Archive for September, 2012

Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education and a former lecturer at the University of Lagos, Dr. Hope Eghagha was kidnapped Sunday morning along the Agbor/Abraka Road, between Agbor and Abavo by unknown gunmen.

Delta State Police Command Spokesman, Mr. Muka disclosed that the Commissioner was trailed by his kidnappers from Warri as he made his way to Asaba, the state capital, presumably to attend Nigeria’s 52nd Independence Day celebrations.

Muka further said the gunmen opened fire on his vehicle, killed his police orderly instantly, while his driver also sustained bullet wounds.

Eghagha was thereafter taken away as they fired sporadically into space.

Reports gathered understands that the gunmen have not made contact with his family or the state government.

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President Goodluck Jonathan said today that the country’s problems were not within his power as a leader to solve alone, but needed the support of all Nigerians no matter the level they were.

According to him, the many Nehemiahs in the National Assembly, the Federal Executive Council, judiciary, educational and private sectors would have to assist him in rebuilding the nation just like God used Prophet Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.

“Leadership at all levels is collective. One person cannot change a nation. Agreed, the leader matters but he cannot change things alone. All of us Nigerians must work together to rebuild our nation. Our men and women will change things in this country. There are so many Nehemiahs in the National Assembly, the Federal Executive Council, our judiciary, our teachers, businessmen and women and I believe God will use these Nehemiahs to rebuild the country. I can say again that Nigeria will succeed. With your cooperation we shall succeed”, the president stated.

Jonathan who spoke at the 52nd Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service with the theme: “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal” taken from 2 Corinthians 10:4, said with the manner in which his administration has sanitised the electoral process, corruption will soon be a thing of the past in the country.

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Tributes have continued to pour on the late Secretary General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Abdul-Lateef Adegbite, who died Friday in Lagos at the age of 79.
President Goodluck Jonathan described the late Mr. Adegbite as a bridge-builder who reached across ethnic and religious divides to promote peace and unity.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati,
The President said Mr. Adegbite’s tenure as Secretary-General of the NSCIA would forever be remembered for fostering peace and unity among religious groups in the country.
Mr. Jonathan said the late cleric would also be remembered for his moderating influence.
He observed that Mr. Adegbite’s wealth of experience in government, private practice and especially in handling inter-religious matters, would no doubt be missed.
“He was a devout Muslim leader, distinguished lawyer and academic,” the President said.
He further noted that Mr. Adegbite, the late Seriki Musulumi and Baba Adinni of Egbaland  served meritoriously as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Public Awareness on Security and Civic Responsibilities.
He urged the family of the late cleric, the people of Ogun, the Muslim community and Nigerians to take consolation in the knowledge that the late renowned Muslim leader made indelible contributions to the development of the country.
The President prayed God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest.
Adegbite was a voice of moderation and unity – Atiku
Also mourning the late statesman, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Nigeria has lost a voice of unity and moderation with the death of Mr. Adegbite.
In a condolence message released by his media office on Saturday in Abuja, the former Vice President noted that the late Adegbite would always be remembered for his untiring efforts to bring unity and understanding between Muslims of the North and South, thereby making them speak with one voice on matters of common interest and the country’s larger interest.
According to Mr. Abubakar, the late Mr. Adegbite, in collaboration with former Sultan Ibrahim  Dasuki, had significantly removed the seeming distrust between the Muslims of the South and the North.
The Turaki Adamawa also recalled Mr. Adegbite’s role in dousing tensions in the country at challenging moments. He particularly recalled Mr. Adegbite’s role in nipping a crisis in the bud during protests against THISDAY Newspaper following the publication of perceived blasphemous material when Nigeria was about to host Miss World Beauty Pageant in 2002.
According to him, the late Secretary General ended the crisis by advising Muslims to accept THISDAY’s well-meaning apology in good faith and stop further protests that could be hijacked by miscreants and overshadow the validity of the complaints by aggrieved Muslims.
The former Vice President said the late legal luminary and former Attorney General in the defunct Western Region had  left a vacuum as a peace maker which would be difficult to fill.
The former vice president prayed to the Almighty God to forgive the gentle soul of the late Adegbite and give his family the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.
He also urged the Jama’atul Nasril Islam and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to immortalize the late Adegbite in recognition of his outstanding role as a voice of unity and moderation.
A great loss to the nation – Ekeremadu
In his own condolence message, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, said with Mr. Adegbite’s demise, Nigeria has lost an agent of peaceful coexistence.
In a statement in Abuja on Saturday, Mr. Ekweremadu described the late religious leader as a fine gentleman and intellectual, noting that Adegbite would be remembered as a “national agent for religious stability”.
The Senator said, “Alhaji Lateef Adegbite was a true patriot, an unbiased religious leader, a detribalised Nigerian and indeed, a national figure whose penchant and capacity for inter-religious tolerance and harmonious co-existence would be greatly missed by all.
“He spoke his truth to the best of his knowledge and he spoke it with courage, conviction and without any form of bias.”
Mr. Ekweremadu, condoled with Nigerian Muslims over the “irreparable” loss and urged Nigerians to emulate the great legacies of the deceased.

“The entire nation owes it to the memory of the late Dr Lateef Adegbite to banish all forms of divisive tendencies that trigger ethno-religious crises which put the nation on the edge and make meaningful development difficult,” he said.
Muslim groups pay tribute
Various Islamic groups have also been paying glowing tribute to the late Mr. Adegbite, describing his death as a big loss to the Muslim community and the nation.
The groups in their various condolence messages described him as an exemplary leader and a lover of peace whose death had created a vacuum in the community.
The groups include the NSCIA, Nigeria Inter Religious Council, (NIREC), Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, (MSSN), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN)
Others are Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA), Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organisations in the USA (NCNMO) and the National Council of Muslim Youths Organisations (NACOMYO).
In his condolence message, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, National Coordinator of NIREC and Mr. Adegbite’s deputy at NSCIA, said, “we have lost an illustrious son of Africa’’.
“As an academician, an erudite scholar and season lawyer, a political figure, a religious leader and founder of many Islamic societies and groups, the religious community has lost a rare gem,’’ Mr. Oloyede said.
In his message, MURIC National Coordinator, Prof Ishaq Akintola said Mr. Adegbite lived a life of devotion and piety.
“He promoted the golden qualities of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence even at the peak of worst crises and irrational provocation.’’
Mr. Akintola said Mr. Adegbite was a team player who steered the affairs of the Muslim Ummah with dexterity, adding that “Nigeria has lost a gem’’.
In his tribute, National President of UNIFEMGA, Abdulwahab Egbewole, said the death of Mr. Adegbite should be a lesson that “we need to do our best to serve Allah and leave our footprints in all the areas we may find ourselves’’.
He described the deceased as “a consummate administrator, committed academic, focused religious leader, concerned community leader and a bridge builder”.
The MMPN Chairman, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the demise of Adegbite was a great loss to the Muslim Ummah.
He added that the deceased was instrumental to the formation of many professional Islamic organisations in the country with the aim of projecting Islam through their professional callings.
NACOMYO said the death of Mr. Adegbite was a big loss to the Ummah.
Mas’ud Akintola, NACOMYO Coordinator in Oyo State said Mr. Adegbite’s death had created a big vacuum for the Ummah and prayed Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdaus.
Adegbite was born in Abeokuta, Ogun, on March 20, 1933 and attended Methodist School, Abeokuta and Kings College, Lagos.
He co-founded and was the first national president of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria.

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Posted: September 26, 2012 in General

Gunmen, Monday, in Bauchi kidnapped the former Chairman of Bauchi State Fertilizer Distribution Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, who is also an in-law to Governor Isa Yugada of Bauchi State.

Garba Dahiru, a close friend to the victim, told newsmen that Abubakar was kidnapped at 5am on his way to the mosque for morning prayers.

Dahiru said: “`He, along with his son and a son to his elder brother, were heading to the mosque when some gunmen attacked them and took him away in their car.

“When he raised alarm, his aide tried to come to his rescue but was shot. The security man died instantly.”

He said the kidnappers were about six in number and that no contact had been established with them since the incident occurred.

Umar Abubakar, member representing Darazo/Ganjuwa Federal Constituency and senior brother to the vcitim, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Bauchi.

Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Ladan, also confirmed the incident, saying one person had been arrested and was helping the police with relevant information.

Nwaoga lamented what he described as ‘non-cooperative attitude’ of people to the fight against terrorism and called on traditional rulers, village heads, and residents to report to security agents suspicious activities and individuals residing in their midst.

He said: “By availing us with useful information concerning unknown faces and suspicious movements in their midst, we assure that we will act rapidly and efficiently.”

He commended the state government for the 24-hour curfew, which enabled JTF to carry the operation successfully.

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Gunners winger Walcott denied his delay in signing a new contract had anything to do with money but admitted agreeing a deal could be a “slow process”.

Manager Arsene Wenger warned last week the club may be forced to sell Walcott – something they appeared close to doing this summer – if an agreement could not be reached before the transfer window reopens.

It has been suggested Walcott is seeking assurances of more playing time, especially up front.

Wenger converted Henry from a winger to Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer and Walcott, who inherited the Frenchman’s number 14 jersey, told ESPN on Monday: “I want to be an Arsenal legend. Thierry joined the club when he was 22 and I want to become an Arsenal legend like him, playing up front as well, which is a big factor for me.

“I’ve played on the right wing and had the opportunity to play up front a bit more so I think it’s about time.”

Talks over extending the 23-year-old’s contract, which expires at the end of the season, reached crisis point last month when he rejected a new five-year deal worth £75,000 a week.

It was reported Walcott was holding out for £100,000 a week, but he said: “That speculation on the money side of it has never been me. That’s not me. I’m not the sort of person who’s influenced by money. I always make my decisions based on football and only football.

“Hopefully, something can be sorted out. I’ll just wait for the club to get back to us now and go from there.”

He added: “It’s a slow process. My last contract took over six months to happen. Hopefully, it can be sorted out. I’ve never said I wanted to go, I’ve always wanted to stay.”

However, the England star refused to rule out leaving Arsenal completely.

“It’s one of those things that happens in the game,” he said.

“If it comes to it, if the club had to sell me, I’d be disappointed but, like I said, hopefully something can be sorted.

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John Terry quits England team

Posted: September 23, 2012 in General

Former England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from international football, accusing the Football Association of making his position with the team ‘untenable’.

The Chelsea skipper’s personal hearing to answer an FA charge he used “abusive and/or insulting words” that “included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand” in last October’s Premier League clash at Queens Park Rangers is due to begin on Monday.

Terry has already categorically denied the charge and is set to do so again in person more than two months after being found not guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court.

But the affair has led to the man who won 78 caps for his country calling time on his career with the Three Lions, with his parting shot pointing the finger firmly at the game’s governing body.

“I am making his statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable.”

“I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps. I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I have played with.

“I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my international career.

“Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour. I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision.

“I want to wish Roy and the team every success for the future.

“I am making his statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable.

“I now look forward to playing for Chelsea FC and challenging for domestic and European honours and I want to thank the fans and the club for their continued support.”

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It is appointed unto man to die once & afterwards comes d judgment. Heb 9:27 live your life with no guilt or regret, death comes unannounced

Let your words be with grace, seasoned with salt. We do more harm than we realize with our words. Watch what you say. #Ayourbsay

We can’t go thru life unprovoked but we would be unwise to live our entire live in a state of provocation. #Ayourbsay

You can’t stop a bird flying over your head but you can definitely refuse it nesting on your head. Reject unwholesome thoughts.#Ayourbsay

Words are arrows, your mind is a constant battleground. You can’t control what you hear but you are in control of what you think.#Ayourbsay

Whatever you think & meditate upon is what you will do. Free your mind of hate, evil thoughts & pettiness. It denigrates. #Ayourbsay

Do not allow evil & wicked thoughts to fester in u. Your thoughts eventually becomes your action, your action is your character.#Ayourbsay

The heart of man is a wellspring of ideas. Ideas are a product of imaginations. Think right & act right always. #Ayourbsay

You can never achieve bigger than you think. Always remember that the biggest inventions are a product of the imagination of men.#Ayourbsay

The wisest men is not the most brilliant, he is only sensible enough to know what to think & act upon at precise times always. #Ayourbsay

No matter what you do, people will criticize you. Do what is right & satisfy your conscience, monuments aren’t built for critics’ #Ayourbsay

The biggest blow you can deal a fool is your silence. Ignoring a fool is a bigger death kneel than justifying yourself. #Ayourbsay

I can tell you the good in my religion, but the biggest testimony of my faith to an unbeliever is my character not my rhetoric. #Ayourbsay

You have but one chance to be the best in this world, do not waste it, your life pass away soon & u will never have another chance.#Ayourbsay

Emotions are intangible, but are the biggest pointers to our lives. Always give out your best vibes, people can always feel it.#Ayourbsay

Strive not to fit any description. You are you & no one can be a better you. You will always fall short of another’s expectation #Ayourbsay

Remember that no one has seen your God. You are the only representative of His that men can see, be a good ambassador always. #Ayourbsay

Even as I write, cynics and small minded bigots are here saying, “it’s so easy to preach” ignore them & move on. #Ayourbsay

Some people never do, see or say any good. They live their lives in hate & fault finding. Don’t be deterred they are unfulfilled #Ayourbsay

We may never be perfect but we always strive, if we try we may attain, but we are failures already if we don’t. #Ayourbsay

Our lives are a loan, we do not own it. Use your loan well, death cometh anytime, it is the only definite experience of all men.#Ayourbsay

We are all a creation of ONE God who has d right to force us to be robots, but chose to allow free will, don’t be godlier than GOD.#Ayourbsay

You have the right to chose who to listen to & hangout with. Bitter people are poison, no man eat poison to live, avoid them.#Ayourbsay

Show me your friends & I will tell who you are is an old maxim but it is still relevant even till today. Covet only good company #Ayourbsay

Iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens his friends, ensure your friends are those who can lift u when you are down. Losers are losers.#Ayourbsay

Finally in all we do, ask yourself, will this glorify God? If the answer is NO, no matter how pertinent, please abstain. #Ayourbsay

It is appointed unto man to die once & afterwards comes d judgment. Heb 9:27 live your life with no guilt or regret, death comes unannounced

Let your words be with grace, seasoned with salt. We do more harm than we realize with our words. Watch what you say. #Ayourbsay

We can’t go thru life unprovoked but we would be unwise to live our entire live in a state of provocation. #Ayourbsay

You can’t stop a bird flying over your head but you can definitely refuse it nesting on your head. Reject unwholesome thoughts.#Ayourbsay

Words are arrows, your mind is a constant battleground. You can’t control what you hear but you are in control of what you think.#Ayourbsay

Whatever you think & meditate upon is what you will do. Free your mind of hate, evil thoughts & pettiness. It denigrates. #Ayourbsay

Do not allow evil & wicked thoughts to fester in u. Your thoughts eventually becomes your action, your action is your character.#Ayourbsay

The heart of man is a wellspring of ideas. Ideas are a product of imaginations. Think right & act right always. #Ayourbsay

You can never achieve bigger than you think. Always remember that the biggest inventions are a product of the imagination of men.#Ayourbsay

The wisest men is not the most brilliant, he is only sensible enough to know what to think & act upon at precise times always. #Ayourbsay

No matter what you do, people will criticize you. Do what is right & satisfy your conscience, monuments aren’t built for critics’ #Ayourbsay

The biggest blow you can deal a fool is your silence. Ignoring a fool is a bigger death kneel than justifying yourself. #Ayourbsay

I can tell you the good in my religion, but the biggest testimony of my faith to an unbeliever is my character not my rhetoric. #Ayourbsay

You have but one chance to be the best in this world, do not waste it, your life pass away soon & u will never have another chance.#Ayourbsay

Emotions are intangible, but are the biggest pointers to our lives. Always give out your best vibes, people can always feel it.#Ayourbsay

Strive not to fit any description. You are you & no one can be a better you. You will always fall short of another’s expectation #Ayourbsay

Remember that no one has seen your God. You are the only representative of His that men can see, be a good ambassador always. #Ayourbsay

Even as I write, cynics and small minded bigots are here saying, “it’s so easy to preach” ignore them & move on. #Ayourbsay

Some people never do, see or say any good. They live their lives in hate & fault finding. Don’t be deterred they are unfulfilled #Ayourbsay

We may never be perfect but we always strive, if we try we may attain, but we are failures already if we don’t. #Ayourbsay

Our lives are a loan, we do not own it. Use your loan well, death cometh anytime, it is the only definite experience of all men.#Ayourbsay

We are all a creation of ONE God who has d right to force us to be robots, but chose to allow free will, don’t be godlier than GOD.#Ayourbsay

You have the right to chose who to listen to & hangout with. Bitter people are poison, no man eat poison to live, avoid them.#Ayourbsay

Show me your friends & I will tell who you are is an old maxim but it is still relevant even till today. Covet only good company #Ayourbsay

Iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens his friends, ensure your friends are those who can lift u when you are down. Losers are losers.#Ayourbsay

Finally in all we do, ask yourself, will this glorify God? If the answer is NO, no matter how pertinent, please abstain. #Ayourbsay

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Witnesses say an explosion has struck near a Catholic church in north Nigeria, a region under attack by a radical Islamist sect.

An Associated Press journalist heard the explosion after 9 a.m. Sunday in the city of Bauchi. The AP journalist said the blast occurred at St. John’s Catholic Church in the city.

Emergency responders declined to immediately say whether there were casualties, though the explosion occurred during an early morning Mass.

A radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram has attacked churches throughout Nigeria’s north with gunmen and suicide car bombers. The sect is blamed for more than 680 killings this year alone in Nigeria, according to an AP count.

Source AP

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