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Differences between Prophecy and Prophetic Words/Utterances
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
There are many born-again Christians, scores of believers and billions of human beings on Earth who do not know there are differences between prophecy and prophetic words and utterances. When a prophet says or writes something, as I do here in this column for example, such ignorant people do not know when a prophecy is delivered from when what is written here is a prophetic utterance or word.
A public and international humiliation of DSP-Ike Ekeweremadu!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
For or against, the humiliation of the ex-number four in Germany is ominous signal of what to come to our corrupt (kpurut) elected politicians in the nearest future.
Poverty and nothingness compared!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The shreds of modernity,; Tend to the squalor of the wretched!"; Two groups in whirlpool world!; One dwells in the sanctuary; Of squalor, the other squats; In the harbor of naughtiness!; The two groups dwell in Nothingness!
Appraising Gov Ikpeazu's quick intervention on the murder of Chimaobi Nwaogu
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
Recently humanity was thrown into deep agony when the news filtered that a commercial motorcyclist, Chimaobi Nwaogu, was sent to his untimely grave by a soldier identified as Corporal Ajayi Johnson....
Yakubu Gowon's sermon
ABIODUN KOMOLAFE, Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State
Gowon was in Osun State with his 'Nigeria Prays' team recently and the message was that of peace and stability of Nigeria. He came here to assure us that, our predicament notwithstanding, what has gone wrong can be remedied only if we can pray.
How can the evil of terrorism be abated?
GERALD ONUKWUGHA
Sadly, terrorism has almost become a quotidian evil around the world in the past decade. And, while that’s a distressing statement, it’s also an accurate one.
Nigeria's revolution has begun
REUBEN RINE
Nigeria has been governed by the same group of individuals. Those that truncated Nigeria's democracy and have ruled during the military regimes have also returned with their cronies to champion the cause of democracy.
Nigerian theatre of the absurd, soldiers kill police to release kidnappers
E O EKE, UK
The cold blooded murder of members of Nigerian elite police leading the war against kidnapping by some Nigerian soldiers in the pay toll of the kingpin, exposes the sordid state of affairs within Nigeria security apparatus.
North’s Islamic agenda, makes break up of Nigeria inevitable
E O EKE, UK
The utterances and policies of Buhari and governors like El Rufai of Kaduna State and Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, which advocate and propagate the intolerant, primitive and prejudice form of Islam have not helped.
Celebrating my goodfriend and soccer mentor: Joachins Oguguomakwa Araonu, alias "Gorimapa"!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
His performance at school boy's soccer and club level soccer, caught the attention of national team scouts, who invited him to the Super Eagles team that was preparing for the 1980 Nations' cup tournament, hosted by Nigeria. Unfortunately,....
Sowore as a political metaphor
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
It will be disingenuous to claim that pleading for a leniency for Omoyele Sowore; and clamor for his release is to romanticizing Omoyele Sowore's misdemeanor.
Nigeria at Crossroads between Democracy and Sharia Ideology
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
Following the notoriety of lopsided federal government of President Buhari, and the unfolding Islamization agenda of his administration, Sharia ideology and protagonists seemed to have won in the battle against liberal democracy and Common Law in Nigeria.
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Deal with your Anger!
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Many of us even pray in anger. Or how do you explain the type of “fall and die” prayers of our generation! Because someone stole your one hundred dollars phone you say “whoever stole my phone shall not wake up tomorrow”! Is the life of someone equivalent to your iPhone?
Brexit, from Great Britain to little England
E O EKE, UK
As Britain grapples with the reality of voting to leave the European Union, it is becoming apparent that Brexit is a dream that is turning into a nightmare.

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Heavenly Protocols For Approaching The True Lord God Almighty
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
I was a guest of a prominent government official in an African nation. I had been invited for His Utmost. Words quickly spread that I was around and the president of the country wanted to see me. The protocol department sent two of their officials to work out the detail and modalities for seeing the Number One Citizen.
Marriage between Anger and Hunger
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Mister Anger was born with stone face in Grievance City of Nigeria. His boyhood days were tortuous. His parents died when he was only eleven and half years old. Thus he was left to the care of his grandmother called Madam Sadness.

Missing the mark with God
E O EKE, UK
It is often bewildering that many religious people fail to understand that religion is a dynamic concept with love, justice, equality, liberty and peaceful coexistence at its centre and any good religion that does not satisfy these standards is false and a fraud.
Sowore must be arraigned or released immediately!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
I want to enjoin those who have been calling Sowore ugly names to realize that, the recalcitrant and undeterred social activist Sowore is fighting for the restoration of the good life of Nigeria.

Tribute to Toni Morrison 1931 -- 2019
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
With Toni Morrison as an icon of inspiration, a cerebral image, and quintessence for America and the world, humanity in us must be reordered for reawakening, and for collective hope and optimism of mankind.
Toni Morrison – A Great Black African Dame of Literature: A Tribute
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
In the passing unto glory of Toni Morrison, both African-Americans and Continental Africans, indeed the world in general, have lost one of their greatest voices, storytellers, mentors and motivators.

Atiku Vs. Buhari: So far interesting
TAI EMEKA OBASI, Lagos, Nigeria
ne of the most important events in the history of our nation is the on-going Presidential Election Petition Tribunal at the Appeal Court in Abuja. On the outcome of that globally-followed exercise revolves the continued existence of Nigeria as an entity.
Megalomaniacs in the Pulpit
ABI ADEGBOYE
The 1990s brought the prosperity gospel which turned our image of Christ and Christianity on its head. Prosperity preachers propounded that contrary to existing theology that Jesus was poor, he was actually a wealthy man.

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The 7 Major Differences between Praise and Worship
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
As I went through my Facebook newsfeed during the week, Mrs. Irabor posted a news item in the form of a question and asked: 'What's the difference between Praise and Worship?' When Mrs. Irabor and I met at the defunct National Concord Newspapers in 1984, I was Moslem.
Why I am not celebrating my birthday this year
Rev Fr. STAN CHU ILO, Chicago, USA
Let me confess that I feel so undeservedly blessed by God in many ways. I am grateful for my family and numerous friends, colleagues and well-wishers whose love sustains me every day. However, this year I will ask you please don't send me any greetings on Facebook.
The August Visitor
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
There was a certain affluent man living in a duplex with his wife and five children in Benin City. After attending church service on a Sunday morning with his family, he informed his gateman that he would be having an August visitor around 12.00 noon on that day.
The triad of Sowore's uncautious approach to "Revolution and a day of rage" in Nigeria
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The triad (Sowore, the people, and government) of Sowore's revolution anchors on the not-too-smart and stubbornness approach of Sowore; the hopelessness and ignorance of the people, and shoddiness of the Federal government of Nigeria.
My Month of Understanding Money Matters
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Those who study numbers say the Number 8 stands for New Beginnings. New beginning means starting afresh or anew. It means going back to the basics. So this month I will like us to look afresh into money matters.
Hardliners' socialist campaigns in the Democratic Party will be a beautiful gift to Donald Trump in 2020!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The Democratic Party's debate on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 were very reassuring and inspirational but they were too me-me in dispositions to win in substance!
Exit of John Mikel Obi: The "tactically erudite" player!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
The retirement of Skipper John Mikel Obi from the Super Eagles of Nigeria, after the 2019 AFCON competition, wasn't surprising. It was clear during the competition, the skipper, didn't fit any more into the young team built by Coach Rohr.
Seeking a better understanding of Scripture - Response to Mr. Moshood Fayemiwo's Article of Sunday June 2, 2019 titled "Eight Fallacious Doctrines and Heresies of Seventh Day Adventist World Church"
N. H. IBANGA, Austin, Texas, USA
Mr. Fayemiwo is 100% wrong. The SDA does not teach that one can earn his/her way to Heaven by keeping the Sabbath. If one could do so, Jesus would not have rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees as He did.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
What every Non-Moslem Nigerian must know about the Jihad
N. H. IBANGA, Austin, Texas, USA
One of the first questions that is always asked by opponents of Sharia criminal code is, 'why now?' Why did Shagari, Buhari, Babangida or Abacha not introduce this? The answer is quite simple if one understands the eight tenets of the Jihad.
Buhari and Miyetti Allah, the audacity of greed and contempt
E O EKE, UK
The attitude of southern leaders to this Fulani cancer is not a solution. It is cowardice and lack of leadership by ignorant, selfish and self serving leaders, who will do anything to appease evil. Such attitude only emboldens, not assuage, the oppressor. T Y Danjuma was right....

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The True Lord God Almighty Doesn't Love The World
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
It is one of the most famous and popular verses that has been translated into many of the world's languages and dialects.
How to Lose Paradise (A Case Study of Adam & Eve)
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ponder on this and remain in paradise on earth to gain entrance to paradise in heaven.
Another hope beckons on Abia Inland Container Dry Port
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
...the idea behind the establishment of the dry port was to save importers the trouble of traveling to the coast for their business transactions thereby bring goods closer to the owners.
Solution to complex national problems: Privately funded ranches instead of RUGA
ADEBAYO T. E. JOLAYEMI
The herdsmen problem is one such area that has polarized the ruled and the rulers. Often programs are proposed without 'testing the waters' or discussing with the people, lacking proper market survey....
The Guardian newspapers: Conscience, nurtured by truth!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The editorial of The Guardian Newspapers of July 25, 2019 titled: "Buhari and his unpopular policies." is being recommended for my readers...! Your comments are being read by the presidency!
Nigeria, before Rwanda, there was Biafra
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
In the present article, we wish to address the deceptive narrative pervading Nigeria's body polity today. That is, the dangerous narrative, which aims often, at suppressing the story and experience of the victims and survivors of Nigeria-Biafra War (1967-1970), and jumps ahead to cite Rwanda as a warning to what is happening presently in our country!
Principalities and Powers
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Ignorance is a chronic disease. A student was asked in a Religious class to define the terms 'Principalities and powers.' He stood up courageously and answered, 'Principalities are the spirits that propel the principal of a school in his work. Our own principal here is full of principalities....'
CHANGEUP TONIC
A Second Chance
GBENGA OWOTOKI, Florida, USA
Don't postpone forgiving those that have hurt because you may not have another opportunity to make things right. No one has the mastery of time.
'Seyi Makinde: When impairment is impairment!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
As we collectively navigate the murky water of politics in Nigeria, may we collectively have the willingness to reorder our sense of reality and decorum.
Gernot Rohr deserves to stay on as coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
No one says that Coach Rohr is a perfect coach; there are no perfect coaches. As a matter of fact, perfection isn't a characteristic of humans, notwithstanding the fact we strive towards it! Coach Rohr, as a matter of fact, isn't an absolutely top coach.
The delicious and delicate Egg
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Today, Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder which can explode if care is not taken. She is like a raw egg about to fall into pieces. If the Federal Government has a listening ear, let her implement the decisions made in 2014 National Conference by the generality of Nigerians as a way forward.
AFCON 2019 postscript and the way forward for the Super Eagles of Nigeria
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, have a bright future and can realise their immediate and long term ambitions, given the correct developmental environment.
Between Atiku's gaffe and Adeleke's allocutus
ABIODUN KOMOLAFE, Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State
Atiku Abubakar and Adedeji Adeleke are two particularly angry Nigerians and their anger is well-placed!
FIFA should please save African football
EHI AIMIUWU
African Football is dying a fast death from inadequate football administration by CAF and national administrators that has led to low game attendance at stadiums; underrated referees for global tournaments; neglect of our local leagues; disregard for local coaches....
Kongi Harvest: May your legacy be preserved for our inheritance!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Buharism is a doctrine I like to describe as living within our means; recouping our past and live responsibly for the future we can be proud of. ... Kongi Harvest is unfortunately cohabiting with the children of corruption and hate in a wasteland!
A muse is internationally recognized from Fulani-Nigeria enclave!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
When the conscientized, savvy and prolific writer Ms Nnedinso Ogaziechi first wrote and celebrated Imam Abdullahi Abubakar last year August 8, 2018, after the menace of herdsmen killings in Nigeria, I knew Ms Nnedinso Ogaziechi was opening up national and international conversations to heal our nation.
Super Eagles of Nigeria win the third place match and the concomitant bronze medal at AFCON 2019!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
The Super Eagles of Nigeria kept faith with tradition by winning their third-place match-up against the 'Carthage Eagles' of Tunisia. They maintained the hundred percent record of Nigeria in the third-place play off!
As The Church of God (Seventh Day), Nigeria inaugurates its new leadership
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
I know it is going to be an onerous task for Pastor Elechi and his team, but their capabilities to weather the storm are not in doubt.
Governor Obaseki: And the dilemma of godfather politics
PATRICK ODIONIKHERE, Austria
The Nigerian godfather or bandit leader gives power to only those who will continue the same circle of corruption, self interest and greed. It is expected of any of their surrogate to have no room for dissenting and to operate only on the terms set by the former; no matter what?
The politics of internal cohesion: the task before President Buhari and the APC leaders
BARTH AMAKIHE, Ilisan, Ogun State, Nigeria
For a President, Governor or any elected official taking an umbrage on the people for not voting in that leader's expectation is like turning a flowing river to go up hill.
Our prayer as a nation is not if, but when that day will come
EJIKE ONUOGU, New York, USA
Nigerians in the Diaspora have watched with awe the systematic erosion of clarity in this process and the deviation of the electoral commission from being an independent Umpire to being an extension of one political party and more specifically the party in office.
Stop the embers of ethnic tension from igniting into an inferno
DAVID OGULA, New York, USA
Anyone closely following the security situation in Nigeria does not need to read Obasanjo's letter to get the sense that Nigeria is slithering into the tipping point of an ethnic inferno.
Nigeria Versus Tunisia: The Super Eagles of Nigeria can defeat the "Catharge Eagles" of Tunisia for the third place at AFCON 2019!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
Courageous Super Eagles of Nigeria lose to the "Dessert Foxes" of Algeria!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
Me thinks the Super Eagles met a side that out-classed them in virtually all departments of the game! The Algerians had a better goalkeeper, they defended better, they had better control of the mid-field...!
FROM THE PREACHER'S LENSES
The expectations of citizens from the government (8)
SAM AWEDA, Lagos, Nigeria
Not only trained teachers can be sent to schools, all graduates of tertiary institutions who are unemployed can equally be posted to Ministries relevant to their studies. The idea behind all these proposals is just to make sure that the wealth of the nation reaches as many people as possible and the great advantage is that the Devil will not find any idle hand for any evil activities.
A swift Open Letter (reply) to OBJ and Nigerians!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Toronto, Canada
With painful nostalgia, just have a quick reminder of what you did to Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief MKO Abiola, Gen. Musa Yar'Adua, President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians. You thwarted the genuineness of these compatriots from achieving their dreams for a country we love with passion. Nigeria is a repetitious metaphor of a country!
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12 Basic Reasons Satan and His Demons Hate the Human Race; You and Me
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
Satan hates you. Satan hates the True Lord God Almighty Who created him. Since the moment Satan and his fallen spirits: principalities and demons; were flushed out of heaven, because of their disobedience and rebellion, they have vowed that they would oppose everything Godly on earth.
Implications of Ruga Settlement
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
I have searched for the word 'Ruga' in English Dictionary but did not find it. Also I searched for it in the Encyclopedia of English Language, all to no avail. It is not an Igbo, Yoruba or pigin English terminology. Finally I discovered that Ruga is a Hausa word for cattle/Fulani settlement. Experts say that Ruga means 'dominate' in Northern language.
Wole Soyinka @ 85: An intellectual gnome in the forest of a thousand cacodemons!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Kongi, a ghomid and; terrestrial intellectual; Property to voyagers of the muse.; A conscience of the nation; Grinding in a confused enclave; and wasteland.
Killer-herdsmen symbol on the new Nigerian passport: Implications
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
Very disturbing was the secretive way, the administration cleverly inserted the Fulani herdsmen terrorists' inscription in the new Nigerian International Passports. By inserting the symbol of the world fourth most deadly terrorist organization on the Nigerian International Passport, President Buhari has finally told the world the kind of value his government believes in, and he himself, is promoting in Nigeria.
In defence of the Vice President of Nigeria - Professor Yemi Osinbajo
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I am not writing to seek his favour in any way. I am writing this article because I am concerned about how members of the body of Christ as well as some members of the Yoruba community have and continue to criticize, vilify, abuse, cursing and say terrible things about Osinbajo.
Super Eagles of Nigeria fly into the semi-finals of AFCON 2019, leaving the stubborn "Bafana-Bafana" of South-Africa stumbling in their wake!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
It was an epic battle of two titans of African soccer. ... A team that eliminated the hosts; a team of the calibre of Egypt, cannot but be classified as a titan of African soccer!
Osun: Now that the strife is over!
ABIODUN KOMOLAFE, Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State
At this stage, the 'excuse' of lingering governorship litigation awaiting adjudication is no longer an issue! Coincidentally, some quarters have become infested with the notion that he [Gov Oyetola] is already moving fast too slowly; and that is not too good for a state that is desperately in pursuit of 21st century development.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria can get past the "Bafana-Bafana" of South Africa!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
The South-Africans are gradually getting to the top of their game once again, and are gradually nearing the standards of the 1996 and 1998 teams that were African champions and Vice-champions respectively. They will certainly provide a good measure of competition to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Super Eagles of Nigeria shoot-out the impressive "Indomitable Lions" of Cameroun, in a thrilling encounter !!!!!!!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
...raised their game from the performance of the first round. They give one the impression that they are gradually getting to their peak; this portends well for the team, for Nigerians and all other Super Eagles' supporters, as the competition gets to the crucial stages!
The future of Christianity in Nigeria and betrayal of politicians
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
What many of our Christian Politicians have forgotten in the present dispensation is that the failure on the part of any disciple to stand up for Christ and His Church at a critical time like ours today in Nigeria, is a sin of betrayal. It is a sin of betrayal comparable to that of Judas Iscariot.
Dr Okezie Ikpeazu: The irredeemable governor
NNANNA IJOMAH, New York, New York, USA
With the Abia State Governor and judging from his job performance after his first four years in office, it is evidently obvious that ... after watching his first 100 days in his second term confidently say the man is beyond redemption.
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The demon-god of self-strength and why the United States is perpetually at war?
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
The United States of America, my adopted home country had just celebrated its 241st year independence, but historically, this beautiful land is 525 years old. In its existence, the United States of America has been fighting wars, both within and without; either ignored or veiled acknowledgement.
The Heavenly Race
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
It is then clear that what follows God's judgment is either heaven or hell. The intermediary is purgatory. Purgatory is a place or condition of temporal purification of one's soul due to venial sins or punishment due for forgiven mortal sins. Some people see purgatory as only a Catholic doctrine.
UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT
Citizens of other nations now live longer, Why can’t Nigerians? – Part 4 of 4
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
Medical malpractice in Nigeria is not helping longevity: ... a relative lost his sight, in Nigeria, because of the carelessness of the surgeon. The standby generator was not functional when the main power source went off, in mid surgery.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: One of our icons of inspiration!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie makes us proud! She is one of our cultural icons and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Yale University during the university’s 2019 commencement ceremony.
Topic: Learn to endure!
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When you are arrested! When you are provoked. When you are molested, hated, betrayed etc, Jesus says endure to the end. ... What the Holy Spirit is saying today is accept reality of challenges within relations, parents and children, spouses, colleagues, even in churches.
Treacherous Christian Politicians and Denial of Persecution of Christians in Nigeria (1)
Rev. Fr. FRANCIS A. OBORJI, The Vatican
There is no doubt that a good number of our Christian politicians serving in the present administration of President Buhari have taken the unfortunate route of Judas Iscariot. Many of them have betrayed Jesus Christ, the church and the persecuted Nigerian masses by their actions and inactions in their chosen mission as politicians.
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Citizens of other nations now live longer, Why can’t Nigerians? – Part 3 of 4
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
...in Nigeria where self-medication is the norm. When people feel sick, they assume they know what ails them. They easily walk into a pharmacy, buy any medication and commence a treatment course. ... So while they treat a phantom ailment, the real ailment is lurking in their body, worsening by the day, sometimes becoming debilitating or leading to death.
An Open Letter to President Buhari on Ruga Settlement
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Sir, the "new normal" is not always normal in our country-Nigeria. It has always been one-day-one-dose-of-trouble for our beleaguered (troubled) nation. Our needless-man-made and recurring problems are intractable. You must suspend the RUGA issue for now if the majority of your citizens oppose it.
Nigeria Versus Cameroun: The "Indomitable Lions" of Cameroun are beatable!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
It is yet another clash of the titans; a clash between two African power houses in soccer. Two countries with a rich and beautiful history in soccer and with a history of intense rivalry between them, in soccer.
When we were Warriors
ABI ADEGBOYE
They whispered, trepidation and fear drowning their words, 'It's Fulani herdsmen! They've taken over our farmlands and towns. They are killing people. We have nowhere to go.' The old warrior, asked in disbelief, 'Ni Ikire? (In Ikire?)' The cowering horde nodded in unison.
Abia and its development partnerships
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
Development partnerships are very essential in every government. This is because of the fact that government cannot do it alone but will always require collaborations with development partners.
Book Review: Exploring Okey Nwachuku, George Awoonor-William's African belief on the relationship between the dead and the living
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
One belief is strongly rooted in some African tradition. This is the belief that the dead has strong relationship with the living and can influence them either positively or negatively. Two works have highlighted this belief substantially. They include Okey Nwachuku's 'Talon of the Python' and George Awoonor-William's poem' Songs of Sorrow'.
An evening walk with Buktu (Poem)
AUGUSTINE C. OHANWE
The powerful sun has just set, but it’s not yet fully dark.; The sky still maintains its afterglow ; and tints the forest landscape with a beautiful monochrome.
Old layer
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
The economic condition of our country, Nigeria, often bites me without mercy. When I have no money to purchase fuel for my car, I engage myself in miraculous prayer, so that my petrol tank meter will not go down. As I was travelling one cloudy afternoon, I prayed and prayed, but all to no avail.
Seyi Makinde's progressive baptism in governance
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state seems more genuine in his frame of mind to bringing Oyo State at par with other developing states in Nigeria. In less than one month of Makinde's administration, he seems to know the business of governance.
My Month of Divine Intervention
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For God to intervene in your matter there are three things you need to know. God can tell you to do nothing about the predicament, because you cannot do anything about it within your capacity, like the parting of the Red Sea, he just told them to be 'still'. The second one is he might tell you to do something.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been unconvincing so far!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
How are the mighty fallen? Why did this happen to the Super Eagles in the match- up against Madagascar? Why have the Super Eagles been unconvincing so far in the AFCON 2019?
LINK UPDATED: Biafra, an Igbo tragedy
E O EKE, UK
It is heart wrenching to watch the disintegration of Igbo society in the name of agitation for Biafra. As I recount the hundreds of youth who have died in the name of this struggle, I ask myself does it worth it.
Nigerian lawmakers' alarming JUMBO PAY!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
As of 2019, the base salary for all rank-and-file members of the U.S. House and Senate was $174,000 per year, plus benefits. That's $14,500 per month. The US Congress counterparts in Nigeria earn egregious and a whopping sum of $474,000 per year. That's $39,500 per month, plus other benefits and pervading 'egunje' in the discharge of their duties!
Hon Chinedum Orji and the 7th Abia House of Assembly
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
Other things being equal, we are expecting a very active house that will not relent to wield its big hammer on those who are ever willing and ready to disobey the laws and resolutions passed by the house.
Southwest security and our governors' dilemma
ABIODUN KOMOLAFE, Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State
Nigerians expect Buhari to proactively degrade this sense of shame that is currently troubling our Israel before he returns to Daura with his 'reputation of integrity' in 2023. But then, history has shown without fail that the Southwest is one region whose rich heritage can't be blackmailed or contaminated with illegitimate steps.
Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi: A model of leadership in Nigerian university system
JACINTA A. OPARA, Accra, Ghana
With enormous accomplishments recorded, Prof Njodi is being referred to in some quarters as the "Architect" of modern development of the University. He remained focused and refused to be distracted by shadows, rumours, gossips, fanaticism, sychophancy, ego-massaging and petty issues.
VIDEO: Super Eagles of Nigeria cruise into the knock-out phase of the 2019 Nations' Cup competition!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
It was indeed a revamped Super Eagles of Nigeria, in comparison with the team that played Burundi, in the opening group's match. The team was revamped not only in terms of the substituted players ... but also in terms of the style of play.
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How to identify Pseudo-Christian sects and para-secret organizations
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
When we started our series on pseudo-Christian organizations and satanic sects few weeks ago as commanded by the Holy Spirit, we knew and anticipated the likely and sure backlash from the agents of Satan and Darkness. You see, para-secret organizations come in different stripes and there are many of them today composed of the highly intelligent and influential members of the world...
Nigeria: Between the policeman, the kidnapper and the armed robber
PATRICK IBEKWE, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
The above three groups or segments of the Nigerian society have become the hottest topics amongst Nigerians in recent times. Their activities and exploits feature daily in the print and electronic media, as well as in the daily discussions of many Nigerians.
Nigerian embassies abroad: Shame of a nation! (They need a complete overhaul)
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Our cultural nomenclature, mission and national representations abroad are failing us. To renew your expired Nigerian passport is a herculean task!
Apollo 11 exploration and African conundrums!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
The Apollo 11 mission occurred eight years after President John F. Kennedy (1917-63) announced a national goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. As I stay glued to my TV tonight for the revival of history, my heart ... aches and bleeds for Africa for retrogression and medieval thoughts. Nigeria is a bad example for Africa!
FROM THE PREACHER'S LENSES
The expectations of citizens from the government (7)
SAM AWEDA, Lagos, Nigeria
Having traveled widely, I will give examples of how the responsible governments of the world create job for their citizens, which enables everyone to share in the state's wealth rather than sharing the public money among their friends and party loyalists.
In Buhari and arrogance of Miyetti Allah, Nigeria died
E O EKE, UK
The call by Miyetti Allah for the establishment of Fulani militia in East Nigeria is another clear evidence that the essence of Nigeria has been lost and that the Fulanis are in arrogant and blood thirsty conquest mood.
Super Eagles of Nigeria manage a narrow victory against the battling "Swallows" of Burundi!
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
...battling against a Burundian team, rated the lowest of all participating teams at the nations' cup tournament, and managing to eek out a lone goal victory, was certainly not good enough for the three-time African champions, with their array of talented players!
Much ado about new cabinet formation
Shola Babs-Aro-Lambo, Dublin, The Republic of Ireland
It is pertinent to reemphasize the idea of putting round pegs in round holes. Just as it is wrong to appoint a man as the minister for women affairs, it is equally wrong to appoint a medical doctor as the minister for Employment, Labour and Productivity.
Never give up!
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
Few days ago, I was behind the wheels on my way to visit a sick person, which was about seven kilometers journey. At a point I came to a hilly road. I accelerated the engine higher. Suddenly, I met a tipper lorry in front of me. It was carrying a trip of fresh sand, dripping water on the road. The lorry was making a hopeless sound as it was ascending the hill.
2020: Joe Biden and the Democratic National Convention
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Those who are bringing ugly history and black reparations to the current conversation are not helping matters to defeat the POTUS.
An Open Letter to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun Statee
ADEKUNLE AKINYEMI, Pikesville, Maryland, USA
WE THE PEOPLE OF OYO AND OSUN STATES OF NIGERIA are embarking on this rescue mission for and on behalf of the current students and Alumni of LAUTECH, Workers and Lecturers of LAUTECH and finally the well-wishers of the 'Noble' State (Osun) and of the Pacesetter (Oyo) State.
UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT
Citizens of other nations now live longer, Why can’t Nigerians? – Part 2 of 4
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
Some believe that one only needs a doctor when one is sick. Trying to convince me that he was healthy, a contemporary in Nigeria told me that he last saw a doctor “five years ago”. He did not understand that every ailment goes through different stages of incubation.
Atomic God (Poem)
AUGUSTINE C. OHANWE
Science, what a wonderful religion!; Proud to be one of its largest congregations. ; Physicists are our infallible high priests, ; and proton, neutron and electron our archangels.
Rumour and propaganda are negative to Abia development
OKECHUKWU K. UKEGBU
Recently elements whose stock-in-trade has been to deploy arm twisting measures to subdue government into gaining one favour or the other, took to their usual trade by invading some social media platforms and reeled out some unfounded claims to malign and denigrate some public officials.
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
The religion of football and the demon-god of soccer decoded
MOSHOOD FAYEMIWO, Cameron, Texas, USA
Is soccer as it is known in non-American World, which is being glorified around the world a religion? Many born-again Christians will argue hoarse that there is nothing wrong in joining the rest of the people of the world in the frenzied ecstasy and worshipful glorification that soccer or football has become. But the Holy Spirit reveals that soccer is another religion of the world that has been fetishified by billions of souls on earth today.
Pay your taxes, too
Pastor AMOS D. DADA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I will never forget my shock at my first time of filling tax forms at our NNPC Warri Head Office more than three decades ago. Let me recall the event below as my memory will permit.
Rescuing LAUTECH: A task that is long overdue
ADEKUNLE AKINYEMI, Pikesville, Maryland, USA
One then wonders why the LAUTECH issue has refused all humanly possible solutions to date between the two brother States of Osun and Oyo. Why should it be made to look like the Institution has been jinxed and dying?
Gaduje, a governor without balls
CLIVE AKINSOLA
The recent imbroglio between the Kano state governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Gaduje and the Emir Lamido Sanusi is somewhat very intriguing because of the power play. Nonetheless, the criticism that the Emir leveled against the governor is legitimate and valid.
An interesting conversational taunt between Mr. Integrity (PMB) and Mr. Honesty (PYO)!
YAHAYA BALOGUN, Arizona, USA
Mr. Honesty: Sai Baba, you know what sir? Our integrity and honesty are assets to bring Nigeria back from self-ruin. It's working in the minds and consciousness of the people.
Sitting by the forest brook (Poem)
AUGUSTINE C. OHANWE
All objects in nature do speak,; all in their diverse languages, ; difficult if not impossible for; the finite brain to grasp.
Necessary Evil
Fr. PAT AMOBI CHUKWUMA
The love they had for each other died a sudden death. Initially the husband called the wife 'My Baby.' The wife used to call him 'Sweet Honey'. Today the Baby is dead. The Sweet Honey has turned into Bitterness. The husband now calls his wife Monkey, [Even in the presence of their five children he calls her so.]
UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT
Citizens of other nations now live longer, Why can’t Nigerians? – Part 1 of 4
ALFRED O. UZOKWE, Harrisburg, PA, USA
The idea of a doctor using medical information about a patient and family members to design medical checkups sound so simple but that remains elusive in Nigeria for many reasons.
Super Eagles of Nigeria battle the impressive "Warriors" of Zimbabwe to a goalless draw, in Asaba
CYRIL C. NWOKEJI, Belgium
It was indeed a thrilling encounter notwithstanding the 'obstacles': an inclement weather condition, it rained buckets for all of ninety minutes; a friendly match situation, before a major tournament, none of the players wanted injuries....


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