Why Nigeria has not changed for better — Bishop Oyedepo
The Chancellor/ Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Dr David Oyedepo, has said Nigeria has not changed for the better because only changed people can change their environment and their world. Oyedepo, who is also the Founder of the Living Faith Bible Church, therefore urged Nigerians to move nearer to God for more of His values to manifest in their lives. He stated this on Friday during the 19th matriculation ceremony of the university.
“We talk about peace in Nigeria, but we are all witnesses to how far we are from it. When you are transformed, then you can reform your society. Only changed people can change their world and things around them. “That is why here at Covenant University, our aim is to raise a new generation of leaders who will help redeem the battered image of the black race. We have a number of core values that we imbibe in our students and one of them is integrity. This is essential because whatever you are able to accomplish, it is only integrity that will help you preserve it, ” he noted. Oyedepo added that any system that is afraid to be different would never make the difference and urged the new students to be determined to make the difference wherever they find themselves.
On what is unique about the university, he noted it was set up to give a total man education based on Biblical injunctions. He charged them to shun vices that could truncate their studies in the school. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, said the university was committed to raising tomorrow’s leaders. He charged them to focus on their studies and take advantage of the quality education it would offer them. A total of 1607 students matriculated at the undergraduate level, while 155 did at the graduate level.
Fuel price hike: Buhari has lost control – HURIWA
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has said the uncertainty in the pump price of petrol is an indication that “President Muhammadu Buhari has lost control.” HURIWA made the remark while condemning the “ever pervasive climate of apprehension, anxiety and uncertainty” on petrol pump price. The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, had on Thursday fixed the pump price of fuel at N212.61 per litre for the month of March.
But, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had countered the PPPRA, stressing that there was no increase in depot price of Premium Motor Spirit in March. However, the rights group warned that the uncertainty in fuel price was an invitation to anarchy that could trigger a massive scale of poverty, economic downturn and the oppression of Nigeria’s downtrodden. The Rights group said this in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf.
HURIWA expressed disappointment that two agencies under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources which is headed by Buhari could be “at each other’s throats over the exact pump price of petrol, just as major dealers of the product have now become like shylock and lawless entrepreneurs who decide when to sell or when to hoard the product just so they can maximise profits at the detriment of the over 100 million absolutely poor Nigerians.”
According to HURIWA: “It is inconceivable that the petroleum sector which the President himself supervises as the senior minister can not provide clarity and certainty regarding the stability and affordability of petrol which remains critical to the economic survival of the masses and Corporate entities.
“It is regrettable too that at a time most countries are introducing innovative replacements for Petrol and diesel so as to protect the environment and the biodiversity, Nigeria still operates with the mindset of the 18th century because of the gross incompetence of the political class who have hijacked Nigeria.” The rights group pointed out that the “uncertainty in the price of petroleum products and the incessant hike in the pump price means that the central government lacks quality body.
Fuel price: PDP warns of mass protest
The Peoples Democratic Party has said it “would amount to a direct invitation for a mass protest in the country” if the regime led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the All Progressives Congress increase pump price to N212 per litre. The main opposition party said any contemplation towards that direction “would be pushing Nigerians to the wall; a situation that is capable of worsening an already tensed situation and lead to economic and social crisis in the country.” PDP said this in a statement titled “N212 Fuel Price, An Invitation For Mass Protest, PDP Cautions…Insists Fuel Shouldn’t Sell Above N70,” signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement partly read, “Our party holds that the N212 per litre reportedly contemplated in the March pricing template by the All Progressives Congress administration, is wicked, insensitive, and callous. “It is a barefaced fact that there is no way that Nigerians can survive such a hike in fuel price, which will worsen the already agonizing economic situation in the country. “Our party maintains that with an honest and transparent administration of our national production capacity and potentialities, domestic price of fuel should not exceed N70 per litre. “The continuous unjustified increase in the price of fuel is a deliberate scheme by the APC, through which their leaders fleece Nigerians of billions of naira on daily basis. “Nigerians have endured enough under the suppressive, corrupt, insensitive and incompetent APC administration and it is our concern that any further increase in fuel price may become the last straw that might break the camel’s back as already cautioned by our party last month.
“Our party had cautioned that with over 100 million citizens living in abject poverty, with an alarming 23% unemployment rate and many more living below N500 a day, any increase in fuel price is capable of triggering a mass protest in the land. “This is particularly as the APC and its government have been unable to account for the over N15 trillion allegedly stolen by APC leaders. “The PDP, therefore, charges the APC and its administration to save the nation the trouble by ending every contemplation of fuel price increase, particularly at this time Nigerians are expecting a downward review in prices. “Furthermore, our party calls on all patriotic Nigerians to remain calm but very alert in readiness, within the ambit of our laws and opportunities granted under our democracy, to stand up for, rescue and defend our national patrimony and collective wealth.”
President Buhari reacts to Pinnick’s Election to FIFA Council
President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on his election into the FIFA Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ in world football.
The President explained that by dint of hardwork, dedication and consistency, Pinnick has proven to be an efficient football administrator and the world has taken notice of his competency skills by electing him into the FIFA Council and one of the Vice Presidents of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
He added that this feat of enhanced visibility and prestige of Nigeria in the international community is coming on the heels of recent elections of other well qualified and endowed Nigerians into strategic leadership positions in international organisations.
Mr. Buhari disclosed that Pinnick should see his new assignment as an opportunity to enhance Nigeria’s reputation and identity as a football loving country and optimally utilise the role of sports, through football, as a driving force to engender development, peace and stability at the regional and international levels.
Source: Politics Nigeria
Osinbajo meets with Sultan of Sokoto
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says equity, justice and fairness for all segments of society are imperative in the pursuit of unity in the county. Osinbajo said this on Friday in Sokoto while delivering the Convocation Lecture of the Sokoto State University.
The vice president, who was received at Sokoto airport by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, also paid a courtesy call on the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar.
Osinbajo spoke on the roles that leaders must play to engender unity in his lecture entitled: “Nigeria, Some Defining Issues for the Future.’’
The vice president said that any fear or allegation of marginalisation or discrimination on account of religion or ethnicity must not be overlooked.
“Political, especially ethnic leaders, and religious leaders must do the difficult work of educating their publics about the need to live together. It is the elites, leaders that will do the onerous job of ensuring unity in our communities.”
“Unity is not just a slogan or even merely a good idea.It has manifest expression in our communities where Nigerians from diverse backgrounds are co-mingling, trading, partnering, inter-marrying and blending in various ways.”
“We live in a complex web of multi-layered social, cultural, economic and political synergies playing out in every sector of our individual and national lives. Despite the scale of the challenges facing us, unravelling this web of commonality as proposed by enthusiasts of disintegration is a cure that is worse than the disease.”
“This is why we must understand that even though managing diversity can be politically and administratively onerous, diversity itself is an economic strength and harnessing it properly is hugely rewarding,” he said.
Osinbajo said that if properly harnessed, a country’s diversity could ensure lasting prosperity for all.
According to him, it is a matter of interest that the most prosperous economies in the world are typically diverse.
“Because the true wealth of nations in the 21st century is human capital, societies that set out to attract and retain the most diverse pool of skilled human resources are ordained to prevail in the race for prosperity.With diversity comes a broad range of cultural, philosophical and intellectual approaches for solving problems; innovation can only flourish in this kind of setting.”
“This is why we must understand that even though managing diversity can be politically and administratively onerous, diversity itself is an economic strength and harnessing it properly is hugely rewarding,” Osinbajo added.
Speaking against the call for Nigeria’s disintegration, the vice president called on citizens to consider the importance of national unity.
According to him, the country is more than a sum of its many parts and its diversity as ethnic diversity, cultural diversity and religious diversity are value-addition for the nation.
“Differences should not mean division. It is essential for us to establish a culture of tolerance, open-mindedness and acceptance of people of all cultures and creeds.There is unity to be found even in the face of such differences.”
“There is a `Nigerianness’ that binds us all, there is a shared commitment – no matter how suppressed – to build a better Nigeria for ourselves and future generations.” he said.
Source: Politics Nigeria
Unbelievable Story Of Woman Who Beheaded Her Own Mother And Asked Doctors If She Could Sew It Back
The story has been told of Jessica Camilleri, a 27-year-old “cannibal” daughter who shockingly beheaded her mum before asking if doctors could sew it back on, according to Daily Star UK.
Jessica Camilleri knifed her mum Rita Camilleri, 57, more than 100 times during the brutal attack in Sydney, Australia.
She has now been sentenced to 21 years and seven months in jail after being convicted of manslaughter.
The attack was carried out after she flew into a fit of rage to prevent being sent to hospital for psychiatric treatment.
She dragged her mum, who had become her sole carer, into the kitchen by the hair where she butchered her with steak knives.
After decapitating her mum, she removed her tongue, eyeballs and nose.
She carried it outside their home in the St Clair area and placed it on a footpath, where she was arrested drenched in blood after phoning police.
In the call, she claimed her mum had tried to stab her.
When police arrived, she asked if medics could work “miracles” and “sew her head back on”, 7News reports.
She asked officers: “My mum’s head is on the concrete over there.
“Can you bring someone back to life if they don’t have a head?”
The trial heard she had been suffering from severe mental illnesses at the time.
Rita Camilleri was killed
A judge said she had engaged in “acts of decapitation and cannibalism” following the killing in July 2019.
Justice Helen Wilson said: “She understood the nature of her act when stabbing her mother and clearly knew it was wrong.”
She said the mum “must have been in extreme pain and both shocked and terrified by what was being done to her by her own beloved child”, news.com.au reports.
The NSW Supreme Court heard she had more than 90 defensive wounds to her hands.
A four-year-old, known as Child A, was in the house at the time and tried to jump on her to stop the attack.
She fought off and wounded the youngster.
She was originally charged with murder but a jury found her guilty of manslaughter last December.
Forensic psychiatrists said the attack was brought on by an intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.
She had a fixation on horror films and owned eight copies of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and five of Jeepers Creepers, the court was told.
In an interview, she told police she got the idea to beheaded her mum “from the movies” she obsessively watched.
Her older sister Kristi Torrisi said the mum was “killed and butchered like she was nothing, all because of a fit of rage”.
She added: “I wouldn’t wish this pain upon anyone.
“My heart feels incredible pain day in, day out.”
Rexxie acquires new house in Lagos
Chisom Faith Ezeh, popularly known as Rexxie, has acquired a magnificent house in Lagos.
The popular music producer, sound engineer and entrepreneur who is known for being the originator of the current wave ‘Zanki Sound,” which is employed by several top music artistes and producers alike in making their music, is beyond ecstatic
Rexxie shared several photos of the enviable home he acquired alongside a video on Instagram.
Displaying his new home, he wrote: “It can only be God.”
Source: The Nation
Shut up or I will deal with you – Wike warns Akpabio
Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has drawn the battle line with Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, over the latter’s recent verbal attack on South-South governors.
Wike threatened to deal with Akpabio if he dared speak negatively about Rivers State, insisting that Akpabio had no authority to talk about his state.
The Governor, who spoke on Friday when he inaugurated an office complex his administration built for the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Port Harcourt, alleged Akpabio was behind a recent publication by militant groups asking the South-South to account for N55trn derivation money.
The new three-storey TUC building has a 500- seater auditorium, conference room and fully furnished offices.
Wike said as a Governor, Akpabio carried himself like a god wondering why he failed an ordinary senatorial election if he had performed as a Governor.
Wike said: “It is unfortunate I read what the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Akpabio said. I will tell him to talk less. We will tell him that when he was the governor he was acting like a king. There was money that time. The exchange rate was N150 per dollar. Today, it is N500 for a dollar.
“Akpabio had money but he had the temerity to ask South-South governors what they are doing with 13 per cent derivation. Akpabio should not talk to Rivers State at all. He has no such authority. He is not qualified to talk to Rivers State.
“If he wants to talk he should concentrate in Akwa Ibom State or else we teach him a lesson here. Akpabio should know that enough is enough.
“If he should talk here I will teach him a lesson. I am not a sycophant and I am not an inconsistent person. I don’t give a damn. He cannot say he sees me in the villa.”
He added: “So, if he wants to talk let him concentrate on his state not to venture again talk about Rivers. If he does it again, he will regret. I am not one of those governors he can turn around. I am not that kind of person. People should say what they practice.
“I will show you a video where the President said they should come and learn from me what we are doing here. People forget they just come out and talk any how”.
Referring to Thursday’s inauguration of the permanent headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Wike said Akpabio failed to confirm from the South-South Governors the date that would be suitable for them.
None of the South-South governors attended the event, which occurred a day after Akpabio blasted them for demanding an inauguration of the board of the NDDC.
But Wike said: “He (Akpabio) went and asked so-called South-South militants that we should render account of N55trilion naira. Where did he get the N55trilion from?
“If we got N55trn then he got N200trn. You came to commission a project you can’t ask the governors when is suitable for them. Later they said they boycotted the programme. Boycotted what?
“You promised you were going to partner with me when we were doing the Eastern bypass but you ran away and now you are enjoying it. Akpabio be careful.
“Don’t go and pay money to people to type propaganda against governors. You will suffer for it at the end of the day.
“We know what Akpabio was doing as a Governor. He saw himself as god then. Now he has the temerity to insult South-South governors. We will meet one day. If he did well, why did he fail his senatorial election?
“You will finish from Abuja and you will come here. When you were begging governors to come and talk on your behalf. Now you are fighting us. I will abuse you back at the appropriate time. I am only making introduction today. What I will do be prepared.
“Now you have gone to look for trouble, I will give you trouble. You will never sleep again. This is why Nigeria cannot move forward. You ran to the other party for protection.
“The same party that say they are fighting corruption. You can just say anything. Abuse governors. Don’t dare me”.
Source: The Nation