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Founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCW), aka Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo, has explained the reason he went with Atiku Abubakar to the home of former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Oyedepo had featured in photos of the 2019 presidential aspirant's visit to Obasanjo’s home, and the pastor had been criticized when the photos circulated on social media.

The Cable reports that while speaking in his church, Oyedepo said he’s non-partisan and his church has members in every political party.

He explained that he attended the meeting in the role of a mediator. He said:

Never be left in any doubt, I have never belonged to any political party and I will never belong to any. There is no political party where members of Winners are not. Our goal is to secure the future of Nigeria.

I am called a peacemaker and I have done that at all levels in this country. I am anointed to be a mediator because the price of peace is cheaper than the cost of war. That is my involvement. I was invited and I don’t go anywhere I’m not called.

The spirit of faith is a daring spirit. You can see what is happening in this country today, it takes men and women of the spirit of faith to stop the devil. Wickedness won’t give up without vengeance; you can’t be killing people and pretend that you don’t know. Nobody is qualified to lead by morality without a feeling for people’s lives.

The day of killer agents has come to an end; anybody who has pity on killers is a killer. God is angry with the wicked every day. The recent holocaust in Plateau state is an assault on the moral standing of a nation.

If you must kill to rule, you won’t rule. Anybody who must kill to access power, God will deal with them, either local or state government.

Don’t mind any devil; I have never taken a dime from any candidate in my life. We have never given bribe to anybody in this ministry. I have been very close to the corridors of power, but I have never collected a dime from any of them.

Anybody who partners with killers, whatever happen to killers will happen to them. There will be no war in Nigeria, but those who want it will go for it.

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1. It is Africa’s second-largest gold producer
In 2016, Ghana produced 90 tons of gold; only South Africa – with 140 tons – produced more gold on the continent. The gold mining industry accounts for five percent of the country’s GDP. Other minerals that it produces include bauxite, manganese, and diamonds. During the colonial period, Ghana was known as the Gold Coast, because of the abundance of the mineral there.

2. It was one of Africa’s first independent countries
Ghana became independent from the United Kingdom in 1957. Initially Queen Elizabeth II was the head of state, but following a referendum in 1960, nearly 90% of Ghanaians voted for the country to become a republic. Kwame Nkrumah, who was the first Prime Minister of Ghana, subsequently became its first President. The only other independent countries in sub-Saharan Africa at the time were Ethiopia, Liberia, and South Africa.

3. Its democracy is the fourth-strongest in Africa
Ghana has the fourth-strongest democracy in Africa, after Mauritius, Botswana, and South Africa. That’s according to the Democracy Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (a subsidiary of the respected newspaper, The Economist). The Heritage Foundation, an American think-tank, ranks Ghana as one of only eight countries in Africa which can be described as ‘free’. The country is noted for its free press, a vibrant civil-society sector, and political maturity.

4. It has the world’s biggest man-made lake
Lake Volta is the biggest man-made lake in the world, by surface area and fourth-biggest by volume. It covers nearly 4% of Ghana’s surface area. The lake was formed with the construction of the Akosombo Dam, which began in 1961, and was completed in 1965. Nearly 80 000 people had to be moved because of the formation of the large body of water.

5. Why its national flag features a black star
The Black Star Line was a shipping company established by the Pan-African intellectual and thinker, Marcus Garvey. Garvey, who had been born in Jamaica, established the shipping line in 1919 to facilitate the return of African-Americans and other members of the African diaspora to Africa, but the company collapsed in 1922. In homage to Garvey and his vision, Ghana placed a black star on its flag. The nickname of the Ghanaian national football team is also the Black Stars.

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A U.S.-based Nigerian heart surgeon, Dr Jonathan Nwiloh, said that he had carried out free heart surgeries for no fewer than 200 indigent Nigerians in need of life-saving interventions.

Nwiloh told the News Agency of Nigeria that the open heart surgeries were carried out through his foundation, Joe Nwiloh Heart Foundation, in the last 15 years.

The Nigerian founder of the foundation said that he had a passion to help advance the field of cardiovascular surgery in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.


He said: “Over the last 15 years since reintroducing open heart surgery in Nigeria, I have been performing free open heart surgeries for indigents who were otherwise doomed to untimely death without these life-saving surgeries.

“We have performed free heart surgeries to more than 200 indigents and also trained hundreds on emergency cardiovascular resuscitation for cardiac arrest victims,’’ he said.

According to World Health Organisation, cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide while in Africa, it is second to HIV and AIDS and projected to become the overall number one killer over the next decade.

Nwiloh said that because more than 70 per cent of the populations of sub-Saharan Africa live below poverty level, majority of patients needing this life-saving modern surgery do not have access and often die prematurely.

“Joe Nwiloh Heart Foundation was founded to help tackle some of these societal challenges, which we have been championing over the last 15 years.

“To extend the benefits to more people, we are trying to form partnerships and solicit support for expansion of our various programmes to transform more lives,’’ he said.

He explained that the foundation had partnered the Federal Government and several state Governments, including Lagos, Kaduna State and Anambra since 2003, when Nigeria was in dire need.

“More than 15 years ago, I reintroduced the practice of open heart surgery in Nigeria after the only programme at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nsukka, shut down over a decade earlier

“I subsequently helped to establish several heart surgery programmes after demonstrating that it could be performed safely in Nigeria with acceptable outcomes leading to its proliferation across the country.

“This led to my partnership with Anambra Government under then Gov. Peter Obi, with the establishment of Dr Joe Nwiloh Heart Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Adazi.

“The hospital is presently the only heart surgery programme in the whole South-East and South-South geo-political zones outside of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital,                                Enugu.

“We are starting in Nigeria but intend to extend the training to other countries in sub Saharan Africa; we are also forming partnerships with other Nigerian and international non-governmental organizations,’’ he said.

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No fewer than 42 people have been reported killed by cholera, acute watery diarrhea (AWD), in war-torn Somalia since December 2017,

The country which has also been battling hunger and malnutrition is in dire following the outbreak of cholera.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said in its latest report on the AWD/cholera that the Somalians health ministry also announced 29 new cases of cholera between Sept. 24 and 30.

It said that 45 per cent of the new cases involved five years old and below.

The cumulative total of cases is 6,423, including 42 associated deaths, since the beginning of the current outbreak in December 2017.

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease, usually spread by contaminated water and food, and can cause severe diarrhea that, in extreme cases, can lead to fatal dehydration and kidney failure within hours.

According to WHO, there has been a downward trend in newly reported cases over the past six weeks.

The UN health agency has called for robust investments in Somalia’s fragile health care infrastructure as a means to accelerate the country’s reconstruction after two and a half decades of civil strife.

WHO, which has been training health workers in Somalia to help cope with the diseases, also urged greater investments in surveillance infrastructure to enhance timely response to disease outbreaks in Somalia.

(NAN)

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The Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the recent violent clashes in Kogi state has identified 115 persons responsible for the violence.

Violent clashes recently engulfed Dekina, Omala and Bassa Local Government areas of Kogi State.

The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Josiah Mejabi, said while presenting its report to Gov. Yahaya Bello on Thursday evening in Lokoja, though he did not disclose the identities of the persons.

He, however, told the governor that the bloody clashes which left several people dead in Orokwo and Orokwo Bassa communities in Bassa Local Government communities in May this year involved Igala and Bassa tribes.

He also said that the violent crises that occurred in Ogane-Nigwu, Iyade, Ojuwo Ajimadi, Agbenema-Ife and Agabifor in Dekina and Omala local government areas were caused by herdsmen and farmers.

Mejabi said that the commission was able to establish those during its visits and public hearings into the crises.

He urged government to prevail on the warring factions to maintain the status quo pending the time it would issue a white paper on the report.

The commission also advised government to assist victims of the violent clashes in all the affected communities to enable them to start life afresh.

Receiving the report, Bello promised to ensure justice by bringing the perpetrators to book.

The governor promised not to play politics with the report of the commission, saying that government would continue to ensure security of lives and property of citizens at all times.

In his statement he said;

“We will hunt you down, we will come after you, you may be able to run but you cannot hide, we will smoke you out.

“We won’t play politics with the lives of the people,” he said.

The State Security Adviser, Navy Cmdr Jerry Omodara (rtd), also called on the Nigerian Navy to establish an outpost at Nkende to further enhance the security in the area.

He promised that the recommendations of the commission would be implemented to bring a lasting peace to the affected communities.

Omodara expressed regret that in spite of spirited efforts by government, violent clashes still persisted in Bassa Local Government.

(NAN)

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Two men from Tennessee, U.S. has been accused of raping a 9-month-old girl and filming the dreadful act, were both indicted onTuesday on multiple charges.

Isiah Dequan Hayes, 19, and Daireus Jumare Ice, 22, are both charged with aggravated rape of a child and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, FOX13 Memphis reported.

The alleged attack was reported to the police in October 2016 after the girl’s mother reported finding a cellphone video allegedly showing Hayes performing a sexual act on the baby.

She was able to identify Hayes through Facebook and turned the information over to police, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Ice filmed the video.

Police identified Hayes and arrested him in February. Authorities said he admitted to committing the sexual assault.

Both men are currently being held in the Shelby County jail.

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More than 100,000 Nigerian children suffer from Cerebral malaria annually, Dr Ovo Samiel at the General Hospital, Ughelli, has said.

Ovo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the disease could lead to other sicknesses if not promptly treated.

The medical expert said Malaria was a mosquito-borne parasitic infection usually spread by Anopheles mosquitoes.

He explained that, "The Plasmodium parasite that causes the sickness is neither a virus nor a bacterium but is a single-celled parasite that multiplies in red blood cells of humans as well as in the mosquito intestine".

He further stated that, ‘’Sweating usually occur few weeks after being bitten by Anopheles mosquitoes as well as sore throat as symptoms of the disease.

“But the most common symptoms of malaria are headache, fast heart rate, or pallor, “he said.

He, however, advised parents to treat children infected with the disease at the right time to avoid other complications.

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The Management of School of the Blind, Jabi, FCT, has solicited the support of government for improved funding to ensure academic excellence of the visually impaired pupils.


Mrs Regina Dung, Head Teacher of the school, made the appeal in Jabi on Thursday during a road walk organised by the Nigerian Optometry Association (NOA), in commemoration of the 2018 World Sight Day with the theme “Universal Eye-care”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Sight Day is commemorated globally every second Thursday of October.

The day was set aside by international communities to draw attention of governments and other stakeholders to the challenges facing the populace in respect to eye care.

The head teacher expressed displeasure that the school was poorly funded considering expectations to be met, as well as the enormous challenges of the pupils.

On some of the challenges impeding quality academic performance in the school, Dung said they include lack of teaching aid, inadequate funding and lack of conducive learning environment

“A book for the regular child goes for N50 while a brail paper for the visually impaired child goes for N3,500.

“The environment is not conducive for the visually impaired people to move around independently; so we solicit for government to come to our aid to improve their learning skills and well-being.

“So, if government is allocating one million naira to regular schools, it should allocate three million to visually impaired schools; this will enhance academic performance.

“Also, 80 per cent of the visually impaired pupils are from poor socio-economic background and cannot afford the cost of these aids.

“Ordinary N5,000 would have prevented majority of them from going blind but due to poor financial status of their parents, they find themselves in this condition,” the head teacher said.

Speaking on behalf of the pupils of the school, Blessing Okon, a visually impaired, commended NOA for counting them worthy to participate in the commemoration.

She, however, noted some of their challenges to include inadequate computers, lack of brail machines and typewriters.

According to her, if these machines are available in the school, it will go a long way to aid their writing skills and capability.

“When I got blind some years ago, I thought all hope of schooling was gone.

“I never knew that being handicapped does not deter anyone from forging ahead academically.

“Though we still lack a lot of facilities in the school but the school has really helped us,” she said.

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The Presidency has dismissed the endorsement given by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to his former lieutenant, Atiku Abubakar as a non-event, saying it was least surprised by Obasanjo’s somersault and U-turn.

In a statement, the President’s SSA media, Garba Shehu said,  "The endorsement in Abeokuta at a press conference was a well-rehearsed theater".

“They will lose together". Listening to the prepared statement of the former President after the meeting showed the usual ego trip and “I know it all” character of Chief Obasanjo”, Shehu said.

“In the first place, we dare to say that a pompous statement from the former President advising Nigerians on a vote against President Buhari is the best recommendation that can come at this time.

“It also betrayed a lack of understanding of today’s politics which is about good governance.

“The country voted for change in 2015 and a leader that ensures good governance which only President Buhari and the APC can provide.

“Bent on these laudable goals, we will not allow ourselves to be distracted.

“We are busy on various national issues including the restructuring and the diversification of the economy, fighting corruption, terrorism and other threats to national security; increasing the availability of electric power, improving education, health, and providing long-delayed infrastructure – roads, rail, airports and so forth.

“Many governments have come and gone, but they did not care about some of these projects.

“We were talking about these things for sixteen years under the PDP and nothing was done.

“President Buhari is proud of his record because his achievements are verifiable, while that of the PDP is manifested by the devastating social and economic impact of large scale corruption during their governance.

“The President will not relent in the war against corruption because the ordinary people are the ultimate victims if we surrender to corruption and let its perpetrators go unpunished.

“Abandoning the war against corruption is not an option. President Buhari is in this battle against graft because he cannot allow a few, rapacious, and selfish class of the elite to divert the resources meant for the well-being of the ordinary people to their private pockets.

“Nigerians trust President Buhari in this effort because they are convinced he is not in government for personal financial benefits, or for an ego trip. It is just eleven years ago that the former President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused each other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to forget all that”.


(NAN)

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A businessman, Edirin Oghenejode, who allegedly assaulted his wife was on Thursday released on N1 million bail by the orders of an FCT High Court in Apo.

Oghenejode resides at No. 579 Gidado Idris Street Wuye District, Abuja.

The prosecutor, Mr Fidelis Ogbobe, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec.30, 2017.
He said that the defendant battered his wife, one Mrs Ule Oghenejode, of the same address.

“The defendant intentionally inflicted physical injury on his wife’s right eye,” he said.

Ogbobe also said that the defendant deliberately abandoned his wife and son without any means of subsistence.

The offence contravened Sections 19 and 16 of the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015.

Counsel to the defendant, Mr Adurobu Anthony, applied for the bail of the defendant, stating that he was granted administrative bail and had not defaulted in anyway and would abide by the conditions.

Justice Valentina Ashi, granted bail to Oghenejode after he pleaded not guilty to a two- count- charge of battery and inflicting physical injury on his wife.

Ashi, who announced the bail condition, also ordered the defendant to produce one surety in like sum and that the surety must be a civil servant of Grade level 9 residing in the FCT.

He advised the defendant to settle with his wife and adjourned the case until Dec. 6 for hearing.


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