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Financial Autonomy: Judiciary Staff Begins Strike

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Members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has embarked on a nationwide strike.

The nationwide strike action has paralyzed court activities in Lagos and Kano.

The judiciary staff embarked on the strike action over the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.

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More Details On The SCOAN Crisis Emerge As Insiders Indict TB Joshua’s Wife

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More details concerning the crisis at the synagogue Church of All Nations have emerged as Mrs Evelyn Joshua takes over the leadership of the Church.

Just yesterday, some videos making rounds on social media showed some disciples were forcefully evicted from the church yesterday while some were held hostage at the church.

In reaction to this, insiders who spoke to us in the SCOAN and who chose to be anonymous have let the cat out of the bag by revealing some unbelievable facts about the going on in the ministry.

Sources refuted the claims that the present crisis isn’t a case of leadership tussle, explaining that no one can be in the position to lead SCOAN except by pure grace and through the anointing of the Holy Ghost.

One of the sources noted that Prophet TB Joshua had led the ministry for over three decades and anointed five prophets whom he positioned to take over from him.

Another source explained that the issue on ground is that Mrs Evelyn Joshua claims that she is qualified to succeed her husband despite the fact that she was removed from being a trustee of the church by Prophet TB Joshua before he died.

“The issue has not been a case of leadership tussle in the SCOAN since the passing to glory of the General Overseer, Prophet TB Joshua. Leadership position in any Apostolic ministry like SCOAN can only be by pure grace of God through the anointing of the Holy Ghost. The late founder and General Overseer of the SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua received the divine ordination to lead this great ministry for over three decades and God used him to anoint five Prophets who, according to the Senior Prophet were already positioned to continue after him. We gathered that even in an interview he granted This day newspaper before passing on to glory, he stated categorically that his wife is not involved in the ministry business and as such he could not display her. So it is not an issue of man’s ordination, election, self imposition or by any court injunction which could only be a reason for any contest. If God elevates one to such position of spiritual leadership, He would make him fit for it, otherwise it’s a dangerous mission!

 

The facts on the ground is that Mrs Evelyn Joshua claimed she was qualified to succeed her husband being the wife of the late Prophet. Meanwhile she had been removed from being a trustee of the SCOAN by the Prophet before his demise and this denied her any legal ground to assume the position.

Besides, we learnt that the late Prophet’s wife was nursing plans to introduce some new doctrines into the system which were inconsistent with what TB Joshua had laid down and practiced. The disciples who had been trained by the Prophet insisted that the status quo must be maintained. So this became the real bone of contention”

Furthermore, the source allegedly made it known that Mrs Evelyn Joshua allegedly got some lawyers to facilitate her return as a trustee of the church.

They explained how the five prophets trained by Late Prophet TB Joshua were forcefully evicted from the prayer mountain where they live through the security operatives.

“Mrs Evelyn now having the Church lawyers on her side, their plan was to bring Mrs Joshua back on board as a Trustee along with her first daughter, making three members of the family against one person who happens to be one of the Evangelists. The consequence of this is that Mrs Joshua and her two daughters would form a majority and a formidable force that could remove the other person and consequently, the family takes over the Church administration. And since agreement could not be reached after several discussions, in a bid to coerce the disciples to succumb to her quest, Mrs Evelyn Joshua resorted to harassment and intimidation against the disciples, including the prophets, using the Church Security personnel and some security agents from Ikotun Division.

This continued until the 9th of September when she allegedly claimed she had secured a court ruling to be added as a Trustee. She was also alleged to have invited some members of the Church and in their presence she was proclaimed a new trustee and immediately assumed the position of leadership of the Ministry.

As soon as this was done, some security operatives who claimed they were carrying out court order allegedly swung into action. They invaded the Church and the prayer mountain which is few minutes drive from the Church simultaneously. The prayer mountain has been the residence of the late Prophet, the five junior prophets and half of the Evangelists, while the rest Evangelists stay at Church. The five Prophets which includes an American, a Briton, a French and two Nigerians were swooped upon and forcefully ejected from the prayer mountain and carried to the Church. Their rooms were broken into and ransacked. Meanwhile, the Evangelists in the Church were also rounded up and manhandled by the security operatives and the Church Security personnel as they pulled them out of their various departments and some ex-workers and ex-disciples were immediately drafted in to take over those departments which includes the accounts, studio and Emmanuel TV transmission room.

The five prophets and the disciples, both Nigerians and foreign nationals were held hostage the whole day and their handsets seized from them. Currently, all the Nigerian disciples have been sent packing from the Church and the foreign ones are still held hostage. It was also alleged that they are making plan to deport the foreign disciples.”

However, their have been reports that the disciples were accused of looting church money. He debunked the rumors, describing it as a mere blackmail.

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SDNON Hails Buba Marwa At 68, Commends His Fight Against Drug Abuse

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The Society of Digital Newspaper Owners of Nigeria, SDNON, has today, September 9, felicitated with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), OFR, on the occasion of his 68 birthday.

Commending his gallantry in the fight against drug abuse in Nigeria, President of SDNON, Otunba Femi Davies, in a statement noted that, it has not been business as usual for drug pushers since Brig. Gen. Marwa was appointed into office.

“We congratulate Brig. Gen.
Mohamed Buba Marwa, on the aspicious occasion of his 68th birthday, he is a distinguished Nigerian, and we at Society of Digital Newspapers Owners of Nigeria identify with his achievements, so far, in office as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

“Particularly, noteworthy, is his unique and innovative approach with which he is combating drug and substance abuse in the country,” Otunba Davies highlighted.

Speaking further, he noted that, apart from the thrilling achievement of Brig. Gen.
Mohamed Buba Marwa, also worthy of mention is that, he attained this feats in such a short time in office, and this is precursory to what the future holds for him.

“We have dutifully followed his activities, since assumption into office, we take cognizance of the Influence of his courageous leadership on the human and material development of our dear country.

“As he turns 68 today, we continue to pray for sound health, long life and more achievement in office and beyond.

“His leadership role and quest for excellence transcends his days both as former military governor of old Borno State and military administrator of Lagos State.

“He has an unmatched ability to discover, harness and develop potentials.

“On behalf of our teeming members, we join millions of well-wishers to wish him a Happy Birthday,” Otunba Femi Davies submitted.

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ABDUL SAMAD RABIU @ 61: OPENING A NEW VISTA IN GIVING

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August 4, 2021 ushers in another birthday for Nigerian industrialist and philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu. The Chairman/ CEO of BUA Group who is easily one of the richest in the continent has in the last one year carved a niche for himself with his giving.

Hate him or like him, you cannot deny the fact that he played a major role in ensuring that many states were able to contain the onslaught of Coronavirus in 2020 and his post 2020- activities have helped in reinforcing the position that at times the rich can be humane. Curiously, it was the same year of the pandemic that he clocked 60, and decided to open a new vista in giving.

If there was one thing that shook the country’s health and indeed social fibre especially early in 2020, it was the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.

Nigerians can at least heave a sigh of relief that the disease’s first and second waves were contained thanks to the various measures adopted by the various state governments as well as the Federal Government’s Presidential Task Force.

In a lot of ways Nigerians, especially the health workers as well as the other organizations directly involved in monitoring, containing the spread of the disease also worked round the clock to ensure that the prediction originating from America that Africa would be filled with corpses arising from Coronavirus deaths did not materialize.

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If anything, the statement by Bill Gates’ wife, Belinda pushed Africans, especially Nigerians to look inwards. Many rose to the occasion and happily the events and figures today have shown that, pushed to the wall, Nigerians can rise up to avert crisis of huge dimensions.

While many corporate organisations made pledges and were willing and able to stand out and be counted, Abdul Samad Rabiu’s BUA Group stood head and shoulders above many others in its response to the spread of the disease in Nigeria. The BUA Group reached out to many States, providing the needed financial support as well as material so that the level of readiness to combat the scourge would be raised. Not less than ten States benefited from this largess. This is apart from the billions that the organisation donated through the Organised Private sector initiative which also reached out through palliatives to all the states of the Federation.

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Abdul Samad Rabiu didn’t stop there. His face and voice was always on CNN and other media telling Nigerians that they could pull it off and successfully fight the pandemic. It was indeed a voice of wisdom and encouragement at a time when there was so much despair and it helped.

As the pandemic receded, he again came up with the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative for Africa which promised to help in developing Africa by funding projects education, health and social sector

In his speech at the launch Abdul Samad Rabiu, the CEO of BUA Group, stated that, ‘ I announce the launch of the Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative, with an Africa Fund endowment of USD100million every year starting from this year, 2021; USD$50million to Nigeria and USD$50million to the rest of our beloved continent’.

With seven month of the year gone, ASR has touched Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Universities of Maiduguri, Benin, Ibadan, Ilorin with each of the Universities given 1Billion Naira each. Not only that some states have also become beneficiaries of his largess. Kwara, Akwa Ibom, Ogun, FCT have had grants running into billions of Naira while another 4 states are expected to benefit.

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Meanwhile outside of Nigeria, Ghana was recently given 3 Million dollars towards improving education, a gift that the West African nation received with open arms.

The BUA Chairman has set himself a daunting task of spending 100million Dollars Annually for the development of the continent. The ASR, his vehicle for pursuing this gargantuan dream has been working every week to show that this is achievable. Posterity will always remember men and women who saw challenges to mankind and took steps to turn around these challenges.

As the BUA Chairman marks his 61st birthday, we wish well and urge him not to relent. Africa has only a few leaders who give out at the level in which he is giving. Most leaders take away from the society and leave the people poorer. And for this he will always be remembered

 

——by Bamidele Ogundana

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