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THIS SEASON'S PRECATORY AND CONTINUATION OF ASIWAJU BIOGRAPHY (Part 5)

Continued from Part 4

CKNOWLEDGEMENTS: It was Mr. Bayo Onanuga, managing director, News Agency of Nigeria, who as managing director and editor-in-chief, The News magazine allegorically likened Asiwaju Bolanle Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu to the Elephant of Hindustan. Hyperbole aside, the lore is indeed an apt description of the multi-faceted personality of a man as diverse as Nigeria, the country of his birth. Consequently, writing the biography of this man can be very daunting. To his teeming admirers, Asiwaju is a colossus; to his traducers, he is controversial and to those who envy him, he is a political wheeler-dealer. Like other political icons before him, there are many conspiracy theories woven around Jagaban, but as a "Leader of all Warriors," he lives up to one of his several chieftaincy titles. He has fought many political battles and weathered argosies of controversies. One of the chieftaincies titles the authors are looking forward to soon that will adequately capture the quintessential Tinubu is the Yoruba title of Jagunmolu or "Conqueror." We want to start by thanking the Lord God Almighty for giving us the wisdom, strength, and peace of mind to start and finish this biography. We began collecting and sourcing materials for this biography in 2011 when the lead author- Dr Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo-suggested the idea of the biography to former first lady of Lagos state and the wife of Asiwaju; Senator Oluremi Tinubu in Abuja. We paused on the biography for a while, because of certain extenuating circumstances; however, the project gathered steam again as political activities revved up to the 2015 presidential election. The coalition put together by Asiwaju in 2014, which finally led to the displacement of the PDP government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 was all we needed to celebrate Asiwaju with this befitting biography. It was not difficult to convince our friend and foremost political son of Asiwaju, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, governor of the state of Osun to write the Foreword to this seminal work. We express our profound gratitude and sincere appreciation to the encouragement, both moral and material; that Ogbeni gave us toward this biography.

We thank the editors and our colleagues at The News magazine for making available to us their earlier works on Jagaban and interviews with Asiwaju. As with our other biographical works, we remain committed to our professional etiquettes of avoiding direct one-on-one interview with our subject and biographee. The reason is simple: critical questions are always avoided as a matter of courtesy and relationship. In addition, conflicts can arise, and an author can be susceptible to compromise. The element of bias can also not be ruled out and finally, perfunctory readers often peremptorily jump into conclusion that some authors are paid to write people's biographies. Although the lead author-Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo- is an admirer of the political philosophy of Asiwaju, but the co- author, who is an American and wife of the lead author has no relationship with the subject. The biography is an objective portrayal of Asiwaju, based on interviews with cavalcade of his admirers and political enemies. We also relied on the various interviews and statements that Asiwaju himself has made, including his political activities from 1989 when he was first elected as senator in 1991 to the present. His university years at Richard J. Daley Community College Chicago, and Chicago State University fortuitously coincided with the life histories of the authors. Dr Margie Neal-Fayemiwo was born in South Carolina but had lived her entire adult life in the Windy City. She had her terminal degree in Education at Chicago State University; taught at her alma mater and later at Richard J. Daley Community College, both in Chicago. Although, she came after Asiwaju's set, yet her intimate and keen knowledge of both institutions brought fresh insights and new perspectives to the biography. Similarly, Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo lived in the Windy City for nearly a decade before he moved to Texas. The combination of the vast experiences of the two authors are invaluable in writing, unarguably the first and most comprehensive biography of Aswiaju Bola Tinubu. We thank all those who assisted us in the research field and traveled with us to various locations in Nigeria while tracing the various paths Asiwaju crossed; from central Lagos, Molete Ibadan, Osun in Nigeria to New York, Virginia, Chicago, and other places.

While this is Asiwaju's biography, we have decided to dedicate the work to many of his contemporaries, especially those that have passed to glory. We are confident Asiwaju will be pleased for the dedication. As he himself once acknowledged; "Yes, I was at the forefront of the struggle (referring to the NADECO pro-democracy years (1993-1998)-…but I cannot forget many other people in the struggle." This is not a textbook in the strict academic sense, but a general interest book, which many from all walks of life will find interesting. History is very important in the life of human beings. A people without history cannot map out the future. Therefore, we have committed our academic life to the writing of biographies of prominent people around the world, especially black people to enrich the black history of the world. As usual, the authors take full responsibility for the errors, mistakes, and inaccuracies in this book. Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo, PhD and Margie Neal-Fayemiwo, Ed. D (March 2017).

CHAPTER ONE: LAGOS IS A PLACE FOR ALL Great, big, and metropolitan cities have numerous advantages to residents. In addition to being peopled by sea of heads, metropolitan cities and megalopolis offer citizens anonymity and the power to be you. Little towns thrive on gossips where every body's personal issues are everybody's business. Unlike big towns and cities where economic participation, and individual survival are of prime importance, small towns and villages operate like closely-knitted families, where every resident looks out for one another. Actions and behaviors frown upon by residents in towns and villages are mostly ignored in metropolitan cities. Unlike small cities, where our companions and associates are chosen for us; in metropolitan cities, you associate with those you like and share similar interests, including political ideas. These are some of the reasons people, who want to play politics move from small towns, and villages to metropolitan cities to launch their political careers. It was not by accident that the first African-American president of the United States; Mr. Barack Hussein Obama moved to Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States in 1985 from where he launched his political career. First as a community organizer in the predominantly-Black populated African-American community on South Side, and later as state Senator and later as president. The popular Bush Family, which has the distinguished honor of producing two presidents in America's constitutional democracy in contemporary history almost back- to- back (George Herbert Walker Bush: (1989-1993) and (2001-2009) had their family roots in New England, United States. Born in Massachusetts, but the elder George Herbert Walker Bush moved the family from New England to West Texas at the end of WWII from where the family established its political dynasty. There are many reasons politicians gravitate to big cities and metropolitan centers to launch their political careers. First, political education is very essential for public service. Politics is the only profession in the world which requires no prior training and formal education. As Scottish author and write; Robert Louis Stevenson said, traditional politics was an all-comer's affair and the only profession that required little or no prior preparation and training. But contemporary politics is becoming dynamic, which requires training. Therefore, to be successful in politics, one must learn from the pros, thus moving to big cities provides opportunities to learn from the professionals, who mostly live in big metropolitan cities.

Second, opportunities for networking among citizens and voters are available in big cities. Big cities are so-called, because of the large number of people that live in metropolitan cities. Since politics is a game of numbers, cosmopolitan cities offer the opportunity to network. In the marketplace of political ideas, big cities attract all manners of people with varying political ideas and ideological persuasions. As American author and journalist, Rebecca Solnit noted in Wanderlust; "A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, …Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction…a city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination." Consequently, large population is a major factor politicians consider moving to big and large cities to launch their political careers. Another factor which attracts future politicians to metropolitan cities is the opportunity available for volunteering. In the Western World, politicians often refer to their spirited acts of giving back to the community and helping the "little guys" to demonstrate their love for public service. This love for public service for instance, motivated by altruism spurred 27-year-old Miss Hillary Diane Rodham (who later became Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton) to turn down a lucrative job offer after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. She chose instead to head down South, where she established a legal aid clinic in Arkansas providing legal representation pro bono to indigent Americans, especially the poor and minorities. When she later co- founded voluntary and non-governmental organizations such as Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Legal Services Corporation, and others, she later referred to these early engagements to underscore her love for people, especially marginalized and impoverished people as her motivations for public service.

Finally, the economic potentials available in big cities are enormous. The level of economic and industrial activities in megalopolis translates into higher per capital for workers compared with suburban dwellers. This translates into ability to raise money and attract donors. Citizenship is essential; indeed, the most important factor to democratic participation. As Solnit noted, citizenship relates to cities, because the ideal city is organized around citizenship- around participation in public life. In Nigeria, seven cities dominated much of the politics of the first two decades of Nigeria's immediate pre-and post-independence eras: (1946- 1966). The cities were: Kano, Kaduna, and Jos in northern Nigeria; Enugu and Calabar in south-eastern Nigeria; and Ibadan and Lagos in south-western Nigeria. These cities were the barometers through which the politics of the regions were measured in those eras. Kaduna was the political home to virtually those that could be referred to as the "who was who" in the politics of northern Nigeria including, unarguably the political leader of the region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto. Although a Sokoto prince but chose to hold court in the historic city of Kaduna. As leader of the Northern People's Congress (NPC) and the premier of the region, all conservative politicians in the entire northern region saw Kaduna as political home. In addition to being the administrative capital of the region, the industrial city of Kaduna was (and to a large degree today is still) the political Mecca of northern region. According to Rotimi Suberu, professor of political science and international relations, Bennington College, Vermont, United States, Kaduna is a hotbed of ethno- religious politics, because of its melting-pot over the years. Like any major city that had early contact with merchants and commerce through modern rail system in those days, in addition as the capital city of defunct northern region; northern Nigeria, Kaduna is constantly struggling to maintain balance and harmony between aborigines and "settlers" including transplanted immigrants from other towns and cities in the region. These have increased economic activities as many workers throng the city for jobs thus exacerbating ethno- religious frictions between Muslims and Christians. Similarly, Kano also had early contact with modern rail system like Kaduna, in addition to its historic trading position in the Sahel Region for three centuries. The United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), unlike Kaduna, disclosed that the ancient city of Kano has a long historical past dating back to the eleventh century. Many historic sites and archeological artifacts are situated here thus making Kano the most cosmopolitan city in the entire region. It was the base for militant and progressive politics represented by Malam Aminu Kano's Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU). Other radical politicians also called here their home in the first republic. While Kano and Kaduna played hosts to politicians of Hausa-Fulani ethnic stocks of conservative and progressive ideological views; the ancient city of Jos in the Benue-Plateau geographical zone was, and still is, home to northern minorities striving to define and defend their ethno-religious and cultural identities. As they often say; we resent being called "northerners;" we say there is a gulf between north and south and we are in the middle. As Mark Amaza, a public affairs commentator in Kaduna explained; Northern Nigeria is not homogenous linguistically, ethnically, and religiously. "…As people of the same region, we share a lot in common culturally and socially in the general terms; our mannerisms, modes of dressing, traditional titles-apart from paramount rulers except for emirates-etc. Despite that, the Jukun in Taraba and Kataf in Kaduna are very different in the specifics, as even the Bura and Marghi people of Borno/Adamawa States. To pick the attitude of one ethnic group in the North and attach it to all the others, is to put it mildly, a very short-sighted way of knowing and understanding the people of Northern Nigeria."

In south-eastern Nigeria, Enugu was, and still is, the political Mecca where the defunct National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) had its headquarters. The party later changed its name to the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) following the breakaway of Cameroons from Nigeria as a separate country at independence in 1960. While Enugu was the administrative capital of the eastern region, Calabar, a bustling commercial and maritime city was undeniably the economic nucleus of the region. In western Nigeria, two populous cities: Ibadan and Lagos were the most attractive for early Nigerian politicians to launch their political careers. In addition, as the most populous city in Nigeria during this period, Ibadan, once described by the poet; J.P. Clark as a city "running splash of rust and gold-flung and scattered among seven hills like broken china in the sun" was also the most populous city in the West African sub-region. For the first two decades of Nigeria as an independent nation, Ibadan retained this status. The first generation of Yoruba politicians honed their political crafts in the ancient city of Ibadan; from Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo, Samuel Ladoke Akintola, Anthony Enahoro, to Remi Fani-Kayode, Chief Bola Ige, and many more. But of these seven populous Nigerian cities, Lagos is the most centrally located in terms of access to the sea, maritime activities, human resources, and early contact with the British explorers via the Atlantic Ocean. In Nigeria, Lagos was, and still, is a major industrial and political hub dating back to the era of British missionaries and later followed by their European explorer counterparts. Described as the "Liverpool" of West Africa by Ayodele Olukoju, professor of history, University of Lagos, the city of Lagos was a veritable melting-pot of economic imperialism between 1900 and 1950 in West Africa. Its strategic maritime location and dynamic interrelatedness of currency and banking, colonial tariff policy, transport development, trade and indigenous entrepreneurship were highly significant in the city's economic history.

In pre-independent Nigeria, Lagos played hosts to the national government of the Northern People's Congress (NPC) and its alliance partners; the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC). Although the Yoruba ethnic stock traditionally lay claim to being the aborigines of Lagos, historians have traced the history of Lagos to the Bini people of mid-western Nigeria. Since the Bini people have also traced their ancestral origin to Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba race, it could safely be concluded that the Yoruba people indeed are the "owners" of Lagos. However, attempts have been made by the federal government of Nigeria to run Lagos as a federal and national city rather than a Yoruba city. The NPC/NCNC Federal Government of 1960-1966 was determined to assert Lagos as a federal capital by appointing a northern-Muslim; Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu as minister of Lagos affairs between 1954 and 1959. This was followed by another northern-Muslim; Alhaji Musa Yar'Adua, the first indigenous minister of Lagos affairs at independence. He sired two notable sons: Gen. Shehu Musa Yar'Adua and Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. Both later ruled Nigeria as military vice-president between 1976 and 1979 and civilian president 2007-2010 respectively. Throughout the military era between 1966 and 1983, Lagos maintained its stature as the seat of the federal government. However, in 1992 the military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida finally moved the seat of the federal government to Abuja, the federal capital city of Nigeria. Despite the movement of the federal government to Abuja, Lagos still retains its stature as Nigeria's pre-eminent city. There is a popular saying among the nearly 20 million residents that call this bustling home and it goes like this: "Gbogbo wa lo l'Eko" meaning "Lagos is a place for all." It is said there is no family in Nigeria that doesn't have at least a family member as a "representative" in this city that never sleeps. Many famous families that call Lagos their homes had their ancestral roots in other parts of Nigeria. Take Mr. Odia Ofeimum for example. He is originally from Ekpoma in present-day Edo state (formerly called Bendel and mid-western state). "I came to this city when I was 19 years old," the former private secretary to the late Chief Obaemi Awolowo recalls. "I had no certificate with which to earn a living, but there was something I got here, a certain anonymity that a big city, which enables you to build a wall for yourself." The man, who came with "nothing" and worked in a factory and as a newspaper delivery boy in Lagos soon earned a university degree, had his poems edited and published by Prof. Wole Soyinka, Africa's first Nobel Laureate in Literature, and went on to achieve greater things in life. Or take the popular Bode Thomas family for instance; they came from Oyo township in present Oyo state. Their most illustrious son: Olabode Akanbi Thomas distinguished himself professionally as a lawyer and politician in Lagos. The Jakande family for instance, which produced the first democratically-elected governor of the state in the person of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande has traced its ancestral lineage to Omu-Aran town near Ilorin in Kwara state. Some famous families also migrated from other parts of West Africa, especially Sierra Leone, Liberia and neighboring Ghana and Togo to Lagos. Evidence of some famous Lagosian with roots in Latin American and Caribbean nations such as Brazil, Jamaica and Haiti are available in the historical and linguistic archives of this remarkable and legendary city. Famous families like Thomas, Da Rocha, Towery-Coker, Salvador, the Cokers, Simpsons, Oniru and Bucknor have traced their family trees to Brazil. These famous families referred to as "Saros" are found mostly in Olowogbowo, Oke-Popo and Aguda areas of the city. While the Saros and Akus made up of amalgams of European, Portuguese, Brazilian and descendants of freed West African slaves occupied mostly the Olowogbowo area; there were some ancestral homes that could lay claim to being the aboriginal settlers. Famous Lagos families such as Aromire, Olofin and other descendants of Awori clan are mostly found around the Itolo and Idumagbo areas of Isale- Eko in central Lagos. Of course, Victoria Island was carved out by the British and named after Queen Victoria of England (1819-1901). As Lagos began to expand; thanks to local and foreign commercial activities, other ethnic groups from Yoruba land and other parts of Nigeria and beyond began to stream in. For example, the Ijebu people noted for their peripatetic trading craft took possession of the present area known as Idumota. Traditionally and from various historical archives, the Bini people were regarded as the early settlers in central Lagos. The Enu Owa area bearing the national shrine of "Oju Olobun" is an unmistakable imprint of the Oba of Benin in ancient Benin Kingdom in the history of Lagos. The indigenous name of "Eko" which is the original vernacular name of Lagos-a name coined by the early Portuguese merchants for administrative convenience-is a Benin word. Of all the ethnic and racial immigrants that have impacted significantly on the culture, tradition, customs, commercial and religious activities of Lagos state, the Egba people top the list.

There are three principal reasons for this: first, proximity. Abeokuta is the nearest city in Yoruba land to the industrial hub known as Lagos. Other small villages surrounding Abeokuta also lay ancestral claim to the ancient town of Lagos. The second factor is the history of the Egba people as a sub-Yoruba ethnic stock. Of all sub- Yoruba, ethnic stock; Ijebus, Ijeshas, Ekitis, the Owos and other groups, the Egba people fanned across the West African sub-region. Until the early 1960s when the people of Ogbomoso began to disperse across the northern part of Nigeria and the West African region, because of the political crises between Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Ladoke Akintola, most Yoruba people were not known to travel outside their geographical areas. But the Egbas had traditionally been more peripatetic than their fellow Yoruba neighbors, because of their involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The Egba people established family roots and contacts in places far as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the West African sub-region. But as soon as the obnoxious trading in human beings; the trans-Atlantic salve trade in Africans, was abolished, many of the Egba slave dealers and businesspeople returned to Lagos and started other entrepreneurial and lucrative business activities in the city. But more importantly, there was a feud in Abeokuta in 1867, which led to the exodus of Christian missionaries and local converts, known as "Ifole" resulting in many refugees fleeing Abeokuta to Lagos. The British governor: Mr. Glover who oversaw the Lagos colony instructed that the fleeing refugees be accommodated in the present-area known as Ebute Meta in central Lagos. One of the most famous and popular Lagos family whose lineage began in Egbaland is the Tinubu family.

THE POPULAR TINUBU FAMILY OF LAGOS: The popular and legendary Tinubu family of Lagos is a large one. Tracing the history of one of the most famous families in Lagos takes several trajectories. One of the most prominent members of Tinubu family is the legendary Madame Efunroye Tinubu whose name adorns the Tinubu independence square in central Lagos and the same square in Abeokuta. A wealthy and powerful slave merchant in the 18th century, Madame Tinubu was born in Abeokuta in the present-day capital city of Ogun state western Nigeria. According to several historical accounts such as Fajana's "Nigeria and Her Neighbors," published in 1964; "Madam Tinubu: The Terror in Lagos," a Play by Akinwumi Isola and others, Madame Tinubu left Abeokuta to participate in the lucrative trans-Atlantic slave business of the 17th and 18th centuries. She left her Abeokuta ancestral home to Badagry where Nigerian slaves captured in the hinterland were "processed" and transported to the West by both white and local African slave merchants. While in Abeokuta, Madame Tinubu's fortunes grew from slave trade to politics. In 1846 when Oba Akintoye, the King of Lagos ran into trouble and was deposed by his cousin Kosoko, Oba Akintoye ran to Badagry and met this influential slave merchant, who assisted Oba Akintoye in his exile years. Fajana disclosed in his book that Akintoye had all his needs met and catered for by Madame Tinubu. Although some legends had it that both Akintoye and Madame Tinubu were lovers. But some historians had argued that there was no amorous relationship between the slave tycoon and Oba Akintoye considering the fact Madame Tinubu was happily married to Mr. Yesufu Bada who was her general manager in the slave trading business. Besides, some historians have documented genealogical relationship between Oba Akintoye and Madame Tinubu. Madame Tinubu was a niece of Oba T. Akintoye because Akintoye's maternal family initially hailed from the historic town of Abeokuta. (TO BE CONTINUED)

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There is a recrudescence of attacks, assaults and pillaging by marauders and herdsmen on the peace-loving people of Eha Amufu of Enugu state few hours after this column went to town with the breaking news. The local Janjaweed acted callously and unrestrained as if lawlessness and state of anarchy are now the norms in that part of the country. While we wait on the law enforcement agencies to do their work, our appeal for help and rehabilitation is urgent and direly needed. It is your devoir to chip in your widow's mite at this crucial time in the agonizing period of the defenseless people of Eha Amufu. Our background stories are reproduced below and how you can help is ingeminated once again thus:- "… Of the more than 7.8billion human beings on earth today and still counting, more than 4 billion will celebrate what is unarguably the most populous global festival in the world. Foods of all stripes and smorgasbord of dishes would be available, gifts would be exchanged among celebrants, house warmings, family reunions, conjugal unions, township, and village meetings, and other charettes are usually timed for this season. It is called Christmas; it has been around for more than chiliads and this year 2022 will not be an exception. But amid these jollifications, rollicking. merriments, and gemutlich season, there are some Nigerians that are in tears, sorrows, and sadness. For the people of Eha Amufu in Isi Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, Eastern Nigeria, time seems to have left them behind. Many young children will not welcome Santa Claus this year, village meetings and family reunions will not hold, the traditional annual exchange of Xmas gifts will be distant memory and slaughtering of chickens and rice stew will be hard to come by because the entire town has been destroyed by invaders and herdsmen. Children are out of school, parents, and their wards huddle in ramshackle encampments as refugees in their own land and normal business activities are lull to standstill.

According to Hon. Godwin Chidozie Ogenyi, immediate past commissioner for human development and poverty reduction, Enugu state; Eha Amufu is completely ravaged, and the livelihood of the people has been utterly destroyed. "Our children cannot go to school, because of the level of destruction unleashed on us by the invading rustlers and herdsmen."

For avid students of contemporary Nigerian history, Eha Amufu is a very strategic town, for, it is a little-big melting pot of such as it straddles three Nigerian "worlds." You cannot enter the heartland of eastern Nigeria from the northern part of the country without passing through this strategic little village. Ditto, if you are traveling from Iddo Railway Station in Lagos to eastern Nigeria by train, Eha Amufu is a must go-to point. Thus, as Ogenyi disclosed, Eha Amufu is a Big Shoulder not only for easterners, but the many Hausa, Yoruba and other ethnic tribes crisscrossing the east-west and north-southern business axis. Strategically placed to welcome travelers and pastoralists from neighboring Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states in northern Nigeria, this touchstone was the headquarters for the Red Cross to welcome Ibo refugees from the northern part of the country fleeing the pogrom of the "60s which precipitated the Nigeria-Biafran Civil War. Enugu state prides itself as the Coal City, but the precious natural resource located at Nkalagu cannot be obtained without passing through this important and historical town. Indeed, Eha Amufu was a melting-pot of disparate locals and foreigners that intermingled and bonded together for religious and business activities. But not anymore. The joy and serenity of the town have been shattered and taken away by marauders and pillagers. Eha Amufu is bleeding, and the inhabitants are wailing. Children are out of school; markets have been set on fire and houses destroyed.

*Tears, sorrows and blood in Eha Amufu: Edith became a widow 83 days after her wedding because her husband Joseph Ogbuabor , a Physic teacher in the community school was brutally murdered, while Florence Ogbu's son; Chinonso was hacked down on his way from church service at the village's Christian Fellowship Gathering.

Today, the hardworking people of Eha Amufu need you more than ever before to return to normal life. As you prepare to celebrate this year's Xmas, remember to help those displaced from their homes and chip in your widow's mite for reconstruction.

With hundreds of houses burnt down to ashes and thousands of men, women, and children in internally displaced camp-IDP- the community need building materials to start rebuilding homes, houses, and worship's centers, schools, and recreational centers. The education of the children has been adversely affected because most of the schools have been converted to IDP camps. Many building professionals such as civil engineers, quantity surveyors, brick layers etc. have volunteered to rebuild, but the people need financial resources to purchase building materials. The people of Eha Amufu are mostly farmers, and they need money to purchase agricultural seedlings to feed themselves before the in-coming planting season. As an agrarian community noted outside the state as exporters of food crops to other parts of Nigeria such as rice, cassava, plantain, yams etc., they need your help to rebuild hundreds of hectares of farmlands destroyed by the marauding invaders. They need financial assistance to purchase seedlings and fertilizer and herbicides to go back to farm for next farming season. The good people of Eha Amufu are industrious and proudly hardworking and are not asking for handouts, but a little help to pick the pieces of their lives back together again. Display a benefic heart to our Christian brothers and sisters in the eastern Nigerian heartland this Christmas Season and be their quaesitum today.

Here are the ways you can help with your soupcon grok: - Send your donations to the following organizations toward rebuilding the historical town of Eha Amufu, Isi Uzo LGA, Enugu State: -

*YORDEL, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Account Number: 1025702207 Tel: 08062666448

*Nnamani Odinaka Jeremiah, United Bank of Africa (UBA) Account Number 2076646247 Tel: 08103962436

*Greener Technologies Limited United Bank for Africa (UBA) Account Number: 1012556251 Tel: 08039578342

*For international donors, please use the following bank information: - MONNAC Bank of America Account #: 488 10390 7761 Routing # wires: 026009593, Address:3405 South 31st Street, Temple TX 76502 USA Tel: -+1 844 401 8500

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TODAY! HE IS COMING BACK SOON TO TAKE HIS OWN OUT OF THE WORLD

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There is no other life to live apart from the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Creator, believe me. He is not a prophet, He is the Lord God Almighty Himself, because He said so in John 10:30; "I and the Father are one." Again, He said in John 14:9 thus: "

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? There is plethora of Bible references for you to know that my Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ is the Sovereign Lord God Almighty Himself. So, if you think you believe in God, you must give your life to our Lord Jesus Christ, because as He again declared to us in John 14:06: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

You can give your life to Jesus Christ now! Say this prayer now using Romans 10:9-10: "Jesus Christ, I come to You now with penitent heart and contrite spirit. I confess I am a sinner. I have been living my life the way I want, which is a rebellion against You. I know that nothing good resides in me. That is why I come to You today to forgive me of my sins and rebellion. I believe in my heart that You came to this world over 2,000 years ago. You were born by the Virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem of Judea. You lived with us for 33 years and was sinless. Then, You went onto the Cross and died for my sins and sins of the world. Then You rose up again three days later after defeating Satan and the hordes of darkness in the nether gloom and today, you are holding the keys of death and hades in Your Hands. Jesus Christ, I confess You with my mouth as my Lord, Master, and Savior. Your Death on the Cross had paid the penalty for my sins and Your resurrection was for my justification. From today onward, I will obey, worship, and praise You. I will not live for my self-centered and egoistical life anymore. I will do what You want me to do. I will serve You for the remainder years of my life. I will tell others about You and witness to others about Your love and works of redemption and finished work on Calvary. Take me as Your Own. Seal me with the Holy Spirt. Enable me to do what You have created me for on this earth. Use me for Your Glory Jesus Christ and let me live my full life span. Let me fulfill my destiny and after I have accomplished the purpose for which You created me and sent me to this earthly temporary realm, I will return to You as the Shepherd of my spirit and soul reign with You in Your Kingdom for eternity in Your Holy Name, Amen."

It is done now. You are saved and are now a child of the Living God. He is your father from now onward. Pray that this Jesus Christ will direct you to a Holy Spirit-filled and Word-based Church in your neighborhood where you can join other believers to grow in your new faith from now on. Please be careful you do not keep company with your former friends and crowds so they will not draw you back to your former ways of life. Remember the Holy Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come The old has gone, the new is here!" Remember you confessed your sins to the Lord Jesus Christ, and He forgave you, because He cannot lie. Make sure you do not renege on our vows never to commit those sins again. Find a Bible believing Church and tell the pastor or shepherd there that you have just given your life to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ and you want him to walk you through walking the Christian Walk. Hallelujah! Tell him I sent you and if moved by the Holy Spirit to contact me, shoot me an email: [email protected] Congratulations and welcome to the family of the Living God!

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