See the Christ Embassy Pastor Over 4 Abortions Mess, the victim narrates her ordeal

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The police at Area M Idimu Command have finally arrested the serving minister at Believers World Ministry popularly known as Christ Embassy church, Rev. Sunday Olisa in connection with the alleged sexual molestation of his house maid which resulted in four pregnancies and abortions.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the arrest followed a pain-staking tracking of Olisa by the police team led by the Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Austines Akika on Wednesday.

Our correspondent gathered that following report by P.M.EXPRESS, Akika mobilized and led the operation and Olisa was eventually arrested in a hideout in Isolo, Lagos.

Olisa was said to have sneaked into the Hospital where the victim was receiving treatment and wanted to pay the bill and take the victim away before he was arrested on a tip off.

P.M.EXPRESS reported that the 16-year old orphan (name withheld) was lying critically ill with heavy bleeding coming from her private after she was induced with uncompleted abortion by his benefactor who is a minister at Christ Embassy Church Egbe branch in, Lagos.

The incident happened at 6 Dolamo street in Agodo Egbe in Ikotun area where the pastor, Sunday Olisa reside with the victim and family.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the police at Area M Idimu Command have started manhunt for the cleric after he reportedly escaped mob action from the residents over the incident.

The victim who was in a hospital bed narrated how ordeal to P.M.EXPRESS how he started living with Olisa through her uncle, George Aguba.

She said her Mother was from Mali and married her father who was from Kwale in Delta State and had three Children.

She narrated that her parents died when she was 10 and their uncle planned to take them back to Kwale before Olisa offered to assist and took her to his house.

She said ” when i was 10, Olisa will call me inside his bedroom where nobody was around and drugged me and raped me severally and after the drug clear and I wake up, I will discover that my private was wet”.

She said that had continued and when he attempted to report to the leaders of the church, they shut her up and told her to endure and do not complain because Olisa was sponsoring her education.

He said Olisa have taken her to different hospitals whenever he impregnated her and it has been like for the past six years.

She said she was frustrated and her movement regimented and was not allowed to meet her relations including her uncle, George.

On why he was in the hospital, the helpless victim, said Olisa impregnated her and wanted to cover it up and took her to a doctor where they carried out an abortion and brought her home.

She said after the abortion which was the 4th, she started having heavy bleed and she became afraid and came out from and street and raised alarm before he collapsed and taken to a Hospital where the doctors have been battling to save her life.

She said the doctor said the abortion was not completed which caused the heavy bleeding coming from her private.

She said she does not know how fate if she survive and discharged from the Hospital because he has no contact again with his uncle who did not know what she was passing through.

When our reporter went to the resident where Olisa lives, the residents confirmed the incident and rained curses on Olisa.

At the area M. Command who is handling the matter, the Area Commander, ACP Austines Akika was not around to comment on the matter.

However, Police sources confirmed the incident and told P.M.EXPRESS that the matter is being investigated by a team of Police led by Female DSP Agatha.

P.M.EXPRESS gathered that there is no officials response from the Church but some of the members expressed shock over the matter and was helping the police investigation.

Credit Pm Express

Nigerian trafficked girl into prostitution recounts her ordeal in an asylum home in Italy (pic)

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Mary looking confused about her future

Mary, 18, from Benin City in Nigeria, cries on a dormitory bed in the safe house where she now lives, on the outskirts of Taormina in Sicily.

The safe house, run by the Penelope Association, provides shelter for women and girls who were trafficked for sexual purposes.

Mary left home at the age of 17 to work in Italy, to escape a life with no prospects but was tricked by traffickers into prostitution.

She was raped by a trafficker during her journey and, on reaching Italy, confessed to the authorities that knew she was going to be used in the sex trade, giving them the opportunity to remove her from the prostitution ring.

“There is no hope in Nigeria,” Mary said, “I suffered a lot there, I don’t have anyone to help me. I couldn’t go to school. My father is dead to me, I have no siblings, so I had to work as a house girl looking after a woman’s babies and cleaning her house. I was so frustrated and didn’t know what to do, and my friend said I should go to Europe. I don’t have anyone to rely on in Nigeria, and I decided to go.

“Though my country is sweet and I love it, I suffered too much. There was no future there for me. A woman said she would help me and send me to Europe and she introduced me to a man, his name is Ben, who she said could help me. Ben said he knew people who had restaurants to put me to work in. For the moment, he said he would pay my expenses.

“The next day, the man called me to his house.” Mary says. “There were lots of boys and girls there. He said to all of us, if we made it to Europe, we all had to each pay €25,000. Some people said no, but I said that was okay.”

“Then he took us to a place they do juju.”

“We had to swear to an old woman –a sorcerer– that we wouldn’t run.” Mary explains.

“So, on March 17, I left for Libya. That place is very, very bad. They treated us so bad –everything Ben –, the man who took us, said – that we would be treated well, and that we would be safe, – it was all wrong. It was a lie.

When we were there, we were trapped first in Gharyan. For three months we were there, and a lot of the girls were raped.” Mary remembers: “That man, Ben, took two of us girls one night. He gave the other girl to an Arab man, and he said to me if I didn’t sleep with him, he would give me to Arab [sic] and not bring me to Europe. He raped me.

“I didn’t have a phone, so I couldn’t reach anyone in Nigeria. There was no way out. One day, Brigette, a woman that was a connection woman that worked with the man, took me to Tripoli for a month. She wouldn’t let me or the other girls out of the house because she said we would run.

“From there we were taken to Sabratha, though everyone calls it ‘Seaside’, because that’s where they push the girls to Italy on the sea.” Mary said: “We were there for months, and that place is so very bad and dangerous. I was begging for them to feed us. All these Arabs, the Libyan men, they come and if they see a boy, they make him work for them. If they see a girl, they rape her. I wanted to get away but I couldn’t – I had no money, no phone. I didn’t even know where I was to escape.”

“I had to stay until they called me to go on the boat. We went to sea and on August 11, 2016, we were rescued by [the] Italian coast guard. I was friends with a girl who had been deported and was making the journey for a second time, and she told me we were going to be used as prostitutes, and that I should not talk to the madams and that I had to stay inside the camp the Italians would put us in.

“I was thinking, ‘I’m not going to work with my body, I don’t want to sell it. Since I was a little girl, I hated prostitution.” Mary said.

“When we arrived at shore [sic], a white woman, Gilda, who was a lawyer, talked to me. I told her I owed a man named Ben money, and I was taken from the camp and put into a safe house.

“Now the people who paid for my trip are saying to my mother it’s time for money,” Mary said softly. “They say I have run away, and that they paid for my trip and I owe them. They say that if I don’t pay, they will put a curse on me to make me be deported.”

“Two weeks ago, they came to my mother’s place and handcuffed her. They took her to a house and threatened her. They said they would do something very bad to her if I don’t send money.” Mary says, her voice breaking.

“So now when she calls me I don’t know what to say, so I have to shut my phone off. I’m so sad, under so much pressure, and I’m so tired. I don’t know what to do.”

“I’m waiting for my documents, and then I can work, and everyone says I have to be patient. And my mother has to be patient, but it’s hard.” she said. “I can’t go stand on the side of the road in the name of money,” she says, her voice rising, “I have a future. Standing there, selling myself would destroy my life. My dignity. Everything. I would prefer to beg than do that.”

“What would I tell my children?” she asks. “How could I look in the eyes of a good man? Who would marry a prostitute?”

“What I’m passing through right now is so big, so serious, I see myself as a grown up,” she continues, “I missed ever being a child.

“I have been inside here for so long,” she says crying. “Always inside. I’m so very lonely. The other girls play with me sometimes, but not with heart. Everyone here has short tempers, they all have their own problems, and fights happen easily. I don’t want to get hurt again, so I stay in my room. I use my phone, I sleep a lot and sometimes I cry in there. I don’t have any friends. I have no one.

“I just want to be happy, I just want to be free.” she continues, struggling to talk while sobbing, “I want it to be over, even just for one day. I need a peaceful place, and to feel the beautiful world. Sometimes I feel like giving up. I feel abandoned, and rejected. I try to be strong, but sometimes I lose that, and I can’t sleep or eat.

“I don’t know when I will go to the [asylum] commission to do my interview, but I don’t know anything. Everyone says wait, wait, wait. I just feel more confused though. I feel like no one is working on my case, it’s like they don’t think I exist. We get food every day, and that’s all. I can only pray that something changes.

“Even in Nigeria, I thought my life would be better, but I’m still in a prison.” Mary says, “I feel like I’m going to be in one place forever. This room. I’ve been abandoned here. I can’t talk to the girls here. I can’t tell them what’s inside of me, and it makes me feel so old. I’m so confused. I can’t focus. I just want to be free.

“I have to believe it’s just a matter of time. One day I will have my documents, I will have an education, I will have work,” she says. “My dream is to become a lawyer, to be able to help people. I want to give justice to the girls that [sic] have to use their bodies for work.”

Girls and young women are trafficked to Italy under the promise of work as cleaners or maids. However, after making the perilous trip, they are forced into prostitution in illegal brothels, or on the side of the road.

Credit Daily trust

This boy is smarter than you

A female class teacher was having a problem with a boy in her class in Primary 3.

The boy said, “Madam, I should be in Primary 4.

I am smarter than my sister and she’s in Primary 4”.

 

The Madam had heard enough and took the boy to the principal.

The principal decided to test the boy with some questions from Primary 4.

 

Principal: What is 3+3?

 

Boy: 6.

 

Principal: 6+6.

 

Boy: 12.

 

The boy got all the questions right.

The principal told the Madam to send the boy to Primary 4 immediately.

 

The Madam decided to ask her own questions and the principal agreed.

 

Madam: What does a cow have 4 of that I have only 2?

 

Boy: Legs.

 

Madam: What is in your trousers that I don’t have?

 

Boy: Pockets.

 

Madam: What starts wit a C and ends with T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin, whitish liquid?

 

Boy: Coconut.

 

Madam: What goes in hard and then comes out soft and sticky?

 

*The principal’s eyes opened really wide, but before he could stop the answer, the boy was taking charge*

 

Boy: Bubble gum.

 

Madam: You stick your pole inside me. You tie me down to get me up, I get wet before you do.

 

Boy: Tent.

 

*The principal was looking restless*

 

Madam: A finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you are bored. The best man always has me first?.

 

Boy: Wedding ring.

 

Madam: I come in many sizes. When I’m not well, I Drip. When you blow me, you feel good?

 

Boy: Nose.

 

Madam: I have a stiff shaft. My tip penetrates, I come with a quiver.

 

Boy: Arrow.

 

Principal: O MY GOD.

 

Madam: What starts with ‘F’ and ends wit a ‘K’ and if you don’t get it, you’ve to use your hand?

 

Boy: Fork.

 

Madam: What is it that all men have, it’s longer in some men than others, the Pope doesn’t use his and a man gives it to his wife after marriage?

 

Boy: Surname.

 

Principal: Chinekeme!!.

 

Madam: What part of the man has no bone but has muscles with a lot of veins like pumpkin and is responsible for making love?

 

Boy: Heart.

 

Principal: Eeeeeh!!.. The principal breathed a sigh of relief and said to the Madam,

“Send this BLOODY boy to the university…

Even I myself got all the answers wrong!”

Of course, I know most of you had different answers.

However, the boy was smarter than you.

OGBENI GOMINA @ 60: IN IJESALAND; THE DRUM IS SILENT! PULPITS, TOWN, AND GOWN REFUSE TO DANCE!!

By Bobaseye Akinyemi Olusegun Fasakin!

“If there be any in this assembly,

 Any dear friend of Caesar’s,

To him I say, that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his.

 If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar,

This is my answer: —

” Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” -( Brutus at the funeral of Julius Caesar)

This is an apt intro into my long epistle. Please read along and be patient for it will sure be for long haul indeed!

I am Ogbeni Aregbesola’s apologist, l am his die-hard supporter at that and l have no hassle to flaunt this. I put everything in me to support him .My support for him even as of old till date amidst his trials and challenges,was never and would never be for pecuniary reward,financial gain or material obsession. Neither is it to attract or curry political office or favour from him or his government ,l stood with Ogbeni believing in him and also believing that his ascension to power as our own son will bring unprecedented development not only to our beloved State of Osun but to ljesaland, particularly ILESA, his hometown visibly.

Please be patient with me my people and let’s go on memory lane first before l go to the heart of my message to you all!

Before Ogbeni’s emergence as the Governor of the State of Osun, occupying the highest political office in Osun State was top of the agenda of our race – THE IJESA, as it had eluded us for almost two decades until Aregbesola’s divine emmergence! And to fulfill this dream, every Ijesa son and daughter both at home and abroad contributed immensely towards achieving this goal. Our paramount ruler, the Owa Obokun Adimula, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran also gave his all, even risked his esteemed stool! He was on sheer mission of having one of his sons govern the state which was created in 1991 by the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, even not minding the price to pay. Out of the 30 local governments in the state, six of these belong to Ijesaland. They are: Ilesa-East, Ilesa-West, Obokun, Oriade, Atakunmosa-East and Atakunmosa-West. Permit me to state that Obokun and Oriade still remain the largest Local Governments followed by Odo-Otin and Ejigbo Local Government. Oriade alone is larger than Boripe, Boluwaduro, Ife North and Egbedore combined!

Although, two indigenes of Ijesa earlier had opportunities of holding the position of Deputy-Governor; it must be noted that even in the old Oyo state where Osun was carved out, Ijesas had a fair share of power as Chief Bola Ige, an indigene of Esa-Oke, a town now in Obokun LG served as the first civilian Governor of the state between 1979 and 1983. Late Ige ruled the state on the platform of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s political machinery, the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

And in Osun, before Ogbeni Aregbesola emerged as the governor in 2010, Prince Adesuyi Hastrup from Ilesa served as the Deputy-Governor to Late Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke of Ede between 1991 and 1993. Adeleke’s tenure which was expected to end in 1995 was brought to an abrupt end by the military regime of General Sani Abacha. Also, in the present political dispensation which kicked off in 1999, another Ijesa indigene, Erelu Olusola Obada from Ibodi in Atakunmosa West emerged as the Deputy-Governor to Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Okuku and they both served from 2003 to 2010. In 1999, two prominent Ijesa sons showed interest in the governorship race. Chief Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa of Erin-Ijesa wanted to govern the state on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Prince Hastrup was intending to fly the banner of defunct All Peoples Party (APP) but both were not presented by their respective parties.

The “Ijesa must be Governor’s Project”, was intensified in 2003 when two Ijesa sons, Tunde Odanye and Femi Alafe-Aluko seriously contested for the position with the then governor, Chief Adebisi Akande of Ila-Orangun on the platform of AD. Then, in the opposition’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), out of the 27 people that came out as governorship aspirants determined to unseat Akande, over 23 of them were of Ijesa extraction. Unfortunately, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola got the ticket while Erelu Obada (an Ijesa lady) who was then a gubernatorial hopeful under the PDP emerged as his running mate.

 In 2007, four prominent sons of Ijesa secured their party’s tickets to contest the gubernatorial election of April 14. They were Tunde Odanye of AD, Yemi Kayode-Adedeji of PPA, Oladipo Akinola of NDP and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on the political platform of Action Congress. These four men battled for Oke-fia Government House with the then incumbent governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola of PDP.

Please, endure my narratives as I am laying foundation to what exactly is bubbling in my innermost chest!

Our determination to produce a governor was on course when Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola emerged. Following his 2005 launch of Oranmiyan Movement and declaration of intent to replace Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the Governor of the State of Osun, Ijesaland witnessed unprecedented thuggery, nefarious violence,serial assault and wanton destructions of lives and properties, sponsored by the proteges of then Governor mindlessly. Ijesaland became embroiled in an orgy of violence unleashed in various towns and villages; across the six Local Governments of Ijesaland, our people were oppressed, assaulted, terrorized, brutalized, dehumanized and humiliated simply because an Ijesaman had the gut to contest for the office of the Governor of Osun State with Oyinlola. We cannot forget even in a hurry, vandalization of vehicles and physical assault of harmless noble persons who took it upon themseleves to attend the get-together lunch organized by Ogbeni’s friends and supporters, to mark his 48th birthday in Ilesa, on May 29, 2005 in spite of the charged atmosphere spoiling for blood.

At the then Ilesa City Stadium ,unarmed supporters of Ogbeni who were majorly ljesa  were attacked by gun-wielding thugs who had backing of Governor Oyinlola, at a Mega Rally, preparatory to the 2007 general elections, held on March 26, 2007. Innocent people were attacked during the rally and injuries inflicted on many. Many Okada riders suffered untold horror; mobile policemen were reportedly machete to death by the hoodlums. Our land was turned into a theatre of brigandage; indiscriminate arrests, killing, assassinations and arson became the order of the day. Life became brutish in the face of political intolerance and bitterness.

However, on April 14, 2007, Governorship Election Day, our people demonstrated unspeakable boldness and determination to effect change with their sufferage, even in the glaring gory face of death. There was widespread deployment of thugs- armed with guns and dangerous weapons- by the party in power to harass innocent voters, hijack ballot boxes, kill and intimidate INEC officials to create rooms for massive rigging during the elections. Across the six local government areas, election was marred by high-level violence as there were shootings and hijacking of ballot boxes. The thugs, were, however, met with stiff resistance in many of the towns including Ibokun, Ilase, Esa Oke, Esa Odo, e.t.c. Voting was glaringly disrupted in Esa Odo, Ilare, Imesi-Ile, Otan Ile, Osu, Ijebu-Ijesa, Ipetu-Ijesa, Erinmo-Ijesa, amongst other places.

The trend of violence against our kinsmen climaxed on that day, with the killing of Gbenga Sogo, a polling agent of the opposition party, in Ilesa. Four electorates in Ibokun, two in Osu and another two in Ifewara were killed by wanton bullets. The electorates put their lives on the line and voted overwhelmingly for Engr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, amidst siege laid by PDP’s gunmen across our local government areas.

To the dismay of the electorates, the incumbent governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was declared as the winner of the election as it was fashionable then. Upon the declaration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the Governor re-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission.Whereas, authentic results of the election showed that Aregbesola won with a very wide margin. This was however changed through Oyinlola’s connivance with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), led by Reverend John Dansu in the state, and Suleimon Fakai, the then state Commissioner of Police. Osun State, most especially the towns and villages in Ijesaland were engulfed in post-election crisis following the fraudulent declaration of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as the winner of the governorship election. Our people felt robbed as they protested against their stolen mandate, several houses were razed and property worth billions of naira destroyed. In a bid to intimidate and pervert the cause of justice, Oyinlola and his cohorts engaged in vindictiveness against the ljesa people

Ijesaland became embroiled in an orgy of violence unleashed in various towns and villages. Armed soldiers were drafted from the Second Mechanised Division, Ibadan, Oyo State, and the Army Regiment Centre, Ede, to lay siege in Ilesa and its environs. In the futile bid to silence our people, trample on their democratic rights and forcibly take away their mandate, the soldiers were ordered to shoot blindly at our people and kill them with no remorse. Acting the script of Olagunsoye Oyinlola, they indeed shot, molested, arrested, harassed, flogged our people and looted their properties; our people were brutally harassed and oppressed by the military all because they massively voted for one of their own in the 2007, April 14th gubernatorial election.

Several of our kinsmen were killed by the soldiers under the supervision of the then General Officer Commanding, Major-General Mohammed Saleh. The soldiers were hurriedly withdrawn when it was becoming an embarrassment to the military authorities to explain the pogrom which their officers and men committed in Ilesa and her environs against our people. Sorrows, tears and blood were left in their trail; the wounds yet to heal. After the withdrawal of the military men from Ilesa, political thugs being led by the chieftains of the party in power with the executive backing of the government, went on to wreak havoc in our towns and villages. The scars of the brutalization and dehumanization are still obvious there on the people who survived.  Chief Ade Komolafe was not lucky to scale this grave moment in our land! We lost him!

Until his gruesome attack, Chief Ade Komolafe was, an industrious son of our land, a frontline industrialist, Chairman of Global Courier firm, DHL Nigeria Limited, a patron of ‘Ijesa Sports Club’ and many social organizations in the State.  With members of his family ,he was on 15th day of November 2009, attacked and beaten to a coma at a filling station in Imo area of Ilesa; Komolafe’s battering were alleged to have been led by a Local Government council official of PDP membership. The government official was said to have attempted to jump the queue but was stopped by the late Komolafe, who had queued up patiently and peacefully to buy fuel. With Apparent feeling of humiliation, the government official let loose, in annoyance, his men and unleashed terror on Komolafe and others. The late Komolafe, his wife and mother-inlaw were beaten up; other motorists suffered the same fate. His Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was among the vehicles damaged by the hoodlums. Chief Komolafe became history from injuries sustained from the attack.

Just in like manner, a 72-year-old man identified as Chief Agboola Obadare died from the head injuries sustained by him when he was attacked and beaten by political hoodlums of the same council official. Information has it that Obadare’s driver, who was assaulted also died. The council official was later invited and detained by the police for his condemnable act; No charges were prefered against him.

As if these were not enough! For merely being  Ogbeni’s admirer, Miss Tosin Ajakaye, aged 17, a Senior Secondary School Student at llesa, was abducted and violently raped by a gang led by a 70 year old PDP chieftain. The innocent girl was raped because she would not do the bidding of the PDP leaders as she stuck to her political belief in a guaranteed future of hope, renewal and democracy which the Governorship Candidate promised and which he’s determined to deliver to our people. According to the narration from her ordeal, she was forcefully taken away from her residence located in the Isokun area by PDP thugs who subsequently subjected her to torture and rape. She was stripped naked and her pubic hairs forcefully shaved and forced down her throat. She was made jest of and hot drink poured into her private part. Her private part were poked with sticks and broken bottle while laughing her to scorn. There is no doubt that the act as narrated by the victim is odious, shocking and horrifying.

Certainly, the girl has been traumatized for life and only a clinically administered psychological care-giving would help her recover from the trauma.

To cap it all, Royal Fathers were not spared in this madness!  Personal and verbal assaults were severely unleashed on quintessential institution and symbol of the entire Ijesa nationhood.  Oba Adekunle Aromolaran was rubbished as the paramount ruler of Ijesaland, got a dosage of insults from Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, in an attempt to barazzenly justify and defend the mandate he overtly stole from his archrival of Ijesa extraction. Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola bared his fangs and openly accused the Owa-Obokun of Ijesaland of fraud. One does not need to be a sage to know that it was a wholesome insult on all the sons and daughters of Ijeshaland across the globe. Oyinlola, during his monthly image laundering radio and television broadcast tagged ‘OPEN FORUM’, accused Oba Aromolaran of stealing and embezzlement of the 5 per cent statutory allocation due to Obas and Chiefs out of the regular monthly handout from Abuja. Oba Aromolaran’s persecution in the hands of Oyinlola was basically for political vendetta! A transferred political aggression summarily for his sons’ effrontery to vie!

Oba Aromolaran refused to soil his elegant robe for the crumbs and heinous proceeds from the Government. He stayed on the side of his people’s decision and defended them when the need mattered. The rest remains history!

Oyinlola did not hide his distaste to the Paramount Ruler for his alleged support for Aregbesola, who also hails from Ijesaland, before, during and after the 2007 elections. It should also be noted that it was during the post-election violence, precisely on Saturday, July 21, 2007, the 927 years old Owa’s Palace at Ereja Square was mysteriously gutted by fire. Artifacts, traditional costumes, historical documents and indeed the last crown worn by the progenitor of the Yoruba people, Oduduwa were lost to the inferno.

We are compelled to the conviction that our people that suffered humiliation, oppression or got killed by sponsored political hoodlums suffered the cruel fate because they were Rauf Aregbesola’s kinsmen. We the IJESAS gave Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola our support in the dark days of fighting for his mandate when we could have stabbed him and pierced his boat aligning with the rouguish regime for fear or favour. We are Oniyan, very honourable race, God fearing people, steadfast scions and men with scupple!  We will always stand for principle; righteousness and good governance.We are Yoruba defenders, always fighting for what is right with nothing to show for it. We are always ready for a fight and our unrelenting vigour in the face of adversity is what has earned us the infamous “Agidi Ijesha” {resilience} and truculence titles. Yeah,That would not change our history!

The cross of consistent neglect and underdevelopment served with a dose of sarcastic malevolence is ours to bear as a people of the royal stock called the IJESA Kingdom. We have been systematically side tracked by various governments of motherland Nigeria and by the various governments of the State of Osun. It is therefore not surprising we in ljesaland made Ogbeni’s battle our battle and his victory at the tribunal in his first term and his relection almost four years ago our victories!

But hold my hands and let’s ask ourselves in all sincerity, what have we got for so many bullets that we had eaten for Ogbeni’s cause?  Have we been treated well by our son? Even Joseph treated His brothers that sold him into slavery better than our lots? Has all our support and loyalty to him been appreciated? Maybe tomorrow!

You see, l do not know what your answers to these questions might be but to me, it is with a lot of regrets and sharp cut in my heart, to say l have been jilted by a man we married our cause and l think l need to start drafting my apology letters to some ljesa patriots like Egbon Ayo Aluko-Olokun and Alhaji Lateef Bakare now.

Humanly as it may, I placed so much hope in Ogbeni but it’s beginning to take semblance of mirage.

Let’s’s take stock:

1.Ultra modern Atakumosa Market at llesa (Atakumosa Market was the 2nd biggest market in the then Western Region). Now shadow of its old glamour!

2. Double lane road from Omi-Asoro to Ereja square, maybe tomorrow!

3. Upgrading of Osun College of Education llesa & Esa to University. This will remain a crime he might not be forgiven by Ijesa for a century!

4. Revamping of Games village in Ijebu- ljesa to meet the dream of Uncle Bola Ige, so much reptiles there as their ecosystem.

5. Ijesaland with no drinking water for the past 40 years.Sad we could not be served water by our own. Our old still wake in the nick of night to scoop water!

6. Who did these to us????? (Feel free to add your own)

The earliest cycle time for Ijesa to assume that office is 40 years, except for Providence! Tell him, he is fast concluding our shot; power will rotate back to ljesaland in 2030 with Ife to take her turn. The two other districts would rule for another 16 years before Ijesa can take turn again. Just add these to your age! Shall we ask strangers to overhaul leaking roofs abondoned by our child without remorse? This is not palatable!.

So l ask!!! Where do we go from here?

When a leader we look up to and we put all our trust on can publicly  denounce our land by announcing to the whole world that he has no single house in a place he called home.We do not need to be told again that he is not one of us. The good book says ‘your heart is where your treasures are laid”.

When a leader we look up to will rather prefer to be a Senator of another land than of where he claimed to be from,then it is time for us to take our fate into our hands.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola might claim to be ljesa and personally l have come to the conclusion that he is no doubt by birth but his heart and love domicile in Lagos State, an act that lends credence to comments from his avowed traducers!

My people, evil thrives where those we call our political elders and leaders in Ijesaland who should speak against these viles, remain tacit for covert misguided declaration of patriotism but give illicit approval to some opportunists among us in ljesaland again in 2018. We must reject them; reject everything and anything that has to do with them.

Change does not stop on the wheels of inevitable but comes through continous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs, put our hands in the plough and work for our freedom. A man cannot ride you unless your back is bent. We should allow the ungrateful to rent spaces in our heads again!

We should be weary of leaders who the only thing they could only boast of throughout their tenure in the government is the digging of Bole-Holes in their various constituencies, how clever they were, to have been able to form an empty Foundations to give false scholarships and fake empowerment ‘goodie-goodies’ to our people. We should not be raped the third time!

It is time we rose up and took back our vineyards! We have credible tested and untested lads and young adults, who are cerebral in Ijesaland. Please let us STOP those that have pierced our hearts, jilted us and made us look like fools in the market square even when they don Awo’s caps or glasses yet descrated his graves with broken promises and catalogues of betrayals!

Needless to tell you l am really irked and l am not in any mood to celebrate any ‘dakaraka jigini’ 60th birthday of a hero that has turned his back to his people.

Loyalty begets reward! Aregbe remains ungrateful to those who put their lives in lines. He bellittled the crying blood of low and might ones that were shed at crossfires. He refused to repair the leaking roofs in his backyard,yet busy painting other lands in colour.Tell him ,charity begins at home and that,you need to show us how clean and elegant your backyards are,for strangers to really appreciate your sincerity!

Nevertheless, l hold no grudge against those who are celebrating him, yes those that are being hypocritical! Because I realise that not all men cherish their root, some are great patriots and ambassadors of thier native land, some pay lip service, some are deceptive to reap undue political benefits and some do not even care at all.

Yes, I love Aregbe but I love motherland and respect her dignity than I would ever love him!  Dignify my root and I will love you the more, but when will that be?  I am saying these now for I know I will still engage Ogbeni Gomina the more upon completion of his term if without imprints in my motherland lest they call me coward and ass-lickers!

Today however, the questions arise, where do you stand?

WHICH GROUP OR CATEGORY DO YOU BELONG TO?

One day all men shall account for that which they have done with the opportunity, time and chances given to them by GOD to impact, positively, influence and affect the course of history, the lives of their people and events. It’s a matter of time.

But, tell Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola not to maul the river bathing once, more Ijesa people might drink these sediments of dirt!

I will be back again. Until then, rememeber, I am not drunk and I want to tell you I love Ijesaland more than any political office-holder!

And to those patriots l have bruised in the past while ‘standing with my Ogbeni’……l am sorry

Baba re a gbe!.

 

Am I Foolishly In Love Or Just Over-reacting?

Firstly, I have to admit I created a new account to get this much needed help.
Ok, So I met my girlfriend sometime last year and just recently we celebrated our 1 year anniversary as lovers.
Truth be told, she is an amazing personality; submissive, loving, caring, intelligent and hardworking. Infact, she’s got a large portion of attributes that any man would want in a woman.
When we first met, I noticed really that she has alot of online friends whom she usually chat with as close friends (or maybe lovers sha). I kept cool thinking it ll just pass when things get serious between us. During this period she told me how she got close with one of those online guys that she requests porn clips from him. Fortunately or unfortunately, I know this guy ( he is my friend gan sef), I just allowed the matter lay low and warned her never to ask him or any other guy for such things as it reduces the respect any person has for the lady and she promised not to. This is because I dont want anyone disrespecting and disregarding her whenever she s been introduced to family and friends.
Alas! I caught my babe, requesting porn video from another of her online friends (I don’t know this guy tho..) Once more. She assured me that she just did it coz she hasn’t seen this guy before so its safe to ask him, Unlike the previous guy that they do see.
After this occurrence, I ve caught her flirting with friends on facebook messenger to the extent that they refer to her as ‘my love’ some even call her ‘my wife’. More saddening is that some of them are mutual friends and are guys I really know. She claims they are the ones disturbing her and she has no feelings for anyone of them except me ; Her First love.
Fast Forward to present day, we started having a bigger issue now which is about to bring the relationship to halt. Four days back while we were chatting she asked if I know any guy answering so so name. I check my friends list and answered NO. That question kept pondering my heart so I decided to log into her facebook account. (I Later got to know her password after I helped her change password once). I came to understand that the guy she just asked about and herself had just been friends and as usual, she is showing this guy green light and flirting seriously with him (someone that she’s yet to see o and just met for that matter)..
I decided to break the relationship. But surprisingly she kept reaffirming me that there s nothing between her and the guy that its just facebook friendly chatting.

PLEASE ladies and matured people in the house. Is it really possible that she actually mean what she is saying? do ladies still really behave this way after which they are in a relationship with someone they claim to love Or maybe I am the one overeacting here?

Pictures from Eberechi Suzzette Wike’s 45th Birthday Celebration and her intimidating credential as a Judge

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L-R: Ben Obi, Ahmed Makarfi, Nyesom Wike, celebrant Suzette Wike, Fmr President Jonathan and others

First lady and the wife of  Governor of Rivers state, Eberechi Suzzette Wike clocks 45. Her husband Nyesom Wike was there to support her.

The Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday joined Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia,  Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Ikuinyi Ibani, the Gambian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Famara Goye, National Caretaker Committee Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi, PDP Caretaker Committee Secretary, Chief of Staff to Rivers State Governor, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, Former Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, David Iorhemba ,Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Secretary to Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani and the the Country President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Mrs Onime Aguma for a private  birthday celebration  in honour of  the Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike.

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Couple sharing loving moments

The event  held the private residence of the Rivers State Governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

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Celebrant with Fmr Pres Jonathan
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With Gambian Commisioner Famara Goye

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Her credentials

The Hon. Justice Eberechi Nyesom-Wike was born on Wednesday, the 24th day of May, 1972 into the Christian family of Dr. Ikechukwu Amadi Obuzor of Odiokwu in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.  Upon qualification to study law and admission into the Rivers State University of Science and Techonology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, His Lordship humbly began the pursuit of a noble career in the Legal Profession when she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) in 1996 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School wherein she obtained the Barrister-at-Law (B.L.) (Hons) in 1997 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 25th of February, 1998.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M), from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom by virtue of the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship (2005/2006).

Between 1998 to 2001, His Lordship was a Legal Counsel (Litigation) with E. C. Ukala & Co (Efe Chambers) and later appointed a Magistrate Grade I in the Rivers State Magistracy where she climed through the rungs of varying grades and served for more than 10 years, her last appointment being Chief Magistrate Grade II in 2009, until her present appointment as a Judge of the High Court of Rivers State on 14th February, 2012 where she is presently the presiding Judge, High Court of Justice, Nchia.  His Lordship is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA); International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State Branch (and once the Assistant Financial Secretary); National and International Associations of Women Judges (NAWJ and IAWJ); also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb).  She was once a member of the Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) Rivers State Branch and a one-time Public Relations Officer of the Association.

His Lordship has attended conferences, workshops and leadership programmes organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) and the Lagos Business School (LBS) amongst others.  An observer of Judicial Proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in Amsterdam on an excursion by LL.M students of the University of Sussex, U.K. in 2006.  His Lordship enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, listening to classic and contemporary music and keepts fit through swimming and playing lawn tennis.  His Lordship is happily married to Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and together they are blessed with three adorable children

Oxfam: Wealth of Five Richest Nigerians Can End Country’s Extreme Poverty

The combined wealth of five richest people in Nigeria, estimated at $29.9 billion, could end extreme poverty in the country and stop about five million citizens living in the North-east from going through looming scorching hunger, a new report published by Oxfam Nigeria has said.

The report titled, ‘Inequality in Nigeria,’ was presented to the media Wednesday in Abuja. It exposed the large and growing gap between the rich and the poor in the country, revealing how the benefits of economic growth have been captured by a small wealthy elite at the expense of ordinary Nigerians.

According to the report, economic inequality has remained a key factor behind the terrorism-inspired conflict that has led to the severe food crisis in Nigeria’s North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.

It quoted the United Nations to have estimated that up to five million people in the region will suffer from severe food shortages this year.

Also, it referenced the Forbes list of the five richest Nigerians who include Aliko Dangote, with a net worth of $14.4 billion; Mike Adenuga – $9.9 billion; Femi Otedola – $1.85 billion; Folorunsho Alakija – $1.55 billion; and Abdul Samad Rabiu – $1.1 billion.

This list, however, is outdated, as one of the persons named by the report has fallen off the current Africa Forbes Rich List.

“Nigeria’s richest man earns 8,000 times more in one day than a poor Nigerian will spend on basic needs in a year. More than 112 million people are living in poverty in Nigeria, yet the country’s richest man would have to spend $1 million a day for 42 years to exhaust his fortune,” said the Oxfam report.

It added: “Despite a rapidly growing economy, Nigeria is one of the few countries where the number of people living in poverty increased from 69 million in 2004 to 112 million in 2010 – a rise of 69 per cent.”

According to it, the number of millionaires increased by 44 per cent during the same period.

The report also highlighted significant levels of inequality between states in the country, adding that 69 per cent of people now live below the poverty line in North-eastern states where the food crisis is severe, while 49 per cent live in the South-west.

It also showed that women, who according to it, represent 79 per cent of Nigeria’s rural labour force, are least able to capture the benefits of economic growth because they tend to be employed in low-skilled, low-paid informal jobs.

“Women are also less likely to have had a decent education; for example, over three quarters of the poorest women in Nigeria have never been to school,” added the report.

The report further explained that poor people in the country are unable to benefit from Nigeria’s wealth because of high levels of corruption and the excessive influence that big businesses and a wealthy elite have over government policy making.

“For example, public office holders stole an estimated $20 trillion from the treasury between 1960 and 2005. And while multinational companies receive tax incentives worth an estimated $2.9 billion a year – three times more than Nigeria’s entire health budget.

“Despite being Africa’s biggest economy, the share of the national budget allocated to education, health and social protection is one of the lowest in the region.
“In 2012, Nigeria spent just 6.5 per cent of its national budget on education and just 3.5 per cent on health. By comparison, Ghana spent 18.5 per cent and 12.8 per cent respectively in 2015,” the report further explained.

Speaking on this, the coordinator of Good Governance Programme for Oxfam in Nigeria, Celestine Odo, expressed concern that the richest Nigerian had amassed more money than he can ever hope to spend in a country where five million people will struggle to feed themselves in 2017.

Odo noted: “Extreme inequality is exacerbating poverty, undermining the economy, and fermenting social unrest. Nigerian leaders must be more determined in tackling this terrible problem.”

He further said that the government could end such poverty by building a new political and economic system that works for everyone and not just a fortunate few.
“The government can make a start by tackling corruption, ensuring big business and wealthy individuals pay their fair share of taxes, investing in vital public services, and protecting the rights of women,” said Odo.

But in its reaction to the report, the federal government refused to address the issues raised in it and instead faulted its structure.

Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, who was represented by Mr. Eloho Samuel, a Director in the International Co-operation Department of the ministry at the meeting, said the report failed to define the key concepts it used.

“I was worried by the language, tone and style of the report and this made me to ask, what was on the mind of the authors when the report was being written.
“The methodology used in the report also raises some questions: is it for empirical or theoretical purpose? Oxfam needs to tell us in the report what it intends to achieve, what data was gathered, where it was gathered, the sample size and the uses of the data,” said Ahmed.

She further stated: “When I looked at the report, I was worried about certain concepts, such as ‘who are the elites?’

“There was no definition of terms, such as elites and poverty. More worrisome is if the report falls into the hands of aggrieved individuals, how would they react?”

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President Buhari And His Marabouts

By Reuben Abati

Have you read Lauretta Onochie’s latest post?”

“Lauretta. Lauretta. Who is she?”
“She is a social media assistant at the Presidency. She shoots straight and direct. She defends President Muhammadu Buhari with the passion of someone the President treats like a daughter.”

“Not a son, this time, a daughter! Interesting. Of power, fathers, wives, sons and daughters….”
“She spits fire, particularly if the person involved is in any way related to either the People’s Democratic Party or former President Goodluck Jonathan.”
“I see…”
“I try to pay attention to the many battles of the spin community in Nigerian politics.”

“Well, I have tried to tune off for a while. Now that the social media is dominated by all kinds of ghosts and malcontents, I just don’t always take everything that I read there seriously. I should pay attention to this your Lauretta though. She is likely to provide a lot of comic relief.”

“You call it comic relief?”
“You never know. What is she saying?”
“I have just read a piece she wrote saying some politicians are now hiring marabouts, pastors and Bishops to pray for President Buhari’s death.” “Pastors? Praying for someone to die? Contrary to the miracle of Lazarus and the fact of Resurrection?”

“Yes, some pastors are shamanists. Fact.”
“Some journalists are pastors”
“So?”
“Wrong syllogism. Not all pastors are shamanists.”
“I said some…”
“You sounded as if…”

“We are not talking logic. It is not everything that happens in society or in the corridors of power that is logical. If Lauretta says politicians are hiring marabouts and pastors to pray for the President’s death, she must know what she is talking about. Have you not seen how the Buhari Media Centre has been very busy raining curses on anybody who wishes the President dead? They have even chosen a song: Baba oh Baba oh, Baba o, oluwa da Baba si fun wa.”

“I see there is a singing competition in Abuja now between the Senate and the Villa. It is good to sing.”

“She says certain politicians are attacking President Buhari because he is still alive, despite their prayers. She insists they just don’t want him in power. They robbed him of victory in three past elections, and now that he has won, and is in charge, they are recruiting marabouts and soothsayers to pray for his death.”

“Hmm, these demons and principalities…”

“She even pointed out that those who wish the President dead travel to Niger and as far as India to recruit evil spiritualists.”

“She should name the persons involved so they can be charged immediately for high treason, or at worst attempted murder, or spiritual assault with intent to kill.”

“How do you prove spiritual assault?”

“The security agencies can start with the investigation of anybody who has travelled to Niger and India in the last six months to determine if such persons had any contact with a marabout, a pastor or a bishop in those countries.”

“You think this is a joke? I know these things. The only thing I don’t understand is why Niger and India. There are more marabouts, pastors and bishops in Nigeria.”

“I think the President’s enemies travel abroad because walls have ears. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should summon the ambassadors of Niger and India and any other country that may be identified to shed light on the relationship between the Nigerian political elite and the marabouts in their countries. This is a matter for the Foreign Affairs Ministry.”

“But under what law will the Federal Government try the marabouts and their clients? Or prove that they are praying for the President’s death?”

“They’d create one. That is easy. And they can start with social media. There is a website for example that announced what did not happen. Then there is a British politician who is already sending condolence messages, and writing opinions about what does not concern him.”
“Are there marabouts on social media?”
“Ha. Plenty”
“And that Oyinbo man, is he a marabout too, hired by Nigerian politicians? You see, then, Lauretta knows what she is talking about. Too many things in this country are remote-controlled by remote forces and marabouts. The most dangerous ones are the marabouts who call themselves clerics, with big titles.”

“But I really don’t know why anyone would wish the President dead. That is wicked. It is a much better business to pray for the President to get well soon. We can organize prayer rallies and receive sponsorship from the private sector, government at all levels and their contractors. I am even surprised that holidays have not yet been declared for prayers yet.”

“You are right. Government can neutralize the wickedness of the marabouts by recruiting prayer warriors. Pastors and Bishops who can preserve, protect and promote with the sacred power of the Word. Imams who can talk directly to God and make things happen.”

“And the people who pray will smile and receive praise.”

“Candidly, I would love to recommend some Pastors and Bishops who will counter the marabouts and the other pastors with prayers that will destroy demons and principalities, fire-for-fire, back to sender!”
“We can even do a book, you know?. Powers, Demons and Principalities: A History of Nigerian Politics.”

“Where will you find the empirical evidence for that?” Sounds somehow.
“Don’t worry. Someone once got a Ph.D with a dissertation titled “A History of the joystick.”
“What? Strange things happen in this world.”

“Like what happened in Ibadan yesterday. That’s what I wanted to discuss with you before you brought up this matter about marabouts.”

“What happened?”
“First, let me ask you, how is that your Made-in-Oyo-state cousin? Where is she? She stands the chance of making a fortune before next week”

“How? She is fine. She is in Lagos.”
“Very good. I think she should just start going to Ibadan right now and get ready for a beauty pageant. I know her. She is beautiful and I am sure she will win the top prize.”
“I am lost. Free me.”

“The Oyo State Government is organizing a beauty pageant for ladies with tribal marks to celebrate the 2017 World Culture Day and to promote cultural tourism. The lady with the most beautiful tribal marks will go home with good prizes. In fact the state government declared that on Monday, May 22, civil servants and other persons in the state should wear traditional attires to work, play traditional games and eat traditional food.”

“Amala and gbegiri day.”
“You should ask why the pageant is only for beautiful ladies with tribal marks. Where are the men?”

“My cousin is over 40. She can’t go for a beauty pageant.”
“There is no age barrier. And your cousin is hot. She has the best tribal marks I have seen although I don’t understand why your Uncle, who is educated, should subject her to such violence.”

“Identity. Tribal marks indicate your place of origin. It was used in the age of slave trade and inter-tribal wars to properly identify persons who were sold into captivity or captured as prisoners of war. With their tribal marks, they could easily trace their way back home.”

“And that is what Oyo state is promoting in the name of cultural tourism in 2017? Nonsense. Who needs tribal marks in the age of the millennials? There are modern means of identification: your passport, driver’s license, national identity card, even your fingerprint and iris. So, what is Oyo state planning to celebrate – that tribal marks are good?”

“I just hope they will not insist on female genital mutilation or leviration as part of culture.”
“Certain aspects of our culture have been overtaken by modernity, science and technology. You can promote local fashion, but tribal marks? Made-in-Oyo state? Oh no. I hope they don’t end up at that beauty pageant with fake tribal marks, straight from Nollywood. Make-up artists are so good these days, they can inflict fake tribal marks on a face, the person wins and she walks away.”

“I hope that happens. As for my cousin, no, I am not even sure she is proud of the bold scars on her face. Not even the United Nations which declared a World Culture Day will be happy.”

“Tell them in Ibadan. If they want to promote culture, they owe the people good governance. That’s all. Culture is about the way we live, and the way we see the world as a people, community, group, society and government. It is a broad, dynamic, living organism. The Constituted Authority in charge of Oyo State should know that.”

“Yes. Yes. Yes oh. I was surprised though to see that they also have culture in Saudi Arabia.”
“There is culture everywhere.”

“Apart from Islam, I mean. I was surprised to see dancing, drumming and sword-waving at the reception for US President Donald Trump. The Americans seemed happy with Arabian culture.”

“You really believe that? I don’t think President Trump and his team give a damn about Saudi Arabian culture. The Secretary of Commerce danced, the President swayed awkwardly, and bowed to the king because the Americans were able to secure good business deals. Natural resources, construction contracts and sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion which Trump described as tremendous investments. The State Department celebrated how this could create tens of thousands of new jobs in the US.”

“I get your point. I saw Trump’s son-in-law high-fiving the National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster.”
“And did you hear Trump talk about radical Islamic terrorism, human rights, or openly disparage Muslims the way he did during the campaigns? He didn’t. ”

“He mentioned something about radicalization and fanatical violence but he was obviously careful with words, and he played the politics of the region in a pragmatic manner.”
“You get it. Business is far more important than ideology or campaign rhetoric. In fact, Trump was practically sucking up to the Saudi Sunnis. That is a man who came to power condemning Muslims. That was sheer hypocrisy and opportunism at work. He played the same politics in Israel.”

“It is a fake world we live in. Fake Trump. Fake speech. It is sad though. While other countries are going round the world, looking for investments, Nigerian leaders are travelling here and there looking for marabouts and beautiful ladies with tribal marks!”

“And to think the social media is used to promote the fakery?”
“Social media?”
“Yes. It is a positive vehicle for democracy.”

“It is also a veritable vehicle for fake news. I am uncomfortable for example with the rise of twitter ghosts and masquerades.”
“I know what you mean. But there are remedies when people overdo things and violate other people’s rights. Twitter just sacked one twitter account called @SubDeliveryMan. The account has been used we are told, to invade people’s privacy, malign them and expose them to ridicule and yet the person behind the handle is totally anonymous.”

“Social media anonymity does not enhance democracy or free speech, it promotes mischief and the politics of hate. I am glad Twitter is doing something about it.”

“You know sometimes when I read what some people post on twitter. I wonder about their upbringing. I cringe. They just set out to hurt other people’s feelings.”
“Twitter has a responsibility to ensure that its platform is not abused by persons who have indecent motives.”

“The next account they should delete is @PObahiagbon. It is a fake account and Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon himself has said so. Identity theft is a crime.”
“You are sure it is not a parody account?”

“No. I also don’t like the idea of a parody account. It is easily abused. Free speech must be backed by a sense of decency and responsibility”

“The whole thing sounds like this marabout matter.”
“I think the real marabout matter in Nigeria is the on-going fake, auto-suggestive coup talk.”
“It shall be well with Nigeria.”

“A-a-a-a-men”.