SEE FAKE BLIND BEGGAR WHO MAKES 8,000 DAILY

A fake beggar identified as  Abdullahi Abbas was apprehended in Ikorodu area of Lagos State yesterday.
 

Abdullahi, 37, who usually disguised as a visually impaired beggar, led by a 12-year-old boy (names withheld) begging for alms at First Gate and Odogunyan area of Ikorodu was captured. 

Unfortunately for the beggar and his accomplices, mother luck ran out on them as a curious female resident, Adeoye Baliks, engaged the pair in a conversation and discovered the ruse. Abdullahi and his aid were said to be well patronised in the axis until the Baliks raised the alarm. 
According to an eyewitness, both were said to have confessed they realised between N5,500 and N8,000 daily, depending on the patronage. It was learned that after several beatings, Abdulahi, an indigen of Oyo State confessed that he belonged to a team of beggars, who feigned visual impairment and operate in areas like Ikorodu, Oshodi, Iyana-ipaja and Abule-Egba. 
Another resident, simply identified as David Oyesile, said both were found with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of money and it was learned that a substance was usually rubbed on Abdulahi’s face as he uses a walking stick, led by the teenager. 
The scene attracted huge crowd, who almost took the law into their hands but all thanks for the timely arrival of a local vigilante team in Ikorodu, Onyabo Vigilante Group, who prevented a mob action and handed over the pair to Police at Sagamu Road Division.

SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT APOLOGISES TO NIGERIA GOVERNMENT

The Saudi Arabian government has apologized to the government and people of Nigeria over the brutalization of two Nasarawa State Pilgrims by Customs officials at Prince Muhammad Bn Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah on Wednesday. 
Audu Muhammad and Ibrahim Godi were said to have been brutalized by two customs officers shortly after their arrival from Abuja. 

According to the Secretary of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bello Tambuwal, the two pilgrims were called aside by the Customs officers “after they had passed through all the necessary checks earlier and they became apprehensive and refused to follow the officials which led to their being brutalized”. 

Dr. Tambuwal said after they were mistreated, he personally took the two pilgrims to two different hospitals, one run by Nigeria’s National Medical Team and the other by the Saudi government. 

“The Saudi’s also offered to foot the medical bill of the two pilgrims,” he said. The Deputy Governor of Madinah, Wahid Asahin, on Monday visited the pilgrims’ Hotel, Riyad Al Zahra, in the Markaziya area of Madinah to personally convey the apologies of the Saudi Arabian authorities over the matter. 
Mr. Asahin described the incident as regrettable. Speaking through the Deputy Minister for Hajj Affairs, Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Bijawi, the deputy governor assured Nigerian officials that “such incidence will not occur again” adding that disciplinary measures were already being taken against two officials involved in the incident. 

The deputy governor visited the pilgrims in their hotel rooms and presented some gifts to them.

Rod of Correction Trained My Children-Pastor Bakare

In a recent interview granted by pastor Bakare of Later Rain Assembly where he disclose his style of fatherhood,  he said that he used the rod of correction to train his children. 

Can you recall your most memorable experience as a father?
The first day I held my first child in my hands after she was delivered; I will never forget. That was the first time I was holding my biological child in my hands – that is an unforgettable moment. That experience happened to me five times and each one remains a delight. There is nothing like being able to look in the eyes of a little child and see that you are holding in your hands a letter you are writing and sending to a future you may not see. Because, whether we like it or not, wherever these children go, they carry not just our DNA in them, but also our name. It requires also the responsibility not to derail them. These children look up to us (parents) as their hero because we are the first world they are encountering. This is why the greatest gift a father can give his daughter or his son is to love their mother.

What unique things did you do as a father?
If you mention changing diapers, I recall that I did that several times with joy. I remember that for my first daughter, my lower lip was her greatest pacifier. She refused to take the natural pacifier. But once I offered her my lip, she would lick and suck it. Up till today, she calls me her pacifier, but not my lip though. She is married. She only used my lip as pacifier when she was under one year.
How would you say fatherhood has changed you?
I think I grew into it, I learnt on the job. My father died when I was two plus but my mother poured herself into me. I was single-handedly raised by a widow and I was an only son between my father and mother. I learnt what it means to be a father and mother at the same time. Fatherhood is an awesome responsibility. Today, I joke with my children, I say a father is a banker produced by nature. He is a permanent automated teller machine, but I’m looking forward to them taking care of me in my old age, not now though. Honestly, there is nothing like a home where both parents know their duties, responsibilities and obligations towards their children. Children raised in a stable environment hardly mix with wrong crowd or become victims of peer pressure.
What would you have loved to do differently?
My first daughter told me a secret. She said when she was much younger, whenever I was about to say goodbye to her before embarking on a trip, she would pretend as if she was asleep. She kept wondering why I had to embark on international ministry –related trips all the time then. She felt I was always travelling. She held it against me for a while until a time came when they (she and her siblings) were in America and Britain for their education and they saw how bills were being paid promptly. I had stored up and set aside enough resources for them over the years. They then realised that it was hard work I was doing for their future. But back to your question, if I had my way, I would reduce my trips, which I’ve done considerably now and stay more with my family because one must never succeed in ministry at the expense of one’s family. I thank God that I realised that early; not losing one’s family and gaining the whole world.
Some African fathers prefer the boy child to the girl child. What is your view on this?
My wife would answer that question. I wanted all my five children to be girls. I see how female children take care of their father. When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I told her the Lord revealed to me we would have five children. God answered my prayer twice and answered her prayer thrice. She won. She has three boys and I have two girls.
You mean you wanted all your children to be female?
Yes, to be honest with you, I did.
Are you the type of father that influences his children’s career choices?
I didn’t influence their careers; I created an enabling environment for them. I never dictated to them what to study. We (my wife and I) ensured that we created an enabling environment, gave them the exposure they needed, took them to the best schools within and outside the country. Based on their patterns, they each chose the course they wanted to study.
My first daughter is a pan Africanist; she attended Emory University where she studied political science. She also attended the School of Oriental and African Studies, she majored in African history. She wants to be a lecturer and professor.  My second daughter is an interior architect; she has a master’s degree in interior architecture. My first son is a communications director, while my second son is an information technology guru, he also studied in London. My last child who just graduated studied political studies.
Are any of your children following in your footsteps in ministry?
My first son is the media director for the Latter Rain Assembly. He is one of the people responsible for all we do in the media.
Would you have loved your children to be pastors?
They will all serve God in different ways; we don’t all have to be pastors. No one compelled me to do what I’m doing, God called me.  I won’t force them into it.
How do you balance being a father, pastor and political figure?
God’s grace is sufficient to do everything he has called you to do. I thank God for grace to do all I’m doing. My children know that once I enter the house that is home moment, family moment – a time I don’t joke with. Everything I’ve done in life has involved my children. I have never done anything that they are not part of. They always know the reason for which I do whatever I do. If what I’m doing is not good for my children, I don’t do it.
While your children were growing, were you strict on how you gave them money?
I was extremely conservative; I was raised to have value for money. My children don’t have an entitlement mentality. They know one has to work hard to succeed in life.
Can you remember the lowest money you gave any of them?
I can give you a clear example. My daughter was in final year in secondary school. She did so well in her studies and was excited about her graduation party. She told me she needed a pair of shoes, bag and gown. I asked her how much she would need to purchase the items; I think she said N50,000 or so. I told her she deserved more than that. I told her to come take N100,000. I put it on the table, she took it and said, ‘thank you daddy.’ As she was about to step out, I asked her to return the money. I told her she should wear what she had at home. I explained to her that she had nice clothes and shoes and that if she started to buy clothes and shoes for every occasion, she would ruin herself in future. Today, that lesson has become an asset to her. My children never spend money anyhow.
How do you discipline your children?
First and foremost, I correct them verbally. If they repeat the same thing a second time, they are corrected with a rod of correction not a rod of vexation. I don’t slap them. My wife has two canes by her bed side called rods of correction – a long and short one. When a child misbehaves, he or she will say how many strokes of cane he or she should receive. After the child is flogged, he or she says thank you sir and ma. I have never slapped my children. The Bible talks about rod of correction.
How tough was the task of raising children?
I am grateful to two women who made the task easy, my wife who turned her back on her banking career to stay with our kids and the second person is my mother. She ensured her values were communicated to them. God helped us. It is a miracle to raise a proper child because of peer pressure. A child you do not train properly will sell the houses you are building. Fatherhood is an awesome responsibility. If you can’t raise a child; don’t bring them into the world. And the responsibility of training children shouldn’t be passed to mothers. Fathers should train their children.  The role a father plays in the life of a child is different from a mother’s role. I’m pained when I see homes without fathers.
Do you help your wife with house chores?
We have cooks and stewards to assist. But when we were much younger, I used to assist her with chores. I got into the bathroom one day and saw that she had soaked her underwear waiting for me to finish having my bath. Before she got into the bathroom, I washed everything for her. If she can help me with mine, why shouldn’t I help with hers?
How do you spoil her?                     
After I proposed to my wife, another man was also interested in her. One day, I went to her house on foot while the other man drove to her house in a Mercedes Benz, but she still chose me. On one of my trips to Germany, I bought her a Mercedes Benz. I personalised the number plate for her and presented it to her. I told her I appreciated her accepting me when I had no car.
You have been married for a long time. What is the secret of a successful marriage?
To be honest with you, I have not been married for a long time. Our marriage is only 33 years, it is short. I married my wife when I was 30. I told her I would be with her for 60 years and then leave the planet and tell her to continue (smiles). But the secret to having a successful marriage is mutual respect, trustful give and take and understanding of each other’s needs. Marriage is not man’s idea. It is God’s idea.

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RCCG Bans ‘Aso Ebi’

​The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has banned popular wedding uniform outfit, popularly known as Aso ebi.

Petty lies, usually told at wedding engagement ceremony, has also been declared ungodly and banned forthwith.
Wife of the General Overseer of the church and Mother-in-Isreal, Pastor Folu Adeboye made these known on Saturday at the women’s meeting, which was a part of the activities of the 65th annual convention of the church themed “Halleluyah”.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, she stated at the meeting that compelling members of the church to participate in Aso ebi during special programmes in local assemblies was ungodly.

The news that some members of the church without financial power to buy such uniforms, were excluded from the programmes for which the uniforms were sown, was seriously repudiated by the church leadership.

She noted that Aso ebi which should ordinarily be for the family, must not be elevated to the point of making it to overshadow the spiritual life of the congregants.

She warned that such un-Christianly act of keeping church members out of programmes because of Aso ebi, must never be heard again among the women in the church, adding that those caught would be severely sanctioned.

She stated that the concept of appearing in compulsory uniformed attire for an occasion started with the world and should not be allowed to take a firm space in the church.

She also frowned on the idea of what is seen as petty lies during Christian wedding engagement, where those conducting such events would have to engage in lies to make money from the attendees.

Pastor Adeboye explained that with God, there is no white or black lie, small or big lie, stating that when attendees are asked to bring air fare to fly in, an item already provided for at the event venue, those involved are simply engaging in ungodly act which is a sin.

She called for moderation among Christian women, saying that their focus should be bringing halleluyah and spirituality into their homes and not engaging in the ungodly acts of the unbelievers.

ASUU Threatens Indefinite Strike

Sequel to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ grievance on the failure of the federal government fulfil her 2009 agreement and 2013 memorandum of understanding(MoU), an indefinte strike has been assumed due to the nationwide referendum conducted on August 10,2017.

 The result of the referendum conducted in University of Ibadan shows that majority of the staffs are in support of the indefinite strike. In a discussion with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, about the looming strike, he said,
    “Branches of ASUU Nationwide apparently conducted a referendum yesterday on some of their outstanding grievances with the Federal Government. I learnt that in UI, majority voted overwhelmingly for a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike. ASUU National EXCO will meet over the weekend to collate the ballots from various branches. We pray for a divine intervention as it seems that’s the only thing now that can still possibly prevent a complete shutdown of the various campuses as from next week. We have our fingers crossed”.
The academic calendar of the institution for the 2016/2017 session has also been affected in advance with the looming strike action.  The Vice chancellor expressed his displeasure against the forces that seem unstoppable. He plaintively responded that students would bear the brunt if such happens by going back home.
    “We don’t know as yet. I just want my boys and girls in Pharmacy to be allowed to complete their First Semester Exams. Obviously, if there is an indefinite strike, Students would bear the brunt by going back home while the already truncated calendar is thrown into a further state of disequilibrium. This hurts me personally but what can one do.”

 Most students of the University of Ibadan are of the opinion that there shouldn’t be any strike action because of the effect on the school calendar. 

University of Ibadan Makes Top 10 in Ranking

The latest 2017 African University ranking according to webometrics has South African institutions leading the list of Top Universities in Africa.


Since 2004, the Ranking Web (or Webometrics Ranking) is published twice a year (data is collected during the first weeks of January and July for being public at the end of both months), covering more than 20,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

Webometrics intend to motivate both institutions and scholars to have a web presence that reflect accurately their activities.

Below is the latest ranking of top universities in Africa from number 1 to 20
    University of Cape Town

    University of the Witwatersrand

    Stellenbosch University

    University of Pretoria

    University of Kwazulu Natal

    Cairo University

    University of the Western Cape

    University of Johannesburg

    University of Ibadan

    Alexandria University

    Rhodes University

    North West University

    American University in Cairo

    University of South Africa

    Mansoura University

    Makerere University

    Ain Shams University

    University of the Free State

    Moi University

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
The Webometrics Rank of a university is strongly linked to the volume and quality of the contents it publishes on the Web. Such contents should be originated by the faculty and other members of the university or by special agreement with external authors. It is not fair to use external contents for improving the rank of the university.

Glo Declares Free Data Day

Nigerian telecommunication giant, Globacom has declared Friday, 11th August 2017, as the first Free Data Day on its network.

According to a  statement from the telecommunications, this is keeping up with the company’s promise of the Free Data Day package which was launched recently, adding that eligible subscribers will get 200 MB free data to enjoy a free day of FREE browsing, chatting, streaming, downloading, uploading and lots more.

Glo subscriber should use 100MB plus N150 on voice calls or N250 on voice calls to qualify for the data largesse.

At the launch of the product, Globacom explained that it is open to all prepaid subscribers, adding that Free Data Day gives Glo customers free data for one whole day when they meet the voice and/or data usage threshold within seven days.

YOU’RE STILL TOO YOUNG TO RUN-TIJANI OLUWAMAYOWA

Contrary to the jubilation that sprang up having gotten over a hundred YES by the Senate for the #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN campaign, a critical and creative Tijani has called the attention of the young ones basking in the euphoria of their new achievement to calm down as they are still too young to run a political race.


He has this to say…
This is in no way to burst your bubble, or throw a spanner into your raging wheel, but my friends, we are still too young to run. After The senate voted by a landslide that it is finally time for Nigerian youths to try out a place at the helm, my contemporaries have taken to Twitter, Facebook and most especially WhatsApp in wild jubilations of “the best thing to happen in Nigeria this month — after The Jollof Anthem”.
But my critical mind wants to scream; “guys calm down!” We just crossed two of ten hurdles in this 110 metres hurdle race. Its not time to celebrate. Don’t get distracted.
For that constitution review to be binding, it must be approved by House of representatives and 24 state assemblies. Did you hear that? 24 state assemblies. Some also argue that presidential assent is needed, others say its unnecessary, but what do I know? Whatever the case, we can get PMB or PYO to sign it.
Back to House of Reps and 24 state assemblies; The review says at 25, you can run for to occupy any of the seats in your state assembly and also at the national level. This means, someone like me can unseat Honourable Akintayo Gafaru, and one of my friends and age mate can replace Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila in 2019.
It will be more difficult for Reps, whose seats will be endangered by this bill to pass the same. I foresee the House or Reps mounting a strong opposition, despite Dogara’s favourable disposition.
When we scale the hurdle at the House of Reps, we now have to convince at least 24 state assemblies that they will not be signing their exit  forms by approving that bill. If you ask me, they will be signing exit forms by approving the bill. I believe many young Nigerians are ready to occupy their state assemblies. This bill is a bigger threat to state assemblies than it is to the senate or presidency; hence, this will be a difficult hurdle to cross.
I understand that 54 respected and registered NGOs across the country are pushing this, and they will go any legal length to get it to sail through. I want this bill to fly and I will do what I can to see that happen, but I understand the reality and challenges. 
The journey to convincing state assemblies that 25-year-olds can seat in those chambers and legislate Nigeria’s progress is the major hurdle to beat. Until we get the House of Reps to say yes and 24 state assemblies to append their approval, we are still too young to run!

MEET THE NEWEST COUPLE TO BE

Nigerian R n B Singer @bankywellington took to his social media page to announce his love for @etomiadesuwa who is an actress.

It should be recalled that the duo were the main character in the multi-million movie, the wedding party.

After featuring in the movie, several people has assumed a relationship between the two but it was debunked.

It is our pleasure to wish this two new love birds greater things ahead as they have decided to go on this journey together.

Ex-BBNaija Receives Ambassadorial Appointment From IMO State.

BBNaija ex-house mate Uriel was appointed by the IMO state governor as the Ambassador for IMO State carnival.
According to the Governor, Uriel made him and the entire state proud while she was in the Big Brother House.

 

“Welcome back home and thank you very much for making us proud and I hereby appoint you officially this morning as the Ambassador for the carnival, God bless you”.