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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Explore Nigeria With These Top Four Tour Operators

Nigeria is a beautiful country and one of the thrilling ways to explore this beauty is by going on group tours. Of course, you can visit these destinations on your own but to unearth the real excitement in travelling, it is advisable you go in a group. Presently, there are quite a number of tour operators that organise tours to different Nigerian destinations. So, it is not difficult to get a tour operator to get away with. 
However, if you want the best, tour operators in the country, Jumia Travel identifies some of them.
Social Prefect Tour
Chiamaka Ngozi Obuekwe is the Chief Executive Officer of Social Prefect Tours, a travel brand which organises group tours, school excursions, corporate retreats, holiday packages and also offer tour guide services in Nigeria. Social Prefect Tour is one of the popular tour operators in Nigeria.
Unravelling Nigeria
Unravelling Nigeria is a company that uses an online platform to create awareness on the tourism potentials of every state in Nigeria. They are dedicated to finding every tourist attraction around the country and showcasing it to the world so that Nigeria can become a top tourism destination. It is owned by Lola Daniyan.
TP Adventures
TVP Adventures makes travel easy and affordable. It is a one-stop shop for group tours within Nigeria and Africa. TVP Adventures specialises in cultural, historical and nature tours across Nigeria and Africa. 
Tour2Nigeria
Tour2Nigeria offers a window to various cultural and tourism potentials available in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria. Tour2Nigeria promotes the country’s rich culture and offer information that is second-to-none to both local and international visitors
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God Is All You Need

It's not today worldly people started celebrating immorality and sin openly, like they own their lives and can do whatever they like without consequences. What a pity!

If you're a true child of God, do not be moved. Seek prayers, get help and live a decent life. Eternity is waiting for everyone. Once you die - judgment follows.

That time, those who are living recklessly today will go and argue their case in HELL.

He and she who have ears, let them hear!
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Obasanjo visits Afenifere leaders: "We have to rescue Nigeria"

A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday paid a visit to the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, at the residence of the leader of the group, Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.

During the visit, which lasted for about 30 minutes, Obasanjo sought the cooperation of the group to save Nigeria from collapse under Buhari.

He commended the Afenifere for being in the forefront of the fight for the interest of the Yoruba nation, while he worked towards the interest of the country as a whole, noting that the two parties worked towards the same goals of fostering unity among the people of the country but at different levels.

The former President recalled how he had visited the leadership of the group some 20 years ago, seeking the group’s support for his election but said he was rejected by the group.

“I remember visiting Pa Abraham Adesanya thrice in Lagos before the 1999 election and I was asked to join Afenifere and the Alliance for Democracy then, but I told them that AD was cul-de-sac.

“Pa Abraham told me if I joined, things would change but I refused to join them. I went back the second time but they refused to work for my emergence.

“I went there again the third time but Afenifere maintained their stand, they refused to vote for me but I secured my votes outside Yoruba land, though they supported me in 2003 for my re-election,” adding, “Our priority is now one, if we do not join hands to repair this country now, it will collapse and this can be disastrous.”

The Afenifere leader, Fasoranti, in his response, described the visit of the former President as historic and the first in about 20 years, stressing that the Yoruba group was in support of the ex-President’s moves to achieve a peaceful and virile Nigeria.

He commended Obasanjo for his struggle to make Nigeria a better place and assured him of the support of Afenifere to join hands with him in the struggle.

Fasoranti said, “We want to encourage you in your struggle to make Nigeria the best. You are fearless and that is one of the traits of a good leader.

“We have been watching you and your dreams of a better Nigeria shall be realised. Nigerians are at the crossroads, we are tired of the killings, kidnapping going on across the country and the President is mute and silence about it.

“We are in full support of all the letters written by Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation. We are dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country. The country is not being run properly.”

The Punch reports that the Afenifere leader declared that the group was in total support of the coalition of political parties to forge an alliance against President Buhari in the next general election.

It will be the joy of everybody to present a formidable team to confront the evil government that is there now,” Fasoranti stated.
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Monday, 21 May 2018

Coalition, NewPDP insist PDP must change name to join alliance

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party is currently under intense pressure from the coalition of 36 political parties and the new PDP bloc within the All Progressives Congress to change its name as a condition to form an alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections.

What is the game plan and those involved?
Investigations revealed that the PDP and the various parties would have metamorphosed into a mega political party if the leadership of the main opposition party in the country had succumbed to the pressure to change its name before now.

It was gathered by Punch that the majority of the leaders of the PDP were, however, positively considering the option of a name change as a sacrifice the former ruling party would make in order to defeat the APC in 2019.

A source within the party confided in Punch that the PDP might cease to exist within the next few weeks as negotiations were at an advance stage to dissolve it into a new group that would emerge as a mega party.

He said, “What the PDP leadership is planning will not be like the merger that led to the formation of APC. We will not apply to INEC for a change of name. The time is too short to do such things and we should be careful to avoid the arrangement being frustrated.

“We have new political parties which have not done anything wrong to offend Nigerians. Our thinking is that the PDP and the coalition of other political parties will fuse into the party.”

The Vice-Chairman of the PDP in the South West geopolitical zone, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, confirmed to one of our correspondents that heavyweight politicians and groups, who left the PDP before the 2015 elections, were pressing the party for a change of name.

He stated that the Kawu Baraje-led new PDP group for instance, was strongly disposed to the renaming of the party in order to win the confidence of the electorate.

Olafeso added, “We have spoken with many of them (new PDP) and they are desirous of returning to the PDP. The outcome of their engagement with us is a possibility of a name change.

“My opinion is that the alphabets – PDP – did not offend Nigerians but since the coalition is pressing for it, that means we all have to make sacrifices to change this ineffective government.

“If there is the need for us to do certain things to accommodate other parties, we are willing to make the sacrifice. We all must collectively work together to salvage this nation.”

Also, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in an interview with Punch on Friday, said the report of the Liyel Imoke’s committee on the issue (consulting other parties), which is expected to be submitted on Wednesday this week, would determine whether the name of the former ruling party would be changed or not.

He said the party would take a decision based on the panel’s submissions.

Ologbondiyan explained that the issue of a name change was not the idea of the PDP but that of former members who said they would not want to return to the old PDP which they left.

He said, “In order to address their concerns, the party set up the contact and integration committee led by a former Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, to liaise with individuals, groups and political party leaders who want to either return or join the PDP.

“It is the outcome of the committee’s findings and report that will form the basis of the party’s decision to either adjust its name or retain the current PDP.

“The party will have to look at the legal implications. The committee will submit its report latest by Wednesday next (this) week except if it is extended. The report will be subjected to legal scrutiny and advice.”

The PDP, on Saturday, reiterated that the suggestion that it should change its name was not its idea.

On Saturday, Ologbondiyan told Punch in Abuja that as a party, the PDP was not considering a change of name, but that other parties, which demanded a coalition with it, had insisted that the former ruling party changed its name to accommodate their interests.

The spokesman explained that the Imoke committee had been holding a series of meetings with groups and individuals which he declined to name.

In response to questions about the calibre and the number of people so far approached by the PDP to join the coalition, he said talks were still ongoing.

Ologbondiyan added, “The Liyel Imoke-led committee is working very hard to achieve the goals set for it and we are confident that the outcome of its work will be positive.

“The committee was scheduled to submit its report on Wednesday this week, but based on a request by the committee, the party has granted it a two-week extension to enable it to conclude its assignment.”

On the issue of a name change, he stated, “The people who want to join us are the ones suggesting that we make adjustments to our name, not a total change of name.

“The committee is meeting with individuals and groups who are willing to join us.

“I don’t want to pre-empt the committee’s report; what I can say is that the doors of the PDP are open to all who are interested in rescuing Nigeria from the very difficult position we are in today.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Chairman of the African Democratic Party, Chief Okey Nwosu, said he was not aware of the condition given to the PDP.

“I don’t know the meetings they have been having with Baba (Obasanjo) and his group. So, the ADC is not meeting with the PDP but some critical stakeholders in our party may have been meeting with them,” he added.

Punch attempts were unsuccessful to get a response from the leader of the defunct new PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, on comments made by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, rubbishing the seven-day ultimatum issued by the defunct splinter group and the talks with the PDP.

Calls to his mobile were not returned. A response to a text message sent to him on the subject was still being awaited as of the time of filing this report on Saturday.

El-Rufai had, last week, said President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2019 presidential election without the nPDP.

Punch had exclusively reported on May 13 that major opposition parties and third force elements were holding joint and separate talks with a view to forging an alliance and fielding one presidential candidate in 2019.

According to the report, the parties that are participating in the ongoing discussions include the PDP, the Olusegun Obasanjo-backed ADC, and the Chief Olu Falae-led Social Democratic Party.

The Nigerian Intervention Movement, co-chaired by Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dr. Abdujalil Tafawa-Balewa, is holding alliance talks with the Coalition for New Nigeria, a coalition of 35 political parties.

Also, the Chairman of the CNN, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, who is also a former National Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council, confirmed to Punch last week that over 35 parties were holding talks in order to form an alliance.

He confirmed that although the PDP was a member of the CNN, party (PDP) officials were making overtures to the coalition for the purpose of forging an alliance against the APC in the 2019 general elections.
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Beautiful Lady Celebrates After Graduating As A Private Pilot

A young lady has melted the hearts on social media after posting graduation photos as she becomes a private pilot.

The South African lady who has been commended shared some photos to celebrate herself, and encourage other people out there. She wrote; "So I officially became a private pilot today."




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Nigerian Man Graduates In Style, Gets Full Time Offer From Microsoft, Amazon In US

A Nigerian identified as Ayo Bamidele, has taken to social media to share a brief of his success story.

The young man who lives in New Jersey, USA, revealed that his mother had to spank him after he revealed he was going to study Political science against her choice of Medicine or Law.




Below is what he wrote; "Five years ago, I told my mom I was going to major in Political Science knowing she wanted medicine or law. She pulled over and gave me a quick two piece combo.

"Today I’ve got a Bachelors Degree, a Masters Degree with distinctions, and I accepted a full time offer with Microsoft. I also know she’s very proud. The person you are is like nobody else in the world, so don’t let ‘em tell you otherwise."
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WHAT IS SALVATION? (Why It's So Important)

The most common meaning of salvation is to be saved by God from the consequences of our sin. But the Bible speaks of our salvation in a bit fuller terms than simply being rescued from Hell.

When thinking about salvation it’s helpful to think about what we are saved from, what we are saved to, who we are saved by. It’s also helpful to think about our salvation as a past, present, and future happening.

What Are We Saved From?
The very nature of the word salvation means there is some sort of threatening or deadly condition which we must be rescued from. What, according to the Bible, are we saved from?

Listening to some of our popular songs, sayings, and even preachers, one might think the primary thing we are saved from these days is purposelessness. Others speak of salvation from drug addiction or shattered relationships. Yet, others speak of difficult circumstances in which we are facing. While the Bible certainly speaks of God’s redemption from futility, purposelessness, and suffering, this is not the primary problem which humanity faces.

In the Old Testament (OT), the primary Hebrew word which is translated as “save” or “salvation” often refers to deliverance in concrete real-life situations. In 2 Kings 19:19 Hezekiah prays for the Lord to save them from the Assyrians. Though there are massive spiritual implications to this, the deliverance he longs for is primarily in the present. Likewise in Psalm 54:1when David asks for God to save him he is thinking foremost about being delivered from the hand of Saul who is tracking him down. The Old Testament establishes God as the Deliverer and Savior.

While the primary New Testament (NT) word for salvation on occasion points to deliverance from a physical threat the dominant meaning is deliverance from the consequences of sin and the clutches of death and Satan. The major theme of deliverance in the NT is deliverance from God’s wrath. In 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and Romans 5:9 speak of our being delivered from the wrath to come. John MacArthur summarizes well:
"The real problem is sin and guilt. That's the issue. God sent Jesus Christ to rescue us from the consequence of our sin, and everybody falls into the category of sinner. It doesn't matter whether you're among the haves or the have-nots, whether you have great expectations or none at all, whether you're consumed by your passions or exhibit a degree of self-control and discipline-you are still a sinner. You have broken the law of God and He's angry about it. Unless something happens to change your condition, you're on your way to eternal hell. You need to be rescued from the consequences of your sin. Those are the principal issues the gospel solves."
We see, then, that salvation speaks of receiving deliverance from our greatest problem; namely, the many consequences of our sin against a holy God. So how does this salvation come about?

How Do We Receive Salvation? 
When I bought an engagement ring for my wife, it did not make us engaged. I still had to pop the question and she still had to receive my gift. In the same way Christ has done what is necessary for us to be saved, but that gift is not appropriated apart from faith. This is what the Bible teaches in Ephesians 2. We are dead in our trespasses and sin, and God makes us alive. When our eyes are opened to the beauty of the gospel and the accomplishment of Christ our only fitting response is to respond in repentance and belief.

Repentance and belief are really two sides of the same coin. Repentance means that we are changing our mind about God and about ourselves. We are laying down our own foolish efforts to save ourselves. We are turning away from self-sufficiency. At the same time we are turning towards Christ. We trust that He alone is the one who can save us. We are entrusting ourselves to him.

This is why the Bible says it is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Faith is simply that which links us to Christ. It’s that which reaches out and grabs ahold of the work of Christ. And, as it has often been said, a weak faith is able to lay ahold of a strong Christ. The most important aspect of our repentance and faith is not its own veracity. The most important aspect of our repentance and faith is its object - when we place our faith and trust in Christ.

[written by Mike Leake]
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‘Entrepreneurship Key To Poverty Alleviation’

Job creation reduces poverty, creates economic opportunities and guarantees quality life for the people. For any developing country to create jobs and achieve economic prosperity, Prof May Ifeoma Nwoye said such a nation must shift from an economic model which gives handouts to people and focus on entrepreneurship.

This, the don said, will create the wealth to lead the nation out of poverty.

Nwoye, a professor of Business Administration at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU) in Lapai, Niger State, stressed the need for developing African countries to adopt economic policies that support entrepreneurial spirit of young people, which, she said, generates wealth and reduces poverty.

She delivered the institution’s 10th inaugural lecture titled: That evil called poverty, entrepreneurial escape to a comfort zone. It was held at the school auditorium.

Noting that no person ever became wealthy and self-sufficient through handouts, the don advocated an economic system that supports economic freedom for low-income earners and unemployed youths.

She said: “Instead of governments giving handouts to people in the name of social security scheme, the poor and the unemployed should be empowered through skill acquisition and vocational programmes. To achieve maximum results, these poverty alleviation programmes need to be managed by people who are entrepreneurially-oriented. The programmes need to be run in collaboration with non-governmental organisations. To achieve prosperity, these empowerment programmes must be sustainability.”

She said efficient business policies had the potential to enhance commercial productivity and fast-track national growth. The unemployed youths and impoverished citizens, she said, could be economically empowered with viable policies.
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I Made First Class Despite Distractions - UNILAG’s valedictorian

They were the cynosure of all eyes as they stepped out to receive their awards for academic excellence. The four University of Lagos (UNILAG) valedictorians – Ginika Okoroafor, Oludare Babawale, Bosun Roy-Layinde and Jeffery Matthew – got the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.97. They were honoured at the institution’s 2018 convocation. 
Behind their success stories are compelling tales of strength, hardwork and perseverance.
The Nation's JANE Chijioke and Daniel Chukwu report.

You can play and still work hard, as shown by Ginika Okoroafor’s academic feat. She was one of the best-graduating students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) at its 2018 convocation.

Ginika was the cynosure of all eyes as she stepped out to receive top academic honours and awards. She was among the four who finished with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.97 – the highest score in the graduating set.

Others were Oludare Babawale of Chemistry Department, Bosun Roy-Layinde, Chemical Engineering Department and Jeffery Matthew, Biochemistry Department.

Ginika, who finished from the Department of Early Childhood Education, said she partied all through her stay in the school, noting that the feat would not have been worth it if she did not socialise.

She said she was an introvert until she met a group of mentors, who told her that academic experience would not be complete without socialisation.

She said: “I had been an introvert since my secondary days. I had a worldview that life should always be about books until I gained admission into UNILAG. I nurtured the same worldview until I met a group of mentors, who made me believe a life without social value is not complete. I learnt it was important for me to develop socially.

“That is allowing school to pass through you. When I realised the value of being socially informed from my mentors, who are also doing very well in their fields, I told myself I was going to tap into it. I started making more friends; I started attending social functions.”

Ginika, however, warned students on the kind of social groups they should join. According, to her, social groups that cannot help students realise their academic pursuit should not be encouraged.

She said: “I chose the kind of people I moved with. We are like-minds and have the same goal academically. Students must be wary of the company they keep. They must not interact with people who have different ideas about education in the name of socialisation. I believe brilliance can’t be limited by going to parties, but students must move with like-minds.”

The 28-year-old said her academic journey was not smooth, adding that she worked to fend for herself while in school.

“I have always been an independent person. I come from an average family where not too many things are made available. That was the way I was brought up. This made me to combine schooling with work,” she said.

Before their final examination, Oludare was diagnosed of perel anal abscess (infection of rectum), which could have prevented him from sitting for his final examination. Early diagnosis of the ailment helped him to manage the condition through out the exam period.

He said: “I had a lot of setbacks during my final year in school. I spent more in the hospital than I spent in classroom. After I was diagnosed of perel anal abscess, I underwent correction surgeries at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and I was absent from school multiple times. Even while I was on sickbed, I didn’t give up reading. I summoned the strength to study.

“Even when I was writing my final examinations, I was still visiting the hospital. I was astonished when I was told I emerged the best graduating student in my department. It is a victory given to me by God.”

The 24-year-old said he studied hard and smart, noting that he achieved the feat through perseverance and self-discipline.

“If there are a thousand tips for success, one of the top most would be discipline. The fact is that many people know how to achieve success, but majority don’t know how to put the knowledge into action. Failure doesn’t mean everything has ended. If you persevere, you will definitely get to the top,” Oludare said.

Jeffery said his academic feat was inspired by a poem titled: Good better best. The 21-year-old said he knew his ability early and worked towards achieving the best.

He said: “I know my ability and also my weaknesses, which made me to prepare early for the best. I never looked at how others were studying, because what works for somebody else may not work for me. So, I was able to understand my strength and I used it to my advantage. I knew reading for many hours usually resulted in stress for me. So, I devoted little time for reading, but I ensured I read what was important in each course I took.”

Addressing the graduands, the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, urged them to be good ambassadors of the institution, advising them not to rest on their oars in achieving more excellence.

The best four received awards of excellence from UNILAG Alumni Association in addition to N50,000 each.
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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Falana, Others React to Saraki's Face Off with Police Headquarters over "Killer Squad"

Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN); another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome; and legal practitioner, Dr. Konyinsola Ajayi, have disagreed on an order by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for the transfer of suspects arrested in Kwara State over allegations of murder and criminal conspiracy.

The lawyers made their positions known in separate telephone interviews with Punch yesterday.

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, had said the suspects were transferred to Abuja for further investigation in the allegations levelled against them.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is from Kwara State, had claimed on Wednesday during a senate plenary that the suspects’ transfer was part of a grand plot by the Inspector General of Police to frame him.

On whether the IGP’s order for the suspects’ transfer to Abuja was lawful, Falana said it was not unusual for the investigation of criminal cases to be transferred from any of the states of the federation to Abuja, adding that the action would not stop the prosecution of such cases in the states where offences were committed.

According to the SAN, the investigation of cases can be transferred to Abuja “if, for instance, the Inspector General of Police receives a petition that there is manipulation of such cases at the local or zonal level.”

He said, “In this particular instance, since the police claim that these criminal suspects have made confessional statements, the investigation should be speedily concluded so that all those who are indicted are charged to court.

“Under the law, you cannot charge them to court in Abuja, they have to be charged to court where the offence was committed but on a regular basis in Nigeria, every state police command is regularly directed to send case files to Abuja based usually on petitions, either by the complainant or the accused person that manipulation is suspected locally or at the zonal level.

“I have handled cases in Kwara where my clients were referred to Abuja as suspects and that is my experience in all states of the country. But at the end of the every investigation, the case file is sent to the Attorney General of the Federation, who will advise the police to charge to court. If it is a state offence, the suspect will be charged in the state High Court and if it is a federal offence, the suspect will be charged in the appropriate Federal High Court.”

However, Ozekhome said the investigation and prosecution of the case should be done in Kwara State, adding that what he saw playing out in the matter was “very dirty politics.”

He said, “The suspects were arrested in Kwara State for an offence allegedly committed in Kwara and they made their statements in Kwara and the statements made had been taken by the police and the court registry, which said it had proffered first information referral to the Director of Public Prosecutions for necessary legal advice.

“It is within the purview of the DPP of the state to give the legal advice as to whether or not there is a prima facie case established against the alleged cult members, such as to warrant them to be put in the dock for trial. This is a state offence and under the constitution, there are 36 states in Nigeria with a Federal Capital Territory.”

Ozekhome said the story would be more plausible that the suspects were “merely” being taken from Ilorin to Abuja for the purpose of possibly torturing them to alter their statements, “which are already in the public domain anyway, for the purpose of implicating some people.”

“I’m greatly disturbed by the direction of this country, and as we move towards 2019..."

On his part, Ajayi said the highest police authorities had the right to further investigate any case they deemed fit.

Be that as it may, Ajayi said the Inspector General of Police must be transparent and show impartiality in his work.
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How To Help Build Your Marriage Even If Your Spouse Is Difficult

A godly wife said, “What really bothers me is that I can lose my temper and just yell like him,” she said. “I swear when I’m really upset, and I never used to do that. I’m ashamed of the way I talk to him (my husband).”

Scripture suggests we can be negatively influenced by those with whom we associate. How?

Solomon said, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)

Clearly we will become like those with whom we associate. We tend to act like them, think like them and even develop a lifestyle like them. We are influenced by others.

What then, are we to do if that person is our spouse? How do we guard against developing and accepting the habits we even want them to change?

First, notice what is happening in your marriage. We must first observe and monitor how we act and think. We must step back and become clear with what is happening in our marriage and what needs to change. What are the actions and words used that violate who you want to be?

Second, ask yourself why you are reacting the way you are. Why are you responding “in kind?” What is being said that is triggering you? Is this a “raw spot” in your marriage? Are their patterns of interacting that must be changed? If so, what are they and what is your plan for changing them?

Third, identify how you should behave better. We all can have an “ideal self” or ideal way of behaving that can guide our thoughts and actions. Scripture, of course, will transform our minds and guide us into needed change.

Fourth, create a plan for living within your “ideal self.” Knowing what God has in mind for us, and how He wants us to think and behave can be a strong motivator for change. What does God have to say about how you are currently living your life?

Finally, cultivate accountability for ongoing growth and change. Changing patterns of thinking and behavior cannot occur without a clear plan and accountability for living out that plan. Do you have an accountability partner and are you in a support group? Do you have friends who know about how you want to change? If not, cultivate accountability for change.

The unrest we feel about our lives is the beginning seeds for change. Listen to your heart and attend to the stirrings that indicate it is time for change. Take the preceding steps and watch positive change occur.

[written by Dr. David B. Hawkins]
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Top Four Affordable Phones Anyone Can Buy

When it comes to cheap, good phones, there are more than enough to go round. This is because the cost of phones has significantly dropped and software is getting better. 
In line with this, Jumia Nigeria shares the top affordable phones to buy.
Huawei Honor 9 Lite
The Honor 9 Lite doesn't seem to have any of the usual compromises you'd expect when getting a budget phone. It has an elegant blue design, expansive 5.6-inch display and four cameras. It is also friendly to your wallet.
Infinix Zero 5 Pro
Released on November 22, 2017, Infinix joined the dual rear camera bandwagon – a move long overdue – with the Infinix Zero 5 Pro. The Zero 5 Pro also doubles as the first smartphone from the OEM to feature RAM as high as 6GB.
Gionee A1 LITE
Packing in a humongous battery, the Gionee A1 Lite is a smartphone for users who would like to avoid hooking up to a power outlet frequently. This stripped-down variant of the Gionee A1 also promises something impressive for the selfie enthusiasts. It has 32GB storage, up to 64GB memory card and 4000 mAh Li-ion Battery.
Nokia 1
The Nokia 1 runs on Android and has a colourful plastic design. It has a removable battery, two SIM-card slots and expandable storage.
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Saturday, 19 May 2018

How To Succeed and Thrive In Uncertain Times

I’ve been struggling to thrive lately, pulled in every direction by life’s constant changes. I’m thankful and content one minute, then discontent or afraid the next as I remember all the unknowns and ‘what ifs’of what lies ahead...

Meanwhile, I keep thinking of the apostle Paul – a man who’d been through shipwrecks, prison, and all sorts of things, yet learned to be content in every kind of situation. I want to learn the same.

What does it mean to thrive when life is good, but my soul is still restless and discontent – hungering for something more? How do I thrive when life constantly fluctuates from one extreme to the next – full of joy and redemption; loss and grief; deep friendship or loneliness, and daunting unknowns? Circumstances are ever changing. I cannot thrive while I’m focused on my surroundings.

When I start grasping for hope and stability in the world around me, I come up short, floundering through every change and disappointment. But when I take my question back to Scripture, Jesus draws my eyes away from my fears and back to himself.
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) 
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” (John 15:4) 
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11:28) 
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22) 
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.” (Isaiah 55:1-2)

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”(Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Over and over again, I see the same answer: Remember Me. Seek Me first. I am faithful.

This begs the question, where is my hope? Can I look beyond today’s uncertainty and rejoice in the God who holds the entire earth together? Whether today brings laughter, tears, or exhaustion, it makes all the difference to stop and remember whose world we’re in. What is it worth to depend on our own strength or the outlook of our circumstances? 
God is the one who puts breath in our lungs and sustains us moment by moment. He sees us, He cares, and He holds each situation we face. If only you will serve Him in righteousness, you will see the difference.

[by Anchored Voices]
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Important Things To Look For When Booking A Hotel Room

  
Staying at a good hotel when you travel really can make a big difference to your travel experience. And the more time you spend traveling, the pickier you get about the hotels you decide to book. 
So before you book your next trip, Jumia Travel discusses five things to check out for a perfect hotel stay and a perfect hotel room.

A comfortable bed
One of the first things that guests test when they arrive their hotel room is the bed. Nothing beats a large, comfortable bed that just makes you want to stay in your hotel room all day. And it’s not just the bed. The pillows and blankets can make a huge difference as well.
 
 
Friendly hotel staff
Hotel staff friendliness plays an important role in guest satisfaction. It makes guests feel welcome and part of the group. Unfortunately, in certain hotels, hotel workers are not really friendly.
A good location
Normally you book a hotel room because you want to visit a certain place. The hotel must be nigh your location and at the same time, it must not be difficult to locate.
 

Cleanliness
Travelers find a clean hotel and a clean hotel room the most important thing. Mold in the shower, urine stains on the toilet seat or a dead cockroach under the bed are all things that can put off guests and definitely ruined your hotel stay. Nothing feels better than returning to a beautiful, comfortable hotel room after a day out exploring.
Good value for money
Expensive hotels aren’t always better than budget hotels and a cheap hotel room isn’t always a bad hotel room. So check what others have to say about the hotel room you are about to book. They will most likely mention if it was worth the money or not.
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Okorocha Raises Alarm Over APC Chairman Oyegun

The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Oyegun, of collaborating with the National Organising Secretary of the party, Sen. Osita Izunaso, to cause problem in the state chapter of the party.

Okorocha, who accused Oyegun of being on “a vendetta mission against him” following his position on the protracted tenure elongation for the national leadership of the party, insisted he (Okorocha) remained the face of the APC in the South-East.

Okorocha spoke in a statement issued on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemedo.

He challenged the members of the party fighting him to allow party congresses to hold in the 305 wards in the state than to “run to Abuja to manipulate the process.”

The statement read in part, “The so-called Imo stakeholders can only ‘cage’ Governor Rochas Okorocha like they have claimed in the media in the offices of the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun and the National Organising Secretary of the Party, Chief Osita Izunaso, who are on vendetta mission against the governor over his innocent and patriotic stand on the issue of tenure elongation.

“And in any case, only ingrates can claim caging the man God used to uplift them politically. All those in the insolvent group called coalition are all beneficiaries of Okorocha’s political successes in Imo.”

The Imo State governor said he thought that the outcome of the Anambra State governorship election would have made some of the NWC members of the party to be in a position to “detach noise making from reality.”

Okorocha further stressed that the recently held APC ward congress in the state was marred by confusion and controversies.

In another statement, the governor stated that the state’s Independent National Electoral Commission had released the report of the congress, which he said had confirmed that sensitive materials, including result sheets, were not provided during the election.

It claimed that the state’s INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr. T.O.N. Ongele, confirmed that the exercise was characterised, “in its entirety”, with confusion and controversies.

The statement quoted the Electoral Officer for Mbaitoli Local Government Council, Mary Odilinye, as saying that INEC staff were redeployed to various party officers to monitor the exercise but that on reaching there, the different party offices were locked up.
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Governor Plunges Into River While Taking Selfie On New Bridge

Government officials, journalists and elated residents of Ogembo (a farming town in Kenya), were shocked as the Governor of Machakos County, Alfred Mutua; and others plunged into the river while taking a tour of a newly constructed footbridge.

Ogembo residents had waited to have the newly constructed Ogembo Nyakorokoro footbridge inaugurated.

And on Friday, the wait was over, as Governor Mutua, aided by the Deputy Governor of Kisii, was on hand to declare the footbridge open...then it collapsed...

It turned out that the contractor did a shoddy job, as the footbridge gave way under the weight of dignitaries and villagers who had trooped out to celebrate the project.

Worse affected was Governor Alfred Mutua, who escaped what would have been death-by-drowning as the bridge collapsed while he was taking a selfie.

Mutua, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and their entourage, which included journalists, had been standing on the recently constructed Ogembo Nyakorokoro footbridge in Ogembo area of the county when the bridge caved in, reports The Star.

The Punch reports that the governor, the deputy governor, as well as two journalists, fell into the water, before they were rescued.

Mutua and Maangi were pulled out and rushed to Ogembo Hospital in Kisii County in an ambulance.

However, the governor dismissed the report about selfies.

“I have been baptised by River Gucha and now I must build a house in Gucha,” he said, as reported by Radio Citizen.

He reportedly said that he was safe and that he was having lunch at Maangi’s home.

“The bridge caved in after a crowd of those who accompanied us joined us,” he said.

Kisii Communication Director, Maseme Machuka, said the bridge was weak.

The Ogembo post office-Nyakorokoro footbridge was constructed by the Ministry of Public Works as part of the Economic Stimulus Project under the Constituency Development Fund.

“The Governor and DG were unhurt in the incident and they went on to address residents before going for lunch,” he said.

He added that two journalists were taken to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital with minor injuries.
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Popular Ikoyi Registry Can No Longer Conduct Marriages In Lagos?

The Federal Government’s owned Registry in Ikoyi has been barred from conducting marriages henceforth as such act will be considered unconstitutional.

Delivering judgement in favour of the Lagos State Government, Justice (Prof.) Chuka Aunstine Obiozor with the reference number SUIT NO: FHC/L/CS/1760/16 of Lagos High Court on Monday 30th of April 2018, reaffirmed that all the marriage registries in the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos are the authentic and legally-binding government division established to carry out such function.

Addressing a Press Conference on the development on Thursday, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami said the Ministry was in the process of officially communicating the development to the various embassies in the State, stressing that the decision of the court was supreme and was legally binding on all, the embassies inclusive.

He added that the news conference was strategically necessary in order to intimate the various embassies resident in Lagos State, the general public and the country at large that all Marriages conducted and registered in any of the 57 Local Government Areas/ Local Council Development Areas were valid and in accordance with the Marriage Act.

According to him, the judgment would undoubtedly put a stop to the seeming perception of superiority of Ikoyi Marriage Registry over the Local Government Registries.

Folami said that the state government would explore every available windows to enlighten the general public about the development, assuring that the Ministry would not hesitate to schedule meeting with all embassies in the State to enlighten them about the new judgement if the need arose.

“We are going to use the five divisions across the state to sensitize our people and inform them about this latest development. From Epe to Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja and Lagos Island. The sensitization walk which we embarked on today is also a way of creating awareness and letting the people know of this latest development.”

He urged the members of the public to take cognizance of this landmark judgment by patronizing the legal and approved Marriage Registries for the conduct of their marriages.

Folami described the judgement as a landmark, saying that the responsibilities of the LGAs/LCDAs has come back to them by the virtue of the law and as provided for in Section 30 (1) of the Marriage Act and Section 7 (5) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking, the President for Marriage Registrars in all LGs/LCDAs, Deji Sokeye, said the illegal use of power by the Ikoyi Registry had seriously and negatively affected the revenue drive of the various Councils in the State, maintained that the judgement would further restore hope and confidence in the certificates already issued and that would be issued in future by the local government.

He recalled that a similar judgement was delivered in favour of the state government in 2004 but was disregarded by the federal government, stressing that the similar judgement now delivered by Honourable Justice (Prof) Chuka Austine Obiozor showed the disposition of the current administration to the rule of law.

Sokeye disclosed that the State Government had now devised another means of authenticating its seal which now carry red seal with a coded block for all the Council Areas across the State.

Speaking on the authenticity of existing marriage certificates obtained from the local council areas before the new judgment, the president explained that the new certificates that would henceforth be issued by the various council areas did not invalidate the previous certificates.

“There is nothing wrong with the former certificates that did not carry the Red Seal, the Red Seal is just an innovation to the former one and it does not in anyway render the former one invalid,’’ he said.
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We’ve made Gov Okorocha politically irrelevant –Imo APC Big Boys

All Progressives Congress (APC) Imo State  stakeholders have said that they have made Gov. Rochas Okorocha politically irrelevant in their determination to rescue the party from imminent collapse in the state.

Dr Theo Ekechi, who spoke to newsmen after a close-door meeting with the APC national leadership on Thursday in Abuja, said the stakeholders had overwhelming evidences against Okorocha.

This, he said, had made it impossible for the governor to get attention from any quarter in the state and in the South-East region.

“There have been wide jubilation in Imo because we have rescued the party from Gov. Okorocha, we have made it impossible for him to get help from anywhere.

“He cannot run to any political figure in the state because none is with him, he cannot approach any clergyman in the state.

“In his desperation, he ran to Sokoto, Daura and even to the Vice President, but help has refused to come,” he said.

Ekechi said Rochas’s inaction was responsible for the problems facing the party in the state and the South-East generally.

In a petition submitted to the party’s national leadership, the stakeholders chronicled what they described as the governor’s sins and appealed for state of emergency in the state.

He called on the party’s national chairman to bring to the notice of President Muhammadu Buhari the crisis in Imo before it completely gets out of hand.

Ekechi alleged that the state was being mis- managed under Okorocha, adding that the governor was running the state like a personal estate.

NAN reports that he also alleged that the governor was harassing and intimidating perceived opponents in the state.
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Why You Shouldn't Just Be Praying "Blindly"

“The word of the Lord came to Elijah… “I will send rain upon the earth.” That was the foundation of that persistent praying and sevenfold watching on the mountaintop. First the ear heard, then the voice persistently claimed, and the eye expectantly looked. First the voice of God, then the voice of man. That is the true order. Tremendous results always follow that combination.” S. D. Gordon

In order to pray God’s will, it is crucial that we hear His voice clearly. 
We all know what it is like to talk with someone who never listens. It is terribly frustrating. Likewise, God wants us to learn to listen to Him. As we spend time before Him in quiet listening we are able to pray His will more fervently and with greater expectation, hitting the target effectively. We need to be certain of hitting our target as we pray for the situations we see around us.

When you give God time in listening prayer, He will direct your prayers strategically, even when you don’t realize it. He will help you to proclaim His will in your prayers, and your level of faith will increase. God has so much to say to us daily, but often we can’t hear the fine, quiet tones of His voice.

Think about these questions as you evaluate your personal relationship with God:
  • Are you able to endure silence?
  • Are you tuned into hearing God’s still, small voice?
  • Are you able to listen attentively to what He is saying above all the noise of your world?

He can’t tell us things because our hearing needs repair or we are not taking the time to listen. He often can’t speak into our lives because we are not ready or able to discern the treasures of what He has to say to us. As we could not communicate with my father’s hard-of-hearing guests, God may feel the same way with us. He can’t share His secrets because we are not listening or are distracted. We are not able to hear Him whispering in our ear. As a result, we are the ones who miss out and have chosen the lesser thing. And our expectation of what God can do does not increase.

Listening prayer builds expectation. 
Notice the difference between Mary and Martha in Luke 10:39-41, "She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made… 'Martha, Martha', the Lord answered, 'you are worried about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better.'" Mary listened and sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha worked.

“As you study your Bible, you may sense that God has something to say directly to you through the verses you are reading. Take a moment to consider the awesome reality that the God who spoke and created the universe is now speaking to you. If Jesus could speak and raise the dead, calm a storm, cast out demons, and cure the incurable, then [imagine] what effect a word from Him [would] have upon your life?”

[written by Debbie Przybylski]
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Gas Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

Do you use a gas cooker or keep a gas cylinder at home? No doubt, you are one of those who have found great benefit in using gas cookers and have experienced how efficient and convenient it is to use. This is most especially true after graduating from the usage of kerosene stoves and fire woods. 
However, one of the biggest problems associated with using a gas cooker which is now affordable is the issue of safety. If you are careless about using it, it can lead to a catastrophe. 
As such, Jumia Nigeria shares gas safety hacks you must know.
Keep your appliances well maintained
Gas appliances should be safety checked and serviced at least once every year, unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. A thorough service on your boiler and gas supply will include a range of tests and checks to ensure that the appliance is operating safely.
Have a carbon monoxide (CO2) alarm installed
Carbon monoxide is not only a potentially dangerous gas. It’s also incredibly hard to detect as it is both odourless and colourless. Carbon monoxide alarms detect and alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas, and should be fitted in your home.
Ventilation
Store gas cylinders upright in a well-ventilated area that is situated away from open flames, power outlets and electrical appliances. Also, if the ventilation of your room is hot, endeavour to open your windows.
Be careful when cooking
Today, gas cookers and cookers are found in almost every home because it is now inexpensive. So, when cooking with it, don't sit or stand too close to the gas heater or cooker when it is in use, as this can be hazardous or result in gas burns.
Never light a naked flame if you smell CO2


Ensure you refrain from lighting a match, cigarette lighter, or any other source of flame or spark whenever you smell or perceive carbon monoxide. If you do, you are at risk of burning down your home as a result of an explosion.
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Dino Melaye Granted Bail By Chief Judge

The Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja, on Wednesday granted the embattled senator representing the Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye bail, in the sum of N10,000,000 and a surety in like sum.

Melaye, who has been on admission at the National Hospital Abuja, and under police custody, was finally granted bail following his arraignment on allegations bordering on dealing in illegal firearms, etc.

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, in his ruling, stated that health condition of the accused stood as enough reason to grant him bail, adding that the offence alleged is not capital in nature.

He explained that the prosecution failed to show that if granted bail, the accused will jump bail, just has he admitted Melaye on bail of N10 million and a surety in like sum.

According to him: “The health situation of the 3rd defendant had earlier been admitted by the complainant to be such that they do not have adequate facilities to take care of him is a factor which merits consideration in this case”.

He further stated that as at the time of this application made, the 3rd defendant was at Police Headquarters in Lokoja and the prosecution expressly stated that they had no medical facilities.

Melaye, along with Kabiru Seidu a.k.a Osama and Nuhu Salishu a.k.a Small were arraigned before the Senior Magistrate Court 2 Lokoja, following which he was remanded in police custody under the Inspector General of Police.

The defence counsel, led by Chief Mike Ozokheme (SAN), filed an application for bail at state High Court upon which the leading prosecution counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), challenged it via a counter affidavit praying he be remanded in custody, for fear he might tamper with the course of justice.
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Billionaire Otedola takes a ride in Lagos ‘Molue’ bus (Photos)

One of the richest men in Nigeria, Femi Otedola, was one of the passengers in a commercial bus popularly known as Molue on Lagos road.

Molue is notorious for the unusual ways operators jam-pack passengers, with less people sitting and more people standing, packed like sardines.

Though the BRT buses were fully air-conditioned and comparatively cheaper than Molue, with no standing or noise pollution occasioned by hawkers that sometimes make Molue ride a bumpy one, the spirit of Molue overcame many administrations’ attempts to phase it out.

Otedola did not tell his followers the reason for his unusual decision to take a ride in Lagos’ ol’ Molue. But he recently took public bus abroad, hence he probably took same here to satisfy some social media critics.
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VP Osinbajo: I Didn’t Beg To Be VP, I Can Leave Anytime

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday night said he would rather vacate his office as the nation’s Number Two man than compromise his Christian faith.

Osinbajo stated this while responding to posers raised by some Christian leaders at the stakeholders’ meeting held at the new Banquet Hall of the Benue State Government House, Makurdi.

He said under no circumstances would he give up his faith but would rather vacate his position as the nation’s Vice-President at the slightest attempt to cause him to abandon his Christian virtues.

One of the speakers, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko, His Lordship, Williams Avenya, had reminded Osinbajo of the then-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises that he would not Islamise the country and would protect the interest of all Nigerians including citizens of minority ethnic groups if voted into power.

Quoting Buhari, the bishop said, “My deputy is a Christian and there is no way I will Islamise Nigeria with many Christians in my team.”

Avenya noted that the killing of Christians and members of the minority ethnic group particularly in Benue State had proved that the Federal Government under Buhari was not living up to these promises.

Facing Osinbajo, the bishop said, “The point I’m trying to make is that a day is going to come when you, as the Vice-President, will bear the brunt of that problem of injustices in our land, especially those perpetrated on smaller ethnic groups that have no one to fight for them.

“So, as a Christian person, exonerate yourself from this situation,” the bishop advised the VP.

Responding, the vice-president said, “My Lord Bishop, you said you are not a politician, I am also not a politician. As a matter of fact, I’m also a priest and I’m a Christian, a born again Christian. Because I’m a born again Christian, my destiny is not determined by any man but by God who I serve.

“Let me assure you that under no circumstances, none whatsoever, will I give up my faith or refuse to stand up for my faith.

“You can take that to the bank. Even the position that I currently occupy, I did not ask for it and I’m prepared to leave it at a short notice.

“It doesn’t mean anything. I became a born again Christian after I became a professor, a professor of the law of evidence, a professor of proof.

“But when the Lord Jesus Christ met me, He persuaded me by showing me clearly that there is such a thing as the evidence of things that are not seen.

“It is because of the evidence of things that are not seen, it is because you can make something out of nothing that I stand here today as Vice-President.

“How possible can anyone say that the killing of women and children doesn’t matter because he is Vice-President or because he is President? How is that possible? Certainly, it cannot be for a person who is born again. A renewed mind will know that there is justice, there is consequence even if there is no justice here on earth.”

The Vice-President, while reacting to the issue raised by another speaker, Dr. Magdalene Dura, that the invasion of the state was an ethnic agenda, said no one would deliberately kill his own people.

“I do not accept and I do not believe that there is an agenda. No one will deliberately kill his own people. No one will do so. But we cannot bring back the dead but we can make life more bearable for the living.

“This is why coming here today at the behest of the President is first, to look at the situation myself, to get a first-hand view of the situation because the President has mandated me to take this on board and deal with the issues,” Osinbajo added.

In his remark, Governor Samuel Ortom appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that peace reign in his state.
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Ex-VC Sues Amstel Malt Owners Over Claim of "Low Sugar"

A former vice-chancellor of the Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, has dragged Nigerian Breweries Plc before an Edo State High Court sitting in Benin for alleged deception.

Izevbigie accused the company of allegedly inscribing misleading information of “low sugar” on the container of Amstel Malta, which he said is false.

The case was filed before the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, through the claimant’s lawyer, Mr. Okonkwo Emmanuel, of Henry Idahagbon and Co.

Izevbigie said he had during a medical check-up discovered an increase in his blood sugar level.

He also claimed that he had traced the challenge to his regular intake of the malt drink.

The professor of Biochemistry alleged that a laboratory investigation revealed that the product contained more sugar than the company claimed in the inscription on the brand.

He, therefore, urged the court to order the company to tender a written apology as the he had been injured by the alleged deception.

He also stated that the label was misleading to the public.

During cross-examination on Tuesday by the counsel to the defendant, Mr. L. O. Ogiefere, the ex-VC told the court that malt did not merit the “low sugar” label, according to clinical research.

According to Izevbigie, the drink allegedly contained 10 cubes of sugar as against the 10 and a half to 10 one-quarter cubes contained in other malt drinks which did not have the inscription.

The presiding judge adjourned the matter till June 28 for the defendant to open its case.
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"Are You Rich Or Poor?"



Geese family at Donegal Springs (Photo by Ester)
Geese family in Donegal Springs
(Photo by Ester)



"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life" (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

We just heard a news report describing the horrific living conditions in South Sudan. This prompted a study of the country which is typically ranked near the very bottom in any livability spectrum. South Sudan deals with poor medical conditions, famine, civil war, drought, religious persecution, you name it. It is home to some of the world's most impoverished people. Many years ago we befriended two boys that were among the "Lost Boys Of Sudan" who had made it to the US and worked at the Turkey Hill Dairy where we served as chaplains at the time. What a dramatic story they had.

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is one of the richest people in the world. Our lives partially intersect in that, like us, he is also a 1973 high school graduate. There's a tendency to reckon my wealth by making a comparison to Bill Gates which can make me feel fairly "poor". However as we prayed for the people in South Sudan (and really many other parts of the world) I realized that my life has been way more like Bill Gates than people living in countries like South Sudan. We even wonder how many born in the mid-fifties would still be alive.

In 1 Timothy 6 Paul gives instructions to those who want to be rich (1 Timothy 6:9,10) and to those who are rich (1 Timothy 6:17-19). You can self-assess and take whichever instruction appropriate but we feel there's good advice here for all! Today we focus on a condition virtually all our readers are in, especially in comparison to South Sudan. We are "rich in this present world"!

The adjective "present" that precedes world is not accidental.  It reminds us of the temporal state of this world, in contrast with the eternal life referred to in verse 19.

We often hear about "financial security".  Millions aspire to have financial security; being set for life. Although planning for our temporal future is prudent, most give little to no attention to their eternal future. Notice especially the phrase, "wealth, which is so uncertain".

Today's generation desperately needs to hear this. The world's wealth will always be uncertain as is proven in the history books and in our own lifetime. Nevertheless so many focus their life on bigger homes, cars, more toys, bigger bank accounts, retirement savings, etc. But ultimately there is no "financial security".  Jesus spoke of a man who thought he had it when he kept building bigger barns, but God called him a fool (Luke 12:16-21).

Today let us put our hope in God and thankfully rejoice in all He has richly provided for our enjoyment. Our ultimate security is in God alone! Let us exclaim with the Psalmist David, "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him" (Psalm 62:5).

We are commanded "to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."

The daily Scripture portion ends with a wonderful promise. "In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." Let us ever keep before us the acknowledgment of the life that is truly life!


Be encouraged today,


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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