Author: Michael Onya

Benue Church Killings Sacrilegious – VP Osinbajo

Benue Church Killings Sacrilegious – VP Osinbajo

Politics, Security
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has described as sacrilege the killings of Christians in a Catholic Church in Benue State by suspected herdsmen on Tuesday. Osinbajo, who spoke at the Inauguration of the Deeper Life Bible Church new auditorium in Gbagada, condemned the debilitating act. According to Osinbajo, the killing is heinous and sacrilegious for devilish minds to kill in a place of worship. He said a morning mass was being held when the herdsmen struck and killed the worshippers. The Vice President said the killings in the church was a ploy by the devil to cause religious war in Nigeria. He said while the security agencies continued to work to bring the perpetrators to book, the body of Christ must not lose focus, but must do more in propagating the gospel
Benue Killings: Markurdi On Standstill As Residents Protest

Benue Killings: Markurdi On Standstill As Residents Protest

Breaking, Security
The capital of Benue State, Makurdi  has been brought to a standstill by protesters over the ongoing killings in the state. The protesters, it was gathered have taken over major streets of the state, calling on the federal government to come to their aide.  Orbit News reports that over 100 persons have been killed between yesterday and today in Guma, Gwer and Logo areas of the state by suspected herdsmen. Mostly women garbed in black attires are currently matching around the Bishop of Makurdi Dioceses house, weeping while singing corrosively, ‘Go and tell Buhari they are killing us' observed our reporter More details soon…
World Malaria Day: Increase Awareness- Pharmacists

World Malaria Day: Increase Awareness- Pharmacists

Health
Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Kwara chapter, has urged government at all levels and traditional rulers to increase awareness on malaria among rural dwellers. The association’s Chairman, Mr Adejuwon Otelaja, made the call on Wednesday in a interview with newsmen in Ilorin on the sidelines of a programme to mark World Malaria Day. Otelaja, who spoke on the theme for this year’s celebration “Ready To Beat Malaria”, stressed the need to keep the environment clean and avoid stagnant water where mosquitoes breed near residences. Quoting statistics from World Health Organisation (WHO) the pharmacist said about 3.4 billion people live in areas prone to malaria transmission in 91 countries and territories. He added that “malaria is a disease that is transmitted through the
Sen. Dino Melaye Re-arrested – Jimoh Moshood, Force Headquarters

Sen. Dino Melaye Re-arrested – Jimoh Moshood, Force Headquarters

Politics, Security
The embattled Senator Dino Melaye has been re-arrested by the Nigerian police at an Abuja hospital where he was taken to after he jumped from a police vehicle. Jimoh Moshood, in a statement from the Force Headquarters at about 12.00hrs of Tuesday  said that, Melaye while in lawful custody of the Nigeria Police Force personnel and being taken for arraignment in Federal High Court Lokoja from Abuja, escaped from lawful custody when hoodlums and miscreants in Two (2) Toyota Hilux Vehicles blocked the Police vehicle conveying him around Area 1 Round About, Abuja. He said in the process, the Senator jumped out of the Police vehicle through the window and was rescued from the Police men by hoodlums and miscreants to an unknown destination. “The Police team re-enforced and trailed Senato
World’s first total penis, scrotum transplant done by US surgeons

World’s first total penis, scrotum transplant done by US surgeons

Breaking, Foreign, Health
Surgeons in an operating theatre- the first total penis and scrotum transplant done at Johns Hopkins Medicine  in Baltimore For the first time, a team of US surgeons from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, has managed to transplant the penis and the scrotum from a deceased donor to a recipient who had lost his genital organs during armed service. According to a report by Medical News Today, the surgeons had been planning such an intervention since 2013. In the telebriefing statement of the institution’s genitourinary programme, the programmme’s clinical director, Dr. Rick Redett, called the procedure “the culmination of more than 5 years of research and collaboration across multiple disciplines.” The successful transplant was performed last month on a United States wa
$322.5 Million(N116.11 billion) Abacha Loot Returned – Amb. Pio Wennubst

$322.5 Million(N116.11 billion) Abacha Loot Returned – Amb. Pio Wennubst

Economy, Politics
Switzerland said it has returned all the money kept in the country by late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, with $1.5 million interest. Amb. Pio Wennubst, Assistant Director-General and Head, Global Cooperation Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in New York. Wennubst said Switzerland returned about $322.5 million(N116.11 billion) to the Federal Government. According to him, the original amount was $321 million. The Federal Government had announced receipt of $322.51 million from the Swiss government as part of the looted funds recovered from the late former Head of State. Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, through her Special Adviser, Media and Communications, Oluyinka Akintunde, had confirmed the r...
Nigeria’s Biggest Security Problems Are Concentrated In The North – Yoruba Council Of Elders

Nigeria’s Biggest Security Problems Are Concentrated In The North – Yoruba Council Of Elders

Opinions, Politics, Security
The Yoruba Council of Elders is right that Nigeria's biggest security problems are concentrated in the North and these problems are draining the country's resources. Are the Boko Haram terrorists not Northerners, mainly from the Northeast ?.  Is religious violence not concentrated in the North ?. Are Muslim fanatics that attack Churches and loot Igbo shops in the name peaceful protests not Northerners ?.  Are these mobs that extra-judicially lynch non-Muslims for alleged blasphemy not Northerners ?.  Do Yoruba Muslims take the laws into their own hands by lynching others for alleged blasphemy ?. Don't the Southwest have Muslims ?.  Why are they not behaving violently in the name of religion ?. Why is religious extremism and violence concentrated in the North ?. A
THE MAN DIES IN HIM

THE MAN DIES IN HIM

Opinions
He birthed one of his finest ideological works shortly after he was released from incarceration by Yakubu Gowon during the civil war. While in prison incubating the contents, the title of his prison note was going to be called 'A Slow Lynching' until he received a telegram from someone. A group of journalists who were arrested, badly beaten, detained and brutally treated on the orders of a military governor had one of theirs flown abroad for treatment but he eventually died in jthe process. Then someone sent a cryptic telegram to Soyinka informing him about the situation, and the message read 'THE MAN DIED'. As a last minute decision, the message on the telegram became the title of Soyinka's prison note instead of 'A Slow Lynching'. In the opening pages of the book, the full quote re...
Oil Marketers Plotted To Cripple Me – Dr Okonjo-Iweala

Oil Marketers Plotted To Cripple Me – Dr Okonjo-Iweala

Economy, Politics
Former Finance Minister, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has alleged that there was a plan by oil importers and marketers to confine her to a wheelchair and force her out of office during the time she served under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. But in a swift reaction, yesterday, the marketers under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMA, dared her to prove the allegation. However, according to Okonjo-Iweala, a friend to one of her brothers attended a meeting where the discussion held. She said the friend advised her brother that security should be beefed up around her. Okonjo-Iweala revealed this in her book entitled: ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines.’ She said: “My mother’s ordeal was not the end of frightening events
MZANSI’S FIRST BLACK WOMAN DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY!

MZANSI’S FIRST BLACK WOMAN DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY!

Education, Foreign
Dr Mpho Tshivhase is the first Black Mzansi woman to hold a PhD in Philosophy ~ Mining Forum of South Africa In a remarkable achievement, a student at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has become the first African woman from South Africa to be awarded a doctoral degree in Philosophy. Dr Mpho Tshivhase graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy at UJ on Thursday, 12 April. She focuses on advancing  a theory of what it means for persons to be unique. The title of her thesis was entitled: 'Towards a Normative Theory of Uniqueness of Persons.’ Her research project was completed under the supervision of Prof. Thaddeus Metz, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UJ. Prof. Metz explains that Dr Tshivhase’s Doctoral thesis is the first systematic t
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