Nigeria's former Minister of Finance Okonjo-Iweala's chances for WTO DG brighten as rival withdraws

UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT
My first real encounter with and fondest memories of Christmas carols!
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
In Lagos in those days, on Christmas day, not too many people populated the streets. I assume folks would be home eating and celebrating or travel home to their villages. I recall that when we got home, after undressing and having our Christmas meal, a Yoruba masquerade ... seemed to be going from house to house to entertain people....
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
Fulfilled prophecies and presage of world events
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
The Holy Spirit showed me that Femi was in danger and so I asked him: “Son, what is this demonic spirit of death following you? “ He looked at me taken aback and replied: “Dad, what are you talking about?”
In defence of coach Gernot Rohr!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
The pertinent question at this juncture is: Would sacking Coach Rohr, do the Super Eagles of Nigeria and by implication Nigeria, more good than harm?
What does Nigeria need? Youth involvement in governance or change of mindset of the entire populace?
ADEKUNLE AKINYEMI, Ibadan, Nigeria
I have no doubt that the LAUTECH community now has the responsibility to put back together the damage done to the infrastructure, people psychic, Students' morale, businesses etc. as they repair the wounds.
Warehouse looting saga
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
...mother came back from farm. She went into the warehouse hopeful of dousing the hunger making noise in her stomach. She opened the swallow container as well as the snail soup pot and found them totally empty. By then my two friend looters have disappeared like a dog that polluted the air.
Abuse of 'Spiritual Power' in African Christianity! A personal meditation
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
...look at what is emerging today in African Christianity! See the abuse of spiritual powers, fraudulent activities and Scams going on in the so-called churches of the New Religious Movements - perverted form of Neo-Pentecostalism in Africa, all in the 'Name of Religion!'
How to have Joy
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
They (joyful people) do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. Powerful. Joy is different from happiness.
Nigeria versus Sierra-Leone in Freetown: A scoreless draw that gives a decent measure of hope
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
...it was a clash of two teams with tall and conflicting ambitions; there was thus a conflict of interests between both sides, in Freetown, and, thus, the scoreless outing was certainly a fair and square....
Disbandment of SARS: Still miles away from addressing inefficient policing in Nigeria
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU, New Jersey, USA
Nigerians were highly fed up with the operations of this unit which left in its trail extra judicial killings, rape, harassment, intimidation of innocent Nigerians.
The intelligence community and the new challenges
ERIC TENIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
The most important step is the complete restructuring of the intelligence community. The EndSARS protest have exhibited the failure of the leadership of the intelligence community in Nigeria.
UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT
VIDEO: A nexus between the Soweto massacre of 1976 and the South African National Anthem!
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
Since the song, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika or God Bless Africa was adopted by South Africa as her national anthem, I have always had a special affinity for the song.
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Nigeria 4, Sierra-Leone 4: What a load of rubbish !!!!!!!!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
Truth be told: a team that cannot win a match, more especially, against a soccer minnow, in which they had a four-goal advantage, on home soil, is no team!
Spiritual Therapy
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I read that someone in Kenya had attended a church for about ten years, relocated to another country for about another ten years and wrote back to the pastor in Kenya to refund the tithes and offerings he had donated to the church!

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The elite commandos rescue operation in Nigeria: A breach of Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter?
AUGUSTINE C. OHANWE
Opinions pertaining to the rescue operation in Nigerian soil differ sharply, and these differences have a great impact on our evaluation of the US rescue operation within the geographical territory called Nigeria.
'Igbo-Presidency' Is NOT the Answer: Matters Arising
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
What we are experiencing in Nigeria today, is the tragedy of a nation state not founded on the will of the people through referendum and self-determination of the federating units.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK
UPDATED: ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE WORLD PROPHECY: A world leader is dead and 5 governors in Nigeria will not make it to 2023
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
Earlier this year, we prophesied in this column the imminent demise of a world leader through the current Coronavirus Pandemic. The prophecy is reproduced below in its entirety. Read and see between the line of what is about to be fulfilled anon.
This is our Moment, This is our Time!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Friends, Americans, countrymen, and countrywomen. Lend me your ears and attention. Tonight, whosoever still doubts the exceptionalism of America is oblivious of the goodness that is etched in America's imagination, ingenuity, and possibility.

Nigeria, beyond Restructuring and Igbo Presidency (Part 3)
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
In this Part 3 ... we shall dwell specifically on why we say that 'Igbo-Presidency' (or 'Rotational-Presidency') is not the answer to the problem with Nigeria.
2020 USA Presidential Elections - False Prophets or False Prophecy
Bishop DAVID IBELEME, St. Ann's, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies
As we consider the seemingly failed prophesies associated with the 2020 US Presidential elections; were we dealing with false prophets or false prophesies. It is important that we clarify this because they are not necessarily the same.

Are you the beautiful one?
PATRICK ALABI
It will appear the beautiful one is not yet born. Perhaps, he is but only needs to be 'born again' to give him a more human and humane face, and equally also needs to be remoulded into a different performer.
UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT
As tree leaves change color, Nnewi on my mind!
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
Every Autumn season, as tree leaves start falling and cool winds begin to blow, I become very nostalgic. I find myself thinking about the place I grew up in, the town many call Anaedo, the place called Nnewi.

My Month of Upgrade
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The major area of upgrade needed which is usually ignored is spiritual upgrade. ... God is saying your spiritual well-being will determine your health and level of prosperity. It means if you sincerely want prosperity you need a spiritual upgrade.
Leveraging on the Aba shoe industry to boost Abia economy
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU, New Jersey, USA
The most cheering news is that all equipment in the factory are brand new and one of the best in the world, and the factory is expected to churn out close to 2 million pairs of shoes annually.
Yes, Republicans do not believe in democracy
LEBURAH GANAGO, Atlanta, GA, USA
So when Republican rising star, Senator Mike Lee of Utah, provocatively asserted that 'Democracy isn't the objective of the US system' he did not make any news to those of us who knew what the Republican party had been up to.
#ENDSARS and the stupidity of youthful exuberance
NWIKE OJUKWU
The event of the last couple of weeks demonstrated in an unequivocal term that Nigerian youths are indeed lazy and stupid.
FROM THE PREACHER'S LENSES
LINK UPDATED: A preferred way to street protests; the only way to citizens well-being as outlined by God
SAM AWEDA, Lagos, Nigeria
Rather than street protests, we will organize Town Hall meetings and Solemn Assemblies, involving citizens of all religions in cities, towns and villages, where the benefits of Godly living will be explained and encouraged.
Nigeria, beyond Restructuring and Igbo Presidency (Part 2)
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
The key political leaders of Nigeria at independence, from the British in 1960, all recognized and voiced out the problem with Nigeria. However, instead of them tackling it then from the roots, they went ahead with the colonial master's plan without considering the long-term implications of their actions for generations to come.
Buhari's place in Nigerian controversial history!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
...the Plebeians in Nigeria have twice given Buhari their mandate to steer their ship; the ship is callously (adrift) floating without being either steered or moored.
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
WORLD EXCLUSIVE! Who will win the November 03, 2020 U.S. presidential election?
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
For those apprehensive about the election results, this will not happen. The winner of the Presidential Election of Tuesday November 03, 2020 will be known in few hours and not days as American’s political palpitations rev on overdrive, because....
South East presidency - Addressing the false narratives
UZOCHUKWU OKAFOR, Enugu, Nigeria
Ndigbo do not love themselves: This is one of the wildest fallacies propagated against Ndigbo. If Ndigbo do not love themselves, we would not have made the progress we made with just 20 pounds after the civil war.
Enough is enough!
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
A certain Nigerian woman got married to a hopeless man. ... for fifteen odd years. ... two of the children are irresponsible like their father while the other two are as industrious and responsible as their mother. ... There is a limit to endurance.

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President Buhari's leadership problems!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The gory pictures of the ugly events going viral are a sorry representation of the failure of leadership in Nigeria. ... the president has handled the ongoing crisis in Nigeria with levity and shoddiness....
Abortion right, the crime that dares not mention its name
E O EKE, UK
I agree that people have the right to do evil when no one else suffers. However, in abortion, a helpless and an unborn human being is destroyed.
Religion and terror, do not vilify Emmanuel Macron
E O EKE, UK
My first awareness of the effect of religion on the mind was my observations that religious people can hold their beliefs and process religious information in exactly the same way patients with psychotic illnesses, like schizophrenia, hold their delusions and process some information.
The unnecessary war that nearly rendered Abia desolate
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU, New Jersey, USA
Now the criminal elements has caused huge infrastructural loss to Abia, and it is going to cause the state huge resources to replace.
What does Nigeria need? Youth involvement in governance or change of mindset of the entire populace?
ADEKUNLE AKINYEMI, Ibadan, Nigeria
Is Nnamdi Kanu the problem with Nigeria?
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
Each time Nigerian State is faced with the challenge of all that is wrong with the country, as the on-going #EndSARS Protest... has revealed to all and sundry to see, one begins to see some underground attempts by the powers that be, who hire some individuals, to help them change the narrative....
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
'Dream Series: 9 Reasons Lord God Almighty speak to us in dreams and Nigeria’s short-term future
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
We all claimed to be God's children but not all human beings are His children although we all are His creation. But He is the Father of us all and it is His duty to speak to us even though many may not "perceive" it.
I see a new Nigeria!
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
What you see is what you will possess. See a better economy. A better police force, a better army. See a better legislative house, judiciary and a responsive executive that will no more waste the future leaders of Nigeria.
Nigeria: A nation that kills her children
Rev Fr. STAN CHU ILO, Chicago, USA
Nigeria should be in mourning for the death of our nation as many of us watch helplessly as our young people burn with anger against the state, and as those who are meant to protect us turn their guns on our children.
An improvement in the Super Eagles performance against Tunisia, but ………
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
The Super Eagles no doubt were determined to do battle with the Tunisians, who like wise gave the Super Eagles the battle of their lives. The hostilities between the two teams made the match look more like a competitive game than a friendly encounter!
Let's return Abia to the path of peace
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU, New Jersey, USA
Rumour and propaganda are twin concepts, because they serve the same purpose.
Nigeria is too important to leave it to Buhari
E O EKE, UK
The slaughter of protesting Nigerian youths by members of the security forces is another gruesome reminder of the cesspit Nigeria has become under Buhari.
Order! Order!! Order!!!
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Once upon a time, out of my benevolence, I offered someone a lift in front of Governor's Lodge. As I was about to drive away, the policeman on duty accosted me and charged me for serious disorder. Unfortunately, I was not on my clerical attire on that fateful day. Thus the policeman commanded me to stoop down and begin frog jump.
How not to do opposition in Abia
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU, New Jersey, USA
The desperate ambitions of opposition elements in Abia to capitalize on any given opportunity to destabilize the state is now recurrent.
Trump vs. Biden Part I: Nigerians slug it out, while our nation burns
Rev Fr. STAN CHU ILO, Chicago, USA
It worried me that at a time when ... our young people are standing up to police dictatorship, lawlessness ... we [are spending] precious time fighting over a U.S. election which .. has only a tangential bearing on what happens in Nigeria.
Trump vs. Biden Part II: The Search for a Nigerian Messiah
Rev Fr. STAN CHU ILO, Chicago, USA
A society of beggars, parasites, and bandits cannot develop, it cannot know peace or stability, and it cannot be democratic. It can only gravitate endlessly as we are doing, in material poverty and moral regression.
How to milk the cow of life
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Holy Spirit will want you to go beyond finding a caption for a picture to learning critical lessons from real life situations. Are you living your life fighting everyone for everything at every place? Are you that person that cannot take nonsense from anybody?
Nigerian Youth Movement: Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The treatment Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the antagonist of bad government and csar (Combat Search And Rescue) of "RevolutionNow" in Nigeria received a few days ago is very disturbing. Sowore's revolutionary insignia is an affront to the classic and peaceful ongoing protests. Sowore must thread this fragile rope of protests, softly, softly!
CHANGEUP TONIC
The danger of distractions
GBENGA OWOTOKI, Florida, USA
We have a home and a father to return to. Don't be distracted, don't rejoice when people are clapping for you while doing the wrong things, they won't be there when you are to give account.
'Nigeria Golden Jubilee: Living the Nigeria of our founding fathers' dream?
UZOCHUKWU OKAFOR, Enugu, Nigeria
The Richard Constitution was in 1950 replaced by the Macpherson Constitution. This constitution continued in the same trajectory, following a call for greater autonomy. This constitution provided for both regional autonomy and federal union.
Sixty years on and Nigeria still gropes
PAUL THOMAS, Ireland
The Nigerian problem resides not only with leadership but also with the followers. Over the years there have been a systematic emasculation and battering of the typical Nigerian psyche to the point of submission.
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
Dream Series: How does God Almighty speak to human beings?
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
...Adam and Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden. But He didn't leave them by themselves. He was always coming to play and interact with them. Adam and Eve had an uninterrupted fellowship and unimpeded access to God Almighty because they had the right spirit.
Nigerian Youth Movement: Speaking with one organic voice #strongertogether!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
With the admission of truth and no equivocation, President Buhari is sitting on the a keg of gunpowder! No power or mightiness can stop an idea whose time has come.
Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), bandits in uniforms
E O EKE, UK
It was the making of a monster. A police unit mainly staffed by ill trained ethnically biased officers, armed to do whatever they wanted....
"On this Nganga Mountain …." (Isaiah 25:6)
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
In this world of ours, we must climb mountains in order to enjoy divine banquet. That's why God through Prophet Isaiah assures us in these words [in] ... (Isaiah 25:6).
A Tribute to Professor J.P. Clark!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Death is a necessary sour taste!; Every soul shall savor its noxious to lives.; The soul shall restitute for the short-lived; In the borrowed existential space.
Why Buhari seems to be faltering and failing!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Nigeria Police Force's name must be changed from the brutal insignia of "force" to a humane name measurable with the 21st century policing and security. The use of lethal force is inhuman to manage peaceful protest.
Ideas that build nation (II) The rule of law
E O EKE, UK
Fulani terrorists from many west African countries have come to settle in Nigeria and conducting ethnic cleansing of Nigerian villages, without the president demonstrating that it is unacceptable. ... clearest evidence of his complicity and unfitness to occupy the position of president....
Nigeria, beyond Restructuring and Igbo Presidency (Part 1)
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
Anyone who has been following the political debate in Nigeria these days, will notice immediately that two thoughts have continued recurring in the whole discourse.
Abia and the December local government elections
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU, New Jersey, USA
This singular action portrays Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as a man whose words are his bond.
Super Eagles of Nigeria in a lack-lustre performance against Algeria
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
Truth be told: The Super Eagles of Nigeria performed dismally against Algeria in their friendly cracker in Austria! It was a lack-lustre performance by the Super Eagles; far below their standards.
Take care of your weakest link
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
What the Holy Spirt want you to do today is to find the weakest link in your life and manage it before it destroys you. The weakest link is a destiny destroyer. A life terminator.
Jill and Joe Biden: The public and american citizens need the example of your actions in this pandemonium!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The role of Jill and Biden will conscientize and inform the confusing and frustrating public about the danger of the lithal coronavirus.
Non negotiable unity is an imposition
E O EKE, UK
It is a country where many Igbo youths accused of being IPOB members are locked up in without trial, while the government defend and protect Fulani terrorists.
In rigid cement technology lies one of Gov. Ikpeazu:s strong legacies
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU, New Jersey, USA
Every administration would like to leave a legacy behind. ... that is why Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State decided to address some of the roads challenges in the state with rigid cement technology.
From Grace to Grass
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
A young man living within my vicinity goes by the nickname GG. In full interpretation, some call him Golden Genuine because he likes any liquid in green bottle. Some call him Grace to Grass due to his attitudinal failure.
Ayinla Omowura: A man ahead of his time!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
We must go back to the basics. We must give kudos to the advent of Christianity in sub-regional Africa, particularly, Nigeria.
Sixty years on and Nigeria still gropes
PAUL THOMAS, Ireland
With the euphoria of independence depleted, the dead bodies of the colonial contraption called Nigeria began to surface. The usurpation of political power by the Northern hegemony with the connivance of the departing colonialist was the first step into Nigeria's calamitous political adventure....
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
Dreams, visions, trances and their interpretations (Series)
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
In our series in the subsequent weeks, you will find out what the Holy Spirit has revealed to the children of God which we shall share with you.
Nigerian rogue judges and and the war against corruption
E O EKE, UK
Politician recommend lawyers for SAN and have undue influence in the appointment and dismissal of judges. ... This incestrous relationship must be sorted out. No nation can allow unscrupulous judges and lawyers to continue to pervert the law....
My Month of Care
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We cherish caring for ourselves, particularly our body, ladies pay special attention to their faces (you can confirm that by the frequency of the usage of their mirrors) sometime we care for our soul, and at times we take time to care for others and our community. Care like the word love is one word that we need but we have abused.
Nigeria at 60: Nigeria is still a bridge of hope in the face of challenges!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The optimists must be cautious in their daily relationships with the cynics, they should always remember that cynics do not see what they see! There's every reason to be happy and optimistic about the future of Nigeria.
FROM THE PREACHER'S LENSES
Prayer for Nigeria at 60 (Part 2)
SAM AWEDA, Lagos, Nigeria
The institution commissioned to be prosecuting theft itself is meanwhile under probe. How do we explain this? I just pray that when the result of the probe is announced, it is not going to be like the proverbial saying "The Hawk steals it and the Eagle snatches it back from the Hawk" because....
Nigeria's 60 years protracted illness
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
The patient who suffers from protracted illness prays for death. Recently I visited a twelve-year protracted ill patient for spiritual anointing. He was so worried and tired of living. He asked me to tell God to take away his life so that he may go and rest.
America and the deadly politics of the coronavirus (4)
LEBURAH GANAGO, Atlanta, GA, USA
Donald Trump's dirty political tricks of discrediting any fact which does not align with his political calculation is again in full display when it comes to his attack on voting by mail. Donald Trump's political calculation is that his supporters would defy the COVID-19 pandemic and pour out to the polls....
Prepare for life after death!
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
What the Holy Spirit taught me this morning is that you should not let your faith be in vain. That your faith will be in vain if it is only to access mundane, materialistic and terrestrial things and it’s not used as a currency to access eternal values.
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
ONDO 2020: The second coming of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (2020-2024) and other matters arising
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
The second and final coming of Gov. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu in his re-election will foreclose an Owo man or woman from occupying the governorship seat of the Sunshine State for the next 25 years. ... no person from my ancestral town of Owo will ever govern Ondo State till 2045.
UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT
As Nigeria turns 60, I want Nigeria back!
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
So how did things degenerate to this abysmal level in Nigeria? I will answer by going down memory lane. In the end, I am almost certain that most well-meaning Nigerians would declare in unison - WE WANT NIGERIA BACK! We want Nigeria restored to the good days of the late 70s and pre civil war.
Coronavirus pandemic confusion
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
The coronavirus has enthroned the fear of virus above the fear of God. ... many adherents of Christianity and Islam have stumbled in their faith. Hence some no longer take the worship of God seriously. Some are asking: If God is all-powerful, where was He during the outbreak of the pandemic? Why did He allow the virus to drive people out of worship centers?


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