Thursday, 29 October 2020

Why I don’t put my wife, daughters on spotlight – TB Joshua

 



Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T.B. Joshua has finally revealed why he doesn’t put his wife Evelyn Joshua on the spotlight.

 

In a recent interview with some journalists some weeks ago at The SCOAN Prayer Mountain published on Wednesday in ThisDay newspaper, TB Joshua said, “I have a wife and I have children. My first daughter is doing her PhD and my second daughter is doing her master’s degree. In all, I have three daughters. The last one is still in secondary school. I would have loved my wife to be like me but I cannot make her what I am; it is God. I can’t anoint her; God is the one that anoints people.

 “This is not a biological issue; it is an inheritance from the saints – being a partaker of the inheritance from the saints. So, therefore, I should not use anything in my biological life to stop my spiritual life.

 

“As for my divine nature, I am a partaker of the inheritance of the saints. This is an apostolic ministry; it is not a ministry where you read the Bible, go to theology school, get your certificate and you start preaching! No. It is purely divine. So, it is so difficult for me to display my wife, she has to be ready for God. As much as you are ready for God, God will display you.”


Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Lagos needs urgent federal assistance, says APC

 


 




The All Progressive Party, Lagos has advised the opposition party, PDP not to mock the sensibility of the state of Lagos after going through a troubled period for the past one week.

In a statement released by the part publicity secretary, Hon Seye Oladejo, it will be a gross insensitivity for any one or party to gloat over the huge loss and damage that the state had suffered following the looting and vandalization of public utility that greeted the peaceful protest aftermath.

The statement reads;

Our attention has been drawn to the uninformed and blind challenge of the opposition PDP in Lagos State of the estimated #1tr to restore the massive destruction of public properties, utilities and investments unleashed on Lagos State during the recent mayhem.

For starters, this remains an inappropriate and insensitive time to play idle politics with an incident that has thrown the entire state into mourning as a result of avoidable loss of lives and properties.

We, as a responsible and responsive party , commiserate with the good people and government of our state.

While not preempting the findings of the commission of enquiry already set up, we condemn all acts of omission or commission that might have directly or indirectly contributed to this national tragedy.

We acknowledge the characteristic swift and decisive response of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu who continues to stand firm in the face of tremendous pressure to uphold his oath of office to protect the lives and property of all Lagosians.

The visits to the injured victims in various hospitals and the state wide tour to pacify the citizenry and access the extent of damage were, without any doubt, moves in the right direction.

The statewide tour enabled the state government to have an inventory of the monumental destruction which set our state back by decades.

The long list of destroyed public and private property in Lagos state , to list a few, include Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government secretariat; Palace of the Oba of Lagos; Lagos High Court, Igbosere; Oyingbo BRT terminus; Ojodu Berger BRT terminus; Vehicle Inspection Office, Ojodu Berger; Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Ojodu Berger; Lagos City Hall and Circle Mall, Lekki; numerous luxury shops in Surulere, The Nation Newspaper, TVC and Shoprite Lekki.

 

 

The  transport sector lost 27 of the BRT vehicles that  cost $200,000 each, while 57 of them cost $100,000 each, all totalling about N3.9 billion.

 

According to the police, the 25 stations burnt in Lagos  were Orile, Amukoko, Layeni, Ilasamaja, Ikotun, Ajah, Igando, Elemoro, Makinde, Onipanu, Ebute Ero, Pen-Cinema, Isokoko, Alade, Cele, Igbo Elerin, Shibiri, Gbagada, Onilekere, Makoko, Daleko, Asahun, Makinyo, Amuwo-Odofin, Anti-Kidnapping, Surulere. Other police stations that were vandalised but not burnt were Ojo, Ojodu, Mowo, PPL and Morogbo.

 

This is apart from personal losses incurred by innocent members of the public.

We opine that the estimate could at the end of the day be found to be hasty and conservative with a careful consideration of the present cost of reconstruction, revamping  and regeneration of these public utilities.

We find it distasteful that the opposition PDP would rather mindlessly condemn and contest a mere estimate to restore our state as soon as possible.

PDP in Lagos state, after two decades in opposition, ought to have developed a template for responsible opposition. It’s also germane to gauge the mood of the people before mocking the dead and the wanton losses. Our people deserve emphathy and understanding from all and sundry.

We wish to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to come to the aid of Lagos state at a trying time like this to successfully re-build and restore our dear state in a record time.

We also want to join our voice to the call by other well-meaning Nigerians on the need for state police to forestall such incidents in the future.

We wish to urge  all Lagosians to rally round our government, embrace unconditional peace and commence the process of far-reaching healing.

 

Seye Oladejo

Lagos State APC Spokesman.


HOW C/RIVER, A/IBOM GOVERNORS ACTED ON TB JOSHUA’S 2013 PROPHECY ON YOUTH REVOLUTION


 

A viral video of Prophet TB Joshua prophesying a revolution in Nigeria seven years ago seems to have caught the attention of several Nigerian governors, who are quickly moving to apply the solutions the cleric gave to ‘carry the youth along’.

 

“I am seeing a revolution,” Joshua bluntly stated in a clip dated July 14th 2013. “I’m seeing people taking to the streets… You can stop protests but you cannot stop revolution. When it becomes a revolution, everybody is ready to die, so you can’t stop it,” he continued.

 

 

 

“It might be stopped at the beginning. Eventually, it will become so big that it cannot be stopped. This I see happen. Nigeria, pray,” he sombrely stated.

 

Joshua, however, proffered a solution, calling on the Nigerian government to actively engage its young people, recognising they are the “leaders of tomorrow”. “God has given us the way out. The way out – job creation for the youth and the creation of a new social value system,” he said.

 

“No matter the education the youth have, they feel they have no place in politics and there is no job to keep them busy,” he continued, calling for a “new orientation” especially in the political sphere.

 

“In politics, the youth should be considered for important positions such as assistants to elders. While the elders are ministers, the youth should be junior ministers,” he advised. “By doing this, we are training them to take over tomorrow.”

 

Joshua appealed to those in leadership to “carry your youth along” in “politics and administration, especially in ruling your country”, adding that Nigeria’s young people “want to see themselves represented in every area of life.”

 

The outbreak of the #EndSARS protests championed by disenchanted young people nationwide and the violent unrest following in its wake has led many to believe the cleric’s revelation is currently unfolding within Nigeria.

 

Sir Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross River State, was among the first to call for immediate action among politicians in line with Joshua’s message.

 

 

 

“It is time for us to develop that consciousness, face reality and agree with the young people that something has gone wrong,” he acknowledged in a state address, adding that he recognises “job creation is the core essence of government”.

 

Explaining a plan to create 20,000 jobs in the political sector for young people, Ayade continued: “I have hereby directed all council chairmen to have an immediate recruitment of 1000 young people… We must ensure that those who benefit from these jobs are between the ages of 40 and below and it should not be for politicians; it should be for those young men and women who are struggling to earn a living.”

 

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, equally addressed the issues of job creation for young people in his state.

 

“Government is committed to continually engage our youths in our developmental plans through job creation and other employment opportunities,” he announced in a state address.

 

Emmanuel introduced a program tagged ‘Ibom 3000 Project’ “which will train Akwa Ibom youths, 3000 per quarter and 3000 per Senatorial Districts in the following sectors: Oil and Gas, ICT, Agriculture and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises”.

 

“The trainings will prepare our youths for thousands of jobs that will be created in the Oil and Gas Free Zone and other job opportunities in the ICT and e-commerce sector,” he explained.

 

Since the outbreak of #EndSARS protests, TB Joshua is yet to make a public comment but the video of his ‘revelation’ has gone viral on social media.

 

However, young people have faulted Nigeria’s leaders for not listening to the cleric’s message in 2013 and applying the solution he advised.

 

“Let leaders please bend their ears and follow the solution the Lord has revealed to Prophet T.B Joshua”, tweeted Oladapo Seyi.

 

“#EndSARS would have been avoided if had we listened only 7 years ago Prophet T.B. Joshua,” Chris Godwalk Onova also wrote on Twitter. “TB Joshua warned the world – but did our governments care to listen?”


#EndSars Protest: Customer Is Waiting. By Uri Ngozichukwuka

 



 

So that year, Tejuosho was gutted by fire. I was far removed. It did not hit home. I did not connect. I visited tejuosho market monthly. But after the fire I did not bother.

I was also very busy with production of programs.

So I did not need to do Tejuosho.

Then three months after I was being a good boss and thought to drop my staff where she could get an easy bus closer to home.

I drove into the Tejuosho market road from the rear end of the rail line.

As I saw the ruins a heavy dread enveloped me. I wept deeply . I saw years and decades of lost toil, sweat and sacrifice.

I remembered the shops. My ” customers” as we called each other.

Customer” a common term used by either sellers or buyers to establish a common repeated purchase and better bargain between both during transactions. ( Naija lingo)

I had plenty customers. I was also customers to many.

From when I shopped during maternity for baby’s things. The mother care shops and wannabe shops.

When I needed to furnish. The curtain fabric section. Needed to upholster the furnishings were there. Poles and brilliant tassels.

Last minute wedding things.

When I needed to dazzle my friends and keep then guessing where the shoes or bags and clothes were. I went to “Okrika” now christened “Bendown boutique”. Aka second hand market.

When I needed to bake. Cook correct afang soup or banga. My customers dey.

Alhajas make up. All her products were original. (If you know what I mean)

The vases and decor shops.

My favorite shop for party favors. I loved making favors for parties then. Now who has that kinda time? Kids are all adults now.

The bags.

The provisions . Ah original Brazilian cornbeef was in demand before Brazilian hair.

My customers. Yes my customers.

I cried. I cried so hard on the steering my staff felt guilty she allowed me to do this good Samaritan job of dropping her closer home.

I cried so hard I started convulsing . I parked. Cars honking impatiently or was it me that was causing the commotion. Holding up traffic. I did not care. Peoples lives have been ” held up”.

The abruptness of destruction is unfathomable. The silence and anguish and despair that follows no words can describe.

That was Tejuosho. More than ten years ago or less. Can’t remember.

Now today

How do I begin to talk about the shops that put a smile on my face anytime I walked into them.

Lagos is a cosmopolitan city and really have shops that defined the very fine lines of its cosmopolitan appeal.

The beautiful well laid out malls with its quant and dainty stores are always a sure pleasure for retail therapy and for authentic shoppers.

The stores or shops with well cultured attendants all in sync with the well arranged products on display.

Sometimes you just want to be in the shops walk round the rows of exquisite products for health well being or cosmetics. The sweet aroma keeps you staying longer you planned and sometimes you end up buying just 100 naira sweet or gum. Bet you would have done that with the corner side mallam or the traffic mobile super market boys. But no.

Being surrounded by beauty is an integral need of man. The beautiful stores in the malls did just that.

The owners went over and above while selling to you what you may need, they also thought of how you may feel. Marketing strategy 101. They got that right.

All the same I’m still trying to understand how some of these places now lie in ruins .

The loss of lives , livelihoods and Properties may be unquantified. How about the loss of hope and faith to rise from the ashes like a Phoenix?

The silence that comes after such destruction? The dark long road to recovery?

The pain that comes from the realisation that you did absolutely NOTHING WRONG.

Words indeed fail me.

I say to my “Customers” your “Customer” is waiting.

I fall with you. I walk with you at this time and will Rise with you.

Uri Ngozichukwuka is a Public Relations Consultant based in Lagos

2020

( Dedicated to those who lost livelihoods and businesses to violence by hoodlums post #EndSars protest)

Monday, 26 October 2020

Access Bank Urges Nigerians “Please Remember To Stay Safe”

 


Following the recent developments in the country, most especially in Lagos State, leading financial inclusive bank, Access Bank Plc., has urged Nigerians and its customers to stay safe and explore their online options for all their needs.

In a statement released via its online twitter handle, the bank pleaded with its customers to stay safe in the midst of these pandemonium and the continuous #EndSars #EndBadGovernance protests across the country.

The statement reads; “Dear esteemed customers, following the 24 hour curfew imposed by the government, our branches in the affected locations have been temporarily shut down.”

“Our digital banking channels are open for you; {mobile app, online banking; www.accessbankplc.com, *901# and whatsapp banking; 09090901901}”

“Please stay safe and do not disclose your personal banking details over the phone to anyone, as scammers may want to take advantage at this time.”

“Our contact centre will be available via email contactcenter@accessbankplc.com and we will keep you updated as events unfold.”
Thank you for choosing Access Bank.
#WeCare. The statement read.

Recalled that in the last 24 hours, there have been serious breakdown of law and other in some parts of the country, while some public and private institutions and properties have been touched.

Access Bank Begins Disbursement of N50bn Interest-free Loan

 



Access Bank Plc will today commence the disbursement of the N50 billion interest-free loan and grant it set aside for micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) that were destroyed by hoodlums in the wake of the protest against police brutality in the country last week.

 

 

The Deputy Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Mr. Roosevelt Ogbonna, in a telephone interview with THISDAY, yesterday, said: “From tomorrow (Monday), we would start collecting application from customers. There is an interest-free loan as well as a grant also embedded in that.”

 

 

 

He stated that the loan would be targeted at customers of the financial institution across its MSME business, commercial banking customers as well as corporate banking customers affected by the looting and arson in some parts of the country last week.

 

According to him, the idea is to support working capital as well as access finance.

He explained: “It has a maximum tenor of 24 months for the access finance and 12 months for the working capital. The structure is flexible and it is to align with the customers’ cash flow. The term facility would have a moratorium period of six months and then we would structure the repayment following the customers’ own cash flow cycle. Both are interest-free.

 

 

 

“For the grant, we have broken it into two. Firstly is that for youth empowerment and community development. The youth empowerment is in two parts. We have a segment of the grant that is focused on supporting the tech industry and we have another that is focused on skill development, which is for those that are for tailors, barbers, mechanics, criteria.

 

“The idea is that our branches are all over the country, so whatever skill you have, go to any of our branches and you will get whatever support you require.”

 

The bank had explained in a notice to announce the fund that: “Now more than ever, we remain committed to our purpose of impacting lives positively. In light of the recent occurrences, we will be supporting Nigerian businesses with N50 billion interest-free loans and grants.”

 

 

 

The creative industry comprising the advertising, architecture, the arts and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, performing arts, publishing, software, television, and radio can bridge the unemployment gap in Nigeria if commercial banks in the country are much more receptive to financing them, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, had said.

 

However, if your business was affected by the recent vandalization and looting, First Bank is requesting you fill their survey form as you stand a chance of receiving financial assistance. Fill form here.