Saturday August 30th, 2014
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RCCG children in colourful welcome parade

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Colour parade by the children during the welcome service at the 62nd Annual Convention of RCCG.

CHILDREN and teenagers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Tuesday night, treated a capacity crowd at the Redemption Camp, to a spectacular performance during the traditional welcome service of the 62nd convention of the church

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Our youths, our future, our safety

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*NYSC members

LIFE is a relay race from one generation to the next. For this reason, the youths represent the hopes of society for a brighter future. That is why the generation before us endeavoured to give us the best education that our country could afford at the time. They wanted us to uplift our society, and make them proud by our achievements in every area of enterprise. We may not all agree that we have lived up to the expectations of our elders

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RCBC graduates over 6,000 graduands

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A TOTAL of 6,374 persons graduated from the Redeemers’ Christian Bible College in a brief graduation ceremony to mark the 62nd annual convention of the church at the Redemption Camp.

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RCCG Convention: Adeboye advises on Ebola outbreak

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Special Report 10:08 am   /   Comments

Pastor-Adeboye

AS panic grips the Nigerian medical sector following reports of a second case of the dreaded Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), religious organisations may have begun a process to be proactive by educating their members on the need to update their personal hygiene

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2 profs among Bible College graduands

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Redeem-62a

TWO university professors are among the over 6,374 candidates who will graduate from the Redeemers Bible College today as part of the ongoing 62nd annual convention at the Redemption Camp of the church

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Adeboye ordains 2,435 assistant pastors

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TO effectively cope with the challenges of rapid expansion, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, yesterday, ordained 2,435 assistant pastors to assist the church leadership manage the growth. The figure which is slightly higher than last year’s figures is drawn from various formations of the church across the globe. Last year, the church ordained 2,402 assistant pastors

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Impeachments: Doomsday conspiracy?

  /   in Special Report 5:19 am   /   Comments

Nyako, Al-Makura and Onyebuchi

IT was Hamumurabi of Babylon who instituted a code of behavioural laws and this covered a range of areas of human conduct. The rules state that if a house collapses and kills the owner, the builder will be put to death.

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RCCG opens convention with ordination of 8,622 deacons

  /   in Special Report 9:50 am   /   Comments

Members of the Redeemed Christian church of God from all  over the country arriving for the 62nd Annual Convention at the RCCG headquarter,s KM 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Photo:  Lamidi Bamidele

A GROWING church should be one that continues steadfastly in fellowship, study and prayer. Each believer amongst them should grow and become strong in the Lord. The church that will grow must be a studying church, a sharing church and a praying church with manifestations of signs, wonders and miracles, just like the early church.’—Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

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RCCG Camp comes alive

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Student of the Redeemed School displaying of flags of different countries at Redeemed Christian Church of God welcome Service Photo Shola Oyelese

THE sprawling Redemption Camp which is the main host of the 62nd annual convention is already bubbling with several hundreds of people all read taking strategic positions I’m the Arena, venue of the spiritual fiesta.

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9 babies herald RCCG convention

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Adeboye

FOR the three days the leadership of RCCG held a ministers’ conference to prepare pastors and ministers for the annual convention which begins today. The programme started last Thursday with the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye ministering on the theme of this year’s convention.

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Adeboye welcomes all to RCCG’s 62nd Convention

  /   in Special Report 10:47 pm   /   Comments

ADEBOYE-WIFE

ALL roads lead to the Redemption Camp on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s 62nd annual convention beginning tomorrow at the Arena with the ordination of deacons and deaconesses at 8.30 a.m

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History and Growth of RCCG

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Cross section of newly ordained Assistant Pastors at the 60th Annual Convention of Redeemed Christian Church of God at Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Photos: Lamidi Bamidele

“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God”. The trinity is well organized into dispensations. The eternity past (we know God has no beginning) up to the Old Testament period was the dispensation of God the Father.

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‘I abandoned Switzerland residency for lady mechanic job’

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Mrs Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh is founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative. History was made, last week, in Benin City, Edo State, when the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, laid the foundation stone of the Lady Mechanic workshop

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Our problem with Chevron, by Gbaramatu leader

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Oluba

Comrade Timi Oluba is a youth leader in Okoyitoru community and Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West local government area. In this interview, Oluba says Chevron has not been sincere in dealing with host communities in Gbaramatu, as most of the communities lack basic amenities

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Are professional beggars ‘needy’ or greedy?

  /   in Special Report 12:41 am   /   Comments

Beggars protesting

The rhythmic lyrics are captivating; they come in different tunes and renditions depending on the background and area the beggar is operating. Sometimes with sonorous voice that makes you have a second gaze at the team of beggars and part with some notes.

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‘Corporate beggars in Owerri’

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There is a wise saying in Igboland that “the dressing of mechanics makes it extremely difficult for the rest of us to know the number of mad men in our society”.

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GEJ 2015: the imperatives of TAN’s zonal rallies

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Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (L) watches on July 14, 2014 Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan look at a book at the State House in Abuja. Malala on July 14 urged Jonathan to meet with parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped three months ago by Boko Haram. Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and has become a champion for access to schooling, was in Abuja on her 17th birthday to mark the somber anniversary of Boko Haram's April 14 abduction of 276 girls from a secondary school in the northeast Nigerian city of Chibok.
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TRANSFORMATION Ambassadors of Ni
geria, TAN, which was incorporated barely five months ago as an NGO, is unequivocally unmatched in the propagation of the ideals and realities of the transformation agenda of this administration. Tune in to the NTA, AIT and Channels television stations even at odd hours and you will be amazed at the professionalism and decency exhibited in the plethora of adverts and promos by TAN’s egg-heads elucidating the salient and ebullient verifiable achievements of the President and his administrations transformation agenda to all Nigerians. Nigerian youths and other enthusiasts of the world-wide web are members of TAN and follow their numerous activities on its websites – www.tan.org.ng. Others are very active on facebook on www.facebook.com/tannigeria and on twitter: @tanconnectgroup.
Membership of TAN is perhaps the fastest growing of all other organisations of its kind in Nigeria and elsewhere. The attraction according to its new members is based on its rich agenda, style and new ways of packaging public information dissemination which a widespread of the populace approves.Today, thousands of Nigerians from all walks of life, tribes and tongues are members of TAN. The challenges of maintaining and constantly improving on the research methods, production and distribution of verifiable milestone achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan is the task of a group of perhaps the best and brightest professionals that this country can boast of. The impact of TAN in so short a time on the public ratings of the President is amazing. It has jumped from “not approved” to “not sure” and currently to “commendable in the circumstances” to “completely approved” to “Jonathan must run.”
In the beginning, TAN analyzed the rather inadequate positive media exposure of the President in the light of the unprecedented achievements in his first-term in office which no previous President of Nigeria can honestly compare his own first-term in office to. Rather than show-case these achievements, a section of the Nigerian press concentrated on the contrived security challenges facing the country and heaped all manner of blames and insults on a man who should be commended for his focus, determination and tenacity in transforming the economic growth index of Nigeria.
President Jonathan, a debonair gentleman had posited that “transformation is costly. Transformation is painful. There is no leader that wants to transform that will not be criticized.” The promoters of TAN chose to bear the cost of showing Nigerians the benefits of the President’s transformation agenda in the print and electronic media without donations or contributions from individuals, institutions or organizations or even Aso rock itself as the rumor mongers advocated. They chose to bear the “pain” of standing firm with our President when many beneficiaries of the administration are not sure where to stand and are too scared to go public with their support for President Goodluck Jonathan even though Nigerians know and can show the mainly personal benefits accruing to them from the Presidency. TAN took the arm-chair and sometimes, faceless critics of the President to task by challenging them to counter his landslide transformation achievements in agriculture, aviation, world-class dual, triple and quadruple asphalted highways across the length and breadth of Nigeria, railways and water ways transportation, exceeding any other previous President in the history of Nigeria in the number of female ministers of that gender. The statistics, facts and figures are shown live on television and on the websites of the organization.
In Sports, TAN supported the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan by wholly and entirely financing fifteen young Nigerian to fly to Brazil and support the Super Eagles in the recently concluded World cup. Further, TAN entered into a memorandum of understanding with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) with a view to educating our youths on the contents and benefits of the transformation agenda of this administration with emphasis on TAN’s planned establishment of “waste-to-wealth” industries in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and consequent provision of employment opportunities and alleviation of poverty.
In agreement with the President’s submission that “we need to constantly explain this (transformation agenda) to the people so that as it becomes clearer, more and more people will come on the train”, this buy-in is critical to the success of our agenda. TAN has purchased and branded thirty new buses to take the crusade of the transformation agenda in various Nigerian languages to the six geo-political zones of the country in zonal rallies between August and October 2014.
Accordingly, target-oriented committee members of TAN in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria have worked assiduously to secure venues and mobilize TAN members nationwide for zonal rallies that commence with the South-east zone on Saturday, the 16th day of August, 2014 in Awka, Anambra State. The ground shaking rallies will run from this August through October and will cover the South-east, South-west, South-south, North-east, North-west and North-central geo-political zones of Nigeria. The message in each zone will be education of the masses on their civic responsibilities, the necessity and duty of ensuring that they seek and obtain their permanent voter cards. Highlighting the transformation agenda executed and executory for each zone, the need for love, peace and unity of all Nigerians as one indivisible country. TAN will also canvass for more membership especially among the unlettered masses unfamiliar with the internet.
In the zonal rallies, TAN will espouse its aims and objectives and the imperatives of embracing the tenets of the transformation agenda that will move Nigeria from a developing to a developed most populous black nation on the fact of the earth under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The clear and present necessity for our corporate energy, enthusiasm and empathy to ensure a united, peaceful and progressive Nigeria of our own dream in this millennium is urgent. Nigeria deserves the membership of developmed nations on merit. For TAN, this is a task that must be done by supporting good leadership with all it has at its disposal

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The Chibok Abductions: The thief in President Jonathan’s life

  /   in Special Report 9:31 am   /   Comments

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You need to be close to President Goodluck Jonathan to understand him. But understanding a man is not the same as understanding his circumstance(s). For a man who permanently wears a demure demeanour, but occasionally bursts into laughter and manages a smile, Nigeria’s Number One Citizen is a bundle of ambivalence. This piece will show why an earlier report on this page (GOODLUCK JONATHAN: A President in Need of Help – an encounter inside Aso Rock) ought to have been taken seriously by presidential handlers. And whereas it should be acknowledged upfront that there are those who neither wishes Jonathan nor Nigeria well, the selfsame President and his team would need to re-discover themselves so that Nigeria, under their watch, would not continue this shambolic run.

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Anambra And Defiant Abductors: 200 kidnappings and the N1 billion ransom

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*Arrested suspects

When the administration of the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, took the decision to demolish houses built with proceeds from kidnapping and those used as kidnappers hideouts, the thinking was that the end of abductions and similar crimes would soon come to an end in the state. More than one year after the houses belonging to suspected kidnappers were demolished at Oraifite in Ekwusigo local government area and Uli in Ihiala local government area, to commence the government action in various parts of the state, the ‘business’, however, appears to be thriving.

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Killings in the name of oil

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Protesting NURTW members in Lagos.

ON August 30, 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the first oil refinery at Aguleri –Otu in Anambra State, thus raising the hope that the state would soon join the elite club of oil –producing states

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Whither Nigeria: 6 months to election, where are the presidential aspirants?

  /   in Special Report 9:34 am   /   Comments

6 months to election,who and  where are the presidential aspirants?

ARGUABLY, Nigeria has never had it so bad. Seven months to a presidential election, the aspirants are not known.

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Bizarre: A prophet who hasn’t had a bath for 13 years!

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Prophet Wale Olagunju

How would you react if you heard there was a sane man who hasn’t taken a bath for more than 13 years and is not smelling? Impossible, you might exclaim. may be odd, but it is true. It is the oddity of this story and curiosity that compelled Saturday Vanguard to take a two day trip to Ibadan, Oyo state, in search of this man: one prophet Wale Olagunju, the presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries in Ibadan, Oyo State, who has neither taken a bath nor had sex with his wife since 2001! Testimonies regarding his authenticity abound, but this is from the prophet’s mouth:

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For failing to bribe policeman with N200 I was sentenced to death

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Calistus Ike... freed after 23 years in prison and 16 years on death row

A shaft of pain knifed through his facial contours as he recounted the grisly experiences he had in prison for more than 23 years.

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National confab and ‘feeding bottle federalism’

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• Breastfeeding is the most cost effective source of reducing infant mortality and promoting a healthy life and especially for cognitive development.

NOT unexpectedly, the on-going National Conference has been caught in the web of the curse of “Feeding bottle federalism” and it is my prayer that the stalemate be broken by the time this piece is published.

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Dancing on the graves of Abacha and the Yar’Aduas (2)

  /   in Special Report 12:06 am   /   Comments

Abacha-cartoon

THE phrase “resource control” derived from this manifesto. When the government resorted to crude force to suppress the agitations, the Ijaw groups re-invented the Adaka Boro formula of armed struggle. By the time the elected governments assumed office in 1999, the stakes had been raised to include kidnapping of expatriate oil personnel for ransom and damage of oil facilities.

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Doctors’ Strike: Lack of oxygen kills two-month-old baby

  /   in Health, Special Report 9:44 am   /   Comments

An empty ward in a Lagos owned hospital due to the strike by the medical doctors

A two-month-old baby has died at the Daughters of Charity Hospital, Kubwa, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as a result of lack of oxygen for treatment following the nation wide strike embarked upon by doctors.

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The forces against Gov. Almakura; the pact he breached

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Gov. Al-Makura

Alhaji Umaru Tanko Almakura came to power under the umbrella of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 as the third governor of Nasarawa State after beating the incumbent, Aliu Akwe Doma of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in that year’s general elections.

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How Bayelsa is being made safe for investment, by Gov Dickson

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Seriake Dickson winner of PDP primary in Bayelsa

As I took the oath of office as governor, most of the critical initial steps my government took were aimed at building this cardinal imperative upon which our policy thrust as government will be delivered. Accordingly, prime among this was the issue of insecurity, which made it impossible to live and do business in Bayelsa.

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I made Arabic Bible during three-month transfiguration— Uthman Dan Fodio’s great grandson

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*Degaya

Having read his book, “The Greatest Encounter,” and listened to some of his messages, I think and rightly so, that there is yet another exemplary prophet of God in Nigeria. He is not one of Nigeria’s most popular television evangelists and has never craved to be one.

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Ombatse: Almakura’s Impeachment is the end of our problem

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Zachary Zamani Allumaga

As protests by supporters of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura continued to spread in Nasarawa State following the impeachment letter served on him on Monday, the outlawed Ombatse group is challenging the governor to appear before the state House of Assembly to defend the allegations levelled against him if he is clean.

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Agonies of widows hit by harsh Nigerian traditions

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The body of my husband was yet to be put in the mortuary when the brother took me to another room and asked about the documents of the house, insisting that I had to leave

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Dancing on the graves of Abacha and the Yar’Aduas

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Late Sani Abacha

POLITICAL and ideological divisions were expressed from the take-off of the National Conference on March 17. There were several manifestations of these alliances.

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