Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A PROPHET AND HIS PROPHECIES : “Barack Obama will be hospitalized”, “Boko Haram will attack Nigerian Politicians” || T.B. Joshua’s latest prophecies ... YNaij

TB Joshua
Speaking in his church on Sunday, 31 August, Prophet T.B. Joshua made gloomy prophecies about Nigerian politicians, Barack Obama, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Kenya.
Joshua, who is the General overseer of the Synagogue church of all nations, said that Boko Haram insurgents would soon begin to target Nigerian politicians, which according to him, could lead to a crisis in the country.
He said, “Last time, I said we should pray for Nigerian ‘bigshots’ because I am seeing these people(Boko Haram) begin to target them, It will result to death. “They are just looking for an avenue that will cause crisis and conflict in the region. When it happens, it will cause political crisis.”
He also prophesied about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, saying there would be a plane crash in the unstable region near Russia and Ukraine.
“Commercial planes should not pass there because I am seeing a plane full of passenger’s crash in that region. It will not be between Ukraine and Russia this time but it is close to that place, a neighbouring region,” he said.
Speaking further, Joshua revealed that Barack Obama is in dire need of fervent prayers, saying, “Pray for the president of America. I am seeing him being rushed to the hospital but he will get over it. “They should allow him to rest, he should not go for an operation. I am not talking of myself, I am talking of God.”
He also made mention of Southern Africa, Kenya and Poland in his prophecies. “I am seeing militants are interested in embarrassing a president – either they kill him or kidnap him. That is just their objective in the Southern region– to kidnap the president, vice president or first lady of that nation,” he said.
“Crisis will start any moment from now. It will start with internal crisis… What is the word 16? I was made to see the nation Poland – pray for the nation,” he added.

AT 23, WHAT HAVE THE ABIANS DONE TO DESERVE SUCH A COMEDIAN IN OFFICE? : FOR THE RECORDS ... ABA: A CITY IN RUINS! ... PunchNews

aba bakassi road
Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, is lying prostrate, in ut­ter ruins. It is in shackles, bruised and battered. And no one seems to care. Worse still, the residents have been cowed. So, they see no evil and speak no evil because they are afraid of the son of a top elected official in the state nicknamed Whirlwind. In Abia, the fear of Whirlwind is the beginning of wisdom. If you incur the wrath of Whirlwind, you will have yourself to blame. Aba has fallen from grace to grass. It has lost its former glory that dressed it in the admirable robe of the eastern commer­cial pride and made it attractive to investors and business people from within and outside the region.
The vibrancy that defined the city is gone and the once thriving city is a shadow of it­self. Today, Aba is a terrible and indescrib­able sight. Indeed, words are not enough to capture the present state of the once famous Enyimba City. As Lewis Hine said, “if I could tell the story (of Aba) in words I wouldn’t need a lug around a camera.” According to Henri Cartier Bresson, “they (pictures) speak for themselves.” And, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Aba, which was conceived as the industrial engine of the East, paints a piteous picture. It has decayed on all fronts, making it one of the ugliest cit­ies in Nigeria. Anyone who knew Aba when it was blazing in glory would weep at the present state of things. The home of creativity and haven of local technology oth­erwise known as the Japan of Africa is now defined by broken and ravaged streets as well as mountains of garbage, sometimes piled too close to human domestic life. One of the heart-rending scenes is in Ngwa Road where traders display their wares amid the putrid seepage from rotten wastes overflowing the road. There, maggots and flies dance on veg­etables and other edibles on sale. There, ‘Aba perfume’ hangs thick in the air. Take this: Ep­idemic is imminent in Aba as sewage flowing down dirty streets is a common sight.
Broken roads: Coming into Aba, you soon discover that something is wrong. To start with, it is not a tea party entering into the city from any point, as all the roads linking it are in terrible condition. The Enugu – Aba – Port Harcourt Expressway is deplorably bad, par­ticularly at the Osisioma axis through which the main town is accessed. The Aba – Ikot Ekpene Road is an expressway to hell, as cra­ters dot the long stretch. If you are coming from Akwa Ibom, the way that you will know that you have reached the border is the state of the road at the Abia end. As soon as you enter Abia State, you begin to navigate through the valley of the shadow of death. And the fear of evil will be your portion be­cause the Azumini area, in Abia State, is ritu­alists’ den. Not long ago, scores of human heads, decomposing bodies and skeletons were discovered at Kilometre 15 on the Aba/ Azumini Highway popularly known as ‘No man’s land’ after Akpaa village in Obingwa LGA of Abia State. The victims include an unidentified national youth service corps member as his uniform showed. The Ogbor Hill section, which is right inside the city, is too bad. In fact, the right side from Opobo junction is impassable, so drivers drive against traffic there. “Aba is the heart of Abia State. But government is far from Aba.” This submission by a commercial tricycle rider, Mr Chiemela Nwogu, succinctly captures the state of affairs in the city. It will be easier for the state- owned team, Enyimba Football Club, to win the FIFA World Cup than to lo­cate an entirely good stretch of road in Aba.
The reporter was in Aba recently, and saw the once bubbly city in chains. In this rainy sea­son, Aba is floating, so to say. Most of the roads are flood-prone because there are no drainages and where they exist, they have been blocked. So, with nowhere to go, the ensuing floods take over the streets and es­cape into homes and business premises. As a matter of fact, some streets have turned to river in Aba. One of the ‘rivers’ is found on the Umuojima Road, which leads to the Aba – Enugu expressway.
An elderly resident of Umuojima Road, who identified himself as Mr Nwanguma, volunteered: “The road has been impassable for three years. Sometimes when it rains, our homes are flooded. And because of the condition of the road, most of the residents of the area don’t bring their cars back anymore.” Indeed, the elderly fellow was excited when he saw the reporter taking pictures of the ‘river’ on his street. Disclos­ing that the residents of the area were going through hell, he lamented: “My son, please help us appeal to government to come to our aid. We have suffered so much in this area. There was a time they came in the name of repairing the road about three years ago but they ended up destroying it and ever since we have been passing through hell. Any time the rain is a bit heavy, many of us in this area will not have it easy.” Nwanguma, however, joked that Aba residents get some relief when the rains go away through Okochi (Dry Sea­son) Construction Company which comes to their assistance. From one end of the city to the other, it is the same story. From the ‘town part’ to Umungasi, Umule, Ama Ogbonna, Over Rail and Ama Mmong among others, it is the story of overflowing dumpsites, broken and flooded streets and general infrastructur­al decay.
On a rainy day or even several hours after the rains, a speedboat can conve­niently ply the right section of the Aba – Ow­erri Road, from the point where a private university is, to way beyond Crest/Enitona junction. A federal facility, it was given a facelift about two years ago but some por­tions have started failing because it is peren­nially flooded. And while the flood lasts, traders at Umungasi market close shops, oth­erwise their wares will be submerged and destroyed. Worst still, there is an open man­hole at Brass junction, and when it rains, peo­ple fall into it. A source disclosed that many people have lost their lives in the manhole while several others had sustained debilitat­ing injuries.
You cannot tell the story of Aba without talking about Ariaria Interna­tional Market, which is the most popular market in the city. In fact, Ariaria used to be the face of the town but not anymore. Today, going to the market through Faulks Road is an agonizing experience because a journey of a few minutes can last for hours because of the terrible condition of the road, resulting in traffic bottleneck. But if Faulks Road is pot­holes infested, the popular Ukwu Mango is a scene from the pit of hell. Before now, the spot used to be flooded but somehow pass­able but after the state government ‘worked’ on it, the drainage was blocked. The result is that the place has become totally impassable. Like most parts of Aba, you cannot wear shoes when going to Ariara.
The reason is that all the surroundings are flooded. The only way out is to remove your shoes and fold your trousers, wrappers or skirt to knee length and trek. In fact, when the heavens open up, keke riders and bus drivers disap­pear because, if they don’t, their vehicles will be submerged. “When it rains, people’s goods are destroyed by flood. My wife’s wares were damaged, that was why she left the place.
Considering the status of Ariaria as an international market, the state of the envi­ronment leaves so much to be desired,” Chiemela said. Bakassi Street, in the Ariaria area, which has a large concentration of shoemakers, does not belong to this age and time. Umuocham Road that links Aba – Ow­erri Road is cut off. Osusu Road leading to Ama Ogbonna is also cut off. The popular MCC Road is in a terrible state, especially at the point around the Lord’s Chosen Charis­matic Revival Ministry, Aba headquarters area. Powerline Road is also bad just as some portions of St Michael’s Road and Asa Road also contend with massive moulds of waste. Eziukwu Road is in a mess.
aba city ruin
But Port Har­court Road is simply in a class of its own. An arterial road, it should pass as one of the worst roads on the face of the earth. There, vehicles are trapped every day. In fact, only trucks and other big vehicles ply the road. A car can easily be bur­ied in the gullies on the road and when it hap­pens, the army of jobless young men in the area will jump into the muddy water and push out the trapped vehicle for a fee. They call it, ‘self em­powerment.’ If all the major hubs are dilapidat­ed, the adjoining or inner streets are simply non-existent. Ngwa Road also needs a special mention in ignominy.
Apart from the distress as­sociated with bad roads, heaps of waste occupy a large portion of it and compete with traders. And as noted above, there is the threat of disease outbreak due to overflowing decayed garbage emitting acid odour. It is a wonder how human beings do business under such atmosphere. An­other place where epidemic is looming is Emel­ogu where a mountain of refuse has sprung up.
There, an offensive odour pervades the air. From bad to worse. In 2012, the reporter was in Aba to do a comprehensive report on the city following the peaceful demonstration by law­yers who wore rainboots to show that Aba had become a jungle. The lawyers’ grouse was that life in Aba was brutish and harrowing. Or rather, living in Aba was a nightmare. The placards car­ried by the lawyers bore such inscriptions as: “Live in Aba, live in hell,” The worst roads in the world are in Aba,” “Weep for Aba,” “Gov­ernment neglect of Aba is injustice,” “ Lawyers are asking for good governance” and “This is Aba, the location of hell on earth.” “The econo­my of Aba has collapsed because of the neglect of the town. People are merely living here now by the grace of God. They live from day to day, praying that God sees them through the next day,” Chief Charles Eduzor, the then Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Aba branch, had said.
About two years down the line, nothing has changed in positive terms. Eduzor observed that things have actually gone from bad to worse. “Things have dilapidated more; that is the situa­tion. There is no improvement. The governor has not done anything in Aba since. I don’t know what the problem is. Perhaps the governor is leaving the problem to the next governor.
It is unfortunate,” Eduzor told the reporter. Ironical­ly, Gov. T.A. Orji and his men had debunked the report, saying it did not reflect the state of affairs in Aba. But in the same breath, few days after the report was published, the state government announced that it was awarding contracts for the rehabilitation of the same roads it had announced were shipshape. But the action was, at best, sophistry. The roads have worsened as nothing was done on them. Investigations revealed that potholes are turning into craters and gullies. Roads that were passable a few years ago had become no-go areas. Putting the matter in per­spective, Chief Dr. Francis Ene, a businessman, opined that the residents have never had it so rough and tough.
Waxing philosophical, Chief Ene said: “Living in Aba is suffering and smiling because all the roads are totally dilapidated; there is no exemption. It is a terrible situation. Some of us who have customers from outside the state are feeling the pinch. This is because customers cannot come from Akwa Ibom to Aba, even coming from Port Harcourt to Aba is a herculean task. From Umuahia to Aba is no mean task; you will spend hours on the road be­cause of the bad road. There is no side you can mention and say it is better than the other in Aba. If you go to Ngwa Road, you can’t pass there. If you go to Ogbor hill, no way. Obohia Road is nothing to write home about.
Even Ariaria Inter­national Market is in a sorry state. If you manage to enter Ariaria, you will spend hours before you come out because of the nature of the road. You can’t even come through Ukwu Mango, not to talk of Faulks Road. All those areas are death traps. So, living in Aba is suffering and smiling.” Chief Ene went on: “I have been in Aba since 1970. It is a great town that had made a lot of people.
We have senators here in Aba. We have House of Representatives and state House of As­sembly members. Aba has produced so many successful people in various spheres of life. Abia is not supposed to be abandoned just like that. So, I’m appealing to the Federal Government to help us. Aba is part of Nigeria and is the com­mercial nerve centre of Abia and the South East states. “Aba boasts of skilled and skilful artisans like shoemakers and tailors, among many oth­ers, who can hold their own anywhere. All they need is the enabling environment to thrive. Any­time there is politics or during election time, they will remember Aba to come and seek for votes. But immediately after that, the place will be abandoned. So, I’m begging the Federal Gov­ernment to come to our aid because Aba is an important town that has the potential of turning around the fortunes of the country in terms of manpower and technical know-how.”
Chief Ene further said landlords in Aba also contend with other headaches apart from the infrastructural decay. “At a point, touts were almost taking over Aba after the kidnapper, Osisikankwu’s issue. We have suffered too many things. I was shot in my own office before the intervention of soldiers in the state. My place has been invaded so many times. After all the suffering, touts took over.

THE COMEDIAN LIVES TRUE TO TYPE : Orji warns Kalu: “Stop insulting my government” ... DailyPost

Governor T. Orji
Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji has warned his predecessor, Orji Uzor Kalu, against rubbishing his administration on the pages of newspaper.
He said Kalu should “stop running down his administration, using his ( Kalu’s ) paper as a conveyor belt.”
Orji, was reacting to a recent media report, which quoted Anambra State-born billionaire politician, Arthur Eze, as saying that “Abia stinks.”
He accused Kalu of using his medium to “twist the truth and propagate falsehood.”
Briefing journalists on Monday in Umuhaia, the state Commissioner for Information, Eze Chikamnayo, said that Eze was quoted out of context by Kalu’s paper in his bid to further rubbish the efforts of Orji to reposition the state.
According to Orji, Eze who spoke during the Abia @ 23 Celebration, was only expressing his dissatisfaction with the deplorable condition of the Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway. He said he did not refer to Abia internal roads, as misrepresented by the said report.
“From what Arthur Eze said, it was obvious he was voicing his concern on the state of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway since he drove in through Enugu and passed through the Okigwe section of the highway, which is in a very terrible state,” Orji said.
Orji noted that even the Abia State House of Assembly had recently passed a motion calling on the Federal Government to speed up the repair of the highway.
He said it was unpatriotic of “the former Governor to use his paper to turn Arthur Eze’s candid remarks to mean that Abia stinks,” a comment he said Eze had denied when contacted.
He said Kalu ought to be a shining example of patriotism, warning him to desist from “his campaigns of calumny against the state government.”
He added, “Or we will be forced to use every legal means to caution him.”
“It is only obvious that Kalu is intimidated by the towering achievements recorded by the present administration in Abia, a feat which could not be achieved in his eight years of maladministration.”

Monday, September 1, 2014

JAPAN ON MY MIND : Japan’s squeeze-a-boob fetches over $50k for AIDS charity ... TheNews

A guest touches actress Karin Natsumi
A guest touches actress Karin Natsumi
Ready for the act: a man set to squeeze the breasts of one of the actresses
Ready for the act: a man set to squeeze the breasts of one of the actresses
 A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a “Boob Aid” charity event for AIDS prevention.
The nine adult movie stars, sporting yellow campaign T-shirts rolled up to reveal their breasts, flashed a big smile as punters approached them at an event that opened Saturday.
Fans sprayed their hands with disinfectant before touching — quite discreetly in many cases.
A man was seen pressing his palms together in the style of a Buddhist prayer before and after he softly touched the breasts of each of the nine.
Women were occasionally spotted in the mostly male crowd, prompting one of the girls to say in rapture: “Wow, I’m happy. I want her to touch my breasts!”
( Japan's porn actresses flaunt their breasts in AID of  AIDS
( Japan’s porn actresses flaunt their breasts in AID of AIDS
The event was part of a 24-hour “Stop! AIDS” campaign event in Tokyo, which was also televised live on a Japanese adult cable channel.
The breast-squeezing resumed Sunday morning after an overnight break.
Nearly 6,000 pairs of hands groped for a total of over 15 hours until Sunday evening, organisers said.
About five million yen ($50,000) has been collected, according to the organisers’ count one hour before the charity closed. The final sum will be officially announced later.
“I joined Boob Aid for the first time and I didn’t know this was an event thousands of people would come to,” one of the porn queens, Iku Sakuragi, said after the event.
“I think we should continue this kind of activity,” the 21-years-old said, adding she was very happy to see her fans throughout the event.
 - ‘Squeeze them, donate money’ -
 The event is the 12th since its launch in 2003. It is backed by the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention.
“I’m really looking forward to lots of people fondling my boobs,” Rina Serina told the Tokyo Sports newspaper before the event. “But I would be very happy if you would please be delicate.”
The bizarre event was staged after sexist heckling of a Tokyo assemblywoman hit the headlines, highlighting old-fashioned views towards women that still permeate Japanese society.
“I never thought my boobs could contribute to society,” said the ponytailed Serina, apparently unaware of any contradiction.
Sakuragi had no qualms about being groped by hundreds of pairs of hands.
“It’s for charity,” she said ahead of the event. “Squeeze them, donate money — let’s be happy.”
UN estimates show around 35 million people were living last year with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that can cause AIDS.
Just a fraction of them are in Japan, where a total of 22,971 people were known to be infected with HIV or to have developed AIDS at the end of 2013, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.
But infection has shown no sign of abating with the annual number of new HIV/AIDS patients hitting some 1,500 in recent years, it says.
Japan has one of the developed world’s lowest rates of female workforce participation. A lack of childcare facilities, poor career support and deeply entrenched sexism are blamed for keeping women at home.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to create “a society in which women shine” and is expected to bring in more female faces when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday.

THERE IS YET HOPE FOR THIS MARRIAGE : An open Letter To Pastors Anita and Chris Oyakhilome: Having Nothing, Yet By Emeka Asinugo ... SaharaReporters

Our dear Anita: I am addressing this letter to you because I know that it is you who will hold the key to triumph over the challenges that have recently raised their ugly heads in your family and in your ministry. I am convinced that even if you don’t read this letter directly from me, some of the numerous members of Christ Embassy across the globe could read it and draw your attention to the words of an old man who is pretty much in the same calling as you and your husband are. I am writing this from my home: The Vicarage, St.
Our dear Anita: I am addressing this letter to you because I know that it is you who will hold the key to triumph over the challenges that have recently raised their ugly heads in your family and in your ministry. I am convinced that even if you don’t read this letter directly from me, some of the numerous members of Christ Embassy across the globe could read it and draw your attention to the words of an old man who is pretty much in the same calling as you and your husband are. I am writing this from my home: The Vicarage, St. Matthew’s Church of England, Stratford, E15 4JX, where my wife, Christy is the Vicar, and the co-ordinating Chaplain of Westfield, Stratford City.Pastor Chris and Anita Oyakhilome undergoing divorce
We were all taken aback when we read about your intention to file for a divorce against your husband, Pastor Chris. It was a scandal, Anita, and you must not  let it happen.
I need not tell you that in today’s world, many factors tend to get in the way of successful marriages. It is, therefore, practically impossible to recommend a general panacea for all the troubles that can hamper the success of any marriage. But in all our travails, as Christians, we must bear in mind the fact that in a very profound sense, marriage is the most intimate of human relationships, involving sharing a person's entire life with his or her spouse. By its very nature which emphasizes conjugal love, the institution of marriage is ordained for procreation and for the ultimate education of children who come from such marriages. It calls for self-surrender to the other spouse, a surrender that is so intimate and complete that spouses become "one," not only in body, but also in soul, without necessarily losing their individual identities.
As the servants of God, you must ask yourselves where the ultimate education of your children comes into this divorce prompting. If this divorce actually takes place, how would your daughters who you are preparing to become future leaders in the church and mothers in the family feel, knowing they come from a broken home? And how do your numerous followers interpret your individual identity with reference to your commitment to family and church?
There is an African adage that says: there is no age when a man can say: ‘I have known it all’. That adage also applies to the institution of marriage. No one can claim to know all there is in that human relationship called marriage. It is a university. Those in it learn by the day from it. And most times, the lessons come in different shapes, culminating in various experiences. As a result, the marital experiences of people actually differ one from another, depending on circumstances and such factors as upbringing, environmental pressure and work demands. In all of these, no one can claim to have a ready answer to all the myriads of problems that couples face daily in their marriage relationships. It is even more complicated these days when people marry for various reasons that can range from legal, social, emotional and economic needs to spiritual stability or upliftment. But no matter the reason a couple gets married in the first place, the demands of marriage remain ultimate and constant. Husband and wife must have a unity of purpose in all their undertakings. In short, they must be seen as, and remain, “an item” in the eyes of their society.
Many of your admirers across the globe want to believe that work pressure, which is pressure from those you work with or think you are working with, is responsible for this undesirable development of you, Anita, filing for a divorce against Chris. The truth they want to believe is that not only has Satan attended service at Christ Embassy, just as he attends services in all churches that are reputed to be doing well, he is waiting to receive Holy Communion! He has penetrated your ministry and is using your work force to direct you. That is the challenge.
Don’t forget that God allowed Satan to sift the quality of those who profess to worship Him. God cannot be mocked. If Satan wins this battle, then God was never in your Ministry in the first place. Your millions of admirers across the globe will be greatly disappointed but they will not make any mistake about the truth.  
You sure must know that your admirers, even from other Christian denominations are in their millions. Many of them look up to you as their role model. Think again. Must you let them down? Is this idea of divorcing Chris so binding? Think about it again. Is this not selfishness? Here in England, many homes break up, with their families torn apart. But when you look at the situation closely, you find that selfishness on the part of one of the spouses was the fundamental reason the family broke up. Should that be the testimony of your Ministry? Would you allow material things like money or alleged sexual indulgence destroy your Ministry and make a mockery of all you have invested into it? To remain married, spouses must be ready for a long-term commitment in every conceivable respect, financially, emotionally and in terms of maturity and ageing.
Having said this much, I would like to quickly point out that there are many things about marriages, especially among Christian Families that are often taken for granted. One of them is the sacrosanct promise publicly recited by couples in front of their witnesses, and in front of God. They usually vow to love, cherish and respect each other “until death do us part!” Think about the admonition God gave Adam in the Holy Book. Adam and his wife Eve were the first recorded couple on earth, according to our Christian belief. God created the Garden of Eden for them, with all the glamour and beauty that the scenic environment portrayed, just as He has prospered Christ Embassy. The Holy Book mentions that husband and wife explored the Garden naked. They were not ashamed of their nakedness. They must have been as innocent as a newly born child. That was how God wanted them to be – innocent. God specifically told Adam not to eat of the forbidden fruit in the centre of the Garden of Eden. God told him: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat; for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.”
The serpent, described in the Holy Book as “more cunning than any beast of the field that the Lord had made” prevailed on Eve and she convinced her husband to disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit. But Adam lived for many more years before his physical demise. It means that God was not talking about the physical death of Adam. God meant that Adam would die spiritually. Adam’s spiritual death was not interpreted at the time God told him he would die if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. No one knew the mind of God when He spoke to Adam about the tree. But God’s decree happened. The spiritual death of Adam and his wife ushered sin and death into the world. For disobeying God, Adam died spiritually and his death distanced him and his wife from God.
By the same token, modern marriages can die spiritually. When husband and wife fail to upkeep their vow to cherish, love and respect each other; when selfishness and the desire to be the one left standing at the end of the day is inadvertently at the centre of their relationship; when the ill-conceived advice of “frienemies” (half friends and half enemies) holds sway in their marriage, that union is doomed to spiritual death. The couple will be separated from each other, just as Adam was separated from God. The couple may still be living together as Adam and Eve continued to live in the Garden of Eden. But in the spirit, they have been disconnected from God who brought them together initially.
Yes. Even the Elders and Pastors of Christ Embassy are not free from all this. They too have a case to answer. No Christian marriage can simply crash without series of warnings. And we make haste to ask: where were the Elders and other Pastors of Christ Embassy when this entire trouble started? Where were they when it continued and when it was allowed to escalate to this world-wide level? Where were they? What did they observe? What was revealed to them, even in their prayers? And what did they do to salvage the ugly incident that was coming on to daint the image of Christ Embassy?  
Anita and Chris, you must surely know that the devil is at work in your Ministry. You must not let this happen. Millions of your admirers out there will be very disappointed. Don’t listen to those frienemies of yours who are pretending to advise you genuinely, because they are not. You are beautiful, Anita. Chris is handsome. And I am sure this combination of beauty and brain is what has attracted so many people to you and to your ministry. Call Chris to prayer over this challenge, and withdraw the suit from court. That is what all your admirers feel you should do. Don’t allow money or things of the flesh to come between you and the love of God expressed in you as a great woman of God.
Pastor Benny Hinn had this temptation. The devil set a booby trap for him. His family was tearing apart. But he overcame the gripping power of the Evil One. He triumphed. And today that testimony stands strong in his favour and profile. The world is watching, hoping that you prove who you really have been. Your children are waiting, not to be stigmatised with the label of children who came from a broken home. Christians all over the world are praying that as a great woman of God, God Himself will reveal the future of this divorce road you appear to have followed to you, Anita. And we all believe that you will triumph over this period and live to give testimony of God’s goodness in your life. Paul is advising you in Ephesians 6:10 to be "strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full amour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground.”
Paul himself summarises this challenge that seems to be rocking your family and ministry in 2 Corinthians 6: 3-10: “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that your ministry will not be discredited. Rather as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance, in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, yet possessing everything.”

*  Mr Asinugo is a London-based journalist and columnist.

A TEMPESTUOUS BULL IN OUR CHINA SHOP : Adekoya Boladale: The madness in CBN N65 ATM charges ... DailyPost

Adekoya Boladale
Few months ago, myself and numerous other writers who were not privileged to grace the sacred meeting where the ‘suspension’ of the then Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam (as at then was) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was discussed postulated some factors as being the motive behind his unceremonious disengagement. Today I write to say most of what we factored in then may not be absolutely correct.
Beyond our hypothesis lies a stagnant mammoth we have unknowingly shied away from; the bank Mafias. Ever since Mr. Godwin Emefiele assumed leadership of the apex bank his disposition and actions seems to be pointing towards a character squarely playing out a script.
While it seems too early to begin thorough evaluation of the two months old CBN Governor, his declaration in the past few weeks seems to differ from his declared vision of creating a people-centered central bank, as policies formulated under his watch has proven to benefit the commercial banks more than the customers he pledged to protect. In all, Mr. Godwin seems more like a puppet enthroned to ice the Baileys of the bankers’ league at the detriment of the customers.
A pointer to this was the declaration of the reintroduction of charges on withdrawal made from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) of banks other than the customer’s bank after the third transaction in a month. Feeling magnanimous as if he is doing us a favour, the CBN Governor said the charges has been reduced from the usual 100 naira to 65naira and that Nigerians (indirectly) should be grateful to the banks who have decided to shelve the remaining 35naira difference.
The iceberg however came when Mr. Emefiele tried defending this unfriendly action. At first he talked about how customers have been abusing the free ‘opportunity’ by making numerous withdrawals beyond what they ordinarily make. Secondly, Mr. Godwin said the banks have over the past months bear the cost of 65 naira on every withdrawal made on other ATMs as payment to the issuer (the paying bank). Thirdly, the CBN Governor feels if ATM transactions continue to be free, it will contravene the cashless policy.
Let me state clearly for the record that I have nothing against the apex bank Governor, his wealth of experience in the banking industry if used rightly will help strengthen our economy. However, it seems Mr. Godwin is yet to come to terms with the responsibilities of the office he holds. Unlike his previous engagement which solely is to guide the interest of shareholders, the position of the Central Bank Governor beyond others is a public office and as such every action taken under such authority must be one based first on patriotism and love for Nigerians and not in esprit de corps.
The excuses given by the CBN Governor is nothing but feeble and unconvincing. Firstly, since banks have to pay each other for ATM transactions made across pole, it clearly shows that banks with the highest patronage will get more refund as issuer. This exercise if encouraged will create a healthy competition among banks as the banks will move to ensure their ATMs are always loaded with cash and internet connectivity constant as against the usual ‘unable to dispense cash’ and ‘Out of service’ error customers receive every time.
Customers should not be made to bear the pains of the nonchalant attitude of the banks towards their ATMs as this new policy will only see banks being carefree about the ATMs, after all customers who can’t afford to exercise patience can go to other bank ATM and pay 65naira.
Secondly, the ATM is not a gaming machine and as such no one derives joy in operating it continuously. There is no way any customer will approach an ATM with the sole aim of playing ping pong, most of the so called heavy transactions are not the fault of customers. Let’s take a case study of a customer who goes to a shopping mall hoping to make use of the Point Of Sale (POS) machine for payment of goods or/and services only to discover that the POS is not working and the customer’s bank doesn’t have an ATM around, then who pays for the charges that will be made on such customer’s account?
Let’s say another customer wishes to withdraw say hundred thousand naira which mostly requires nothing less than five successful transactions and her bank’s ATM is not in the locality, this means that after the third transaction the bank will begin a deduction of 65naira on the account of the customer for a situation that is of no fault of the customer.
The last time I checked there is still a withdrawal limit on ATM transactions, so this excuse of abuse is ill-thought, once a customer reaches the limit then it is good day. Rather than introducing charges what the banks should do is begin an enlightenment program for customers on how to make use of the ATM.
Thirdly, I disagree with apex bank chief that the reintroduction of the 65 naira charge will strengthen the cashless policy. The witnessed interest of customers in ATM transactions is as a result of the charge-free policy. Even when you have to queue and wait for your turn, you have it at the back of your mind that such transaction(s) will be free. The no charge regime among others has encouraged the use of ATM for transactions hence reducing direct bank visitation and cash movement. I dare say that to the contrary, this new policy will discourage low end depositors. Micro earners are more likely to keep their little cash rather than banking them for fear of their already insufficient cash being frittered away via spurious ATM charges.
I stand to be corrected but it seems there is an unholy coalition between the government and the private sector to further shortchange the masses. The Nigeria customer/consumers have been on their own for a very long time. Our elected and appointed public officers appear to have struck a deal with the capitalists to make our life miserable in a development that may not be unconnected with the 2015 question.
Our data plan advertised as 2G are delivered at 1.5G, our paid cable goes off for days only to restore network later with no apology or compensation, monthly bank statements continues to show deduction for SMS alert not subscribed for. What does one really benefit from the government?
Adekoya Boladale wrote via adekoyaboladale@gmail.com. Please engage on twitter @adekoyabee

SINGING THE SWAN SONG ... ANOTHER LAME DENIAL : My Boko Haram story, by ex-Borno gov Sheriff ... TheSunNews

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Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, has distanced himself from activities of Boko Haram, saying that associating him with the dreaded group was a ploy by his detractors to tarnish his image.
Speaking in an interview with New Telegraph, he said that activities of the insurgents started in Borno State before he became the governor of the state and regretted that contrary to perception in some quarters, he was indeed the first victim of the group.
The ex-governor’s expose came on the heels of a story by an Australian negotiator on Boko Haram which claimed that Sheriff was one of the major sponsors and financiers of the group.
Sheriff said records of his activities as governor of Borno State showed that he was against the sect, adding that anybody who links him with Boko Haram must be insane.
His words: “The Boko Haram war as we know it today,  started  in 2002 in Yobe State.  The first attack of Boko Haram was in 2002 in Kanama, from there they ran to Borno State.  And in 2002, where was I? I wasn’t a governor.  There was a sitting governor in Borno State, and there was Boko Haram.  They ran away from Kanama and moved to Gwoza hill!
“But come to think of it, who is Mohammed Yusuf ( first leader of the group)?  Yusuf had been in Maiduguri, doing his preaching and later taken to court by the Federal Government, and prosecuted in Abuja,  ever before I became a governor. And who was the first casualty of Boko Haram in Borno State? It is me.
“I was the first victim of Boko Haram in Borno State. In their first attack, they killed my brother, the same father and mother with me. That was when they fought with the military in Borno.
“The first casualty was me. Then, they killed my cousin. They killed my candidate for governorship;  they killed my party chairman.  Two of them were direct relations of mine. Why did they do that? Because I made a law prohibiting Boko Haram in the domain of Borno State.
“The law said anybody practising or associated with what Boko Haram was doing, was banned by law from so doing, and if caught, will be prosecuted and jailed for 25 years”.
On the story by the Australian negotiator, Sheriff said he was shocked as the whole thing looked senseless and baseless.
His words: “The man that purportedly gave the interview said he was an Australian, who said he came to Nigeria, and  spoke to Boko Haram.  I thought that really, if he is a professional mediator or negotiator,  or whatever he calls himself,  his report would  have been given to the security agencies of Nigeria.  That is number one.  Number two, also, if at all he spoke to Boko Haram, before making his views public, he should have known that I have a right of reply. He should have asked for my reaction or views on his findings,  because I am a Nigerian,  I am in Nigeria, I didn’t go anywhere.  Number three, I was the governor of Borno State for eight years”.