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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Why Buhari can’t rejig his cabinet

April 07, 2018 0

More than five months since President Muhammadu Buhari promised in accordance with rejig his cabinet she has been broken after functionate so leaving these screened as much possible ministerial nominees into the lurch. President Buhari The president’s abortion after raise out the council alter up, Saturday Vanguard gathered, is mainly due to the fact regarding fears by way of presidency officers over theirs inability in imitation of correctly navigate the nominees via Senate screening. President Buhari had at a meeting about the National Executive Committee, NEC regarding the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in October, 2017 promised to enlarge his council to carry within sparkling hands. The promised growth was once partly according to satisfy the pursuits on politic stakeholders or partially to remove these whosoever have been perceived namely dead woods between the cabinet. “The compressed Federal Executive Council intention stay improved according to convey within greater supporters at Federal Level, together with sparkling ideas according to lie injected within the government,” the president had informed participants of the APC NEC of Tuesday, October 31 at the preceding meeting over the physique accordant his answer out of a clinical vacation. Following to that amount promise, a quantity regarding main executive nominees had been viewed and reputedly screened by using individuals of the strong team concerning impact peddlers whichever prescribe the career yet pattern about the Buhari administration. The council alternate Saturday Vanguard gathered used to be additionally predicted according to convey within extra ministers in conformity with certain politically heavy states like Lagos or Kano beforehand on the 2019 elections, a supply among the APC disclosed. However, months after, the chairman has been handicapped in accordance with foregoing the names over his potential ministers after the Senate. Indeed, partial of these screened have given that been pushed regarding according to some on the Federal Government boards currently inaugurated. Presidency officers contacted about the improvement claimed ignorance because of the extend of forwarding the list regarding executive nominees, saying she had been handicapped according to comment yet proffer reasons. “I wish I knew,” one presidency authentic said. However, past that, Saturday Vanguard gathered to that amount the presidency is scary on announcing changes or forwarding names in conformity with the Senate who may want to give up over caught into the senate. The fear over priesthood officials is that the Senate should deny in imitation of honor them then by way of as gender politic confusion as much those in accordance with lie replaced would meanwhile hold been notified. Another fear on the priesthood officials is as the Senate could determine in accordance with challenge the nominees to a crucial exercise up to expectation may want to end upon bringing both the nominees and the presidentship after ridicule. The Senate’s intense wearing over the leading follows the latter’s refusal in imitation of accept to numerous Senate resolutions, principally, the resolution so rejected Mr. Ibrahim Magu as like chairman regarding the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Magu was once twice rejected with the aid of the Senate partially due to the fact of internecine reports by way of the Department concerning State Services which alleged that he was inept for the office. However, notwithstanding the Senate resolution, the priesthood retained Magu into the office as appearing chairman. Senators are also high displeased along as she charge as much a witch-hunt about the two presiding officers of the Senate, Senators Bukola Saraki or Ike Ekweremadu. Saraki is the situation over a twins yr going for walks bad belongings announcement worth allegedly instigated by means of the presidency. Despite his immunity via the courtroom of some over the charges, the regime has persisted by attractive the hurtful charges levelled in opposition to him. Saraki and Ekweremadu had been additionally the concern of a forgery accusation that used to be rapidly withdrawn similar prison recommend beside an exterior prosecutor hired by means of the administration. The prosecutor had recommended that the costs should not stand. Senator Ekweremadu is additionally at present the problem concerning a Special Investigation Panel probing belongings alleged after associate in imitation of him. Senators then critics had expressed situation that individuals concerning the SIP or its discourse whichever are on the whole members over the APC may want to keep about a politic remittance against Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu had at a assembly with parts penultimate weekend alleged up to expectation the virtue towards him was politically influenced in imitation of cow him then his party in advance concerning the 2019 elections. “there is really nil in imitation of worry touching because the complete issue is a well-oiled propaganda about lies yet doctored pleasure as consist of false residences simply to garget me. It is also respecting 2019 politics,” the Deputy President over the Senate had said. Two weeks below Ekweremadu informed the Senate within May, 2017 regarding an alleged design with the aid of the EFCC after raid a property associated including him “to discover overseas currencies” a distinctive gumshoe squad concerning twenty seventh May, 2017 raided his professional visitor residence among Abuja regarding the instigation of a “whistleblower” whichever used to be as a result arrested for providing forged statistics after the police.
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Bibles execute no longer lie purchased online in China

April 07, 2018 0
Bibles execute no longer lie purchased online in China, in spite of the regime publishing a modern document claiming so much it allows consolation on worship.

It’s been observed so much searches because the Bible over e-commerce websites JD.com or Amazon.cn don’t produce results.

Although China had continually controlled income concerning the Bible by using only permitting that to be disbursed yet printed by state-sanctioned churches, that had been available according to purchase online.

The death about Bibles of web outlets is the latest restrict the us of a had positioned of its fast-growing Christian population.

Religious consolation campaigners hold suggested comfort because Christians within China has been the clobber it’s ever been.

The crackdown over Christians between China has meant so much crosses bear been removed beside churches, churches have been demolished, and Christians suspected of worshiping at home have been detained.

A recent Chink rule gray demand bill over non secular freedoms posted it sennight asserted up to expectation all faiths should “adapt themselves in conformity with the socialist society”.

The delivery note record legit leveller Party insurance policies added: “Religious believers or non-believers honour every other, or stay within harmony, committing themselves according to purify yet commencement over yet the socialist modernization, or contribute according to the awareness about the Chinese Dream over country wide rejuvenation.”

William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International, spoke of the Vatican ought to address the on line Bible trafficking embargo including Beijing.

Chinese Catholic bishops or the Vatican have no longer strong family members for decades due to the fact Chinese Catholic bishops are no longer arrangement by the Pope. However, both sides hold proven some progress among unification of current weeks.

Nee said: “[The Vatican] need to likely receive that trouble into consideration into its discussions including their Chink counterparts, on the grounds that the banning on the sale of Bibles is of course a traumatic move, demonstrating the worsening regimen because of freedom concerning worship into China.

“[There is] a broader trend beneath President Xi Jinping in accordance with more hermetically power religion, especially Christianity.

“It’s without rhyme or reason so much the regime claims after raise spiritual consolation at the same era to that amount they’re banning the trafficking over Bibles.”
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Saturday, 13 January 2018

2019: I have not withdrawn from presidential race – Fayose

January 13, 2018 0

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, yesterday insisted that he has not withdrawn from the 2019 presidential race in spite of the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had zoned the ticket to the North.
Fayose said he decided to soft-pedal on his campaign because of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship poll, saying the campaign will begin to gain traction after the state election.
The governor added that he would repeat a resounding victory against Dr Kayode Fayemi if he is picked as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he is not threatened by his rumoured ambition.
On the agitations of some PDP aggrieved aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary, the governor assured that the state has no role to play in the shadow election, saying it remains the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.
Some aggrieved PDP aspirants like; former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi , Amb Dare Bejide Owoseeni Ajayi, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to checkmate Fayose and ensure that credible primary is conducted in Ekiti.
Speaking during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the government house in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said: “I am still in the presidential race I am only waiting for the time Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time. Though, I am making contacts, I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country”.
On the primary election in Ekiti, Fayose said: “I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegate lists for them to elect the candidate, so I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof Kolapo Olusola.
“I have no regret supporting Olusola , if it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sister and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page”, Fayose added.
Addressing the teachers, Fayose appealed to them to support Olusola the way they did to him in June 21, 2014 governorship election , where he defeated Dr Kayode Fayemi.
He promised not to owe the teachers a dime at the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2018, saying 1000 teachers will begin to benefit certain financial benefits from him commencing from the end of this month to give them a sense of belonging in his government..
“Don’t vote for those that will come here and sack you. When they sacked your colleagues in Kaduna State, an APC leader in Ekiti said it was a right step in the right direction and I believe such person is not good for Ekiti teachers.
“Prof Olusola is a man of integrity, very hardworking and dependable, he won’t betray you. He will protect your interests and I want you to support him”, he said.
Fayose added that all the outstanding salaries, allowances, bonuses and pensions shall be paid before he finally bows out as a governor.
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Friday, 12 January 2018

Fulani killings: Blackface weeps over attacks on Benue people

January 12, 2018 0
Dancehall king and former member of the defunct Plantashun Boyz, Garuba Austine Ahmedu, otherwise known as Blackface has cried out over the killings of innocent people in Benue State by Fulani herdsmen.
The singer, a native of Agatu, Benue State called on the relevant authorities to rise to challenge of the massacre of people in the state, asserting that the issue has nagged for too long.

The singer was reacting to the mass burial of over 73 persons recently killed by Fulani herdsmen in Logo and Guma LGAs of the state.
In a Facebook post, the Hardlife crooner averred that it was high time the authorities looked inwards to secure the future of the food basket state.
He wrote:
“Oh #Benue! Why have they turned our father land into a political battlefield ?
Killing of the innocent people of #benue has gone on for too long
Its about time we secure ourselves and look inward to secure the future of our beloved #benue
#Myheart bleeds for #mypeople
#blackthursday #nevertobeforgotten
#heros #benueheros
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Trump appears to deny using vulgar term to describe immigrant countries after backlash

January 12, 2018 0
WASHINGTON – After international backlash, President Trump appeared Friday to deny using a vulgar term to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, and instead sought to put the redirect the focus on what he called unacceptable Democratic proposals on immigration.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump tweeted. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"

The attempt to clarify came after The Washington Post reported that Trump questioned in a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday why the U.S. would accept immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti or in Africa rather than in places like Norway. Trump had met the previous day with the prime minister of Norway.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump reportedly told lawmakers during negotiations over DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program designed to block deportation of young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
In a subsequent tweet, Trump denied saying anything derogatory of Haiti in particular. "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country," he said, and suggested he would record future meetings.
Trump has threatened to kill the DACA program unless Democrats agree to a host of new security measures designed to block illegal immigration, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
More: ‘Sh**hole countries,’ UN respond to Trump's ‘Sh**hole countries’ comments
More: Report: Trump uses crude term while attacking protections for immigrants
More: 'Divisive,' 'elitist,' 'racist': Reactions to Trump's immigration comments
Yet upcoming negotiations between the White House and Congress on immigration are likely to be shadowed by the reported presidential comments, which some lawmakers and human rights officials denounced as racist. 
"The President’s statement is shameful, abhorrent, unpresidental, and deserves our strongest condemnation," said Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "We must use our voices to ensure that our nation never returns to the days when ignorance, prejudice, and racism dictated our decision making."
Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, demanded Trump apologize, calling his comments "unkind, divisive, (and) elitist," and that they "fly in the face of our nation’s values."
The government of Haiti has demanded that U.S. officials provide an explanation of the president's remarks.
Rupert Colville, a human rights spokesman for the United Nations, said: "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States, I'm sorry but there is no other word for this but racist."
During his Friday tweet storm, Trump also rejected a bipartisan congressional proposal on DACA, saying it lacked funding for the U.S.-Mexico wall and did not end programs like "chain migration."
While some Republicans supported the proposed compromise, Trump put the blame on Democrats.
Saying he wanted a "merit based" immigration system that blocks drug dealers and criminals, Trump said the bipartisan proposal would somehow force the United States to "take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly."
Democrats said Trump's goal, reflected in his alleged comment, is to allow immigration from predominantly white countries and block it from predominately black and brown countries.
Some congressional Democrats have threatened to block a new government spending plan unless the DACA program for young people is addressed, risking a government shutdown that also drew Trump's ire.
"Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA," Trump tweeted. "Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!"
If it happens, a government shutdown would not cut off funding for troops or military operations; only non-essential personnel would be affected.
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Linda Ikeji dating, not getting hitched now!

January 12, 2018 0
The reports flying around that driving blogger, Linda Ifeoma Ikeji has at long last found the cherish of her life may not be genuine after all. A source near to the blogger debunked the gossip to WG recently, saying “there is nothing like that.” In spite of the fact that the source affirmed that Linda is right now in a relationship, he, in any casefamous that she’s not talking almost marriage at slightest for presently. News went viral on the Web recently that prevalent blogger, Linda Ikeji is at long last prepared to walk down the walkway

The rumour further highlighted that while the 37 year-old Linda is keeping the good news under wraps, her would-be husband is too excited to keep it a secret and the preparations for the wedding is already under way.
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Trump allegedly calls Africa ‘shithole’, orders 259,000 immigrants out of US

January 12, 2018 0

President Donald Trump has allegedly questioned why the US would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “shithole countries”.
This is contained in a new Reuters report, weeks after alleged similar comment by Trump triggered outrage.
In December, New York Times reported that Trump, in reaction to the rising number of migrants in the US, said “Nigerians never return to their huts after seeing America and Haitian immigrants to the United States all have AIDS”.
Trump’s latest remarks allegedly made in the White House, came as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on a newly drafted immigration bill being touted by a bipartisan group of senators.
The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.
Reuters quoted one of the sources who was briefed on the conversation said that Trump said, “Why do we want all these people from Africa here?
“They’re shithole countries…We should have more people from Norway.”
The second source familiar with the conversation, said Trump, who has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, also questioned the need for Haitians in the United States.
Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his remarks.
Republican U.S. Representative Mia Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, said the comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values”.
Love called on Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated.
Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: “Language like that shouldn’t be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn’t be heard in the White House.”
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president’s comment “smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy.”
In an apparent response to his critics, Trump took to Twitter late on Thursday night.
Trump tweeted: “The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process.
“It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans. We must build a Great Wall, think Merit and end Lottery & Chain. USA!”
The programme that was being discussed at the White House is called Temporary Protected Status.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration decided to end the status for immigrants from Haiti and Nicaragua.
It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalise their presence in the U.S.
Nicaraguans were given until January 2019.
On Monday, Trump moved to end the status for immigrants from El Salvador, which could result in 200,000 Salvadorans legally in the United States being deported, beginning in September of 2019.
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Goodluck Jonathan speaks on ‘756 Nigerians dying under his watch'

January 12, 2018 0
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the claims by the presidency that 756 Nigerians were killed under his administration. 
Jonathan in a statement issued by his media office to DAILY POST on Thursday, described the statement as mischievous and false.
He blasted the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina for trivalizing such heinous crime.
He further condoled with victims of Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states, over the recent spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen.
The statement reads “Former President Jonathan wishes to express his condolences to the government and people of Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states, over the recent spate of killings occasioned by herdsmen/farmers clashes.
“His heart bleeds for the sufferings of Nigerians and he calls on the authorities to do everything in their power to put an end to these needless killings.
“Having said that, let it be known that we find the statement by the Presidency stating that 756 Nigerians were killed by Fulani herdsmen in two years under the government of former President Jonathan as a mischievous assertion by a callous Presidential spokesman who thinks that death is something to be trivialized.
“For the avoidance of doubt, let it be known that the figure of 756 is wrong. But the issue is not that it is a false figure, the issue is that former President Jonathan was not inactive in the face of Fulani herdsmen killings during his Presidency.
“While in office, the former President knew that the capacity of the Nigerian police would be challenged by the sophistication of arms available to the herdsmen and so after he was elected President and sworn in on May 29, 2011, former President Jonathan summoned a National Security Council meeting and ordered that Fulani herdsmen attack must be decisively dealt with.
“In July 2012, the Plateau state government reported that herdsmen killings had reached a head in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area leading to tens of deaths of Nigerian citizens by Fulani herdsmen, many of whom were not even Nigerian citizens.
“Then President Jonathan, when briefed about the situation insisted that there would not be such impunity under his leadership and immediately ordered the army and the Air Force to go to the affected communities and fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.
“The military immediately obeyed the then President’s orders and sent troops and helicopters to Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. They ordered all residents to leave their residence for temporary accommodation provided for them so they could conduct a joint air and ground operation to flush out the armed herdsmen who had been suspected of killing innocent Nigerians.
“The residents complied and the soldiers went in and not only did they clear the area, they made arrests which led to trials and convictions.
“We wish to remind Nigerians that when this episode was being carried out, it was precisely members of the opposition who later became the All Progressive Congress that heavily criticized then President Jonathan’s orders.
“In fact, a prominent member of the APC and now the Governor of Kaduna State and a known confidante of the President, Malam Nasir El-Rufai tweeted his now infamous tweet on the 15th of July 2012 threatening that “We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.” (his exact words).
“So the question Nigerians need to ask instead of allowing themselves to be distracted by the statement from the Presidency is this: Are Nigerians now repaying the ‘loan’ that El-Rufai threatened to make Nigeria repay?
“If the then President was not active in decisively sending the military after herdsmen, why would El-Rufai have been so pained to have made such a statement? Let it be known that the former President views herdsmen who kill unprovoked and with the intention of advancing their own economic and other interests as terrorists, pure and simple. Not only did he treat them as terrorists, he also put the military on high alert to protect Nigerian lives.”
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

10 Things Every New Believer Should Know

January 11, 2018 0
Recently, a 20-something friend became a Christian, and he asked me, “What are the top 10 things for a new Christian to learn within the first year?” (Apparently, he is a David Letterman fan.)

This is a wise question because if you are off by a few degrees at the start and you travel that path for a while, you will be off by miles later. I know that from experience. I have been a Christian for over 25 years, and God has had to redirect me on multiple things because of what I mistakenly believed early on about being a Christian. And it is better to learn sooner than later.
So here are the 10 things (not necessarily in any particular order) that I thought my new Christian friend should sink down deep into his heart, head and hands as he travels his first year with Jesus:
  1. The one thing that the Bible emphasizes more than us loving God and people is that God loves us. He loves us first and most. God isn’t in heaven plucking a daisy saying, “I love you” when you obey and “I love you not” when you sin. He cannot not love you (Rom. 5:8 and 1 Jn. 4:16).
  2. Your motivation to and the purpose of learning, serving, worshipping, giving, reaching, reading, praying, etc. is to grow relationally more in love with God and people (Mt. 22:36-40).
  3. You not only are saved by grace, but you grow by it, too. A common trap for new and growing Christians is trying to clean up their lives without God’s help. This is a false equation: The less you sin = the less you need God’s grace. You can’t sin less and love more without the strength of God’s grace.
  4. Don’t trample all over the Great Commandment (love God, love people) trying to obey the Great Commission (go and make disciples). New and enthusiastic Christians often do this. Instead, lead people to Jesus by loving people to Jesus (1 Cor. 13:1-3). If they ask you why you live the way you do, humbly and simply share with them why you put your hope in Jesus.
  5. Love your neighbors—your literal neighbors—the ones you have, not the ones you wish you had. Do this because you are a Christian, not just because you want them to be Christians.
  6. Focus on Jesus, His cross, His resurrection and His kingdom. When you confessed Jesus as the living Lord and Messiah, you never said—and will never say—anything more meaningful. Jesus is God with skin. No other “religious leader” (Moses, Buddha, Muhammad) is His equal. They were mere men; Jesus is God who became a man. He is the center and circumference—the hub and rim of all of life and creation. All of the world’s greatest gifts—love, life, truth, grace, etc.—have a name. Jesus.
  7. God cares about your whole life, not just your “spiritual life.” It is a mistake to think that God is only concerned about a section of your life called “your soul” or “your spirit.” God cares about and is to be Lord of all of your life—personal, emotional, social, familial, financial, physical, vocational, sexual, intellectual and so on.
  8. Love other Christians who go to different churches (or no church at all) and who aren’t like you. Unfortunately, many Christians and churches view their “brand” of Christianity as the only true or most true type of Christianity. They may not think they are the only Christians, but they do think they are the best or most right ones. This is a prideful and sinful attitude that grieves Jesus and dismembers His body. Strive for unity in the body of Christ by praying humbly and thankfully for other Christians.
  9. Pray with your Bible open. There are many different spiritual exercises (fasting, solitude, serving, etc.), but the two most important ones are communicating and communing with God through prayer and listening to and learning about God through the Scriptures. Prayerfully read about Jesus (in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Prayerfully read about the beginning of the church in a book called Acts. Prayerfully read some letters written by Christians for Christians—some good ones to start with are James, Philippians and Ephesians.
  10. Find a Christian mentor. You will need help and encouragement in this journey with Jesus. Ask an older Christian (of the same gender as you) to mentor you. Look for someone who displays the attitudes and actions that were described above. Be a blessing to them in return.
Christianity is not a list, but a life; it’s not a chart, but a charter. But new Christians will learn new things. Some of those things will be true but not important. Some things will be off by degrees that can lead them astray. Other things will be just plain wrong. Help new Christians learn to follow Jesus by being their best at what matters most to Him.
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