Good morning one and all, today is Nigeria’s Independence day, we are 54 years YOUNG!! I was born in Kingston Jamaica, and left for America many years ago, I love both countries, Nigeria is also my love. I love the culture, the country, the music, the tradition and the people. Please help me today in celebrating Our Independence. I have included some Nigerian news within today’s post. I worried for us the other day, because of the Ebola concern which came at us, but Nigerians are resilient people and we prayed. Our culture is strong and our deep moral values are still intact. The Elders are appreciated and regarded and respected, Nigerians love and care for children, we are prayerful people, and we are for justice, I admit there are always going to be bad people everywhere, but I believe In Nigeria the Good out weighs the bad I love you Nigeria, Happy independence!
God must be a Nigerian
By EBELE ORAKPO
When we say that God is a Nigerian, some people think we are hallucinating, but deep within me, I know it is true or how else can one explain how we have been surviving terrible situations that have sent other nations over the brinks?” asked the heavy traffic.
“Cholera, Lassa fever, meningitis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, poliomyelitis, river blindness, Bird flu, Boko Haram, and now Ebola! I mean, God really loves us,” said Mary.
“Is that why you say God is a Nigerian? He loves everyone. After all, we are not the only ones being affected by all the things you mentioned,” said Matt.
Replied Mary: “Yes, but others have not been so lucky. Remember Sierra Leone, Liberia and Rwanda? Worse things have happened here and yet, like the proverbial cat with nine lives, we still dey kampe. And I must add that we have not had natural disasters.”
Said Eddy: “You are right my sister. God is not unrighteous because He knows that we don’t have the capacity to handle natural disasters. Imagine if we have earthquakes, landslides, tornadoes, etc. We are finished! So God really loves us.”
“Remember bird flu and mad cow disease that killed people and animals in some countries? Bird flu has been with us for decades. We were eating the birds and the flu and never heard that anyone died of bird flu,” stated Mary.
“Our immunity is strong. Have you wondered why some of the Ebola victims survived despite the fact that there is no known cure for ebola?” asked Eddy.
“Yeah, I heard that viral infections are not cured with drugs; that the body builds up antibodies to fight the infection,” said Matt.
Narrated Vincent: “Talking about bird flu, I remember the story of a woman who took her chicken to the market to sell. The bird was sick. It was manifesting the signs and symptoms of bird flu. Luckily for her, a buyer came along and began to price the chicken.
After much haggling and finally agreeing on a price, the bird began to ‘manifest’. First it closed its eyes and then began to turn the neck as if it was dancing skelewu.”
“Kai, the fowl wicked oo. Haba! How e go choose that kin time to display? I am sure the woman must have cursed it in her heart,” said Matt.
Continued Vincent: “The buyer noticed it and told the seller that the chicken was sick. Guess what the seller said..”
“Abeg tell us if you want to tell us. After all we were not there with you,” replied Mary.
“ The woman said: ‘Oh, no, it is not sick at all. It is perfectly healthy; it’s just shy because it is seeing you for the first time. You know first time meeting get as e dey be.”
“Smart woman. Typical Naija woman; always has answers to everything under the sun,” noted Tim.
“There is another story of a woman who took her sick chicken to the market to sell. She asked her little daughter to watch it and play with it so that it won’t sleep because if it sleeps, nobody will buy it. She then went to purchase something in another part of the market.
Trust kids, as soon as the mother left, a buyer came and saw the girl playing with the chicken. She tried to draw the girl’s attention to find out the price of the chicken. The girl was too engrossed in her play with the bird that she did not notice the lady until she touched her and asked where her mom went.
The girl replied that her mom went somewhere but instructed her to play with the chicken to prevent it from falling asleep so that a buyer could buy. That was the end of discussion,” said Vincent.
“If na you nko ? You go buy a sick bird?” asked Eddy.
Said Tim: “But seriously, when we were growing up, once my mother sees any of her birds dancing skelewu with eyes closed, she quickly slaughters it and we are happy to have a feast.”
“We will continue to overcome all the arrows of the devil – Boko Haram, Ebola and all others. God loves us too much.”
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Ban commends Nigeria’s efforts at containing Ebola
UN – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday commended President Goodluck Jonathan for Nigeria’s efforts at containing the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.
Ban gave the commendation at a meeting he held with Jonathan on the sideline of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly.
The two leaders also discussed the security situation in the North-East of Nigeria and its impact on the sub-region.
He made enquiries about the fate of the chibok schoolgirls abducted in April, and reiterated his condemnation on the attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram.
The two leaders discussed preparations for the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chulwu, confirmed that Nigeria was completely free of EVD.
The WHO says more than 2,400 men, women and children are known to have died from the outbreak, and nearly 5,000 other people have been infected with the disease.
In a report also realeased by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.4 million people could be infected with Ebola by the end of January if action was not taken to stop the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa.
In a report released on Tuesday, the centre said the astonishing figure was the result of the CDC taking into account the under-reporting of Ebola cases.
According to the most recent numbers, the CDC also expects about 21,000 cases of the disease will have occurred in Liberia and Sierra Leone by Sept. 30.
Cases double about every 20 days in Liberia and every 40 days in Sierra Leone.(NAN)
Ebola is contained in Nigeria, read here
Lokoja – A cross section of Nigerians on Wednesday said Nigeria’s 54th Independence anniversary was worth celebrating because “we are still a united nation’’ in spite of the numerous challenges.
Other citizens, however, said that the atmosphere was not ripe for celebration due to insurgency in parts of the country and the Chibok girls, among other challenges.
A PDP member in Kogi, Mr Adelodun Obaseki, said in Lokoja that “Nigerians have every reason to celebrate as in spite of all odds, God has always been by our side’’.
Obaseki pointed out the level of developments that the country had experienced in the last few decades as some of the reasons for celebration.
He noted that the PDP had proved itself to be a party that all Nigerians should embrace through its infrastructural developments in all aspects of national life through the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Another resident, Mr Salaudeen Mohammed, however, said that there was need for sobriety because of the security challenges threatening the country.
“What are we celebrating when over 200 Chibok girls are still being held captive by insurgents in the North, with killings and kidnappings in the South?,’’ he asked.
He noted that the nation still suffered epileptic power supply, massive youth unemployment, corruption and persistent strikes.
“Just give me a reason why we should celebrate when at 54, Nigeria still depends on importation of domestic goods, building materials and many other things,’’ said Salaudeen.
He, however, advised political leaders and governments at all levels to shun corruption and work for the betterment of our nation.
A taxi driver, Mr Samuel Elian, lamented the poor condition of the state and federal roads across the country, saying it was a cause for concern.
He enjoined the various tiers of government to do the needful to restore people’s confidence in the polity by delivering the benefits of independence.
Mr Ibrahim Tola, a private legal practitioner in Abuja, called for the construction of quality road network across the country and the provision of educational facilities, healthcare service, agricultural inputs and improved electricity supply, among other basic social amenities and infrastructure.
Mrs Eletta Awoniyi, a civil servant, said Nigeria should celebrate the sustained unity of the nation at 54 in spite of the various ills bedevilling the country.
She urged Nigerians to set aside religious, political and tribal differences, and embrace unity and peace which were needed to surmount the security challenges facing the country.
“Nigerians should join hands in the spirit of oneness and support our President Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against the enemies of our nation,” she urged. (NAN)
INCREDIBLE: Woman gives birth after 14 years pregnancy!
By Augustina Anyaegbu
Saturday June 7, 2014, will remain the happiest day in the life of Mercy James. Reason? That was the day she miraculously gave birth to a baby girl after 14 years of being pregnant.
The baby was promptly and aptly christined Miracle. And why not? If the mother had delivered at the expected time the child would have been a teenager by now and possibly in secondary school at the JSS 3 level.
Mercy, a single parent, said of her ordeal during the 14 years she was pregnant but could not give birth: “When I first took in, I knew that I was pregnant with signs and test that confirmed that I was. Four months later, I went to hospital for another test, the result showed that I wasn’t pregnant, but had fibroid.
Subsequently, I began to experience bleeding, at least once a day. Sometimes, my tummy would protrude in the semblance of pregnancy. I went to different hospitals, and I kept on receiving the same result that nothing was wrong with me. But deep down inside , I knew that all was not well with me.
Churches and native doctors
“So I was taken aback when a midwife told me I was pregnant. But considering the test which showed I had fibroid, I was angry with the midwife for giving me what I felt was a false prophecy of hope. Thereafter, I started going from one church to another and from one native doctor to the other. The results that I got from them all remained the same. I became more feeble and confused that I prayed for death to come.
“I went again to the midwife two years after and complained to her about the pains that I was going through, she told me again that it was not fibroid but pregnancy; she advised me to be more prayerful so that God will deliver me from the hands of the devil. I kept on praying and at the same time asking myself that if truly I’m pregnant, why is it that the baby was not kicking?
“I bought many concoctions that they said could cure fibroid and drank them. I even drank 12 bottles of a local cleanser but to no avail. This went on for years. Then God took pity on me and decided to wipe my tears.
On the day I gave birth to my baby girl, I initially thought that worms were trying to come out of my body not knowing that it was a baby. This was what I told the midwife when we came to her. But after examining me she told me to push.
I ignored her. I became unconscious for about 15 minutes and when I regained consciousness, I heard the cry of a baby. I was surprised and confused seeing my baby. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Hmm,I thank God for my life and that of my baby Miracle. I named her Miracle because she is truly a miraculous child”.
The midwife at the Celestial Church of Christ, Kadoso Parish, Ajegunle where Mercy gave birth confirmed the development, especially the role she played.
The woman who simply gave her name as Mrs Ajetima informed thus: “She was pregnant for 14 years and was unable to give birth during this period. Then on Saturday around 6:30am I saw two persons carrying her to this place. When she came inside, I laid her down and asked one of my daughters to examine her, after the examination, I found out that it was a baby that was about coming out and not worms. I asked her to push and she refused. My daughter gave her a hard slap on her laps since she refused to push.
Behold a baby with placenta came out! I started shouting, calling on people to come and see for themselves that Mercy was truly pregnant, because if not, people will start to say that that Celestial woman has given Mercy a baby. Within a twinkle of an eye, the whole place was filled with people. God is wonderful”.
Also affirming the happy development, Mercy’s closest friend, Odunayo Odeyemi had this to say: “I have known mercy for over nine years now. I met her with the pregnancy . In fact, she did not know that she was pregnant. I followed her to many places but her problems kept on increasing. Merely looking at Mercy then before she gave birth, you will notice that she wasn’t okay. I kept advising her to have faith in God because I had experienced the same thing. I was pregnant for three years and three months and God delivered me.
“Mercy came to me on that fateful day around 4am begging me to give her a pain reliever, that she was having pains all over her body. I dressed up and took her to a man that sells drugs. After taking the drug, on our way home, she started having serious pains. I called her brother and we both took her to the midwife. Hours later, she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. We all were surprised because we never expected such a miracle to happen. She had a complete baby.”
Robert Davidson, one of Mercy’s friends, said that he concluded after seeing Mercy with a protruded tummy for three years that she had fibroid. So, “it came to me as a shock to learn that she delivered a bouncing baby girl.”
For Chidimma Ibe, a neighbour: “She always complained to me that she had stomach pains all these period. She told me that she had fibroid and sometime, she will complain of different things. She was totally confused as to what her condition was. I’m very much surprised and happy she gave birth to a complete baby girl. It was truly a miracle. God was on her side. God is wonderful because all the concoctions she took were enough to kill the baby.”
On the father of Baby Miracle, Mercy informed that they got separated on account of the ordeal that attended her pregnancy. “Friday is the name of my baby’s father. Actually, we are not married. He just proposed to me and I became pregnant for him. He knew about the pregnancy. He always gave me money for tests and scans but he got tired and left me after waiting for me for over a year without seeing any sign of a baby. I have no option than to go my own way,” she informed.
– See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/06/incredible-woman-gives-birth-14-years-pregnancy/#sthash.eE1EQMq7.dpuf
Man killed in Benin while testing charms’ efficacy
BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE & SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN— A 25-year-old man simply identified as Osamame Isekhuere (aka Black Arrow) was weekend shot dead in Benin by his friend while trying to test the efficacy of charms in his possession popularly known as ‘Africa Insurance’.
The shooting which occurred at the Oba market, at the centre of Benin metropolis, Vanguard gathered, forced many traders in the market to lock up their shops and run for their lives following riots occasioned by the killing.
It was gathered that Osamame had asked one of his friends to shoot him to test a new charm that he had acquired against bullets after incising and rubbing the charms on their bodies and they decided to test it with live bullets.
According to the source, Osamame first shot at his friend but the bullet did not penetrate but when the friend shot at Osamame on the chest, the charm failed. Osamame was said to have died instantly.
His friends, who heard of the killing, burnt down a building where the said friend was living in a rented apartment.
Police spokesman, DSP Uwoh Noble, when contacted, said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.
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