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Christians Should Challenge Pastors To Maintain Transparent Accounts–Femi Falana

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Femi Falana today called on all Christians to challenge pastors who have diverted contributions and funds from their congregations churches to build universities which the children of the same congregation cannot attend.

Describing the practice as “a sin, illegal and unjust,” Falana made this remark as part of his keynote address at the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders annual general convention held in Oregun today, with the theme “Institutionalizing Probity & Accountability in Governance: Perspectives and Methodologies”.

“If you set up a school and the poor people, who contributed those funds, cannot attend those institutions because you set up those schools for the children of the rich, you are bound to be made to account,” he said.

He warned those who are using church funds to establish universities are soon going to have to render accounts.

In the same vein the Executive Chairman of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, has described Lagos State as being governed under false pretense. “It is no gainsaying that Lagos has been running a government of grandstanding imbued by propaganda and bare-faced deception,” he said.

He added that “nobody outside the hierarchy of the state government of the state government can give exact figure of the state’s IGR. The mechanism or arrangement of revenue collection is shrouded in secrecy.”

“There has been dismal governmental failure in the area of the execution of the capital side of the budget and Lagos has been governed by false pretenses otherwise known as 419 governance.”

For Lagosians and Nigerians to fully appreciate the extent of corruption, diligent analysis of budgetary implementation becomes imperative with a view to exposing the official deception that has become governmental policies at various levels of government.

In attendance at the forum was Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Chief Olapade Agoro, Barrister Muhammed Fawehinmi, Barrister Muiz Banire.

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Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Disgraces CAN..Elombah.com

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After much hush hush, it finally emerged that the bombardier jet involved in the illegal money laundering and purchase of black market arms in the $9.3. arms running and money laundering scandal belonged to Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, southern Nigeria, and currently the President of CAN.A statement released by the church on behalf of Pastor Oritsejafor reads in part “On behalf of Pastor Oritsejafor, we can confirm that although he holds an interest in Eagle Air, the aircraft in question is not operated by Pastor Oritsejafor. The aircraft was leased to, and is operated by Green Coast Produce Limited since August 2.”

Here are a few questions keen watchers have been asking. FAAN just over a year ago readjusted the laws guiding the usage of non-scheduled commercial operators. The law according to the Nigerian aviation authorities seeks to regulate and stop the abuse by private jets owners, who turn their planes over for commercial purposes illegally.

Therefore One should ask, why was Pastor Ayo private jet leased out for a supposedly commercial purpose since August 2nd 2014 according to him?

Boko Haram continues its ascent as the world looks away:With Abuja focusing on the Ebola outbreak and Washington on Isis, Islamic militants continue to rampage in northern Nigeria by David Smith,Guardian (uk)

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For a while it took centre stage in the world’s gaze but five months on the kidnapping of schoolgirls by Islamist militants Boko Haram is not even top story in Nigeria.

The outbreak of Ebola there and in other western African countries has seen the missing girls drop down the global agenda, even as Boko Haram continues its ascent.

Where TV cameras go, political impetus often tends to follow along with cries of “something must be done!” There is a risk that efforts in northern Nigeria will lose momentum as world leaders fight fires including Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq and Syria.

A jarring reminder of the mass kidnapping came this week when electoral billboards appeared in the capital, Abuja, with the phrase, “#BringBackJonathan2015”, in what many saw as a cynical play on the viral #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.

Keshi capping unqualified players –Ladipo

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President General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo has accused Super Eagles Interim Coach, Stephen Keshi of squandering opportunities  by capping players who have no business in the national team.

He nevertheless rooted for Keshi to stay on and blamed the NFF for forcing assistant coaches on the Head coach against internationally accepted practice.

Ladipo told journalists in Abuja that about 30 percent of current Super Eagles squad have no business in the national team, but have continued to enjoy patronage of the coaches.

He insists that with the last two results posted by Keshi in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers  that no one is now in doubt the coaches must reconsider present hard stance against certain players by opening the space for their return to the side.

“We in Nigeria know that football is one thing that keeps us united in this country, it is one thing that gives us joy so I am using this opportunity to tell Keshi and his technical crew that they need to open up the space for other good players to come in because presently more than 30% of the players we are parading have no business in the national team.

“ Those players who are doing well in their clubs must be given the opportunity to come in,” he said.

He named  Ike Uche, Haruna Lukman and Sunday Mbah among players that could boost the team ahead of the remaining matches, saying the coaches should not throw away the baby with the birth water.

Explaining why he is still in support of Keshi’s stay, he said that it is for the sake of continuity but maintained that the coach must be made to see need for the the best legs to file out for the country.

The referendum in Scotland……The Niche

On Thursday, September 18, the people of Scotland will hold a referendum to decide on their continued stay in the United Kingdom. This is coming 307 years after the act of ascension, which bonded Scotland to England.

 A Momentous Decision

Thursday’s decision will be of seminal importance which echo will resonate very far from the shores of the United Kingdom. Whichever way it goes, it will affect the thinking, thoughts and processes of every multi-ethnic state. For Africa it will be important. The continent in general is still reeling from the effect of what the historian, Basil Davidson, described as the black man’s burden, ‘the curse of the nation state’. Nigeria which has to decide on an option of using a referendum to rectify the decisions of the national dialogue had better pay notice.

 Critical here is that for Nigeria, there is already a precedent. A plebiscite was held to decide whether or not Adamawa province should continue to be part of Nigeria. The people of that province duly saw their self-determination as residing elsewhere and joined Cameroon. It has to be noted here that the odious anti-democratic self-denial of ‘no-go areas’ entered the lexicon within the military mindset.

 Re-examining Westphalia

This mindset must now be re-ordered as a consequence of first of all, the new post-military democracy and the wind of change blowing all over the world. Critically, there is now a fundamental re-examination of the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. The creation of sovereign nation-states and the coercion of, at times, unwilling nationalities into a single entity is now being questioned.

 Whatever decision the Scottish people take on Thursday will not roll back the tide. In Spain, the odds are that Catalonia will go on, with or without the permission of the Spanish central authorities with their planned referendum on November 24. In Italy, the Lombardi league in northern Italy will possibly put a referendum once more on the agenda. The referendum has ignited a momentous debate which will continue to reverberate for a generation.

Lagos Indicts T.B. Joshua Over Collapsed Building

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The Lagos State Government has indicted Prophet Temitope Joshua, General Overseer, Synagogue Church of All Nations, over the collapse of a 6-storey guest house in his church.

Death toll in the tragedy which occurred last Friday has hit 80 as rescue workers intensify efforts to evacuate the remaining victims trapped under the rubble. There is likely no hope of any more survivors

The government, however, said investigations were still on as to why the building collapsed.In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Lagos State Government insisted that Joshua did not have approval for the building, therefore the addition of more floors to the existing two-storey building was illegal.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Olutoyin Ayinde said government would not shut down the church until investigations were concluded.

Ayinde expressed sincere condolences and sympathy with those that lost their loved ones and those that were injured in the unfortunate incident.

He said the Government and indeed the Ministry was particularly saddened that innocent lives were lost.

Fuel crisis looms across Nigeria as supply drops by 36 million litres

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Nigerians could experience acute petroleum products scarcity in the coming days if the strike by oil workers continues. The strike by the main oil industry workers union entered the second day on Wednesday; as daily average fuel supply, particularly Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, commonly called petrol, dropped by more than 36 million litres. The industry’s senior staff union, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and its junior staff counterpart, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, had on Tuesday called its member on an indefinite strike in sympathy with their colleagues in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, who are pressing for the resolution of issues regarding pensions’ management. The pension issues were compounded by the revocation of the license of the NNPC pension scheme by the National Pensions Commission, PENCOM, over the corporation’s alleged inability to bridge the funding gap of about N85 billion in its pension scheme.

The NNPC, which has been running a closed pension scheme not subject to the regulation of the national pensions policy spelt out in the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2014 as amended, was recently directed by PENCOM to discontinue its closed pension scheme arrangement and join the open scheme under the latter’s supervision; an arrangement the NNPC workers do not feel comfortable with. Part of the unions’ demands underlining the industrial action has been for NNPC to be allowed to run its workers pension exclusively like other institutions as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in view of concerns of accountability and security of contributions under the open pension arrangement. Another letter from PENCOM to the corporation on Monday, September 15, insisted on full compliance with the directive by using a 12-month window granted to wind down and “immediately take all necessary steps to transit to the Contributory Pension Scheme under the PRA.” But, the letter appears to have inflamed the strike.

Lagos begins probe as church keeps mum

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As South Africans mourn their dead in the Synagogue Church tragedy, it emerged yesterday that the country may have recorded more deaths than the 67 announced on Tuesday by President Jacob Zuma.

More than 300 South Africans in five tour groups were at the church at the time of the tragedy.

South African Ambassador to Nigeria Lulu Mnguni told The Nation that “the death toll keeps increasing”. But he refused to give a figure.

He said the figure of the dead announced by President Zuma could not be contradicted by anyone.

El- Rufai questions Oritsejafor, FG over ferrying of $9.3m cash to S’ Africa

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FORMER Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai has urged the Federal Government to explain its role in the saga surrounding the chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor whose private jet was identified as the vessel impounded by the South African authorities for ferrying $9.3m cash into their country.

In a statement yesterday by his media advisor, Muyiwa Adekeye, EL Rufai urged Nigerians to be vigilant in these troubled times, just as he stressed that the tragedy of mindless terror should not be allowed to become an endless catastrophe because of narrow political calculations.

The statement read, “When light unexpectedly shines on murkiness, those exposed by the stinging rays often berate the light rather than regret the muck.

Lessons From The Army Mutiny Trial……..Vanguard

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ONE of the low points in the war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east was the mutiny of some army personnel on parade in Maiduguri on May 14th 2014.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the newly created 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, was shot at by some rebellious officers, who were apparently angered at the number of dead colleagues who fell to a Boko Haram ambush.

This incident created a lot of anxiety in the populace because it cast several shadows on our military’s readiness to face the challenge of routing the insurgents.

News soon came of an impending court martial of eighteen army officers over the sad event. On Monday, 15th September 2014, the court martial, with Major General CC Okonkwo as its president, handed down several sentences ranging from death for twelve of the officers, 28 days of hard labour for one officer and an acquittal for five others.

The Cock-And-Bull Story Of The Federal Government Over The Smuggled $9.3million Cash by Festus Keyamo

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I have just read, with some amusement, the position of the Federal Government regarding the cash totaling $9.3million that was seized by the South African authorities as an attempt was made to smuggle it into that country. From my little understanding, the Federal Government’s position can be summarised as follows:

That it is aware of the movement of such large sum of money by cash out of the country.

That the cash is meant for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency.

That the transaction was done by cash to ensure the speed of the transaction.

That it resorted to buy from South Africa because of procedural bottlenecks in the purchase of such items from western countries.

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Dr. Ada Igonoh: How Patrick Sawyer gave me Ebola… and how I survived…The Cable

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On the night of Sunday July 20, 2014, Patrick Sawyer was wheeled into the Emergency Room at First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos, with complaints of fever and body weakness. The male doctor on call admitted him as a case of malaria and took a full history. Knowing that Mr Sawyer had recently arrived from Liberia, the doctor asked if he had been in contact with an Ebola patient in the last couple of weeks, and Mr. Sawyer denied any such contact. He also denied attending any funeral ceremony recently.

Blood samples were taken for full blood count, malaria parasites, liver function test and other baseline investigations. He was admitted into a private room and started on anti-malarial drugs and analgesics. That night, the full blood count result came back as normal and not indicative of infection. The following day however, his condition worsened. He barely ate any of his meals. His liver function test result showed his liver enzymes were markedly elevated. We then took samples for HIV and hepatitis screening. At about 5.00pm, he requested to see a doctor. I was the doctor on call that night so I went in to see him. He was lying in bed with his intravenous (I.V.) fluid bag removed from its metal stand and placed beside him. He complained that he had stooled about five times that evening and that he wanted to use the bathroom again. I picked up the I.V. bag from his bed and hung it back on the stand. I told him I would inform a nurse to come and disconnect the I.V. so he could conveniently go to the bathroom. I walked out of his room and went straight to the nurses’ station where I told the nurse on duty to disconnect his I.V. I then informed my Consultant, Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, about the patient’s condition and she asked that he be placed on some medications.

How three students created Nigeria’s online jobs giant…Daily Mirror

Three students had time on their hands in the summer of 2009 when their university lecturers in Nigeria went on strike.

Instead of slacking off, Ayodeji Adewunmi, Olalekan Olude and Opeyemi Awoyemi started an online job search company.

Five years later their start-up, Jobberman, has got a multi-million dollar valuation, employs 125 people, and is still growing.

While Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy it still has massive unemployment problems, in particular among young people who are also more likely to be connected to the internet.

Jobberman has become the single largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa, helping over 35,000 people find jobs within the last two years.

The number of companies using the site to find employees has grown from about 40 in 2009 to some 35,000 today.

Young Jobberman employees sitting in front of computers wearing headsets. The company employs 125 people in Nigeria and beyond

Carrying between 500 and 1,000 jobs on the site every day, the founders estimate that there are about 1,000 active users searching for a job at any given time.

“The growth has been tremendous, it’s at rocket speed. One of the biggest challenges has been to keep up with the volume of work,” says Olalekan.

JF Ade Ajayi obituary…Lalage Bown,The Guardian (UK)

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Jacob Ade Ajayi, who has died aged 85, was a pioneer in the study of indigenous African history. His book with Ian Espie, A Thousand Years of West African History (1965), utilised archaeological evidence and early African texts, many written in Arabic, to counter the prevailing narrative at the time, which focused on the perspective of conquerors, missionaries and other foreigners on the continent. It remains in use by teachers and students today.

His study of 19th-century Africa, Christian Missions in Nigeria 1841-91 (1964), was the first to give equal weight to western and African institutions. It argued that the colonial period, lasting for approximately a century before Nigeria’s independence in 1960, was a relatively short episode, and that the colonisers did not simply impose their own rules, but collaborated with Africans and existing power structures.

In A Patriot to the Core (2001), his biography of the first African bishop in the Anglican church, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Jacob demonstrated that the introduction of Christianity in Nigeria created new western-educated African elites, which did not always share the priorities of the traditional rulers. He was also interested in how nationalism was already developing in the 19th century among these elites, and wrote about the subject in a 1960 paper for the Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria.