I think the statement that says “there is no place like home” has lost its relevance and meaning considering what is happening, in my opinion, the entire world has to know what’s happening to us in our our own state, we have no reason not to post the wadat a crises, the security system has been influenced to Favour our visitors, when we protested the killings of our sisters and brother they deployed the military to come and kill us, we have become visitors and insecure here at home, this guys as at 4pm were operating at will and has inflicted deep cut into the bodies of human being whom are our brothers, destroy and burn peoples houses and vehicles, Christians who went to the market to buy things and those who live in wadata left there homes to take refuge at zone A police station, this happened with no single confrontation from any security agency, as if its not enough they followed us to the police station and tried to force there way in to have our heads, what did the police do, they were simply begging the hoodlums to calm down, as at 4pm this evening when I left there was no single confrontation from any security agent, as if its not enough that the Government of Benue and the FG has failed in there primary responsibility which is to protect life’s and properties? Why ask us not to post for fear of state of emergency? do they even know what state of emergency means? should they not instead deploy security personnel’s to go there and calm the situation rather than posting rubbish? anyone who says we should not post about it has said it because they were not there to experience what happened.
A 45-year-old farmer and carpenter identified as John Ulaha, has reportedly impregnated his mother-in-law and putting his wife, Victoria, in a fix.
According to a new report by Sunonline, sometime in mid-September 2017, John and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ashetu Igbasue, 42, had relocated to Awe, Nassarawa State, in order to fast-track their harvesting. Three months into the pair’s sojourn, Ashetu got pregnant.
Mrs. Igbasue, said that it all started in the farm during a joke which led to sex later in the night when they returned from the farm.
“I agreed to his demand for sex and thought it was just to satisfy his sexual feelings, but somehow, it became a daily thing,” she confessed.
“I never thought I could get pregnant due to my age. I told my daughter the truth so that we can get a solution to it and out of anger she went public with it. I have since regretted my action. My intention is to find a way and abort it.
My daughter earlier agreed to look for somebody to abort it for me because I can’t keep it. The whole thing was a temptation and I completely regret it. I have pleaded for forgiveness from her.”
John however claimed that his mother-in-law seduced him by always exposing herself while they worked on the farm, especially, whenever both of them came together to eat.
“She would always sit half-naked before me; at first, it was embarrassing to me,” he said.
“But I later discovered that her actions were an open invitation and as a man, I was tempted at a point, and that led to something else. And we both continued in that order until our actions resulted in pregnancy.”
Expressing her disappointment at her husband’s behaviour, Victoria remarked:
“It would have been better for him to get a second wife who will be stationed at home or even look for a girlfriend to satisfy him in my absence rather than going into a love affair with my own mother; it is a very shameful thing and an abomination of the highest order; it is wrong.”
Victoria promised to take proper action after she recovers from the shock. But for now, she had ruled out the option of opting out of the marriage.
•Retired Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha
In what appeared to be a surprise drama, former Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, and founder of the newly floated political party, Green Party of Nigeria (GMP), last Sunday made a surprise appearance at the grand finale of the four-day international crusade organised by the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries in Mgbidi, Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State.
Al-Mustapha said his mission to the Christian gathering was to appeal to the General Overseer of the Lord Chosen, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, to acknowledge with a particular interest the problem in Nigeria at this point in time as they were snowballing into something bigger, pleading passionately to the Muoka to come to the rescue of the 19 states of Northern Nigeria that are incessantly experiencing crises.
He enumerated the problems plaguing the country to include “corruption, terrorism and high unemployment rate. “Our brothers and sister are dying across waters, our education system is nothing to write home about, infrastructure is nowhere to be found, so many promises but not fulfilled, too much money but nothing to show for it, institutional decay, nepotism, gender inequality problems and all that,” he added.
He said therefore that it was high time Nigerians resorted to the likes of Muoka to seek help and direction for the country and be free from the instabilities confronting the country.
Al-Mustapha regretted that the Northern states were presently bedeviled with so many social problems, and requires sincere and honest people like Muoka, who can direct and pass the right messages to the people and as well pray for a turnaround in Nigeria.
According to him, “We want Pastor Muoka to extend his evangelism to the North to change the situation there for good. If we allow terrorism to get deep rooted, it may affect other parts of Nigeria. Besides, people are dying every day. So, there is need to bring in place people who have the capacity to bring Nigeria out of its present situation.
Describing the church leader as an embodiment of humility and a distinguished personality who radiates all known and unknown qualities of a true leader, Mustapha said: “The essence of any leadership in life rests on the provision of hope to the people when their confidence is lost and providing that confidence when the people no longer have hope anywhere else. The Lord’s Chosen Ministries has an anchorman of such capacity.”
The ex-soldier noted that life is not measured by the amount of money, cars or houses one has, but by the number of lives affected positively.
“Life is not measured by the riches in your pocket nor the number of houses, castles or palaces that you have and not by the power that you have but it is measured from the point of view of people appreciating and smiling when they see you and when they hear of you. The Lord Chosen General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, is one of those people. I see in him humility, simplicity, wisdom, responsibility cheerfulness, kindness and of courses faith and wisdom.”
Speaking further, Mustapha hinted that in kindness and wisdom, when he was being persecuted in 2009, and kept for 15 years going through torture, Muoka made intercessory prayers on his behalf till he got freedom.
“In the mid-way of my persecution, the distinguished religious leader sent people to pray for me. He was also praying for me without minding the leadership that was persecuting me. And as I was going through the travails, through the kindness and wisdom with which he showed me, I saw a lot of things happening, and eventually, God Almighty granted me freedom,” he stated.
1). Never raise your voice for any reason to your husband. Its a sign of disrespect.(Prov 15v1) 2). Don’t expose your husband’s weaknesses toyour family and friends. It will bounce back at you.You are each other’s keeper.(Eph 5v12) 3). Never use attitudes and moods to communicate to your husband, you never know how your husband will interpret them. Defensive women don’t have a happy home.(Prov 15v13) 4). Never compare your husband to other men, you’ve no idea what their life is all about. If you attack his Ego, his Love for you will diminish. 5). Never ill treat your husband’s friends because you don’t like them, the person who’s supposed to get rid of them is your husband.(Prov 11v22) 6). Never forget that your husband married you, not your maid or anyone else. Do your duties.(Gen 2v24) 7). Never assign anyone to give attention to your husband, people may do everything else but your husband is your own responsibility.(Eph 5v33) 8). Never blame your husband if he comes back home empty handed. Rather encourage him.(Deut 3v28) 9). Never be a wasteful wife, your husband’s sweat is too precious to be wasted. 10). Never pretend to be sick for the purpose of denying your husband sex. You must give it to him how he wants it. Sex is very important to Men, if you keep denying him, it is a matter of time before another woman takes over theat duty. No man can withstand sex starvation for too long(even the anointed ones) (SS 7v12) 11). Never compare your husband to your one time sex mate in bedroom, or an Ex-lover. Your home may Never recover from it if you do.(SS 5v9) 12). Never answer for your husband in public opinion polls, let him handle what is directed to him although he may answer for you in public opinion polls.(Prov 31v23) 13). Never shout or challenge your husband in front of children. Wise Women don’t do that.(Eph 4v31) 14). Don’t forget to check the smartness of your husband before he checks out.(Prov 12v4) 15). Never allow your friends to be too close to your husband. 16). Never be in a hurry in the bathroom and on the dressing table. Out there your husband is always surrounded by women who took their time on their looks.( 1 Sam25v3) 17). Your parents or family or friends do not have the final say in your marriage. Don’t waste your time looking up to them for a final word. You must Leave if you want to Cleave.(Luke 21v16) 18). Never base your love on monetary things. Will you still submit to him even if you earn more money than him? 19). Don’t forget that husbands want attention and good listeners, never be too busy for him. Good communication is the bed rock of every happy home. (Gal 6v9) 20). If your idea worked better than his, never compare yourself to him. Its always teamwork.(Gal 6v10) 21). Don’t be too judgemental to your husband. No man wants a Nagging wife.(Eph 4v29) 22). A lazy wife is a careless wife. She doesn’t even know that her body needs a bath.(Prov 24v27)(Prov 20v13) 23). Does your husband like a kind of cooked food?, try to change your cooking. No man jokes with food. (Prov 31v14) 24). Never be too demanding to your husband,enjoy every moment, resource as it comes.(Luke 11v3) 25). Make a glass of water the very first welcome to your husband and everyone entering your home. Sweetness of attitude is true beauty. (Prov 31v11) 26). Don’t associate with women who have a wrong mental attitude about marriage.(Prov 22v14) 27). Your marriage is as valuable to you as the value that you give it. Recklessness is unacceptable.(Heb 13v4) 28). Fruit of the womb is a blessing from the Lord, love your children and teach them well.(Prov 22v6) 29). You are never too old to influence your home. Never reduce your care for your family for any reason. (Prov 31v28) 30). A prayerful wife is a better equipped wife, pray always for your husband and family(1 Thess 5v17) Have a lovely day….. God bless u all.
Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, who were accused of killing about 17 people in the state on New Year day, have explained why they attacked their host villagers.
The President of the Benue State branch of Myetii Allah Breeders Association, Garus Gololo, told a correspondent of BBC News (Pidgin) that problem started when some people tried to rustle their cows, while they were emigrating from the state to some neighbouring states.
Gololo said, “While we were trying to relocate to Taraba State, through Nassarawa State to the border town of Nengere, some rustlers came and stole about 1000 cows from us and we have to fight back.”
The communities affected by the bloodletting include Gaambe-Tiv, Ayilamo, Turan. Umenger, Tse-Akor and Tomaater, near Tse-Aabi in Logo and Guma local Government areas.
Gololo claimed the attacks by the herdsmen, were in self-defense against cattle rustlers, who stole into their camp in the night to steal their cows.
Reports said that there has been an uneasy calm in the area since Benue State Government enacted the anti-grazing law in the state, without allocating a definite area for grazing for the herdsmen.
Two days after the incident, some youths stormed the major streets of Makurdi, the state capital to protest the New Year attacks. They burnt tyres and blocked all the major roads in the state capital.
The youths threatened to remain on the streets in continued protest until President Muhammadu Buhari takes steps to address the situation or resign from his office.
They also said that the funds and strategies employed by the government to fight against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, should also be used in redressing the situation in Benue state.
Speaking on the situation, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Government, Terve Akase, explained that the herdsmen started the attacks on 9 pm of the new year day until about 4 am on Tuesday, the next day.
He added that the attacks were a reaction by the herdsmen against the anti-open grazing law enacted by the state government, to prevent incessant clashes between the villagers and the herdsmen in the state.
“After the government established the law, the herdsmen told the press that they would not abide by the law,” Akase said.
He added that “So far, about 20 people have been reported dead by the communities, while Myetti Allah said that seven of their members are missing”
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state Police Command, Moses Yamu, however, confirmed that 17 people died in the violence orgy and that police investigation into the matter is still ongoing, even as 8 herdsmen have been arrested.
24th: Novelty football match,
28th: tourism event (lets go a fishing in Rinze)
30th: Colloquium and Gala night
31st: Cultural fiesta/grand finale
1st: Dinner and awards night 1st April.
*2018 is 5th Anniversary of our rebranded Nzeh Mada festival. It will be explosive with lots of surprises coming your way.
Shafa-Abakpa community in Toto local government of Nasarawa state on Saturday, 30 December, 2017, witnessed the annual Irewha Hunting Festival.
The youth of the community came out under various age grades, adorned in their hunting garbs with locally fabricated guns slung over their shoulders. Their black hunting attire gave them a fierce look.
Chanting Egbura traditional songs, the youth filed out like ants from the bush to the playground, stamping their feet on the dusty ground as they proudly displayed their catches.
It was a dance of the brave and a display of gallant hunters to mark the popular Irewha Hunting Festival .The hunting festival observed yearly by the people, has its origin in Ikaka, one of the founding fathers of the community. Ikaka was said to be a great hunter, renowned for his great skills and bravery in hunting. As such, he was said to be given the nickname Ada-Ugbe, according to the traditional ruler of the community, (The Ohiemani of Emani Shafa- Abakpa, Alhaji Hussain Usman Kyafi).
He added that the story has it that Ikaka who was also a great warrior had instructed his son, Onda, to stage a hunting festival at his death, which should be accompanied with merriment.
He, according to the story, had warned that there would be no peace and animals would not be caught during hunting, if the festival was not organized to appease his spirit.
“And at his father’s death, Onda did as he was instructed ,and that was how the festival came into being,” the traditional ruler said.
Today, the community has taken the festival to a new level. The festival is the major factor that attracts natives of the community who are away from home, to come back every year.
Apart from the hunting dance and display by the young local hunters, there was a beauty pageant contest for Egbura maidens, known as ‘Soroniyya’ in the local dialect. At the end of the event, prizes were given to those who emerged first, second and third.
The Shafa-Abakpa community no doubt has a lot of advantages, especially when it comes to the area of having access to western education.
Our reporter gathered during the event that Shafa-Abakpa community was the first village where Christian missionaries came to settle during the colonial period, and this has placed the community above other communities in Nasarawa State.
The situation, our reporter learnt, has given opportunity to indigenes of the area to acquire western education, which has now produced prominent sons of the village at higher positions, that include, the retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Suleiman Galadima, Architect Jafaru Isah of the FCDA, who is now a politician and currently a house of representatives member, representing, Nasarawa-Toto-Umaisha federal constituency. A former Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Engineer Isah Danjuma, Architect Abu Sheze, a private developer, and also retired President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Nasarawa state, Justice Jibril Idrisu, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the FCT among other prominent sons daughters of the community.
Speaking at the event, National President of the Shafa-Abakpa Community Association (SACA), Barrister Muhammed D. Zubairu, said the festival had helped encourage the indigenes, including those in diaspora to come home during the last week of December.This in turn has afforded them the opportunity to attend the annual general meeting of the association and public lectures which precede the festival.
He said the association has provided a forum for unity, peace and progress since its inception. He added that there have been modest achievements on issues of our common interest and a lot has also been achieved in the areas of developmental projects and socio-cultural developments.
He also hinted that the festival has provided a link for the living with their ancestral leaders of the land, saying the event is mostly significant in maintaining and sustaining discipline, respect, hard work and love for humanity.
He however called on the state government to urgently come to the aid of the people of the community in building an earth dam or alternatively, connect the community with Toto dam in order to reduce the perennial water problem at the community.
He said though the journey so far has been very fruitful and quite impressive, saying the association has been able to come together to unite among themselves, and made some remarkable achievements in the areas of socio-cultural, economic and political development.
According to him, the community was also appreciative for the peaceful coexistence amongst themselves, except for the recent worrisome menace posed by cattle rustlers, kidnappers and fraudsters.
“This development has greatly posed a challenge to our vibrant socio- economic activities in the area, as people fear to go to farms and attend to their normal trading and commercial engagements,” he said.
The SACA president, therefore, called on politicians to work in unity and create a platform or forum where they dialogue with constituents, for understanding and better performance at all levels.
“And there should also be synergy in our political development where local councils chairmen, members of the national and state assemblies and political office holders converge for a better understanding, political and economic gains,” he added.
Zubairu, further urged all the elected representatives and political appointees to rise up to the challenge, in order to ameliorate the neglect at the grassroot level and give the electorate a new lease of life.
In his speech, General Theophilus Danjuma, who was the chairman of the occasion, said it was a thing of pleasure and pride to be invited as chairman of this years Irewha cultural hunting festival.
He noted that it was some few years ago, he was honored by the Ohimegye of Opanda-Umaisha, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, as (Ohireku), which he said was a rare honour.
He observed that the hunting cultural festival organized by the association, which he said was non political, was an organisation with members drawn from all sectors of the community without tribal affiliation.
Danjuma, promised to sponsor a project of their choice that would impact on the lives of people of the community through his wife, and he said his wife will soon visit the community to meet with the women to discuss with them.
Also commenting, the speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi Balarabe, noted that the Irewha hunting festival not only afforded the people of the community the opportunity to showcase Egbura cultural values, but also served as a vehicle for promoting peace, unity and understanding among various ethnic groups.
He therefore solicited for the support and understanding of all sons and daughters of the Egbura nation to continue to imbibe the culture and spirit of peace and unity, which he said the Egbura people are known for.
“To this end, I will like to call on you to continue to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, on their change mantra in order for them to provide democratic dividends in the country,” he said.
The Ohimegye of Igu- Kotonkarfe, Alhaji Abdulrazak Isa Koto, who came all the way from Kotonkarfe in Kogi state, to witness the event, said the annual cultural hunting festival was an avenue to show how Egbura love and unite amongst themselves and other ethnic groups.
He noted that the annual cultural hunting festival has come to stay, but that the major thing was how government would diversify petroleum, agriculture culture and tourism, of which he said the investors are needed most to come in.
The Ona of Abaji and chairman of council of traditional rulers in the FCT, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, who was among traditional rulers at the occasion, also hinted that the festival, which he described as a unifying factor, had granted the royal fathers the opportunity to see each other and celebrate with one another.
“I am the paramount chief from the FCT and I always come here every year December all the way from Abaji, to watch the festival. And apart from that, I and the paramount chief of this place have the same grandfather. So you can see the festival has brought us together. It is also good for the community,’’ he said.
Another guest who came to witness the festival, Mr. Muhammad Yakubu, told our reporter that he was at the festival in order to rejoice with the sons and daughters of Shafa -Abakpa community, adding that what he had witnessed symbolized peace, unity and understanding of different ethnic groups in the community.
Daily Trust reports that many women, including house wives and under aged children from neighboring towns and villages trekked to Shafa- Abakpa to watch the hunting festival.
A house wife, Salamatu Usman, who spoke with our reporter, said she resides at Toto town, and that since the festival started some years ago, she has never missed any of the editions.
She was always attracted by the cultural display among the youths who wield locally made guns, and go into the thick bush to catch animals.
“But what attracts me most is the procession by the under aged girls who compete in the beauty pageant and other cultural dances at the venue .Even if I don’t have money to transport myself, I wouldn’t mind trekking to Shafa- Abakpa, to watch the festival,” she said.
The festival which was celebrated with lots of gunshots and a show of strength and valour, also witnessed presentation of prizes to hunters that came first, second and third in the contest. Those that won were those who were able to catch big game.