CAN WE BLAME GOD? #SuperBloggers by @Lanre_Olagunju

Published:17 Mar, 2012

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The existence of a supreme being is an issue that till the end of time will keep generating an unending controversy among different races and people. Though I’ve got no intention to delve into that, I can only advise that it’s smarter to live and assume that a God exists somewhere, so as not to die and shockingly discover that He truly does. And if perhaps he truly doesn’t exist, shouldn’t your gentle soul just rest in peace like family, friends, and enemies repeatedly prayed, while you speechlessly watch from another world.

Those of us who agree and confess to believe in the existence of God also acknowledge that He’s so loving, caring, and perfect; reason that He’s made provision for all that man needs to govern over the entire planet earth amongst other reasons.

Though some are too religious to ever nurse the thought that God created pain, but before you rebuke me or the devil that isnt anywhere in me, think about those critical times, when you or someone dear to you went through pains and excruciating experiences that doesn’t match the traditional belief of a good and loving God, though we don’t ventilate it. We just want to think that probably He must have goofed in this area. If not. Why did God create pain? What was the pain mechanism suppose to achieve? This has been my major source of headache from time and I think the quest to know and understand might just be a lifelong assignment.

Great philosophers have posed questions like ‘why hadn’t God designed a nervous system that protect us without the unpleasant aspect of pain. So many conflicting believes even amongst people of faith. Some are of the opinion that man must have stepped out of God’s will and that God uses circumstances to bring us back to normalcy.

The reason why we cherish pleasure is because of the reality of pain. So from a perspective, pain is essential to normal life. Although to one suffering from cancer and the miserable pain of chemotherapy, pain to such is far greater than misery. But to anyone with a reasonable health, pain is a communicator that protects.

Ok let’s take the oldest recorded and the most dreaded disease, Hansen’s disease-(leprosy) for instance. It’s the only one I can think of for now and it’s vital for this discuss. Leprosy is a disease of the nervous system. The bacteria practically attacks the pain cells of the skin, peripheral nerves in the hands, feets, and mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and eyes to numbness.

If we fear disease because of the pain and misery it brings, then what is so horrible about diseases that cost no pain? A woman whose infant was suffering from “congenital indifference” told a horrifying story of how she heard her child cooing and laughing loud all alone as if she’s discovered something new. Only for her to amazingly discover that her daughter had bitten off the tip of her fingers with her newly grown four teeth and was playing in the blood, making patterns with the drips. Could pain be created as a quality that saves us from destruction?

We have at certain points made God lesser than he is over the issue of pain and suffering ignoring that even man has brought more pain to man. Many of the things we derive satisfaction from we don’t complain or lament over. Things such as our ability to perceive, eat and drink, pleasure derived from scratching when the skin hitches and also the wild fire pleasure of orgasm.

Lanre Olagunju is a regular contributor on www.omojuwa.com
He blogs @www.larigold.blogspot.com.

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  • ajibulu e

    ????.!

  • Adeyemo Abimbola

    Well, after all we can blame God for all these circumstance. God is ???? just like it has been writing in the article but human being has created problem for the world due to their selfish attitude ????? seaching for unending satisfaction for their self.

  • Adeyemo Abimbola

    Well, after all we can blame God for all these circumstance. God is ???? just like it has been writing in the article but human being has created problem for the world due to their selfish attitude ????? seaching for unending satisfaction for their self.

  • Niyi-Leigh Olajide

    The existence of God is as sure as air and magnanimity cannot be overemphasised. Taking a vivid look at our surrounding, from the oceans, trees, the ecosystem, animals and even man himself. You can’t help but to notice the perfect sequencing of nature.
    Pain itself even as torturing and terrible it may be can turn out to be a blessing. Either by fear of occurence or reoccurence putting a check on us, thereby curbing our excesses.
    Come to think of a world without pain……. Nah! You don’t wanna do that. Great job lanre

  • peju

    Nice one, that was very thoughtful of you. I never for once saw the good sides of pain after having my fair share of it. When next I’m hurt or in pain, I’ld surely remember to thank God that at least I can still feel it. Thumbs up!

  • Pfem

    Whether we live or we die; He is still God!
    Whether we sin or we’re holy; He is still God!
    Whether we accept His lordship or we disdain His authority; He remains God!
    He is never to blame….
    Good work bro! Howdie?

  • Engr John Josiah

    I appreciate a statement and I quote “it’s smarter to live and assume that a God exists somewhere” somehow in our subconsciousness we know a supreme being exist but in our outward display of our lives we are far from that reality. May God help us to live with d fact that he reigns

  • Shoga ‘Dokun

    Reading this article, i cannot but relate both biblical and scientific schools of thought when it comes to pain. Scientifically, pain sensors are specifically located in the human body, not to cause unnecessary discomfort but to compare stimulus with normal and bring about ? balance in the body physiology. Likewise biblically, we experience pain in order to remind us of what importance life holds. In these two, i, or any being, can’t dare say or prove that GOD was mistaken! If life was to be smooth and painless, then what have we to live for? This however doesn’t rule out the questionable case of terrible illnesses happening to ‘good people’….BUT we must believe that even then, GOD is supreme! I have often thought, but probably not dwelt, on the issue of ‘pain and suffering’ and always ask that i see the beauty in all situations. Thumbs up LANRE!

  • biola dada

    This is nice

  • biola dada

    cool

  • fatimah

    That dis writer took out time to write dis shows his thoughts pattern is exceptional. Yet I dnt agree dat a supreme being can goof or that we should ever blame God for pains and sufferings.

  • lolu

    Interesting thought pattern

  • @carolina

    Intelligent write up. This is one of dos tins we say wen we go via hard times wen we say ‘God why me’ or ‘why is this happening to me’

  • ola modile

    this article contains issues in ethics, metaphysics, and the nature of man. It is a brilliant write-up that highlights the problem of pain. I love it

  • yksticks

    this article is philosophical in terms of orientation for sumone who didnt study philosophy in school.it shows a whole lot of work input.great write-up my bro

  • Ibrahim Khalil Halidu

    I’ve to read this over and over again to get your point. Larigold is a good one, but as a muslim and with the little level of education I’ve gained I think the existence of pain even draw people closer to the creator. When you are in so much pleasure you tend to forget your very existence but when you feel pain you will know that there I A Bigger beign that control the affairs of men. GOD DOES EXIST!

  • Rabiu bolaji

    dis pains r part of the small chains dat bring us close to God. If dere is no pain n we r just livin our lyfs, we all will totally 4get abt God. Imagine u just hit your leg on a stone n d next tin u will do is 2 just shout jesus as an exclaimation. It is God dat created pain.

  • jeff

    Pains was ben design by The almghty in ma thought is 4 man 2 apreciat comfort n pleasure.at least we also nid pains 2 b able 2 complete our sences.i dnt tink live wil v bn such a fun without pain. Because for u 2b hapy u nid 2 knw dat atleast dia is smting dat wil make u sad.

  • yinka olagunju

    this is brilliant becos it cut across almost all school of thought………..spiritual,medical,philosophical….infact egbon u too much

  • dollybabe

    Nice article

  • oklama tayo

    Nice one lary

  • jolomi samuel

    this is seriously 1 of d most intrestin article i’ve eva cum acrocss.it’s fanatastick……

  • http://htt chukwuma love

    its an amazing literature&very probing!i jus know there is alwayz strenght&grace 4d 1 who wil reach out in times of pain 2d ever existin God

  • Boniface okafor

    Who are we to blame God,i just finished reading this article and d next thing that came into ma mind was, “God’s tym is the best” though in times of troubles some of us dare God by blaming him but dat doesn’t change his love for us…we can’t blame God but challenge him to answer our prayers…Good write up, kip it up bro,I’ve been educated and entertained,bravo.

  • chidex

    larigold! Really nice! Thumbs up!

  • Tunde ‘4real’ Olowu

    I see pain as alarm signals sent by the nervous system to prevent total breakdown of d body. And I believe that is a good thing.
    However, as you said, we’ve brought pain upon ourselves by taking wrong choices and making selfish decisions. Still, God is not to blame.
    Pain, as a subject, has different facets and is quite elaborate. And I must say that your article help put things in perspective. Three thumbs-up! – I borrowed the third one.
    That is not the end of the article, is it?

  • tunde olabenjo

    Cool article lary…

  • ikechukwu

    dats a big question u r askin! But the truth is we cant blame God! Cos i believe He has His reasons for allowing certain things to us @ a particular point in time. Nice wite up bro!

  • funmi dejo

    really informative, nice one

  • dayo

    we cant blame God…

  • riqqie

    we cant blame God! He is d all knowing! Nice work!

  • ‘gbenga Fisher

    The difference btw pleasure and pain can give us ??a head start,ask ??a ‘congenital indifference’ patient to differentiate.
    I give u ??a dog,if I name d tail ??a leg…my dog has hw many legs?
    5? Yeah rite…hell no! U call it pain doesn’t make it one and same goes for pleasure.
    The whole earth seems so coordinated and ?u call it…uhm…’Happenstance’?
    The earth ?s an orchestra playing in such harmony and u think the CONDUCTOR ?s not infront?

  • @xahido

    Nice write up,pain and other things of life is definetly frm God but come to tink of thing pain just stand to remember us of the existence of God and our creator,attimes we attribute pain to some other creation of God but they ar stil from God but nt just directly from him

  • http://facebook.com/jen2tolex jen2tolex

    Mr lanroman well for me it depend on the angle you are looking it from. as a Nigerian you have to believe in something either God, Allah or traditional…. “if everything is going the right way then I see no reason why you need to believe in any god” but because of the suitation around us you just have to believe in something. if you write an exam in the part of the world you have to pray for success because our teacher/lecturers are not doing the right thing. even if you write well is still very certain you wont pass or have the deserved mark so you need to pray…

  • victor

    The issue of pain is a deep one so deep that only God can help us understand. Nice write upm

  • kevin

    The issue of pain is a deep one so deep that only God can help us understand. Nice write upm

  • carr

    Only strange people write strange things like this. Good thinking, good product.

  • Adeniyi Adekoya

    What sort of a God wud d almighty be if we could fully understand him? I cannot think of any phenomenon that doesn’t have an opposite. Pain is just an pleasure’s own opposite, we need one to understand d other. What is food without hunger? Or water without thirst? Or winning without loosing? Guess for d world to exist there must be balance. Let’s not forget that pain was never God’s plan for man, man brought it upon himself! Nice one larry!

  • noadek

    The wisdom of man is foolishness unto God. We cannot question God. Nice one bro!!!

  • OLATUNBI OLUWALAYOMI

    The only truth about the coined Title is that no one will ever know measuring Standard of God. You belong to His Class before you start to comment on Him.

  • Oluwayemisi

    Pain and Pleasure is just a kind of check and balance the supreme being has put in place. So,I will dare to say, if all is pure pleasure,there wont be any reason to reach out to the supreme being. So,we should take time to savour the moments pleasure bring and look beyond the challenges pain presents,(which eventually makes us better surbodinates to God). Above all,we indeed can not blame God because he is supreme and perfect. Nice write up!

  • Shakirat feyishola olugbosho

    Wow ! What a nice write up.

  • KING DAVID

    Nice piece

  • obidi Innocent O.

    This is piece that will make you think and began to reason outside your immediate human environment(i.e undastandind). Everyone has school(faith/believe) that teaches about the world and the supernatural existance. As for me, I wouldnt want to border my subconcious thought on issues that myt stress ma psycho, less i found myself astral projecting.
    In the school of mine, we were ment to understand to overstand that ”GOD IS GOOD”.
    Larigold the writer,nice piece….. for such a wonderful n thoughtful write-up.
    Pls do keep it up bro., proud of ya boy!!!

  • Tosinadeda

    Eye opener. . Brilliant!

  • funke

    I like this site, i commend the writer of this article. Quite educating. I never knew all this about leprosy.

  • orizu

    Olagunju the philosopher. Seriously u think well and its evident in the stuffs you write. Love reading your articles. There’s a way you face issues from a deep perspective.

  • Dotun Olaiya

    I strongly believe pain in itself was expected to serve more as a regulator, to remind us of things that are and are not, its expected to control our actions and in-actions, however like many other concepts which has been subjected to distortions of different kinds we need to check closely to see if the pain been experienced wasn’t inflicted by man himself. The subject about the existence of God is absolute, he is God, and he alone exist in his class. Very intelligent write up, it takes a very fertile mind to put this together.

  • BkoyEnvicon

    Insightful, interesting… Nice one larry !!!

  • Ibk

    I really agree with the content of this piece.

  • musa

    I dnt belief in any way that man can blame God. For what? He is almighty and shouldn’t be questioned.

  • Nat

    I agree with the last comment. How can anyone nurse the idea of blaming a supreme being. Its simply absurd.

  • oluseyi Akigbogun

    what I wonder is why some people blame God

  • olufunmilayo Akigbogun

    Blame God is what people do, when things go wrong with them, instead of tracing back there steps.

  • olufunmilayo Akigbogun

    Blame God is what people do, when things go wrong with them, instead of tracing back their steps.

  • @scaly

    whether u blame God or not, it doesnt make him smaller or greater. Sekena!

  • @tbaba

    thoughful write up.

  • aisha

    This is rlly an inspiring write up.

  • @esther

    well said, professor Olagunju.

  • lade

    Blaming God is like taking the Almighty to court

  • bosun

    probably there are things God did not create or probably He created pain for us to look forward to an eternity with Him; where we have been promised a painless existence. This piece is thought provoking and appreciation inducing.

  • Shaynee

    Most of dse pains came into existence thru excessiveness,man naturally luv to live in pleasures and dont take a tot of d implications,from creation we know God’s intentions was never to c us in pain,mind u God didnt cre8 pain&dt was y He came into d world to nail every pain on d cross(to dose who believe His existence is real)&weneva u want 2 assume God is in d situation,den it’s for a moment,it cld be a test of faith(as in job)…wel done,larrigold

  • Eloho Josephine Okujeni

    PAIN IS NO DOUBT A NECESSARY FEELING THAT MAN MUST EXPRIENCE IN ORDER TO BRING HIM TO A REALIZATION THAT HE HAS REACHED THE BRINK OF A HARMFUL AND INJURIOUS PATH…A PATH THAT CAN EITHER KILL HIM OR MAKE HIM STRONGER. GOD ON THE OTHER HAND IS NOT NECESSARILY AN ENGINEER OF THIS BUT IF TRULY HE ALLOWED MAN TO FEEL PAIN..IT IS NOT ONLY FOR HIS SAFETY BUT IT ALSO TRIGGERS MAN TO APPRECIATE AND CHERISH A HEALTHY AND PAIN- FREE LIFE. BESIDES, JESUS HIMSELF WENT THROUGH INTENSE PAIN TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS. HARDLY, CAN YOU FIND A MAN DO THAT FOR ANOTHER. MOST SOURCES OF PAIN FELT BY MAN ARE AS A RESULT OF OUR CALLOUSNESS, CARELESSNESS OR NATURE ITSELF. BIG UPS LANRE OLAGUNJU!!!!

  • Olusoga ogooluwaseyi

    God is awesome…nd His ways are mystorious!He delights nd honors our gratitude in evry situatns hapnin around us.CHIEF AUTHOR, MORE GRACE…

  • Olusoga ogooluwaseyi

    God is awesome…nd His ways are mysterious!He delights nd honors our gratitude in evry situatns hapnin around us.CHIEF AUTHOR, MORE GRACE…

  • http://www.alariwo.org Ayob Alariwo

    Nice… (y)

  • modupe

    Ii rly like this,d truth is that God has nt promised us a pain free life but he has promised to brng us out frm evry pain or situatn safely,if we dnt gv up on him…we humans need to learn how to keep our eyes on God evn in d face of trouble and not blaming him or reduvn him because of situations.d truth is evry tin works togeda for good for all those who lv God,so wen we find our self in any situation,stp to ask God wat he’s tryn to. Teach u with it.dz a rly nyc write up’kp up d gud work

  • dami

    No pain,no gain.

  • wumy

    Nothing last forever not even the painful experiences we undergo.

  • benson

    Human beings will ever remain like pencils in the hand of the creator. Who are we to blame God?

  • ayo

    I so much agree wit you, Larigold. Yet why should anyone blame God?

  • chinelo orizu

    i love the write up…..xoxo

  • http://www.loveme4real.com ebin

    Great writeup…God can’t neva goof.keep up d good work

  • Tolulope

    I love this .. Thumbs up … Who re we to blame GOD ?

  • phemi

    This is a nice piece of writing

  • keji

    larigold u write well

  • dayo

    Insightful

  • noah

    Nice one bro!

  • dayo olawapo

    God is awesome…

  • Evelyn

    Good and deep thought writeup keep it up. The three key words GOD; MAN; PAIN though correlated started differently before a destination

  • rothman

    I believe if pain wsnt in existence then we are just like robots. The doctors say its d same nerve d transmit both pain and pleasure. So we cnt knw hw pleasurable pleasure is without pain.and lanre nice one.one is that God is God and not one man is fit to question God”s work becos it is perfect.

  • Feyisayo Akinboboye

    Awesome work!

  • Orobosa

    Nice one!

  • Feyisayo Akinboboye

    Good work!

  • tosin babatunde

    Nice writeup

  • Salome Aruna

    We can NT blame God 4 anytin cos he has neva done or made anytin imperfect. His creatures sun, moon, stars, oceans, trees, birds give glory 2 his name so wat are we human 2blame him

  • Dammy O

    Nice one..

  • peju

    Lovely,just the perfect article for d weekend

  • tj

    Nyc piece! But I disagree wit u on d pain issue. A world without pain wud b very nyc

  • wunmi

    Rily nice. More of dis dearie!

  • Motunrayo

    This is very insightful,God is God,he is unquestionable and very perfect in all his ways.

  • Funmbi

    Nice article…

  • deola

    Insightful….

  • naomi saleh

    As sure as life exist God does, within us all is a quest for a Being greater than us,even before religion there has always being God consciousness and everything around n within us,occurences n events all point to a God that lives

  • Funto

    We can’t blame God. Nobody can question him.

  • Dolapo

    God exists…only a fool doesn’t believe He does!

  • kemmdiva

    Ds got me thinkin real hard,nice 1 lanre,more knowledge dear

  • Izoduwa Erhunmwunsee

    *whatever challenges we may go through in life just know that it is to make us stronger and be better people so blaming God for everything will not make any sense. God will never make us go through any challenges that we cannot bear. *God indeed exists. Everything around us says it all. Science can never explain it all. This is a good article which is really an eye-opener for me most especially about pain. That’s a deep one. Kudos to you Lanre.

  • billqis

    good writeup, really deep

  • adegun tolulope

    Nice one bro… can’t stop reading this post…

  • sher

    Very insightful piece. Pain is essential to life. It is not a disease in itself but a pointer most times so that return to normalcy can be sought.
    The flow of thoughts of the writer is commendable.
    The scenario of pain insensitvity painted by the author just goes to show that pain is necessary sometimes. God is the all wise.

  • Pj Oyeks

    Well,sometyms God allows us go through pain so as to toughen us up and make us better beings.And of course this makes us appreciate pleasure and wellness the more.

  • Afeez

    Everything God does is perfect.

  • Gbemiga

    Nice!

  • Gbemiga

    Nice!…I like…

  • oluwaseun

    From the write up above,we can not blame God!bcous ?????? think for every tin in life there ????§ always a reason.so all pain in dis life ????§ not that God intentionaly made it jst that some time he need too test our faith,??? in wat ever condition we find our self let think God.God write up kip it up bro

  • Teewhy

    I like it when Nigerian bloggers write in a way such that they educate and dont neccesarily bug us with thier own opinions. Kudus to the writer.

  • Rotimi

    Quite intuitive!!! Makes a lot of sense!

  • toye

    Waoh! Great piece… Good one dia man! U fogot to d Pleasure one derives from Sneazing too…. Great Job! Keep dis up man

  • Jide

    Nice work…

  • rotimi

    lovely article, make me wanna hit my head on the wall to feel the “pleasure” of pain, however paradoxical that may be. Thumbs up to the writer…

  • Dave

    Love the pleasure and pain aspect…Really sheds more light on the whole concept…nice one bro!

  • Lekan

    Hmmm…this is an interesting piece!

    Love it

  • Niyi-Leigh Olajide

    I must confess that I am surprised at the number of responses and comments that this article is getting. Its has helped to buttress the fact that we all have at a time or d other experienced pain. Its also reveealed that once u can still feel d pain then you’re good to go.

  • Afeez

    No, we can’t!

  • Tolu

    good thinking good argument

  • kelvin

    this is aa crazy write up. Quite deep and well articulated

  • tosyn

    Can we blame God? Obviously we can’t.

  • Oluwafemi

    Wow! This article requires deep attention & deep thinking for proper understanding of the philosophies alighted therein; Lanre, u must have taken out good thinking time to write this. Thumbs up. As for me, God exist; he can never be blamed and I don’t seem to think he created pain; man brought pain upon himself. The Bible made us know that all that God created is good. This subject of pain is highly controversial because in the long run, pain can be good because depending on the kind of pain, it can birth greatness of the one who experiences it.

  • olu

    This article is really drawing attention for itself o!

  • Ezikpe

    Who can actually blame God. Wonderful piece.

  • matthew

    Really inspiring

  • ayodele

    Rily nice dude, I must confess, it got me thinking.

  • deola

    So educative and eye opening

  • yomi

    To blame God is to make ourselves more foolish

  • edith

    Olagunju the philisopher. I always like to read ur articles. Welldone

  • bose

    this got me thinking

  • Sk

    God can’t be blamed,, and moreover who will? That’s why He’s Almighty.

  • tai

    I love this

  • emeka.

    This is a sound argument. It makes a whole lot of sense to me

  • mike

    Nice one, Larry.

  • wales

    hmmmmm dis is quite philosophical.

  • frank

    This is going to get me thinking for a while.

  • adejuwon

    It is in the definition and experience of pain that pleasure is always craved for and enjoyed. God is just, even if it is perceived that he inflicted pain, it is for His children to be furnished unto good works.

  • Tomilade Adeyeye

    great article and am sure by God’s grace u are going places.

  • toluwani olumide ifroluwa

    great write up its good to see this nice one keep it up i love the combo its accurate

  • Tayo

    Two thumbs up bro. Brilliant piece.

  • Skabiong

    This is a nice piece, keep it up.

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The Military Pensions Board (MPB) says payment of 33 per cent increment arrears owed military pensioners since 2010 will be completed by the end of 2017. The Chairman of the Board, Air Vice-Marshal Muhammad Dabo, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday. He said the administration of Muhammadu Buhari was committed to the welfare of Nigerian military pensioners and had been fully supportive of the board’s activities in the past one year.   ``There...

Army Acquires Vehicles To Enhance Communication

The Nigerian Army has acquired six vehicles to enhance communication in its fight against insurgency in the North-East. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the vehicles were inaugurated by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, during his visit to Lagos on Wednesday. Buratai said the vehicles, procured by the Army Signal Corps, would be deployed to help in prosecuting the fight against insurgency in the North- East. ``We are still pursuing the terrorists and we will continue...

FG Constitutes Committee To Address Demands Of Organised Labour

The Federal Government on Wednesday constituted a 16-man committee to address issues that necessitated the three-day strike called by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) after the fuel pump price hike. Mr Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), stated this in Abuja after a meeting of the Federal Government delegation with the organised labour. He said that the meeting was called to work out modalities on ways to resolve the issues raised by the organised labour. ``I am...

Former PDP NWC Members Endorse Constitution of Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee

Members of the immediate past National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have endorsed their dissolution and other decisions taken at the party’s National Convention held in Port Harcourt. This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the immediate past Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus and six others. The statement stated that in the absence of the then National Chairman of the Party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, Secondus presided over the...

Agunloye Advises FG To Fight Corruption In Power Sector

Former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr Olu Agunloye, on Wednesday advised the Federal Government to address corruption in the power sector. Agunloye gave the advice during a chat with newsmen in Abuja. He had purchased Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the Ondo gubernatorial election on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP). According to him, electricity generation is not rocket science and tackling corruption in the sector will ensure stable power supply across the country. ``When I was minister of...

FAAC: FG Recovers N1.5 bn, Shares N281.5bn To 3 Tiers Of Government

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said in Abuja on Wednesday that N1.5 billion, being excess bank charges, was recovered and paid into the Federation Account. Adeosun announced this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting. She said this was done by a consortium of consultants for the Federation Account and that the money was proposed for distribution. She also said that N281.5 billion was shared among the federal, states and local governments as...

Army Renews Call On Boko Haram Fighters To Surrender

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday renewed calls on repentant Boko Haram fighters wishing to surrender to do so without wasting more time. Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the call while speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) Nursery School and a Day Care Centre at the Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri. Irabor said that those who failed to surrender would pay the price for being stubborn. He added that ``I will like...

5 Herdsmen Arrested Over Enugu Massacre

The Police Force Head­quarters in Abuja, have announced the arrest of the masterminds and perpetrators of Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on April, 25, 2016. The attack led to the death of several persons and destruction of prop­erty valued at millions of naira The attackers compris­ing a five-member-gang were arrested by op­eratives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT). The suspects were found with one...

Economy In Volatile Situation- Buhari

Nigeria’s economy is currently in a volatile situation due to the crash in oil prices, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The president’s remark came at a time when oil price yesterday rose to nearly $50 a barrel, even though Nigerian will earn less from the boom due to drop in production in recent times.  Buhari spoke yesterday at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja at a farewell audience with Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria,...

Reps Order Halt Of Refineries Privatization

The House of Representatives Committee on Privatization and Commercialization has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to stop its planned privatization of the nation’s refineries or joint investment ventures with some multinationals. The committee’s chairman, Hon. Ahmed Yerima (APC, Bauchi), who gave the order yesterday in Abuja during an interactive session with the managements of the NNPC and Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) on the planned privatization of three  refineries in the country, said the...

$200 Billion Loot: EFCC Raids Dubai Firm’s Office In Abuja

As part of the ongoing probe of the laundering of over $200billion loot in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by former political office holders, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) yesterday stormed the office of a Dubai property firm, The First Group Company,  in Abuja. The company is also being investigated for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians by luring them to invest in real estate in Dubai. A prominent Nigerian lost about...

Dana Air Pilots Go On Strike, Passengers Stranded

Dana Air pilots have gone on strike in protest of the non-payment of their salaries, grounding the airline’s operations and leaving hundreds of passengers stranded nationwide. “The strike started this morning and passengers that were supposed to travel this morning are stranded,” a source at the airport said. According to the source, the airline had continued to sell tickets to passengers earlier today in the hope that the dispute would be resolved.