Joy comes in the morning ~ Femi Fani-Kayode

Published:9 Dec, 2012

Today our nation stands at a crossroad and it is left for us to decide which path we choose to take. Do we take the path of despair and dishonour and give up on our country? Or do we rise above it all and latch on to the promises of God for our land and for our people? With biting poverty, mounting hopelessness, a bleeding economy, youth restiveness, unprecedented violence, brazen acts of terror and all manner of vices and evil thriving in the land one wonders how things got so bad. The foundation for our current situation was laid many years ago and since that time we have seen so much suffering and failure at virtually all levels. We were plagued with leaders who lacked vision, who lacked intellect, who lacked sincerity of purpose and who were antagonistic to those that dared to challenge their visionless and purposeless policies. Our country is currently bedeviled with so much negativity that it is easy to look around and just give up. Yet I say that we must never give up because ”hope springs eternal”. The bible says though the night may be dark yet ”joy comes in the morning”. The wise ones say you cannot have a message without a mess. You cannot have a testimony without a test. You cannot get to the top of the mountain without first going to the bottom of the valley. This is true. And out of Nigeria’s ”mess” shall surely come her ”message”. Out of Nigeria’s ”test” shall surely come her ”testimony”. We have been to the ”bottom of the valley” and therefore we shall get to the ”top of the mountain”. Our dream for a better Nigeria shall never die and neither can our collective prayers be in vain. I refuse to give up because I know that the God that I serve never fails. He alone rules in the affairs of men. He alone forges the destiny of nations. Out of a deep void and formlessness He ordered the creation of the world. He established it by the power of His word and He gave us dominion over it.

In the same way He created Nigeria for His purpose and for His glory and that purpose and glory shall surely be established. It shall come to pass and it will be manifest to the entire world. We shall see it and we shall be established in it as a nation and as a people. If God can do it for others, He can do it for us too. We can be great and, by the grace of God, we shall be great. This is my dream and this is what I see. And believe me when I tell you that it is prophetic. A Nigeria where every man and woman, regardless of faith, ethnicity, status or political persuasion finds a common cause and relishes in our collective humanity. A Nigeria where the rich have a conscience and the poor have hope. A Nigeria where joy and peace reign supreme and where bombings and killings are a thing of the past. A Nigeria where the descendants of Ishmael and Isaac and the adherents of the two great Abrahamic faiths of Islam and Christianity live together in peace, harmony and mutual respect. A Nigeria where the secularity of the state is respected yet where God is reverred and honoured by all. A Nigeria where the knowledge and fear of the Living God reigns in the hearts and minds of the people. A Nigeria where every man is His brother’s keeper, where leaders show compassion to those that they lead, where justice is done to all and where political persecution has no place. A Nigeria where decency is rewarded, where dissent is tolerated, where non-conformity is encouraged and where equity is enthroned. That is the Nigeria of my dream. A Nigeria where youth unemployment is low and where every individual, no matter how high or low, can aspire to any position and live his or her dream. That is the Nigeria of my dream. A Nigeria where human life and human dignity is sacrosanct and where fairness is the watchword of every soul. That is the Nigeria of my dream.

I have no fears about the future of this great nation because the God that I serve never fails. The bible says the nations are ”as a drop of water before Him”. He sits above the circles of the earth and He counts the earth as His footstool. Yet despite His sheer awesomeness and majesty, with Him lies great compassion and mercy. Once we return to Him, acknowledge Him, honour Him and are led and guided by Him, He will restore us and shower us with His blessings. The Lord awaits us to make the right choice. We either continue to wallow in self-delusion, wickedness, greed, murder, the persecution of perceived enemies, the abuse of power, evil and insensitivity or we desist from our wicked ways and turn to Him. I am persuaded that once we make the right choice our date with destiny, as a people and as a nation, will come far sooner than we can possibly imagine. In his book titled ”The Wretched of the Earth” Frantz Fanon said the following- “each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover it’s mission and fulfill it or betray it.” Past generations in Nigeria have not lived up to expectation. This is the bitter truth.

Yet there is still hope as long as we have faith. That hope and faith is our blessed assurance and it lives in our minds and hearts. We know that the Lord will fix it. We know that He is ”more than able”. We know that He is a man of war whom none can resist and we know that He restores, redeems and rebuilds even the most broken and wretched walls. Dr. Martin Luther King jnr., after delivering his celebrated and inspiring ”I have a dream” speech, was felled by an assassin’s bullet on April 4 1968. To those that killed him, his dream died with him. Yet they were wrong. They did not know that great dreams, once birthed, never die. That is why the Word of God said ”if the princes of this world had known they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory”. If those that murdered Jesus, and the devil that inspired them to do it, had known that He would honour His word and rise up three days later they would not have crucified him. They persecuted Him, they humiliated Him, they beat Him, they tortured Him, they spat on Him and they killed Him yet they could not kill His dream or abort His mission. His dream lived on and became a reality for all mankind to see. It was the same with Martin Luther King. They killed him but his mission had already been achieved and his vision came to pass 45 years after his sacrificial and selfless death. This is indeed the stuff of which dreams are made. Great things are birthed in great dreams and if you dare to dream nothing is impossible.

I have a dream for Nigeria. I have a dream that one day Nigerians will see themselves as Nigerians before anything else and they will not regard their country and its people as a collection of strange bed-fellows that do not love or trust one another. Yet this dream can only be fulfilled when those amongst us that call ourselves leaders preach, practice and display discipline, temperance, holiness, morality, restraint, tolerance, mercy and the fear of God in the conduct of our affairs. It can only be made manifest when we stand up and fight against evil, tyranny, injustice, indecency, bad governance, the abuse of power , political persecution and sheer wickedness. Our dream can only be brought to reality when love is the motivating factor in all that we do. The Lord commands us to love our neighbour as we do ourselves. That is the cornerstone and the foundation of our faith and it is in that faith and that resolve that our hope for a better and greater Nigeria lies. I have a dream that Nigeria will be what God wants her to be, a great and powerful nation that is dedicated to the Living God and that will act as a shining example and a beacon of light for all to see.

I assure you that despite the dashed hopes and unbearable suffering of millions of our people over the last 52 years, our dream still lives and the Lord shall not forsake us. Our land and our people may seem blighted, in despair, depressed, repressed and confused. It may appear as if there is no hope for a better tomorrow and that nothing will ever change. It may seem as if the Lord has forgotten us and it may appear that our story is one of recurrent failure and shattered dreams. Yet this is not so. I have come here today to tell you that, despite all we see and hear, it is not over for us as a people and as a nation. I have come here today to tell you that we as a people have a date with destiny. I have come here today to tell you that Nigeria and the Nigerian dream lives on and that it shall be made manifest for all to see in the fullness of time. I therefore urge you to be strong, to hold your heads up high, to be proud of who and what you are and to stand firm. The vision is for an appointed time. Though it may tarry it shall not prove false. Just hold on.
God bless you and God bless Nigeria.

  • SMEGA

    FFK, a writer of the moment. Always inspiring, thank u for this piece. Our hope for a better Nigeria is encouraged now. God bless u, God bless Nigeria.

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The parents of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on Sunday alerted the public on the activities of some fraudsters using their names to defraud Nigerians and corporate bodies. Yakubu Maina, the chairman of the association of parents of the abducted girls, raised the alert at a news conference in Maiduguri. “We wish to alert Nigerians and corporate organisations on the existence of some individuals and organisations masquerading as parents of...

APC Southwest Chairmen Vow To Never Acknowledge Saraki, Dogara

Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Southwest have vowed not to recognize the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara until the crisis revolving around the National Assembly contest is sufficiently resolved by the party. Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the party, Chief Jide Awe disclosed this yesterday as his counterpart in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke insisted that the two presiding officers of the...

Hundreds Defect From PDP To APC In Kogi

It was celebration galore in Onyedega, headquarters of Ibaji local government in Kogi State, as thousands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the local government defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The leader of the decampees, Engineer John Ibrahim Ocheje, who led all the 10 former councillors, PDP ward chairmen and their supporters to the venue of their defection at Onyedega, said that the decision of the people to dump PDP for APC...

Gunmen Attacked Two Villages In Zamfara

Gunmen killed at least 30 people in the Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area, in Zamfara. Chairman of the council, Muhammad Gusami, said on Sunday that the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages, setting houses ablaze and carted away animals mostly cows. The previous day, some attackers shot sporadically in the air which prompted the people of Chigama to try to prevent the attack. This might have provoked the gunmen to come back so as to punish...

Another Accusing Finger Points At Okonjo-Iweala For Mismanaging ECA Funds

Raymond Omachi, the acting chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has stated that the past administration led by Goodluck Jonathan and its Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala mismanaged funds in the Excess Crude Account (ECA). Although Omachi did not mention names, he frowned at the practice of the federal government to pay subsidy from the ECA or to share to states from the ECA when available funds are not adequate to meet revenue projections. He said...

Jos Bomb Blast: Read What Really Happened

Scores of people were believed to have lost their lives as two suicide bombers detonated their bombs in Jos, the Plateau State capital this(Sunday) night. Reports gathered that the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi road campus of the University of Jos at about 9.15pm, while the second one exploded at a mosque near Yan Tyre (tyre market) area of Dilimi Junction, along the same Bauchi road about 15 minutes later.

Suicide Bomber Strikes RCCG Church; President Buhari Responds

A suicide bomber on Sunday found his way into the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe State, and detonated an explosive device which led to the death of five worshippers and the bomber. One other person also sustained injuries. The dead bomber, suspected to be a member of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, entered the church auditorium during Sunday service with the Improvised Explosive...

Abducted Ex Gov’s Wife Released On “N8.2 Million Ransom”

Martha Binabo, the kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa, Nestor Binabo, has been released. Ms. Binabo, abducted on June 29, was freed on Sunday. A family source who wished to be anonymous said on Sunday that the woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family complied with the kidnappers warning not to involve the police. The kidnappers...

Ikorodu Bank Robbery: Police Arrests Four Suspects

Four members of the robbery gang, which unleashed terror on two commercial banks in the Ipakodo, Ikorodu area of Lagos two weeks ago, have been arrested by the police. Our correspondent learnt that the suspected robbers were arrested from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Ikorodu, Lagos State, while three Sport Utility Vehicles allegedly bought from the proceeds of the robbery were recovered. The suspects’ names were given as Monday Akpan, Bright Agbojule, the third identified simply...

Twitter Account of President Buhari’s Daughter @Zahra_Buhari Was Hacked

The Presidency disowned a comment on Twitter, credited to one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra. The tweet contained some uncomplimentary comments about some foreign leaders through a Twitter handle, @Zahra_Buhari. But the Presidency, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the Twitter handle has stopped being Zahra’s for a long time since it was compromised by hackers. Therefore, the said comments from the handle are therefore...

#NoiseOfRevolt: The Speed of Change and Buhari’s First Eleven – By @Obajeun

After all, we must move on to the next level of national engagement with slight references to our wins and defeats in the immediate past. But to politicians, this may not always be the case and in one way or the other, they will still come back – for some don’t usually feel defeat-able. It is normal per human psychology of bossing tendencies. Saraki/Dogara victories are transient. In politics, you don’t win the battle against time. These power brokers...

“And I Got Hacked” – Tunji Andrews Writes On How Hackers Taught Him A Lesson

Tunji Andrews, popular on Twitter for his #MoneMasterClass sessions told me about how he got hacked across virtually all his online media channels. I got an update from him this morning and it has been published unedited.  AND I GOT HACKED This would probably be as unbelievable to you as it still is to me. On many levels, i’m still trying to wrap me head around it. The whys, seem endless really. Why would anyone...

Indirect Free Kick: DSS Director Demotes Marilyn Ogar, Others Promoted By Past Administration

Newly appointed director general of the Department of State Security, Lawal Musa Daura, has demoted Marilyn Ogar, the agency’s former spokesperson, via a memo. Apart from demoting Ms. Ogar, the acting DSS director general also directed the demotion of numerous other officers of the agency who were just promoted in March in what was seen as a politically motivated exercise. Ms. Ogar was seen as a controversial official of the DSS who often made statements...

Oshiomhole Claims Nigeria Is Almost Bankrupt Because Of Okonjo-Iweala

Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had always been displeased with the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, administration. He described the situation as mismanagement of the economy under the watch of Okonjo-Iweala. The governor started echoing the economic crunch in the country since early last year when he predicted that the way the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and other oil revenue funds...

Maiduguri Under Surveillance Due To Recent Attacks by Boko Haram

The deadly attacks by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Borno State has left no less than 200 persons killed in the last 10 days. As a result, the Nigerian military after survelliance checks said that it recovered a four-wheel vehicle loaded with bombs meant for more attacks. According to Defence headquarters, “A jeep full of Improvised Explosives Devises, IEDs, was among the weapons recovered by troops conducting Cordon and Search Operations after suicide bombing attacks on Zabamari Muna,...

Anambra Prison Taken Over By Military

Since Boko Haram detainees have been moved to the Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State, the military has taken over the security of the prison facility. Security operations in the prison are no longer exclusively ran by officials of the Nigeria Prison Service. Armed military personnel were located in strategic locations around the prison. Free movement of people and vehicles are no longer permitted around the place. Passengers moving by were frisked and vehicles searched. Residents of Anambra had been protesting against...

America is Unaware of the Location of Chibok Girls -Hawkins

Past United States Consul General, Jeffrey Hawkins, in a recent interview said - "No. I will like to say that the Nigerian government is trying very hard to generate information and tell us where they are. But when people ask, ‘Do you know where these girls are?’ I do not think they quite get the dynamics of the Chibok girls’ situation. First of all, we are talking about a large number of individuals (group of girls) who are sitting in...

Cases Of Political Killings Would Be Reopened by President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised and emphasized that his administration will ensure that all cases of political assassination and kidnapping in the country are thoroughly investigated. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, released a statement that quoted the President as making the promise while addressing state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress who visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Femi Adesina said, “I can confirm to you that the President did say during the closed-door meeting...

Group Alleges Plot By Gov. Wada To Assassinate PDP Guber Aspirant, Mohammed Ali

A group, Kogi PDP Youth Network has alleged that the governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada, has perfected plans to assassinate a governorship aspirant under the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP), in Kogi State, Mohammaed Ali. The group in a statement made available on Saturday by its Secretary, Ibrahim Rabiu, also accused the suspend Ali from the party, commence the arrest of his supporters and also the destruction of his campaign billboards and posters throughout the state. Citing a...

NFF: Keshi Fired, Amodu Hired

Stephen Keshi's appointment has been terminated by the Nigeria Football Federation as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday read, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to...

Rabiu Kwankwaso Denies House Arrest

Ex Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has debunked reports he was being placed under house arrest by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a statement signed by his private secretary, Kwankwaso, now representing Kano Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, said he was neither invited by the EFCC nor was ever prevented from discharging his legislative duties by any agency. He also noted that some political detractors of the politician were bent on causing a...

Aisha Buhari Expressed Her Vote Of Confidence in Mr President’s Administration

Mrs Aisha Buhari has spoken confidently that her husband would go the the extra mile to improve the standard of living for Nigerians. Mrs Buhari gave the assurance when she broke the Ramadan fast with the less privileged at the old banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She further solicited the support of all Nigerians, saying the country at the moment is still undergoing a transition. She said, “Ladies and gentlemen, you know that the nation is passing through a...

FG Will Not Be Negotiating With Boko Haram From A Position Of Weakness

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated that the federal government will only negotiate with extremist Islamist sect, Boko Haram, from the position of strength. He made known that the federal government was open to negotiations with the sect no matter how furious and vicious the negotiation goes. “So, if Boko Haram opts for negotiation, the government will not be averse to it. Government will, however, not be negotiating from a position of weakness,...

Buhari Fires His Chief Security Officer

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday fired his Chief Security Officer, Abdulrahman Mani, and requested the State Security Service to redeploy him out of the presidential villa, Premium Times reports. The presidency has yet to officially announce the development, but Premium Times learnt that Mr. Mani has...

18+: 25 Unmistakable Signs He’s in Love With You

Some signs of true love are subtle. Others? Well, they all but hit you over the head with obviousness. If you’re blissfully happy and searching for signs that your guy is hooked on you too, these 25 signs will make it crystal clear. 1. He actually listens when you give him a 20-minute-long play-by-play of a dramatic situation with your work frenemy. 2....

Joda Committee Proposes Merger Of DPR, NERC

The Nigerian Government may be considering the establishment within the next 30 days of an inter-ministerial energy committee that would undertake the regulatory functions of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in the gas/electricity value chain, to ensure uninterrupted supply of natural gas from the oil companies to the power plants in the country. Under the National Gas Master Plan, the DPR is mandated to implement a Gas Pricing...

Col. Umar Blasts Govs Owing Salaries, Says It’s Insanity To Create More States

Former Military Governor of  Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, rtd has tongue-lashed State governors who could not  pay salaries of workers in their respective states, accusing them of  living a lavish lifestyle that contributed to the economic crunch. In a statement titled, “ Insolvent State” and made available to journalists yesterday, Umar also blamed his immediate constituency , the Military for causing this financial mess by creating some states which were not economically viable and...

Long Queues At Abuja Petrol Stations Will Soon Disappear- DPR

The Department of Petroleum Resources has said that fuel queues in Abuja will soon disappear as 3.2 million litres of petrol were released to the city from Suleja Depot on Thursday. Mohammed Saidu, Zonal spokesperson DPR Abuja, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday. Saidu said the volume supplied on Thursday would bring fuel supply to the city within two days to 9.3 million litres.

Central Bank In No Mood To Devalue Naira

Nigeria's central bank is no mood to devalue the naira given the risks to inflation from a weaker currency, its spokesman said on Friday, potentially delaying investment flows into Africa's biggest economy. The central bank (CBN) said in a statement it believed the 22 percent depreciation in the naira after it scrapped the official foreign exchange window "is optimal at this time" and the bank would not be pressured into "desperate measures". International investors, who...

A Dollar Would’ve Been Exchanged For N500 Without Subsidy- Dangote

Media men had a piece of Aliko Dangote last weekend. And when they were done many appreciated why he is one of the richest in the world. In an interactive session with senior editors Dangote discussed state of the nation while explaining some details in his businesses that are geared towards a better life for Nigerians. On oil subsidy he said, The issue with subsidy is that government needs to block all loopholes. If there’s no subsidy,...

Boko Haram Kills Nearly 200 In 48 Hours Of Slaughter

Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". The militants have staged multiple attacks across restive Borno state since Wednesday, gunning down worshippers at evening Ramadan prayers, shooting women in their homes, and dragging men from their beds in the dead of night. A young female suicide bomber also...

Chad Seizes Suspected Boko Haram Weapons Cache

Chadian security forces, announced that they have seized a large weapon cache including guns, rockets and ammunition in a house in N’Djamena occupied by suspected members of the Boko Haram. The officials said the weapons, buried under the courtyard of the house in the eastern neighbourhood of Guinebor, were destined for northern Nigeria. One of the investigators, said on condition of anonymity, that they were part of the weapons that Baana Fanaye, Boko Haram’s logistics...

PMB Urges Muslims To Rise Against Boko Haram

Against the backdrop of the incessant terrorism attacks in Nigeria and the world over, President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday urged the Muslim community to make a strong statement that would condemn the activities of insurgents. According to the president, speaking with one voice was a sure way of rejecting the attackers claim of acting in the name of Islam, stressing that it would also stop the abasement of their religion. This is even as Buahri called...

Find Out What Kiss Daniel Thinks About Gay Marriage

Rising singer Kiss Daniel has subtly supports same sex marriage which was legalized in the United States of America  last week.  The ruling of the Supreme Court of America to legalize homosexual marriage has been criticized by many Nigerians. "Ok, so, g@y marriage is legalized in the U.S? Some are mad, some are indifferent, some are glad.  Straight or G@y, what matter is we’ve got a heart that can love. Love is love and love always...

Let APC Work & Let This System Work- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that all APC faithful must collectively come together to rise above the current crisis threatening to engulf the party. Buhari made the call in Abuja on Friday at the first National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) after its victory at the polls. He said ?party members should strive to win the war (National Assembly crisis) as they won the battle (general elections). He said:...

Obama’s Grandmother To Cook For President On Kenya Trip

President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. "With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available," she said, speaking her Luo language through a translator on a visit to Nairobi. She tempted him with...

Bank of Industry Presents Cheques To Two Off-Grid Solar Home System Providers | Statement from the CEO

Speech Delivered By     By RASHEED OLAOLUWA Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BANK OF INDUSTRY At the PRESENTATION OF CHEQUES TO TWO OFF-GRID SOLAR HOME SYSTEM PROVIDERS Under the BOI/UNDP SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAMME: July 3, 2015 Gentlemen of the Press,   Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a well-known fact that Nigeria’s current electricity situation is unsatisfactory. Let’s rewind a few decades...

Accept Party Supremacy, Buhari Tells Senators, Reps

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the National Assembly to accept the party’s supremacy in the interest of democracy. In his opening remarks at the ongoing meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja, Buhari charged members to put whatever interest they have in their “pockets” and accept the supremacy of the party in the overall interest of democracy. He said: “What ever your personal...

NEWS ALERT: 11 Killed As Suicide Bombers Target Borno Highways

At least 11 people have been killed after two separate suicide bombings were carried out in Borno State by suspected female terrorists. More than 20 people have been injured. The State Police Commissioner, Aderemi Opadokun, confirmed the blasts on Friday. “There was an explosion at Malari village along Bama/Konduga Highway on 2/7/15 (Thursday) at about 1400 hours," said Opadokun. "A female suicide bomber detonated IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) strapped to her body, killing herself and...

Lagos On High Alert To Thwart New Ebola Outbreak

The Lagos State Government has reiterated the need for members of the general public to ensure and maintain adequate personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the Ebola virus disease recurring. This follows reported cases of resurgence of Ebola in some neigbouring West African countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Dr Modele Osunkiyesi, gave the advice from her office at Ikeja. She said the need to...

Science Explains Why Hot Women Don’t Always Go for Hot Guys (Vice Versa)

We’ve all seen couples pass us by on the street where the woman is hot and the guy is, well, not — and vice versa. If we’re truly being honest, we’ve secretly wondered how they got together in the first place. These types of couples may stand out in our minds is because, in general, research shows we’re more likely to be romantically interested in...

Furious Oyegun Denies Taking Bribes To Support Saraki

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has denied taking bribe to support the agenda of the lawmakers who became principal officers of the 8th Assembly against the wishes of his own party. Mr. Odigie-Oyegun made the denial when the leadership of the South-East, South-South Professionals paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday. He said the allegation in some media reports that he was induced to support Bukola Saraki’s bid...

Chinese Company To Fine Workers Who Get Pregnant Without Permission

A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday. “Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year can apply for a place on the birth planning schedule,” read a policy distributed by a credit cooperative in Jiaozuo, in the central province of Henan. “The employee must strictly stick...

FIRS Generates N1.8tn Tax In Six Months

The acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Sunday Ogungbesan, yesterday disclosed that the service had generated a whopping N1.842 trillion from taxes into the federation account in the first half of the year. Ogungbesan made this disclosure yesterday while briefing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the performance of the agency in the last six months.He was accompanied to the meeting by members of the senior management team of the agency.

Police Arraign 3 Farmers For Defiling 10 Year Old Girl

The police yesterday arraigned three farmers in a senior magistrates’ court in Katsina for raping a 10-year-old girl. The accused are Yahuza Musa, 20; Tasiu Abubakar, 20; and Sadiq Isyaku, 20. The trio, who reside at Dakiya village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, appeared before Senior Magistrate Nafisa Bagiwa on one-count charge of rape. The prosecutor, Insp. Hashimu Musa, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 11...