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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Words of wisdom and knowledge

prophets are sent to utter the deep things of God for the conviction of sin. The power of prophecy is the power of God that we cannot use to condemn people. Such power cannot condemn, it blesses; such power cannot destroy, it delivers. Anyone that has this gift of God to loose, to bind, to heal  you will never see them condemn, destroy or criticise others. It’s forbidden. If you are one that condemns, criticises or prays against your fellow brothers, it means you have no power of God.
First, the baptism of the Holy Spirit grants power, joy and peace for service. When you have joy and peace, you have everything. It is when you look round and you see people doing better than you, you will become envious.
We are created to be at the centre of our own world; this is what we are created for, this is what we are to live for and this is what we are to die for. When you are at the centre of your own world, you will even bless your enemy. When people say, “You are stupid,” you will say, “God bless you.” But when you are not at the centre of your own world, you will be unnecessarily hostile. Those who are being criticised also need to be careful because when people begin to talk too much about you, it makes you too proud. You will ask yourself, “Am I the only person in this world? Why me? Only me?” If you are not relevant, people will not talk about you.

Written by T.B. Joshua

Usman Jibrin, first military Governor of Kaduna State, dies at 69

On 9 September, retired Group Captain Usman Jibrin, former military governor of the defunct North-Central State and later the old Kaduna State, died in his hometown Marmara in Nasarawa State.
His younger brother, Senator Walid Jibrin, told newsmen that the late Jibrin died in his sleep in the early hours of the day. Some family sources said he had been ill. He was aged 69 years.
Jibrin was born in 1942 in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. He attended Abuja Middle School and Government College, Kaduna, and started his working life with the radio and television station in Kaduna.
In 1963, he joined the Nigerian Air Force. Rising to the rank of Group Captain in 1975, he was appointed military governor of the then North-Central State by the then Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed. After Kaduna State (then comprising the present Kaduna and Katsina states) was carved out of the North-Central State in February 1976, he was appointed its first military governor and continued in that office under General Olusegun Obasanjo, who became Head of State following the assassination of Mohamed. He retired from the military in 1978, amidst policy disagreements with Obasanjo.
Jibrin settled into retirement as a private businessman, but was also appointed to several boards, by successive federal governments. In the early 1980s, he was appointed a state Chairman of the Green Revolution Programme under the Shehu Shagari administration. He was later appointed to the chairmanships of the Nigerian Productivity Research Institute, Ilorin, Kwara State; Jos Steel Rolling Mill, Plateau State; and Nigerian Agricultural and Cooperative Bank. He was a member of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), under the Gen Sani Abacha administration, and also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Ahmadu Bello Foundation. In 2010, he was Chairman of Nasarawa Community Bank.
In his later years, Jibrin devoted himself mostly to Islamic activities. He was treasurer to the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (the umbrella Muslim organization in the country) and also a member of the board of directors of Jaiz International Bank, an Islamic financial institution.
News of his death drew tributes from several quarters. In Kaduna, a Government House statement said the State Governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, received the news of Jibrin’s death with great shock. Yakowa described Jibrin as “a responsible elder statesman, who contributed immensely towards the development of Kaduna State in particular, the North and Nigeria in general,” adding that “his demise was a great loss to the north and the nation’’.
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF),  a pan-northern Nigerian political organization,  said it was saddened by the news of Jibrin’s death. A statement by the ACF's National Publicity Secretary, Mr Anthony Sani, observed that in his public life, Jibrin “demonstrated easy grace, public intelligence and patriotic courage in his unwavering pursuit of peaceful coexistence and prosperity of Nigerians and the North in particular". It concluded that: “The best way to remember Group Captain Jibrin, therefore, is to live up what he stood for: common good”.

Jibrin’s remains were buried later in the day, at the cemetery in Marmara. He is survived by four wives, 22 children and several grandchildren.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

JONATHAN WAS NEVER ON EFCC LIST OFCORRUPT GOVERNORS

The Presidency has noted with concern the
lead report in today’s edition of a national
newspaper, The Daily Trust, which contained
malicious, disrespectful and disparaging
remarks about President Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan purportedly authored by an
official of the United States Embassy over two
years ago.
We are completely at a loss as to what
purpose the Daily Trust expects its report
which is wholly based on erroneous opinion
and false conjecture to serve other than the
objectives of those who persist in seeing no
good in the Jonathan Administration and
doing everything possible to distract the
President from his Agenda for National
Transformation.
It is a matter of public record, as the editors
of the Trust well know, that no charge of
corruption was ever made or sustained
against the President while he served as
Governor of Bayelsa State, while his many
achievements as governor of the state speak
for themselves.
The report also includes an unjustifiable
attempt to impugn the President’s integrity by
rehashing a well-worn fictional account of
alleged corruption by the First Lady which has
been dismissed as arrant nonsense by the
former Chairman of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu
Ribadu.
For the avoidance of any doubt whatsoever,
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has never
been on any EFCC list of corrupt governors
and we challenge anyone to prove otherwise.
In point of fact, it was his record of
achievement and incorruptibility in public
office that recommended him to the
leadership of the PDP as a worthy candidate
for the Vice Presidency in 2007.
Furthermore, the cable which purports to be
the source of the story is unverified.
Moreover, even the alleged cable itself cites as
its source "reports" and yet the newspaper
went ahead to report an alleged incident
which was not in the purported cable and
involved the seizure of large sums of money
from the President's wife while he was
governor.
The incident described above never
happened and is at best a figment of the
reporter’s imagination. Let me state
categorically that at no time was $13.5 million
or any other sum seized from Dame Patience
Jonathan at the Lagos airport or any other
airport.
The former Executive Chairman of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who was in office at the
time President Jonathan was a governor
stated categorically that the allegations were
just lies inserted into the media for political
purposes.
Malam Ribadu's precise statement on this
issue made on the 13th of October, 2010 was
as follows: "We investigated it and there was
nothing connected with Mrs. Jonathan. Even
as at that time those who were desperately
looking to make a political mile out of every
opportunity decided to use that to link it with
them simply because they wanted to kick
them out of office at that time".
Finally, let me state that President Jonathan
remains committed to Press freedom and
freedom of speech which is why he signed
the Freedom of Information Bill into law. With
the passage of this bill into law, the
expectation of the President is that such a law
could be utilized by the Press to thoroughly
investigate allegations before they are
released into the public arena as truth.
The FOI law allows reporters to request for
records from the EFCC which when perused
would establish the truth about any matter
that has been before the EFCC. With the FOI
law, there is no longer any excuse for
speculative journalism beyond laziness.
Reuben Abati, Ph.D
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
6 September 2011

Monday, 5 September 2011

How to Campaign forPolitical Office

Whether your goal is to run for city council
or governor, a well-organized political
campaign is important for success.
Moreover, one of the most demanding
activities possible consists of running a
political campaign. A lot of hard work and
pressure is at stake, as a candidate either
wins or loses on Election Day. Although
nothing can eliminate the stress and
uneasiness of Election Day, having an
effective strategy to run a campaign for
political office can help reduce some of the
pressure.
Difficulty:
Moderately Challenging
Instructions
1. Define your campaign goal. Know what
policy issues are important to you and
voters. For example, if you are
campaigning to be a state legislator in a
rural area, land and water rights would
likely be pertinent issues. Focus groups
can provide helpful feedback on what
issues might be of concern to
constituents. Also, focus groups allow
you to have direct interaction with voters.
2. Hire appropriate staff. Hire a campaign
manager with experience in running a
political campaign. Likely, a campaign
manager has found effective strategies to
run a political campaign and knows
tactics to win an election. Consider hiring
campaign assistants who can contribute
to the campaign until volunteers join.
3. Build a coalition. Gain political campaign
support from local union workers, faith-
based organizations, minorities, parents,
teachers, students, public health groups,
community groups and environmental
groups. Involve yourself in local party
politics to become familiar with others in
office and their constituents. Coalitions
can help support you and win votes.
Grassroots organizations can result in a
successful campaign.
4. Create a fundraising plan. Ask for
volunteers and donations using door-to-
door literature, word of mouth or a letter
or e-mail message. Work with your state
Republican Party or Democratic offices to
find volunteers who affiliate with the
same political party as you.
5. Educate voters on your proposed policies
and why you would make the best
candidate. Distribute literature so voters
know what issues you support. Distribute
fliers and lawn signs to make voters
aware of your presence in the political
race. Work with the media, as it can be a
powerful tool in conveying your message
to voters through newspaper articles,
billboard signs or radio and television
interviews and advertisements.
6. Stay in touch with voters. Attend
community events and greet people in
informal settings, such as malls or
grocery stores, to interact with voters.
Remember names and information.
Voters want to see you as a genuine
person, not as a stiff politician who is out
of touch with voters.
7. Celebrate victories. Recognize donations
and efforts made by volunteers and staff
members. Although a political campaign
is demanding, it should be fun. Any
achieved interim goals should be
celebrated.
Tips & Warnings
Oftentimes, one must experience defeat
before victory. For example, Richard
Nixon experienced defeat for president
of the United States in 1960 and for
governor of California in 1962 until he
was elected as president of the United
States in 1968.
References
The White House: Richard M. Nixon

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Gunmen kidnap First Classtraditional ruler in Bayelsa State

On 1 September,
unknown gunmen kidnapped a traditional
ruler, His Royal Majesty, King Godwin Igodo,
the Ebeni Ibe of Atissa Kingdom, in Obogoro,
Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa
State. The royal father is a First Class Ruler in
the Traditional Rulers Council in the state.
According to local residents, a group of
armed men came in a speedboat to
Obogoro, a riverside settlement near the
state capital, Yenagoa. Around 9.45pm, they
got to King Igodo’s residence. The sources
said the royal father, well into his seventies,
had retired for the night, but the armed men
woke him up forcefully and dragged him
out. They marched him to their waiting boat
at the waterfront and sped off into the
creeks.
At the time of this report almost 24 hours
later, the kidnappers had not established
contact with the King’s family, but the state
police command had dispatched a team of
investigators to the areas around the
community. The Police Public Relations
Officer in the state, Mr Eguavoen Emokpae,
told newsmen that the police was making
frantic efforts to ensure the release of the
monarch.
This is the second time a First Class monarch
from Bayelsa State is being kidnapped in the
last three months. On 26 June, King Oweipa
Jones-Ere, the Ebenanaowei of Ogboin
Kingdom, was kidnapped at a dredging site
in Emohua LGA of Rivers State. The
kidnappers demanded N25 million ransom.
He was freed seven days later but it was not
known whether any ransom was paid.

Gunmen kidnap First Classtraditional ruler in Bayelsa State

On 1 September,
unknown gunmen kidnapped a traditional
ruler, His Royal Majesty, King Godwin Igodo,
the Ebeni Ibe of Atissa Kingdom, in Obogoro,
Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa
State. The royal father is a First Class Ruler in
the Traditional Rulers Council in the state.
According to local residents, a group of
armed men came in a speedboat to
Obogoro, a riverside settlement near the
state capital, Yenagoa. Around 9.45pm, they
got to King Igodo’s residence. The sources
said the royal father, well into his seventies,
had retired for the night, but the armed men
woke him up forcefully and dragged him
out. They marched him to their waiting boat
at the waterfront and sped off into the
creeks.
At the time of this report almost 24 hours
later, the kidnappers had not established
contact with the King’s family, but the state
police command had dispatched a team of
investigators to the areas around the
community. The Police Public Relations
Officer in the state, Mr Eguavoen Emokpae,
told newsmen that the police was making
frantic efforts to ensure the release of the
monarch.
This is the second time a First Class monarch
from Bayelsa State is being kidnapped in the
last three months. On 26 June, King Oweipa
Jones-Ere, the Ebenanaowei of Ogboin
Kingdom, was kidnapped at a dredging site
in Emohua LGA of Rivers State. The
kidnappers demanded N25 million ransom.
He was freed seven days later but it was not
known whether any ransom was paid.

Friday, 2 September 2011

BREAKING: Ambassador Saidu Pindar dies in car crash in Kaduna State

On 31 August, Alhaji Saidu Shettima Pindar, Nigeria’s pioneer Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe, died a car accident. The accident occurred on the Kaduna-Zaria road in Kaduna State.
Ambassador Pindar was born in Biu, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, on 19 August 1954. He obtained an Electrical Engineering Diploma from Kaduna Polytechnic in 1976, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1980, and subsequently a Master’s Degree in Communication Engineering from the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in United Kingdom.
He started his working life with the Borno State Civil Service, rising to become the Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer at the Borno Radio and Television (BRTV) before transferring to the Federal Civil Service in 1987.
In October 1998, he was posted to the Embassy of Nigeria, Rome, Italy, as Minister-Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary. While on that post, he received commendations from the Italian Ministry of Interior, the Italian Immigration and Frontier Service and a Christian NGO for his commitment towards combating human trafficking and for his compassionate treatment of trafficked Nigerians.
In 2000, he was appointed Nigeria’s pioneer Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome & Principe. At that post, he was credited with contributing immensely to the ratification of the Treaty establishing the Nigeria-Sao Tome & Principe Joint Development Zone (JDZ). He voluntarily retired from the Federal Civil Service after 32 years of public service. In 2004, he was conferred with a National Honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).
Even in retirement, he remained active in private business as well as in political and public life. He was the founder and promoter of Maitama Amusement Park, a leisure and entertainment centre situated in the high brow Maitama district of Abuja. He was also the Executive Chairman of Subotech Engineering Ltd, a company supplying and installing broadcast equipment nationwide. Politically, he was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In October 2009, he was appointed by then President Umaru Yar’Adua, into the board of the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority (NSTP-JDA).
Ambassador Pindar was a member of several professional bodies, including the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
He was a founding member of the Biu Emirate Development Association (BEDA) and also the Biu Forum. In recognition of hiscontributions to the development of Biu Emirate, HRH Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu, the Emir of Biu elevated him from the position of Jarma of Biu to Waziri of Biu in January 2005.
A philanthropist, he sponsored hundreds of students in various schools in Borno, Yobe and Bauchi State under the Shettima Pindar Foundation.
He was happily married and blessed with children

Peace: MORE COMMISSIONERS FOR BAYELSA STATE

Peace: MORE COMMISSIONERS FOR BAYELSA STATE: Twelve Commissioner nominees are to appear before the Bayelsa State House of Assembly for screening next week Tuesday. The nominees ...

SAINT MIENPAMO: UN bomb attack: Nigerian government reassures fore...

SAINT MIENPAMO: UN bomb attack: Nigerian government reassures fore...: On 29 August, the Federal Government reassured the diplomatic community in Abuja, that it would make every effort to safeguard their emba...

UN bomb attack: Nigerian government reassures foreign envoys of security

On 29 August, the Federal Government reassured the diplomatic community in Abuja, that it would make every effort to safeguard their embassies and personnel, following the 26 August suicide bomb attack at the United Nations House.
Addressing over 50 diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, said the UN House attack had made it necessary to intimate them of steps being taken by the government towards their security. The minister then invited the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Hafiz Ringim, to update the diplomats.
The IGP told the envoys that following the UN House blast, President Goodluck Jonathan summoned the heads of all security agencies to a meeting, “where far-reaching decisions were made on how to ensure, not only the security of foreign missions’ property and facilities, but of their personal as well”. He said the Presidency subsequently mandated security agencies, particularly the IGP, to meet with the diplomats on how to strengthen security around their personnel and facilities.
In furtherance of that mandate, the IGP informed the diplomats that security agencies would be meeting them soon, to re-assess their security needs and work out new modalities for ensuring better security in their missions. He said: “We will go round, from mission to mission, and discuss what specific security assistance you require that would make you feel more secure”.
The IGP said he was aware that some of the missions and diplomats had already requested for information and for additional security coverage, following the bomb attack. He said he had been mandated to grant all such security requests, as much as is possible.
He said: “Security agencies have been directed to leave nothing to chance and nothing can stand in the process of providing each and every one of you the necessary security that you need, in order to function peacefully and effectively while you are in this country”.
Updating the diplomats on investigations of the 26 August blast, the IGP disclosed that “our security agencies have made some arrests”, but he did not provide any details. He said: “The President would soon make pronouncements in that regard to you and the nation”.