Intercessors Pray for Nigeria

A special national prayer summit for peace, restoration, unity and prosperity of Nigeria was held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja

The prayer conference which was organised by Watchman Gospel International Network “with the theme, Prayer Changes Thing attracted participants from different states in the federation.

The convener of the annual intercessory prayer Archbishop David Okponoesip said the conference was a response to the leading of God on the need for Nigerians to rise up with one voice in prayer until the nation was set free from yoke of insecurity and economic challenges.

While expressing satisfaction on the level of participation, he called on Nigerians to desist from criticism but rather join in praying for the nation.

The Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Dr. Usman Abubakar who was represented by Ms Sharon Òkpè said the commission had established a platform to interact with faith based organizations at ensuring moral rebirth in the country.

The prayer session which focused on different aspects of national life also featured Christian artistes who led sessions of praise and worship.


# OsunWestDecides: Outline of 40 Lessons from the Osun West Senatorial Election

# OsunWestDecides: Outline of 40 Lessons from the Osun West Senatorial Election

Timothy Bamidele, 9th July 2017


Loosing election can be very painful, I have my empathy for Mr Governor and Sympathy for the Party.

  1. God knows, sees and can do all things
  2. Ogbeni has been politically demistified
  3. Osun had passed through intense economic pain. Aregbesola’s hype for infrastructure over welfarism in a state with little economic chances exposed him
  4. Circumstances and sentiments about Isiaka Adeleke’s death was a catalyst for deep seethed animosity.
  5. Isiaka Adeleke’s Death was a crisis that was badly managed, from “suspicion”, to coroner, to rejection of Ademola at APC Primary
  6. Ogbeni Actions and utterances and megalomania postures worsen case for him, calling Deji Adeleke mad and dancing wildly barely two weeks, after, during his midnight “Ogbeni till dawn programme” Leaders must exercise sensibility to feelings
  7. Crack in APC, played a crucial role, Politicians should avoid losing great players even on transfer …Fatai Diekola and co
  8. Ogbeni created a chance for PDP to score, he miscalculated by exhibiting his “open hatred” against Adeleke’s family and working against the nomination of Ademola energetically.
  9. Isiaka Adeleke appeared like a form of atonement, thus his death signaled liberation, Ikumuyiwa, Ikuseyi, Ikumoye, Ikusegun
  10. Adeleke Family Political Dynasty has consolidated, Family sets new records in Osun state and Nigeria
  11. His perceived plan to maroon Ademola, politically, failed because PDP adopted him in the last minutes
  12. That last minute matter in politics
  13. Strategic opposition can always turn the tide.
  14. Ogbeni seems to have lost touch with “reality of hunger” and was surrounded by people who were not courageous to tell him the truth. Leaders need “The truth”
  15. Ogbeni never imagined that PDP could rally round Adeleke and close rank in less than two weeks. His attempt to break their ranks failed
  16. Any mortal who claims to be all wise should think twice.
  17. Leaders must establish a sincere feedback mechanism different from Politics
  18. The Election reflected the pain and anger in Osun, not only in the Osun West Senatorial District
  19. Ogbeni high handedness in the choice of candidates and “authoritarian” tendency boomeranged
  20. Always Endeavour to use right candidate not ‘Yes boy’
  21. Osun Politics has received a new boost, perplexed populace now see light at the end of the tunnel
  22. The state may witness more crisis, (industrial wise) if Ogbeni do not reset
  23. Seeming lack of time and resources for Ogbeni to “make up”, may further worsen the situation
  24. Fortune of APC in the state in future elections has been challenged
  25. Weakening of Party structure and Creation of parallel entity could be counterproductive.
  26. Some elements in APC in the state will further kicked against the perceived “grandstanding” of Ogbeni
  27. Politicians in APC with eyes for the future should use their emotional intelligence
  28. APC should be ready for shake up, Ogbeni will misplace his aggression, the humiliation is too heavy, it will have ripples effect.
  29. Ogbeni’s master plan to tamper with the process failed because the will of the people is stronger, some big players within APC establishment at the Central may have joined forces to flop him.
  30. Ogbeni should open up to good counsel, before it’s too late, time is not on his side
  31. Chances of PDP to fully bounce back has been tested, though not guaranteed
  32. Neighboring APC states should adjust to avoid spillover effects of PDP excitement
  33. Osun politics cannot remain the same again, more activities expected from the political arena and closing of rank among political foes, alignment and realignment
  34. What goes round comes round
  35. Election can be done violent free, no one should die for politics and or politicians
  36. Politics still remains a team work
  37. In Politics Never say Never, No Permanent Enemy but Permanent Interest
  38. ballot is still stronger than bullet
  39. Money is a factor in Politics but not all the time, the highest bidder may not have always win
  40. In democracy, life of the masses is a pendulum between Politician, good ones and the bad ones.


Kidnap Kingpin, Evan’s Arrest, a Wake-up Call for Improved Security Strategy

Kidnap Kingpin, Evan’s Arrest,  a Wake-up Call for Improved Security Strategy

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Kidnapping, according to Wikipedia, is the abduction and restraint by force or unlawful transportation of a person usually in order to hold them captive against their will.

This may be done with a demand for ransom in exchange for releasing them from concealment or for other illegal purposes.

It is a crime against the law of the land and a security challenge all over the world. It is a huge one in Nigeria and it has become prevalent in the recent time.

Record available in public domains indicates that kidnapping became pronounced in Nigeria in 2006 when militants in Niger Delta took local hostage to protest inequality in the region.

It soon grew to a  phenomenal level, as the crime took another dimension spreading to other parts of the country.

Kidnap cases have been recorded in different places, from Anambra to Lagos, Abuja to Kaduna,  Ibadan to Kwara with the people of different social status as targets.

For example, between August and November 2016, the Nigerian police recorded 300 cases of kidnapping for ransom nationwide.

Loss of societal value, unemployment, and perhaps much more lust for material wealth, have been adduced as factors behind the menace.

Kidnappers appeared to be having a field day, family groans, fear permeated the atmosphere, investors scared and victims traumatized.

But on June 11, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief when social and mainstream media were jammed with the arrest of kidnap kingpinChukwudumeme  Onwuamadike also known as Evans was nabbed by the Nigerian Police in his multi-million naira home in Magodo, Lagos, after a gun battle that lasted several hours.

Evans, who was once allegedly arrested in 2006, was also declared wanted in 2013, when he allegedly masterminded the attempted kidnap of Vincent Obianodo, the owner of Young Shall Grow motors in Festac Town.

Since his arrest, the media has been a washed with avalanches of stories and mind boggling revelations of modus operandi and ransom demands.

Described as the deadliest, Evans targets are mostly his kinsmen, high net worth individuals and he made illicit fortunes to the extent that he is described as a billionaire.

While his evil machination lasted, he had been alleged to have killed, maimed and perplexed many households.

Nigerians’ sensibilities were upsets in terms of his coverage areas, tactics, high networking and collaboration, sophistication of weapons and callousness.

Though his invincibility perplexed the police security, his charms collapsed and so called spiritual back up crashed, leaving him begging for mercy.

Evans Narratives had, however, raised a lot of questions and concerns, especially in view of the size of his loots, recruitment strategy, family structure and background.

Interesting, a twist is beginning to emerge about Evans exploits, not for the arrest of an army corporal who is a collaborator, but his father who had turned and dragged the police to the court demanding 300 million naira as damages.

This development is a wake-up call to the entire citizenry, security and Judiciary system in the country.

As we speak the nation is still faced with the challenge of rescuing six senior secondary school students of  the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, in Epe area, abducted by unknown gunmen in May.

If the menace of insecurity is not curbed through due diligence, community security alertness, Kidnappers and the likes of Evans will wreck more Havoc on individuals and families, discourage investors, weakened the economy, and continue to traumatize the nation.

All hands, therefore, must be on deck, police must embark on diligent investigation and prosecution, existing law must be applied and society must put on a new garb of consciousness.

Oyo Government Declares Monday Public Holiday to Mark June 12

Oyo Government Declares Monday Public Holiday to Mark June 12

Oyo State Government has declared Monday, June 13, as public holiday in commemoration of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to the Governor, Mr. Yomi Layinka.

The statement notes that June 12 remained a significant day in the political history of the country and Nigerians must continue to commemorate the day and bring out its fond memories as a lesson in electoral transparency and openness.

The statement also states that the late Chief Moshood Abiola whose acclaimed victory at the 1993 polls was annulled, remained one of the greatest martyrs Nigeria has produced and he should always be remembered.

It therefore urged the Federal Government to immortalise the late MKO Abiola and officially recognise him as one of the former Presidents of the country.


Classify June 12 as Democracy Day, Rights Groups Tell Nigeria Government

Peaceful Rally in Osogbo, Osun State Capital to Mark June 12

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Rights Groups Want June 12 to be Classified as Democracy Day

A cross section of Human Rights Activists in Osun embarked on peaceful rally to mark June 12.

June 12 is the 23rd Anniversary of the annulment of election that was widely acclaimed as the freest and fairest in the Election of Nigeria but was annulled by the Military President, Ibrahim Babangida.

The protesting groups which converged on Ayetoro Junction, in Osogbo the state capital call for the adoption of June 12 as National Democracy Day.

Addressing the rally, Mr. Olowogboyega Oyebade said June 12 remained a watershed in the history of democracy in Nigeria.


He urged government to strengthen its institutions such as judiciary and the Police to guide its officers and men to cultivate true democratic culture in discharging their duties as a way of deepening the democracy.

Other pro- democracy activists who spoke at the rally including Barrister Toyin Eweje, Barrister Rahaman Shenge, Comrade Wale Balogun, Comrade Wale Adebisi and Comrade Waheed Lawal want Nigerians to embrace the virtue of democracy and protect the value associated with freedom of speech, worship and Association.

They called on government to do more and meet the yearnings of the common man.

Aregbesola Affirms June 12 as Democracy Day


Governor Aregbesola’s Address on 12th of June 2016

My good people of Osun,

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the historic presidential election of June 12, 1993, won by Bashorun Moshood Abiola. Though the election was cruelly disallowed and the winner arrested and put in unjust incarceration (for daring to affirm his victory), where he later died in what has remained mysterious circumstances, we have kept faith since, in celebrating that date as Democracy Day.

We will never drop our commitment to June 12.

June 12 is most symbolic of democracy in that it was the date Nigerians freely expressed their choice on whom to be their leader; it was also the date of unequivocal affirmation of the unity of the country by Nigerians across all divides.

Nigerians, in their heterogeneity, on June 12, 1993, voted for Chief Abiola in a pattern that defied ethnicity, religion, ideology and locality. It was a pattern that made mockery of the fabled fault-lines and fissiparous tendencies of the Nigerian federation and projected a nation united behind a popular leader.

May 29, in 1999, was the date the military handed over power to civilian administration and will remain symbolic for the transition to civil rule and the opportunity it presents for realising a truly democratic government that approximates the yearnings and aspirations of the people for a leader that will lead them to the Promised Land of security and life more abundant.

We waited for 16 years for that leadership to emerge and we thank God for the election and coming to power of President Muhammadu Buhari. A government with a human face is here at last. He represents the aspirations and symbolism of June 12 in that he also got a pan-Nigerian mandate that once again defied the divisions in our country.

He represents hope for change and national rebirth. He is on that path. God willing, he will lead us to the Promised Land.

May 29, however, is a child of June 12 being that it was the unrelenting pursuit of the actualisation of June 12 with the sweat and blood of our patriots that led to military disengagement and civilian rule on May 29.

We salute and commend the courage of our patriots, living and dead, who sacrificed everything, including their lives, in the cause of June 12 and birth of democracy in our land.

You are our heroes and heroines. You will never be forgotten, but will live in our hearts forever. Your wish has been largely fulfilled, though we acknowledge that democracy anywhere is an unfinished business.

We must keep nurturing it with the nutrients of peace, love and hard work and protect it with mutual respect, tolerance and unbounded patriotism.

There are many forms of government and we have tried many of them, but we have learnt from experience that democracy, with all its imperfections, is still the best. It affords the people the opportunity to choose their leader and participate in the process of governance. It permits them to correct mistakes and throw out bad leadership at the next election cycle. It allows them to weigh options and make the best choice, even if they are not always right. More importantly, it puts people at the heart of government. That is why one of its most popular definition is ‘Government of the people by the people for the people’.
Since our inauguration, we have put you, our people, at the heart of government and worked to make democracy meaningful and impactful. Every policy we have made, every decision we have taken is to further the peoples’ interest and lift them from the morass of hopelessness, helplessness, dejection, poverty and ignorance into the cape of peace, security, prosperity and abundant life.
We have revived education with new schools, free meals, free school uniforms, improved infrastructure, motivation for teachers and so on. We have enhanced transportation and beauty of our landscape with the construction of over 1,000 kilometers of roads across the state. We have vigorously pursued urban renewal and sent flooding packing from our state. We have rehabilitated hospitals and improved healthcare delivery for all the people. We have encouraged agriculture, made food to be abundantly available and made farmers to be prosperous. We have created tens of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly through O’YES, O’REAP, O’MEALS, OPON IMO, O’AMBULANCE, O’SCHOOL, AGBA OSUN, O’BOPS, O’FOPS  and other ‘Os’.
We have also deepened democracy by allowing the opposition a robust room to operate and not retaliating the wrongs we suffered when we were in opposition.

Our accommodating spirit and genuine outreach to all have won the leading lights of the opposition to our side and made democratic participation in Osun to be more inclusive. We have enhanced the rights of all to freely worship as he or she deems fit. We have done all these because we value the people.

We salute and recognise workers as invaluable and indispensable allies in the service of the people and delivering the dividends of democracy. They have sacrificed and given their best. They have shown understanding of the situation we are, even as we try to mitigate the consequences of the shortfall in revenue occasioned by a drop in the price of crude oil. I want to assure them that good times are here and we shall all enjoy the fruits of our labour.

As we celebrate June 12 as Democracy Day, let us remember the struggles and sacrifices of our heroes and heroines by continuing to be good citizens, by working hard and paying our taxes.

It is for this reason that we have declared tomorrow as public holiday, in commemoration of this watershed date and to honour the memory of Chief Abiola, his wife, Kudirat Abiola, who was cowardly murdered by agents of the evil regime and other Nigerians who suffered for standing for what they believe to be right.
I wish us all a Happy Democracy Day

Female Genital Mutilation: Community Should Set up Watchdog Group

Female Genital Mutilation also known as Female Circumcision is a common practice in which children and young girls are subjected to injury to the female organs for non-medical reasons.

Female genital mutilation is considered by experts as a procedure that can cause severe bleeding and problems with urinating which could lead to infections, infertility as well as complications during child- birth for women.

The procedure is also viewed as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Stakeholders,however,advocate the enforcement of existing law and involvement of rural community as a watch-dog at ensuring an end to the practice.

A family physician in Oyo State Dr. Ebunlomo Walker who said the practice was still common in some communities in the southwest Nigeria said it was high time government enforced existing laws to protect children as well as raise awareness on the danger inherent in the practice.

An Osun state social worker, Mrs Bosede Adeniji said the way forward at achieving zero tolerance against this practice was to raise army of volunteers who will serve as a watchdog in the community.

Two advocates for social change, Mr. Emmanuel Olashore in Abuja and Mrs. Florence Olusanya in Ekiti state condemned the practice and called for social mobilization among non-government organisations and international agencies at ensuring that female children.

They maintained that the attribution of culture and religion to the practice of female genital cutting was unfounded.