed on some historical issues, especially those that have to do with the Yoruba nation. It is on record that they used every available public forum to taunt each other. Their animosity bordered on supremacy battle. Traditionally, it is believed that Alaafin is the political head of the Yoruba nation, while Ooni is the spiritual head. In spite of that demarcation of roles, both traditional rulers engaged in a seemingly unending verbal war for many years.
Even the excision of Osun State from the old Oyo State by the regime of a former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd), with the hope of putting an end to the cold war between the late Oba Sijuwade and Oba Adeyemi, did not achieve the desired result. Till Oba Sijuwade breathed his last, it was not recorded anywhere that the two prominent traditional rulers ever sat down together in a place and discussed the future of the Yoruba nation. It was like they built a permanent wall of enmity between themselves with its attendant lack of unity of purpose among traditional rulers in Yoruba land.
But last Sunday’s visit by the current Ooni was believed to have been unique and broken the wall of enmity because the Ife monarch, though uninvited by the celebrant, broke all artificial barriers to attend the Alaafin’s 45 anniversary coronation. This happened 79 years after a late Ife monarch visited Alaafin’s palace as pointed out by Oba Adeyemi, whose excitement over Oba Ogunwusi’s action knew no bound.
While acknowledging that he did not enjoy cordial relationship with Oba Ogunwusi’s predecessor, the Alaafin commended the new Ife monarch’s move to reconcile all Yoruba obas under a strong umbrella. In the presence of dignitaries at the thanksgiving service, Oba Adeyemi prayed for the peaceful reign of the new Ooni.
The Ooni, on his part, said he recognised the place of Oyo monarch in Yoruba history and that his reign would signal a new dawn for the Yoruba nation.
He had said, “It is a new dawn for all Yoruba sons and daughters around the globe… I am here today though not invited but as the Arole Oduduwa, the onus is on me to felicitate with all sons and daughters wherever they are and to show my solidarity for any of them.
“I am ready to damn any consequences or insinuations from anywhere; my mission here is to preach peace among nations of Yoruba both home and abroad and I am ready to work with Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi, to project the unity and love which existed in the days of our forefathers.”
The Ooni’s action was, however, said to be full of lessons for Nigeria’s leaders. A political scientist and historian, Mr. Jimoh Balogun, described the action as an unprecedented one. According to him, it shows that the first duty of leaders, including political and heads of religious organisations is to lead by example.
Balogun expressed the hope that, the two traditional rulers would strengthen the unity of purpose that both of them have now found.
While asking those in positions of authority to learn from Oba Ogunwusi’s action, Balogun said, “It is unprecedented that the head of the cradle of Yoruba civilisation stretched his arms of harmony, peace and oneness to the political head of Yoruba nation.
“Oba Ogunwusi started by dousing the feud between Modakeke and Ife. The monarch swallowed pride, position, influence and in spite of his young age and youthfulness, to attend the Alaafin’s anniversary and thereby put an end to the covert rivalry between the late Oba Sijuwade and Oba Adeyemi.
“His action portrays leadership by example and humility in office, which appear lacking among those in positions of responsibility in Nigeria. The action blazes the trail for other Yoruba traditional rulers and the nation’s leaders to follow and I believe it will be the beginning of promoting unity among them.”
He equally asked religious leaders to take a cue from the Ooni’s example. According to him, if the Ife monarch can lower his prestige to reach out to the lowly placed and those in the pinnacles of office, so should be the activities of religious leaders in the various denominations.
Balogun, however, claimed that the Ooni’s action showed ray of hope in Nigeria’s youths. He believes that youths will perform well, if entrusted with positions of responsibility.
The Owa of Idanre, Oba Fredrick Aroloye, said the Ife monarch’s action had broken the unhealthy rivalry which once existed between the late Ooni and the current Alaafin. According to him, the visit underscores the need for periodical meetings among Yoruba obas to discuss the progress of the ethnic group.
While praising the new Ooni for the courage, he promised to write the Ife monarch to express his appreciation for his efforts to unite the Yoruba obas.
Oba Aroloye said, “I welcome the Ooni’s visit to Oba Adeyemi to start with. Last time when I met with the Alaafin, he said we obas in Yoruba land should be meeting to unite as one entity. And the fact that the Ooni has paid Alaafin a visit shows that we are one.
“We the other obas say that we are one because it was in 1935 that my own father, the then Owa of Idanre, moved the idea that Yoruba obas should be meeting and he thereafter told the District Officer in Idanre and the District Officer told the Resident Officer and the Resident Officer told the Chief Commission who told the Governor about the obas’ plan to be meeting.
“The first meeting was scheduled to hold in Ile-Ife, the then Alaafin kicked against it and they came back to my father who told them that Oranmiyan was the first son of Oduduwa and that the meeting ought to have taken place at Alaafin’s palace and they all agreed, but instead of holding that meeting in 1935, they shifted it to 1937. I have the sitting arrangement and the minute of everything that transpired at the meeting.
“Now that the new Ooni has moved the idea again that Yoruba obas should be meeting under one umbrella, it is a welcome idea. I am going to write to thank the Ooni for his courageous move.”
The monarch also asked Nigeria’s political leaders to follow the Ooni’s example.
“The primary purpose of having a leader is to promote the interest of the people,” Oba Aroloye said.
Also, a social commentator, Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, commended the Ooni’s “youthful maturity, royal sagacity and spiritual tenacity in the way he has brought an end to the seeming tension between the two thrones” with advice to President Muhammadu Buhari to take a cue from the bold initiative.
Asking political leaders in the country to always demonstrate courage to walk on the right path, Adegboruwa said the Ooni’s boldness had occupied a fresh chapter in the history of Yoruba nation.
He said, “The Ooni of Ife’s boldness to follow the right path should be a big lesson for Nigeria’s leaders. I believe that our leaders, particularly politicians, can learn a lesson from this. They should not be listening to bad advice from their followers.
“Once a leader has identified the right path to follow, he should be bold and courageous enough to follow that path. But the leaders we have in Nigeria now are more or less like the followers; they don’t have the mind of their own. Whether in the Presidency or in the senate, most of the leaders we parade these days have no mind of their own to take bold decisions to move Nigeria forward; they cannot step on toes. The bulk of the lessons from Oba Ogunwusi stopped at the table of the leaders.
“Oba Ogunwusi exercised influence on those who are following him, especially when taking the right decision and I will advise President Buhari to take a cue from this and call the Bayelsa State Governor-elect, Mr. Seriake Dickson, and congratulate him on his victory in the last governorship election in the state.
“Dickson has been declared winner of the governorship poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Certificate of Return has been given to him. Let Buhari stop the perceived hostility he has against Dickson and be a statesman.
“He should also use the same spirit to invite former President Goodluck Jonathan, if the need be, in relation to the current scandal, and ask questions. The 36 state governors should also learn from the Ooni’s bold initiative.”

Friday, January 22, 2016

Davido Signs Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Sony Music


Pop star Davido has signed a record deal with Sony Music at their headquarters in New York. This deal is the first of it’s kind in decades and provides Davido a huge machine in Sony Music which will help him create, distribute and market his music at a world class level.

The deal which was executed by Nigerian raised, American music executive Efe Ogbeni (Grace, Red One) who is also partners with Nicki Minaj on Parker Ighile’s project, and facilitated by Davido’s manager Kamal Ajoboye, is the BIG reason why Davido’s sophomore album, The B.A.D.D.E.S.T was pushed back in 2015.

Present at the signing were Edgar Beger (Chairman and CEO Sony Music International) Davido, Adewala Adeleke, Efe Ogbeni, Kamal Ajiboye.

This is an amazing day for Nigerian and Afrobeat music; a lot is about to change and our sound now has a TRUE opportunity to make a dent in the music space on a global level. A big congrats to Davido!

OAU Students’ Union Leadership Confirms Studentship Suspension


The leadership of the Students’ Union of Obafemi Awolowo Uniuversity has finally broken her long silence on the suspension of some Union officers. Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant, the Students’ Union Public Relations Officer in a Release tagged ‘Immanuel Kant Speaks, Our Suspension and Victimization: A bullet in the Heart’, confessed that it is now due for him to break the silence on the suspension of the Union officers by either authenticating or debunking it. As expected, the PRO confirmed that their studentship has been truly suspended. “The widespread rumour needs authentication or debunking. Sequel to the suspension of union activities, the invitation of some union leaders to an investigation panel and the re-opening of the university, I must confirm to you that truthfully, our studentship has been suspended for semesters. “This decision was said to have been made at the recommendation of the Panel that was set up by the University administration. It should be noted the silence of the leadership of the Union was not borne of fear or cowardice but due to the uncertainty that surrounded the rumours. The confirmation came hours ago.” The three members of the Central Executive Council (CEC) members involved including the President, Akande Omotayo a.k.a TY; Secretary General, Oketooto Oluwaseun a.k.a Hon. Seun and the Public Relations Officer, Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant are two months away from completing their programmes.

Why You Must Avoid Carryovers At All Cost As An Undergraduate


Carry overs in the university system is normal; it basically means a student has an unfinished business. A student can only carry over a course when he or she scores 39 downward in both C.A and exam (over 100).

Carry overs are not in all cases a real reflection of how intelligent or not intelligent a student is, rather it's a reflection of how unserious, unsmart (if that word exist), unchecked and uninterested a student is. 

I have seen highly intelligent students have numerous carry overs and relatively dull students pass through without carry overs. Such is life, that's why a coin is two sided. Carry over can also be a result of unfortunate and unlucky incidents, such as missing scripts, lecturer's attitude towards marking your script, or even a student's handwriting (that's right).

I have once been a victim of an unlucky situation. I was not around Kogi State when an assignment worth 20 marks was been submitted, when I heard about it I quickly rushed back to school from Lagos to get mine submitted. Unluckily for me, the lecturer in charge of the course is very strict and sent me out of his office. I thought to myself," I still have 80 marks to fight for so why panic". 

This lecturer is the kind that barely comes to class, but he gave us a material to read ahead of his exam. For most part of Monday evenings we'll wait in class expecting him to come to class but he never does. On the day I decided I wasn't going to wait in class for him, he showed up in class and seeing how scanty the class was he decided to conduct test with the little number of students in class. 

The test was for 20 marks and I missed it, making it 40 marks missed already which ruled me out of contention to score an A. Words can't describe how devastated I was during this period, my worst fear of carrying over a course is lurking around me. I tried bottling my sadness and fear until the lecturer announced that marks will deducted for every undotted Is and uncrossed Ts in his exam, he was basically asking for a perfectly written error free exam which looked impossible under the sort of pressure we were in. 

I prayed to God about the situation, focused a little bit more on that course than the others, did a whole lot of library work and research and when the exam came around I completely smashed it, narrowly escaping a carryover (which many of my mates had) that would have completely changed the dynamics of my academics. 

Am still grateful to God till today, who knows what it might have been....

Reasons why you must completely avoid carry overs:

-It brings you down;
A) Academically: having carry-over means you have F (0) in that course. It’s bad, it’s really bad. Having an E(2) or a D(4) is far better than having a carryover. It means you just scored 0 after studying a course for a semester and it will definitely reflect on your result.

B) Psychologically: having a carryover affects the psyche of a student. It’s that evil. You don't feel whole again, you won't feel yourself among your peers anymore; you'll feel devastated, less intelligent, less smart and so on. Carry overs inflict serious psychological damage on the bearer. It brings your thinking and psyche to the lowest minimum.

C) Physically: keeping tabs with your main courses is physically tasking enough, add carry overs to that and you'll barely sleep at night. You have to meet up with the time table of your main courses, then meet up with the schedule of your carry over courses, that's so physically demanding, it’s almost like punishment.

-It's hard to recover: even though its technically possible to recover from the evils of carry overs and get your academics back on track, it's extremely difficult and take so much determination and hard work.

-The odds aren't favourable: the odds of you graduating with a great result or a good result shifts every time you carry over a course. Imagine doing a carry-over course in place of an easy to pass elective course...

-It leads to self-esteem issues: when you are writing a carryover paper with guys that are below you, it’s a hard hit on your esteem and confidence level. You certainly won't be the most confident person on campus, in fact you'll be the least confident, if you're not then its either you're shameless, delusional, dull or completely out of touch.

-It’s a bad experience all together: the demanding schedule, the insult by lecturers, the embarrassment of writing a carry-over exam with your "juniors"...it’s a bad experience all together.

How To Avoid A Carry Over:

-Never joke with your Continuous Assessment C.A

-Always be around class and get adequately informed

-Serious studying: studying isn't every one's bread and butter, not everyone enjoys reading and reading, it’s not sweet at all, but you got to do it. That's the way. Use the library to research helpful information as much as you can.

-Do your calculations: your GPA and stuffs

-Always add to what you know

-Always do the conventional first: do what's required of you in test or an exam first, and then spice it up with the result of your research to the lecturers delight.

-Be strong physically and psychologically: in KSU only the strong will survive

-Use your time and work with schedule


-And finally and most importantly...Know your God... 
FROM MYSCHOOL.COM.NG

You can’t be Olubadan, chiefs tell Oyediji, endorse Adetunji


Late Oba Samuel Odulana
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Olufemi Atoyebi
The Olubadan-in-Council on Thursday dismissed the call by the Head of Seriki family line in Ibadan, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, that the kingmakers should install him as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The last occupier of the throne, Oba Samuel Odugade, died on Tuesday at the age of 101, having reigned over the ancient city for eight years.
By Ibadan succession system, the Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Saliu Adetunji, holds pole position to succeed the late Oba Odugade.
But Oyediji, 89, had said on Wednesday that the Olubadan-in-Council would be flouting a 1989 ruling of the Supreme Court, which granted him the right to become the next king of Ibadan after Oba Odugade’s reign if it crowned 87-year-old Adetunji as the new Ibadan king.
He had said, “I am the next to be installed (the) Olubadan and not Adetunji.”
He claimed that the last Otun Seriki, Chief Adisa Akinloye, was denied the opportunity to become the Olubadan before he died in 2007, stressing that the Seriki family was the third line in the Olubadan succession system.
Oyediji said he was already in court to ensure that the Supreme Court judgment, which was in his family’s favour, was obeyed.
Speaking on behalf of the Olubadan-in-Council on Thursday, however, the Ashipa Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Abimbola Ajibola, said the Seriki line was not recognised in the city’s succession plan to the kingship and therefore had no right to become the Olubadan.
Ajibola, who spoke after a meeting of the high chiefs at the Monatan home of the late Olubadan, debunked Oyediji’s claim that there was a Supreme Court ruling that qualified him as the next king of the ancient city.
He said, “It is undisputed that the next Olubadan is High Chief Saliu Adetunji; that is the only authentic Olubadan-in-waiting, any other one is a counterfeit.”
Ajibola pointed out that no court ruling would set aside or supersede the Olubadan succession system and that the law, as spelt out, must always be respected.
He added that apart from the Olubadan-in-Council, no one could declare himself as the Olubadan.
“In this (our) institution, we have two lines that are recognised by law (to occupy the throne of the Olubadan). We have the Otun Olubadan line and the Balogun line; that is all. There is no third line.
“Nobody is competent to say that he wants to be the Olubadan. No one can appoint himself; so, the man (Oyediji) cannot put himself there. We are not aware of any judgment that he is claiming because at the moment, there is nothing like a Seriki line,” the Ashipa said.
Ajibola explained that the situation outlined in the 1959 Ekerin Balogun of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration and the vacancies created by the death of the Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Sulaimon Omiyale, and the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Omowale Kuye, last year, was not the same.
He said, “Even the 1959 Declaration law says that if there are two vacant positions in one line (not two lines as it happened in the case of Omiyale, who was from the Balogun line, and Kuye, who was from the Otun Olubadan line), the Seriki will produce someone to come in.
“No other judgment can overrule that law. Even though two deaths occurred in succession last year in the two lines, the vacancies were filled by the Olubadan before his death. There is no more vacancy. So, where will the Seriki line come in?
“There is no Seriki now because the only Seriki we knew was Adisa Akinloye and he is dead. How can someone now say that he is the head of Seriki line and entitled to become the Olubadan? Who will sign his declaration?”
Ajibola added that Governor Abiola Ajimobi was aware of the existing law, which favours Adetunji as the next Olubadan, stressing that only the kingmakers (Olubadan-in-Council) had the right to recommend a candidate to the governor.
The council’s spokesperson stated, “All the Olubadan-in-Council members will sign a document for anyone who is picked to become the Olubadan. The governor will not listen to the Seriki’s claim because as the kingmakers in Ibadan, anyone that the Olubadan-in-Council presents will be accepted.
“Those who claim to be in Seriki line have never had any meeting with us and they have never been promoted by the Olubadan. They should have asked the late Olubadan to promote them before he died. They did not do what is right at the appropriate time.
“The news about someone else saying he is entitled to the throne is fake, it is not true.
“The only competent person from that line (Seriki) is dead.
“The man called Adebayo Oyediji, who wants to be the Olubadan now, is only the Osi Seriki in that line. He should have applied to the late Olubadan to be promoted before he began arguing.
“He is not competent and nobody will present him to the governor because he will not listen. He (governor) knows the right thing because he is aware of the existing structure and chieftaincy system. We (Olubadan-in-Council) do not recognise him (Oyediji).”
The President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Chief Wole Akinwande, said the history of succession in the city should be respected.
“In the history of Ibadanland, no Seriki has ever become Olubadan and if you go by the history, there is nothing to fight about. The law court is there and Seriki has gone to court. As far as the history goes, which is my own personal opinion, Seriki is not in line to become the Olubadan,” he said.
Oyediji was, however, unfazed by the position of the kingmakers, as he insisted on Thursday that he would pursue his case in the court.
Oyediji said he would not join the council in an argument over who would become the next Olubadan, adding that he preferred to wait for the court to decide the matter.
“I invite them to join me in court when judgment will be delivered over the matter. I don’t want to talk about their decision,” he said.

ICPC arraigns ex-governor Yerima for N1bn fraud


The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission on Thursday arraigned former Governor Sani Yerima of Zamfara State before a Gusau High Court over an allegation that he misapplied over N1bn while in office in 2006.
Yerima is standing trial on a 19-count charge bordering on misappropriation of funds, according to theNews Agency of Nigeria.
Counsel for the ICPC, Mr. Mashkur Salisu, said the money was a bank loan meant for the repair of the collapsed Gusau Dam and the payment of compensations to the victims affected by the incident.
Salisu alleged that Yerima diverted the money to other purposes.
The offence, he said, is contrary to, and punishable under section 25 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.
Also charged with Yerima were Alhaji Hashim Dikko, and two companies – Development Management Ltd. and HAD Nigeria Limited.
They were also accused of misapplication and overshooting of the contract sum for the supply of assorted grains to the Federal Government, amounting to hundreds of millions of naira.
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Mahmoud Abubakar, who led eight other lawyers to appear for the accused persons, pleaded with the court to grant them bail on self recognition with an assurance that they would not jump bail.
Justice Bello Shinkafi granted bail to each of the accused persons in the sum of N100m and two sureties in like sum.
Shinkafi ruled that each of the sureties must own landed properties worth N150m, while they must be resident in Gusau and he adjourned the case till February 29 and March 1, 2016 for hearing.
Speaking to newsmen after the court session, Yerima alleged that the case was instituted against him by his ‘political enemies’, adding that ‘we will use politics to fight back’.
It will be recalled that in 2000, one Buba Jangebe was amputated in Zamfara after he was found guilty of stealing a cow during the tenure of Yerima.