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Calling on Elites For Cure, Peace, Unity, and Progress in Ebiraland - AEE

What do we understand by Elites?

Elites are those special group of people that have a superior intellectual, social, political  or economical status in the society. They are group of people which are superior in terms of abilities and qualities over the rest in a society. They have much influence and power over other groups in the society.

From the above definitions, we can understand that Elites in a nutshell are the Enlightened personalities  in the society. With high level of intellectual englightenment, the elites are bestowed with the mandate of leadership to lead the non-elites to greater height. In line with this, Mosca in a debate said in 90's that " in all societies,  two classes of people exist- a class that is ruled and a class that rule.
WHAT OF WHEN THE ELITES FAIL TO ENLIGHTEN THE SOCIETY?  WHAT THE SOCIETY IS MORE OF GROUPS THAT LACK ENLIGHTENMENT?

A society with a high level of elites is a peaceful and developed society.
Most of the decay in Ebiraland today can be traced to lack of enlightenment by the perpetrators.
Our land is currently facing some challenges of its nationhood and existence. A land where the learned ones are fast becoming ignorant, the supposed wise men becoming charlatans or outright demagogues, a land where humility has become secondary ideal to arrogance.

An enlightened society is a harmonious one, education as we know is an illumination to dark ways, to ignorance, to idleness. We need to go back to the drawing board enlighten ourselves, educate ourselves, our youths especially, for youths are the stronghold of any generation. It is not enough to be educated, but to come with a plan, a plan with great foresight, this can only be achieved in unity, and hence peace will be inevitable when all these structures are in place.
Our identity is gradually being attenuated by Internal friction and attrition occasioned by clannishness; declining value and views; serious security breaches in the form of kidnapping, assassinations and robberies.
We have become a land where our best men rarely exert influence beyond the Local Government and State borders, a land where everyone is a King but holds no responsibility to any Constituency, a land where everyone is a champion even where there are no contests albeit at peace time but jets into exile at the slightest threat and trials that demand leadership.
So many Devils now straddle our land in Saintly robes. These vices which are manifest signs of unrestrained individual ego and ambition are also bitter consequences of absence of community and societal leadership.
Education is shambles and our youths are on the edge of moral decadence. Despite the time of such great moral decay some of our youths have struggle in different ways, manner and forms to curb the menace in our society. Different noble association doing their little contribution in making our home land hospitable, in their little way restoring our lost glories. But it is not enough, we have no other home aside this land of ours, so we have to come together, as individuals, as a group, as an association, as a union, to restore our lost glories.
In the light of that, ACADEMIC ELITES OF EBIRALAND is born. It is not just an association but a revolution of Ebira youths formed for the purpose of enlightenment of the Ebira race, the youths in particular, with carefully laid plans both short term and long term to achieve the maximum outcome for the betterment of Ebiraland in general. As educated, learned and an indigene of Ebiraland, you can be a part of these movement.

The purpose of the ACADEMIC ELITES is to revive the lost glory of our youths through enlightenment. To revive the spirit of education in the heart of the youths of our dear land.
To create a model in our land where others can emulate from. To pull our youths from the pit of destruction and to also support and  serve as guardian to our brothers/ sisters in higher institution in order to make them an influential person to the society, in collaboration with our fathers EBIRA SENIOR ACADEMICS to get this struggle fast on track without limitation till the end of time by God grace.

Where there is Enlightenment, there is Peace, Unity and Development. Let everyone be part of elites ti be enlightened.

Long live Nigeria…
Long live Kogi State....
Long live Ebiraland..
Long live AEE
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ACADEMIC ELITES OF EBIRALAND(AEE)

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Yakubu Binuyaminu August 27, 2017
People Talk A Lot (P T A) How To Deal With Rumor Peddlers.
People Talk A Lot (P T A) How To Deal With Rumor Peddlers.
People Talk A Lot (P T A) How To Deal With Rumor Peddlers.
Rumor Peddlers - Talking is part of what we humans do. “What differentiates us from animals is the fact that we can listen to other people’s dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires and defeats—and they in turn can listen to ours, but people who talk too much or spread rumors about others don’t seem to get this balance.

I like to hear people talk about me negatively or positively, but the fact is that some people thinks they really know who you are and will turn out they don't know a damn thing about you. I have seen cases where people hate me because of my policies and talk about it to others in a bitter way though it hurts sometimes but i always try to wave them out.

What i use to do is that i tried as much as possible not to take them personal , while this can be difficult to do because some rumors can be very hurtful, just remember that people spread rumors for a reason. Most people who are kind and care about others won't spread malicious rumors to harm someone. Those who spread rumors usually do so because they feel jealousy or envy towards you, or they are upset with their current state in life and want to add some drama to it to make it more interesting.
Stay above these rumors and don't encourage them by taking them personally and getting really upset. Some people spread rumors just to get a rise out of someone else. When rumors start to spread about you, act like nothing has happened and that you aren't affected by these lies. This can also help show people that the rumor isn't true, because you think it's so ridiculous that you don't even see a need to be upset about it.
 
A friend of mine in school wants me to do something for him but i feel very uncomfortable about what he asked me to do, so i declined. I was at ease to decline because what he wants me to do he can do it by his self though he was lazy, so because of this i became an enemy of his that was not the end i hear him talking behind my back even lying about what i did not do. I hurts and at the same time fun.
I know some people live life in bitterness but will backbiting or spreading untrue stories about other people  make them feel better? rumors aren't usually a sign that you have done something wrong. They usually communicate that the people spreading them are struggling with insecurities or boredom, so don't take it personally.
 
Conclusively- The funniest part of this is that, those people you listen to while they talk bad and untrue things about other people are the same people that will talk about you too. So the best part has been Understand that it may take time for the rumor to fade. Unfortunately, even if you have addressed the rumor, not all rumors fade quickly or immediately. Some people will believe you or will become uninterested while others may take some sort of twisted joy in hurting your reputation and will continue to discuss the rumor or the events surrounding it. Don't let these things bother you, but keep your head held high.
 
 I always tell people that i don't really give a fuck about what these kind of people say about me, because people talk a lot (PTA). So middle finger to those sort of people. LOL. 
 
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Yakubu Binuyaminu August 15, 2017
Gov. Yahaya Bello: Good Guy, Bad Politician - By Eneye
Gov. Yahaya Bello
Gov. Yahaya Bello
Kogi state has never been blessed with good leadership as far as I’m concerned, it is just unfortunate Governor Yahaya Bello’s flaws is highly emphasized and overstated due to the unnecessary and needless enemies he created for himself, all due to to his lack of political skills and arrogance.
Buhari is a good person, but when it comes to playing politics, he’s not that good. Likewise, Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) is not a good politician, he doesn’t choose his battles carefully, I don’t know who are the people advising him but it’s either they’re not doing a good job or he’s simply not listening to advices. The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
 
He dissipate so much energy on a needless venture rather than focusing on governance. His aides are not helping matters also, one controversy to another, misinformation, and lack of coordination.
Ignoring Dino would’ve been his best move, if not befriending him. Dino is known for his big mouth, he shouldn’t have taken him serious. Dino however would’ve been a strong ally, but now he’s a formidable enemy.
 
Dino is someone who can be bought literally, forget his “fighting for the people” hypocrisy, GYB would’ve simply agreed to his request on who to appoint as Okun administrator or whatever their issue is. If he intends to win next election, it would’ve been the best move, Dino would gladly campaign for him like he did before.
 
GYB obviously have no friends (with few exceptions), Kogi APC is not on his side, and shouldn’t even be, there are 3 senators in Kogi, 2 of them are PDP, only Dino is APC, yet GYB wants to have him recalled, it’s not in any way a logical move to do and APC can’t possibly support him.
 
The workers and students are not happy with him, with the screening being the root of all evil in his administarion, then the Strikes, though the demands of the lecturers are a little bit inconsiderate, he is the governor, it’s his job to compromise to whatever their demand is. People will not consider your stance as the governor, but sympathize with lecturers rather. But in my honest opinion, Both GYB and lecturers share equal blame. GYB has compromised, it’s time for lecturers to follow suit.
 
I don’t know his plans against the next election, but i want to believe he have a plan to change all these, if not, he can kiss Lugard house goodbye. Kogi is a civil service state, the workers and students, comprises of about almost 70% of voters, if they’re not happy with you, there’s a problem.
 
When controversies and hunger trumps reasoning, no one will care if you build roads, or increase the revenue of the state, or not marginalizing anyone. Workers welfare shouldve been his utmost priority, otherwise people won’t notice any good thing. It is only when the stomach is filled, one can see things clearly.
 
Even losing considerable amount of support of his own people, which is the Ebira people, a grave danger and something he should really be pondering about. Honestly, he has a long way to go, but i really pray he set his house in order before it’s too late. I don’t care about him per se, but he represent a people, if he fails, we fail, and that’ll will create more problem and difficulty for any Ebira man who intends to run again.
 
So it’s not in our best interest for him to fail, or anyone else’s, as some is hoping for. I wish the circumstances were different, but I’d rather not vote, than vote against him. He might not be a political genius as one might’ve hoped, but so far he’s not marginalizing any tribe in the state as the previous administrations have been experts on, in my book, he’s doing fairly well (well, i.e if we decide to forget the screening nemesis).
 
“Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince.
 
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Yakubu Binuyaminu July 7, 2017
Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Ali: A Gift From Above
To the president, the Chief of Army Staff, the wife and children of the deceased, the Father (General Ali) and all other family members, the good people of kogi State, friends and well wishers of the Lion and the general public; I send my sincere condolences.
I’m not shocked at the death of Ali, as a person of faith, I believed Ali has completed his charismatic assignment on earth.
Many died been known as criminals, many as touts, many as cowards but Ali as a patriot, a Lion, a history for many of us.
images-of-muhammad-abu-ali 
Today In Our history, where people are known for how much they stole from our collective treasury, how wasteful they are as public office holders, how selfish, egoistic, egotistic, egocentric they could be for holding public positions, Ali’s video shows how humble, loved by his fellows, attentive, determined and how committed  he was as an officer. This is enough to live for. This is the best life to live.
The general public especially we from kogi state are grateful to Ali, we pray that his soul rest in peace.
To the Federal Government, the eulogising speech and those encomiums on Ali is good but not good enough for his family whom he was a bread winner, also to the those who wants to fight for the country in so many other ways and the general public on how they see their Govt.. I therefore advise, that the young Alis should be placed on full scholarship up till at least masters level and all other kids of our heroes who laid their lives that we can live. This will help the family, this will please Ali’s spirit, this will heal wounds, this will motivate other soldiers to work harder, this will promote the way the public look at their govt. and I think this is justice.
To be candid, I proud to note,  that Ali decided to stand for this country, believe in it, forth for it continuously  and courageously and finally he paid the supreme price. This is highest of piety.
Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Abu Ali I am proud that you came in my time and I’m sure millions are with me.
Rest in peace Super Man.
Salihu Adam Jiddah
Founder, Kogi Liberation Movement.



Yakubu Binuyaminu November 7, 2016
No Need For Decentralization, Kogi Is Well And Equitably Distributed With Higher Institutions – Comrade Nasir
 
It is with total disagreement and quest for further clarifications on and of what the “OKUN ECONOMIC FORUM” led by chief J. O. Yusuf stands for/represent that I bring my position and part observation of the public hearing of a bill which seek to repeal and re-enact the established laws of Kogi State University Anyigba to public domain via the online media.
For the records straight, it is an acknowledgement worthy development for his Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello to have deemed it worthwhile for the prestigious Kogi State University Anyigba to be renamed after his Excellency, late Prince Abubakar Audu, the sole establisher and first executive governor of Kogi State. However, caution must be employed in the process of carrying out this significant act of immortalization and amendment of laws in order not to plunge the state into ethnic jingoism and hatred.

According to Alexander Hamilton-“we must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided” and in the light if this premise, Kogi is a state which although enjoys peaceful coexistence among its divided ethnics is very tantamount to ethnic disagreement and therefore requires optimum wisdom in discharging ethnic related issues. While it is right for the OKUN ECONOMIC FORUM to champion causes that will move her origin forward, it is also pertinent to mind the kind of figures cum fact to be tabulated for arguments and prayers that is of public concern.

The unreconcilable figures which it presented as the Junior/Senior staff break down of the university to support its prayers for decentralization of the university across the three senatorial districts is not only fictional but also represents the highest hallucination that could be originated to mislead an unsuspecting public. In the submission; KSU has a total of 1616 staff out of which the East has a total of 1118 staff with the central having 62 staff while it allotted 115 to West and 230 to non indigenes. The statistical figures here contradicts it’s alleged some total as mathematical summation of the 1118, 62, 115 and 230 which it opines as the staff distribution will be 1525 as against the 1616 which the group claimed as it’s total number of both junior and senior staff in the university.

Therefore, I call on his Excellency, the executive governor of Kogi State, the house committee on Education and judiciary as well as the general public to disregard the above figures which is already in circulation to draw public sympathy and supporting contributions. Relevant authorities and stakeholders must bear in mind that there is “no need for decentralization, Kogi is well and equitably distributed with higher institutions” of learning for presently; the west can boasts of Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja and College of Education Technical Kabba. The central on her part can boast of College of Nursing Obangede, Federal College of Education Okene as well as the Osara campus of Kogi State Polytechnic. The east which hosts the KSU in contention equally boast of Federal Polytechnic Idah and the College of Education Ankpa.

Hence, the priories now should be on how to standardize these institutions through partnership with the federal government (where need be) and good regulation of the state owned institutions. Moreover, there is no better time for the governor to justify his zero tolerance to anti ethnic moves than now. The said decentralization is a good idea but very uncalled for been that all the senatorial districts of Kogi State has access to no lesser than two citadels of higher learning. More so, at times like now when both the state and nation at large is been faced with financial inadequacies, government must resolve to focus on resourceful enterprises rather than policies that will require huge capital to effect.

God Bless Kogi State!!!

Written by Comr A. M. Nasir,
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Yakubu Binuyaminu November 4, 2016
Nigeria @56: Goodwill Message by Senator Isaac Alfa
Senator Isaac Alfa 
As we celebrate Independence Day, on behalf of the people of Kogi East senatorial district and myself, I express our gratitude to the men and women who serve our nation at home and abroad. Thank you for all you do to help keep Nigeria as one united country.
When the Declaration of Independence was signed 56 years ago, our founding fathers pledged their lives and their sacred honour to defend our inviolable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They left a legacy that lives on today through generations of Nigerians who have made that same pledge to boldly stand up against oppression and persecution. Their devotion to the ideals is just as strong, as is their willingness to risk their lives for each other and our country. We must therefore continue to strengthen our love for each other as a people, promote peace, religious and ethnic tolerance.
Those who serve in our armed forces, and their families, have given so much to defend the ideals and free institutions we often take for granted. Their dedication reminds us that preserving Nigeria’s liberties comes with a heavy cost. Today, as we celebrate our nation’s birth, let us honour their services and strive to be worthy of their tremendous sacrifices.
God bless you, our great nation, and all who endeavour to defend it. Happy 1st October!
Air Marshal Isaac Mohammed Alfa,
Senator, Kogi East Senatorial District
National Assembly, Abuja.

Yakubu Binuyaminu October 2, 2016
Kogi’s unending absurdities
Kogi's unending absurdities 
On February 21, and for the second time in about nine years, Palladium donated his column to an ardent reader incensed at the desecration of the fine arts of politics in Kogi State. The youthful Governor Yahaya Bello was busy upending common sense in the state, lawmakers were divided in two, with one part, the majority, fleeing to Abuja with the mace, and another, just five of them, turning electoral arithmetic on its head. The ordinary Kogite watched in great perplexity, unable to comprehend how the simple act of voting peacefully for the late Abubakar Audu/Abiodun ticket had turned into a farce orchestrated by both the ruling APC and INEC. Last week they expected that their distress would end; instead the absurdities, thanks to the inexplicable tribunal judgement, promise to continue for some time. Here is a repeat of Mr Adeola’s intervention, published again to set the context for next week’s dissection of the judgement.

KOGI State has been in the news for the wrong reasons of late. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) dealt a devastating blow to the state when on 22nd November 2015, it announced the result of the governorship election held on 21st November 2015 as inconclusive. On Sunday, 22nd November 2015, Kogites had stayed glued to their televisions to watch how the elections results from the local government areas were trickling in one after the other. Many Christians amongst them missed Sunday church services as they stayed back home to monitor the results of the election. The Returning Officer of the election, Professor Emmanuel Kucha, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, finally announced the scores of the candidates in all the 21 local government areas of the state after the collation of the figures. Kogites became agitated when Professor Kucha announced that the collation officers were proceeding on a short break. Little did anyone know then that something miserable was afoot.

On his return from break, the professor announced that Prince Abubakar Audu (now deceased) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 240,514 votes, while Capt. Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 199,514 votes. He said that the margin of votes between Messrs Audu and Wada was 41,353. He, therefore, further announced that the election was inconclusive because the total number of registered voters in 91 polling units in 19 local government areas where election was cancelled was 49,953, which according to him was higher than 41,353 votes with which Audu led Wada. The returning officer added that, by INEC guidelines, no return could be made for the election until a supplementary election was held. The supplementary election held on 5th December 2015 at the end of which Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who never participated in the main election, was declared the winner by “supplementary votes” of 6,000. It was not until 24th November 2015 that INEC owned up to the demise of Prince Audu.

The conduct and announcements of INEC on Kogi polls have since set Kogi State on the path of absurdities, legal and political. The Kogi state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, now sitting in Abuja, is being called upon to resolve the legal absurdities. These include:  (a) The declaration by INEC that the election of 21st November 2015 was inconclusive after it had announced the results of all the local government areas; (b) The choice of INEC to use its guidelines as against applying the provisions of the Electoral Act and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to declare the election inconclusive; (c) The propriety or otherwise of INEC conducting a supplementary election on an election that had been won and lost going by the figures INEC itself announced; (d) The constitutional basis or otherwise of INEC allowing Alhaji Yahaya Bello to contest an election without a running mate; (e) The propriety or otherwise of INEC merging the votes scored by the late Abubakar Audu/Hon. James Abiodun Faleke with the supplementary votes of Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the law that permits such a merger.
There are many other issues that the Tribunal will be called upon to determine. All Kogites and the whole world are anxiously waiting for the decision of the learned Tribunal.

Alhaji Bello was inaugurated as the fourth civilian governor of Kogi State on 27th January 2016. He was sworn in without a deputy. This act is unprecedented in Nigeria. Kogi State is fast becoming notorious for earning the first position in every bad political occurrence in Nigeria. In 2007, it became the first state to have the election of its governor upturned by an election tribunal. In 2011, it became the first state to have three governors in one day: the then outgoing governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris; Capt. Idris Wada sworn-in by the President of the State Customary Court of Appeal; and the Speaker of the then State House of Assembly, sworn in by the Chief Judge of the State. The state is also now on record as the first state in which the candidate who won an election died before being sworn in, calling for the application of section 181 of the Constitution.

Alhaji Bello has spent three weeks as the governor of Kogi State. A period of three weeks may be considered too short to assess the performance of a governor. It is, however, sufficient to come to a decision on what type of governor he would make. A careful study of the actions and utterances of Alhaji Bello, as governor of Kogi State, clearly shows that he is an intemperate and sometimes unpredictable person, imbued with extraordinary energy and youthful exuberance, almost bordering on the bizarre. He has sufficiently demonstrated that he is someone who would take an action first before thinking over it. The consequence of this is that he has had to reverse himself on several issues relating to the policies he announced within the first few days of his tenure. He lacks the experience, maturity, insight, shrewdness and astuteness required to govern a state like Kogi or any state for that matter. He is naturally self-conceited and not reflective.

Upon his inauguration, the first thing he did was to abandon Kogites and proceed to attend the meeting of the Northern Governor’s Forum. The meeting was more important to him than the plight of his people, particularly the workers of the state civil service who had been on strike for non-payment of salaries that had accumulated for four months. Alhaji Yahaya Bello returned from the meeting and announced that the hungry workers would have to undertake an elaborate screening exercise before they were paid October 2015 salaries. The exercise would have taken another one month or more to conclude. Kogi State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress rose up to the occasion and alleged that he acted mala fide and betrayed the trust reposed in him. The Congress reminded him that it was to honour him that they agreed to call off the strike. It threatened to resume the strike within seven days if the governor failed to reverse his decision on the screening exercise. The Congress had wondered how the workers would cope with hunger for another one month. The governor immediately reversed his decision.

Alhaji Bello promised to pay one month salary arrears to the workers. As at the time he announced this decision, he did not know the amount of money in the coffers of the government to determine whether or not the money would be sufficient to cover the wage bill. He was not even sure what the wage bill was when he made the announcement. It was a whimsical decision to score political points.  He was later faced with the stark reality as he met only N2.5 billion in the government’s account, whereas the wage bill was N3.5 billion. But he went ahead to deplete the N2.5 billion he met by first taking care of his security vote and awarding a contract of N100million for the renovation of his office, amongst other huge sums of money he had withdrawn for some other so-called state reasons. The resultant effect of all this was that almost half of the number of the workers have yet to receive their October 2015 salaries as at the time of writing this piece. And, there is no hope of them receiving their pay as no arrangements are being made in that regard. Meanwhile, he is said to have incurred some huge hotel bills at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, and another whopping sum at Reverton Hotel, Lokoja.

Alhaji Bello knew that he needed the cooperation of the members of the State House of Assembly. He, however, approached the matter in an arrogant manner. He demonstrated his lack of skill, finesse and diplomacy on the issue. After securing the approval of the lawmakers for his nominee for the office of the Deputy Governor, Hon. Simon Achuba,  in a subterranean manner, he invited them into his private residence and addressed them roughly. He did not leave any of them in doubt that he had become the Governor of Kogi State and would remain so for the next eight years. His coarse language angered the members, majority of whom are of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). His immodesty made him lose control over the Kogi State House of Assembly, notwithstanding the unlawful manner he wooed them.  By the time he attempted to impose his stooge as the Speaker, the exercise ended in fiasco as only five of the twenty members were available to do his bidding. They, nevertheless, went ahead with their unconstitutional acts with the strong backing of the military and police who were deployed that day to give the five members protection. One really wonders the business of soldiers from the Army Records in Lokoja over a legislative matter that is purely civil. Perhaps the commander of the unit or the Chief of Army Staff would be in a better position to explain this. Meanwhile the governor is yet to explain to Kogites why he had to conduct the swearing-in ceremony of the Deputy Governor under a secret cover in his sitting room rather than the Confluence Stadium or any other open place. The arrogance of Alhaji Bello has also been visibly demonstrated by his decision to block the road that passes by his personal residence beside the Government House, Lokoja, thereby causing  pains and inconveniences and logjam for road users.

The governor has exhibited ignorance of the clear provisions of the constitution. This has led him to commit unconstitutional acts and impeachable offences. He does not appear to have knowledge of the limits of his powers as a governor. He imagines that he has absolute and unfettered powers to do anything he wants. He has dissolved the Local Government commission without regard to the fact that it is unconstitutional to do so except at the expiration of its stated term. He abrogated the joint account of Local Government Councils and the State without repealing the law establishing it. He has issued directives to Universal Basic Education and Pension Bureau contrary to the extant laws and rules guiding them.

Alhaji Bello also announced that he had granted autonomy to the local government councils, apparently, without any understanding of the implications of such a fundamental policy decision. He places no structure on the ground either by legislation or guidelines upon which such autonomy can operate. It is a blanket power conferred on the local government council chairmen to conduct the affairs of their councils as they desire. Finances and the staff salaries and welfare of the local government councils are now at the whims of the council chairmen. Indeed, the crucial question agitating the minds of right-thinking Kogites is whether or not local government autonomy can be granted by mere irrational verbal pronouncement of a governor without any legislative or constitutional backing. Given the penchant of the governor at reversing himself, it will not be surprising to hear, in the next few days, that he has reversed the decision again. One interesting aspect of the autonomy granted the council chairman is the fact that few days after the announcement of the granting of the so-called autonomy, the Governor himself proceeded to suspend all the Directors of Local Governments (DLGS) and cashiers for one month without consulting the chairmen. Right now, all permanent secretaries in the state civil service, directors of finance, deputy accountant-general and staff of accounts sections of all ministries and parastatals are being placed on one-month compulsory leave.

His hatred for the Okuns is brewing and manifesting. He ensured that his cronies who impeached the Speaker did not give the slot to an Okun man even when it was zoned to the western Senatorial District. He also ensured that a Lokoja man got it. Furthermore, he ensured that an Okun man who was the deputy accountant general did not act for the accountant-general when the latter was sacked. He is said to be planning to bring an Ebira from Lagos to be the accountant-general of the state, a civil service position.

Right now, Kogi State is in the hands of two amateurs and inexperienced administrators. Yahaya Bello, the Governor, and Edward Onoja, the Chief of Staff, who have demonstrated lack of capacity in governance and administration. Both of them have no political or administrative pedigree and acumen. Alhaji Bello served as civil servant at the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission for only twelve years. He never became a director to direct any affair. He is today a multi-billionaire. Edward Onoja worked in the banking system for few years before he was eased out. Both of them, regrettably, are calling the shots in Kogi courtesy of INEC’s manipulations against the will of the people of Kogi State, freely expressed at a peacefully conducted election of 21st November 2015 where nobody complained of any malpractice. Until the Tribunal rules, the absurdities in Kogi are bound to continue. Hopefully, this won’t be long.
  • Adeola writes from Lokoja
  • First published February 21, 2016

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Yakubu Binuyaminu June 12, 2016
Senator AT Ahmed: My Dad, My Hero!
 Hon Mohammed Lawi Ahmed  and Senator AT Ahmed
To me it still seems like a tragic happening of yesterday, I can still recall the shocks, devastation and the sorrowful mood myself and the entire family were thrown into when the info got to us about the fatal road accident which claimed the life of a man we all love and never wanting to loose.

I was touched the more most especially when I recapitulated upon alot we discussed and planned together that never saw the light of the day. My dad was a man of huge dreams of which to God be the glory he was lucky to be able to achieve alot during his life time.

His days as a civil servant and his life as a politician are moments I have been emulating because they are worth it. My father was one man who amongst many never gives up on a just course, his sense of consistency, resilience, fearlessness, logical and diplomatic handlings of issues are amongst the various ingredients that spur him to what he became in life.

I want to use this opportunity to thank his followers and  supporters while he was alive and till date for the true love they’ve shown him and we his family after his demise. A good example is the support they gave to me his son to ensure AT Ahmed political history does not go down the rail by trooping out en masse to vote me during the last election of Kogi state House of Assembly of which today I am the member representing Okene 1 state constituency.

I want to also say that the legacy of my father upon which I rely upon to be where I am today, shall suffer no damage by myself, it’s pertinent to note that I have vowed to build more on the name, indeed the shoe I have stepped into is a big one but God’s willing I shall take my time to walk gently with it.

Finally, on behalf of myself and family, I say a big thank you to our well wishers as today we mark the 10th year anniversary of my own Hero, mentor, philanthropist and a political icon to many.
Thank you very much…

Hon. Lawi AT Ahmed
Member Representing Okene 1 constituency,
Kogi State House of Assembly.


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Yakubu Binuyaminu June 11, 2016
Confluence Beach Hotel Rots Away
 Confluence Beach Hotel in Mess

As  Confluence Beach Hotel rots away in Kogi State, stakeholders are calling on the state government to put it into use in view of the state’s dwindling revenue.

Kogi Confluence Beach Hotel, located along Ganaja Road, Lokoja, the state capital, was built by late Governor, Abubakar Audu to serve as a first class accommodation and tourists’ centre for guests within and outside the state.

Although, the hotel was started during the military era in the state, it was however completed and put to use under the administration of late Abubakar Audu.

Successive governments in the state, especially, the regime of former governor Ibrahim Idris, made efforts in constructing more structures in the place.
 
But these magnificent edifices, situated in a serene location along the confluence point of Rivers Niger and Benue are now rotting away instead of providing the needed hospitality services to the public.
 
A visit to the hotel which was once adjudged as one of the best in the whole of north central states can now best be described as a shadow of itself.
 
Checks by our correspondent indicate that the once vibrant hotel which had hosted various calibres of guests and events, is currently lying dormant in a pitiable condition.
 
It was learnt that the hotel flourished between 2004 and 2005. However, things began to change when the former governor Ibrahim Idris, changed the management of the hotel (Ikeja Hotel).
 
At the moment, there is no hospitality services being rendered at the hotel due to lack of political will by successive governments in the state to make the place functional.
 
Most of the facilities at the hotel are now in deplorable condition just as miscreants are said to have vandalized and made away with some of the valuable facilities at the hotels.
 
The first set of structures built at the hotel comprise 151 rooms and chalets, a reception hall, laundry, lobby, two conference halls, restaurant, swimming pool, a mosque and a basket ball pitch.
 
Former governor Ibrahim Idris also constructed another 100 rooms the hotel which has never been put to use even for a single day since the project was completed by the contractor.
 
Our reporters who visited the hotel observed that the swimming pool, basketball pitch, wildlife park and one of the conference halls, amongst other facilities in the hotel are in terrible state while some of the rooms submerged by flood sometimes ago have been abandoned.
 
Besides, furnitures in some of the rooms and chalets are in deplorable shape, especially those affected by flood.
 
Cobwebs have covered most of the rooms while the environment is overgrown with weeds, indication that all is not well with the once flourishing hotel.
 
Some of the rooms and chalets, the basketball pitch and the swimming pool have been taken over by weeds due to lack of maintenance.
 
At the moment, a conference hall at the hotel which has capacity for about 3,000 people also in a pitiable condition as the roof and ceilings are now blown off.
 
The hotel which is capable of generating handsome revenue for the state if made functional and properly maintained, has however been abandoned.
 
Observers are of the views that the present administration in its drive to boost internally generated revenue in view of the dwindling federal allocations, should find a way of reviving the moribund hotel as a revenue spinner.
 
According to observers, government could make the place functional by overhauling facilities at the hotel and by ensuring that all government sponsored events, programmes/guests are hosted in the place as a way of helping to boost its revenue base.
 
A public commentator and human rights activist, Comrade Abdul Idris Miliki, said the concept of the hotel from the on was unique and thus received a lot of patronage from within and outside the state.
“Then, institutions, individuals and groups were coming to the hotel. Most of the organizations like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were holding seminars and staff training there,  civil society and other non- governmental organizations were also holding seminars and workshops. Government activities both state and local government were taking place there. It was so because it was built in chalet form and well managed,” he said.
 
He attributed the downward trend of the hotel to lack of continuity, partisan politics and interest, saying that former governor Ibrahim Idris who took over from the late Audu felt that there was no need to develop the hotel and continue with the fame the hotel was known for before becoming the governor of the state.
“In the first four years of his administration, they took it away from Ikeja Hotel who were managing it and leased it out to another firm. After giving it out to a new manager, they were still making money but were not maintaining it hence the hotel has become a disaster for the state. People laugh at you whenever you say you are going to Confluence Beach Hotel,” he said.
 
Miliki  blamed the immediate past administration of governor Idris Wada for wasting government resources in embarking on another hotel project in the state capital instead of revamping the already existing Confluence Beach Hotel.
 
He wondered why the state government could afford to fritter away a golden opportunity of creating employments and generate revenue from the hotel.
 
The rights activist called on the present government to either get a private investor that will run the hotel through Public Private Partnership to bring back its lost glory or should outrightly sell it, adding government has no business running hotels.
 
When contacted, Special Adviser to Governor Bello on Culture and Tourism, Mr Ibrahim Usman, said the present administration is concerned about the hotel and that efforts are on to bring in investors to run the hotel.
 
“We are looking at branded investors who have both financial muscles and knowledge of the industry. We have talked to a couple of people in Dubai already and we have other people who are interested. It’s going to be a cocktail of all people who have interest and at the end, we will be able to choose the best from them,” he said.
 
Credit: , Daily Trust

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Yakubu Binuyaminu May 16, 2016
Workers’ Day: Full Text of Kogi Governor’s Address
 Yahaya Bello at Workers Day
BEING TEXT OF AN ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE TO THE STATE’S WORKERS ON MONDAY, MAY 1 (MAYDAY), 2016.

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Honourable Simeon Achuba.
The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Honourable Umar Imam
The Chief Judge of Kogi State, My Lord Justice Nasir Ajanah
Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Her Honour Mrs. Ayoade Folashade Arike
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Honourable Edward Onoja
The Head of Service (Acting), Kogi State Civil Service,
Political Appointees and Members of Government.
Leaders and Members of the Nigerian Labour Congress
Leaders and Members of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria
Great Nigerian Workers!
Ladies and Gentlemen,

May 1st every year is a testimonial to the indomitable spirits of men and women, the Workers, who play the most invaluable roles in the Development of any Society. It is a day set aside by the World to pay deserved tribute to the people who constitute the Engine-room of every Society. These people, individually and collectively, labour, often without recognition and commensurate remuneration, to oil the wheels of progress in every Administration.

On this day, on behalf of the People and Government of Kogi State, we salute Workers all over the World. We salute you, Great Nigerian Workers. Above all, we salute each and every person who is a part of the Kogi State Civil Service at any level. Thank you for your Labour and Contribution. We acknowledge that Governments and Societies, including ours, are helpless without the Workers.

**Solidarity Song**

The ideal Workforce is the one in which Workers are consistently improving in skills and salaries. It is one in which the operating environment allocates dignity to human beings and rewards merit. It excludes redundancy and stagnation by a smart process of job placement and transfers. It provides continuous learning through training and retraining. Above all it works seamlessly to generate maximum productivity. It is our aspiration as an Administration to build that Ideal Workforce in Kogi State. However, reality shows we have a lot of work to do.

We cannot deceive ourselves that all is rosy with the Worker, whether in Nigeria or here at home in Kogi State. We inherited a Kogi State in which unpaid salaries and general atrocious working conditions were the norm. All sorts of tricks were devised by previous administrations to short-change the Kogi State Worker. The worst is of course the scourge of ghost-workers. Thousands of non-existent ‘workers’ paid from Kogi State coffers thus bringing it under undue strain and leaving the real workers either totally unpaid or only receiving meagre percentages of their wages.

I was a former Federal Civil Servant. I was never owed salaries during my time in service. When we came into Office, Kogi Workers were already on strike for at least 6 weeks, fed up with the then PDP Government’s kleptomania, lack of transparency and disastrous policies. It hurt me that a so-called Government could receive all the Federal Allocations due to it and still find the heart to leave workers unpaid. I decided that my Administration will be different. We remain committed to improving the lot of our Workers by eliminating every scheme in the system designed to exploit and cheat them.

Accordingly, the ghost-worker syndrome is an evil this Administration is committed to eradicating forever. The first line is the Screening Committee we set up soon after our Inauguration, led by Brigadier-General Paul Okuntimo (Rtd). General Okuntimo is a fine officer and an incorruptible gentleman. The Screening Committee is scheduled to conclude her work within the next one week and we shall thereafter expect to have only genuine workers on our payroll.

No more will people sit in Pay Offices and fabricate thousands of names, add them to the nominal roll and siphon Kogi State resources with them on a monthly basis. No more will people sit down in Lagos, Abuja, even abroad, and receive bank alerts for salaries from the Kogi State Government. No more will Kogi State pay salaries to ghost-workers who are ‘serving’ in non-existing institutions discovered all over the state by the Screening Committee. We are dismantling all of that satanic infrastructure. Our people will no longer be robbed.

On this Workers’ Day I must also seize opportunity to sound a timely warning to every genuine Worker in the Kogi State Civil Service: ENSURE THAT YOU ARE SCREENED. If the Screening Committee has somehow missed you, seek them out and do the needful. Once the Screening Exercise is done, we will only be paying salaries to Workers who have gone through the process. If you miss this train, you will have only yourself to blame.

Let me state that nothing happens without somebody knowing about it. We are therefore encouraging whistle-blowing. See something, say something. Everyone is encouraged to reach the Screening Committee or any of my appointees with information that will help us to completely sanitise the system. We will shortly set up a Call Centre so that those who prefer anonymity in this regard can put a call across and not have to fear detection or persecution.

In any case, I personally guarantee protection and maybe, some token reward, to every whistle-blower but only for giving us actionable intelligence.

We have also been inundated with allegations of collusion between some labour executives and the past administrations in cheating the very Workers they represent through corrupt practices. We will of course investigate and anyone found culpable will have a date with the Anticorruption Agencies. We are cooking something nice for Kogi People, I know the kitchen is getting hot but I promise you there will be no sacred cows. Let those who cannot stand the heat get out of the kitchen!

Masu gudu, su gudu. The guilty are afraid. Evildoers may run, but they cannot hide.

Like I have repeatedly said, we intend to do things differently. A cardinal principle on which this Administration operates is transparency and open communications. I wish to bring to your notice the following facts:

• We have received four federal allocations since our assumption of Office in January, 2016 out of which we paid full salaries for January and March.

• In January we received about N2.6bn while our salary bill came to about N2.7bn. We paid full salaries.
• In February we received about N2.5bn and applied that the differentials between allocations and wage bills for January and March as well as other pressing needs of the State which has direct impact on the lives of the people, including you, the Workers. You will admit that Kogi State, with a population of about 3.5m people cannot spend all her money to service a Workforce of about 100,000 people. Security, obligations to contractors, rehabilitation of infrastructure, etc are also pressing and unavoidable.

• In March our allocation was about N2.3bn but we again paid full salaries to the tune of about N2.9bn.
• For April, allocation is about N2bn only. Even though the nearly N900m gap between allocation and wage bill is a huge challenge, we still hope to pay full salaries and even start defraying some arrears incurred by previous Administrations.

We put these figures in the public domain in the hope that Organised Labour will have the information they need to match us good faith for good faith. It saddens Government when industrial action is embarked upon in a capricious manner that seems to say that only the interests of striking workers matter. We believe that we can always partner together to manage every situation, including tight financial situations, in order to achieve the best results.

I am aware that almost as soon as were sworn in malicious persons serving evil interests both within and without Kogi State filled the media with rumours that we have accessed and frittered away the Bailout Funds. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality we met on ground at the CBN was that the previous application made on behalf of the State by the last administration was fraught with irregularities and shoddily done. In a word, it was so badly done it could never be approved. We had to start from scratch.

We are glad to announce that our efforts have paid off. This week we received approval to draw down on the first tranche of our Bailout Funds from the Federal Government. This will amount to about N20bn. We will draw down on the balance of about N30bn as we meet the milestones for implementation of the first tranche as set by the Central Bank of Nigeria. I also announce a commitment to use that money for salaries and emoluments of our workers. I am certain that by the time we fully disburse the Bailout Funds, disputes over outstanding emoluments will be over.

I therefore call on the Members and Leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kogi State University Chapter to call off their ongoing Strike and let our dear Students go on with their education on schedule. In return, I promise them, and indeed all Workers of Kogi State, that there is now some light at the end of the tunnel.

We are also building momentum on our promises to the people in our manifesto. The promise of a New Direction is not ‘One Chance’ by any stretch of the imagination. Our New Direction Blueprint Team has taken our manifesto and produced the Quick-Wins which we are already implementing. I will speak more on that during the 100 Days’ events.

The main Blueprint which identifies planned developmental strides in every year of our 4-year tenure will soon be ready too.

My People, your Government in Kogi State is running with a 4-year Plan, a Blueprint for Accelerated Development of the State in all areas and socio-economic indices within this current term of office. We are focused on this one tenure. Those going around scheming against 2019 should therefore leave us alone. We are not open to distractions at any time. Like power, 2019 and beyond lie in the Hands of God. I trust that when the time comes, God and the great People of Kogi will decide who will lead this State further.
In closing, it is my pleasure to announce a donation by the Administration of two brand new buses to the Kogi State Chapters of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Unions Congress respectively. The Kogi State Government charges the Leadership of the Unions to deploy these vehicles in the best interests of their members and in service to God and humanity at large.

Once more I felicitate with all Workers on this May Day, 2016. In particular, I felicitate with the Disciplined, Supportive, Resourceful and Productive Workers of the Kogi State Civil Service. I identify with you today, and always, and promise our continued commitment to your welfare and rights.
Solidarity forever.

Thank you very much.

ALHAJI YAHAYA BELLO
EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, KOGI STATE.

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Yakubu Binuyaminu May 2, 2016
10 Ways Nigerian Christians Are Killing Christianity But Don’t Know
 
 2000 years ago, a new way of life was born. A way of agape love, simplicity, righteousness and truth. A way of imitating Jesus Christ who suffered to redeem mankind from the power of death. A way of life introduced to us by unselfish missionaries from Europe. This way of life which is called Christianity today is under treat in Nigeria. It is gradually losing it’s value and taste as a result of some negative attitudes of the believers. Let me quickly identify 10 ways Nigerian Christians are killing Christianity but don’t know.

1. False Prophesy: Simply put, any prophesy that did not eventually come to pass is a false prophesy. Many Christian leaders in the country are fond of making predictions out of their own imaginations or dreams claiming they were revelations from God. Failure of such prophesies makes caricature of Christianity.

2. Hypocrisy: This is the worst killer. Majority of Nigerian Christians are hypocrites. Some pastors, reverend fathers, bishops and so on give sound preaching but don’t live by their words. They do opposite of what they preach. Also, our Christian politicians are not Christ-like in their leadership. How can a Christian governor owe workers and pensioners for over six months even after the federal government has released bailout funds. They still go to church on Sundays to raise their hands up in praise and worship. Church ceiling fan will cut off such hands one day.

3. Mixing Christianity with paganism: Reading Zodiac signs, osu caste system, animal and human sacrifices and other superstitious practices are still rampant despite the numerous churches in the nooks and crannies of the country. Some Christians would even go to any length to defend such practices in the name of preserving their culture and tradition. What about Christians including pastors who patronize native doctors? Some use charms to perform signs and wonders and to win souls for their churches. Some belong to occult societies and still go to church. It is very common in Nigeria to see someone who is both a member of a Christian denomination and Ogboni confraternity or any other evil cult. This is destroying the Christian faith.

4. 'Men of God' milking their shepherds while living ostentatiously: Our pastors are cruising expensive cars, acquiring private jets and living in multimillion naira mansions while majority of their followers live in poverty. No wonder they lay too much emphasis on paying of tithes and seed sowing. They lick the asses of corrupt politicians instead of telling them the truth point-blank. This lifestyle is gradually killing the credibility of the Christian faith.
5. Fornication receiving little or no condemnation compared to other sexual sins: Sometimes I wonder if gays and lesbians will go to a hotter part of hell fire than fornicators and adulterers. Boyfriend and girlfriend relationship is on the increase among the Christian youths. Baby mamas are now celebrated. Pre-marital sex is no longer viewed as a taboo. It is very common to hear of a Christian thanking God for delivering him from the spirit of masturbation while the person is still a fornicator. This is self-deception and a distortion of Christianity which strictly condemns all sexual immoralities.

6. Praying and wishing evil for their enemies: Christ, who Christians claim to follow, taught them to love and pray for their enemies. On the contrary, Nigerian Christians hate and pray for the death of their enemies. “Die by fire”, “holy ghost fire them” and so on are common prayers in many churches today. Judging our enemies and wishing them dead is fake Christianity.

7. Lack of charity: When last as a Christian did you help the poor or someone in need without looking for something in return? Many Christians show less concern for the less privileged. They show more interest in tithing and seed sowing for their progress forgetting that agape love is the most important thing in the Christian faith.

8. Associating God with prosperity: Nowadays, if you are rich, it means that God is with you. Poverty is seen as a curse. Most churches now preach prosperity more than salvation. The rich are being celebrated as those favoured by God. This silly mentality promotes corruption and is gradually killing Christianity in our country.

9 Weird church adverts and programs: Just in the name of attracting members, many churches have devised somewhat weird means of seducing people to their church services. Some use popular celebrities to draw crowds to their churches. For instance, of what spiritual value is it to feature Terry G, Mama G, Wizkid, I Go Dye and so on in a Christian program? Some churches also use funny posters and attractive themes to lure people to their church. I have seen church posters with themes like ‘miracle extravaganza’, ‘prison break’, ‘auntie wetin I do you’, ‘who tie the goat’ and so on. This makes Christianity look like a joke.

10. Denominations fighting one another: Some Christian denominations believe that they are the genuine Christians and members of other Christian denominations would all go to hell. They fight one another with hate words and sometimes the fight goes physical. Instead of thinking of ways to dialogue and unite, more Christian denominations are being created. Sometimes, I begin to wonder if there are more than one Jesus Christ.

Source:: Chukonetng

Yakubu Binuyaminu March 6, 2016
Christians Are Not Worshipping God the way the Bible prescribed Read Proof
Nehemiah 8New International Version (NIV)

1 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.

2 So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. 3 He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

4 Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.

5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

7. The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. 8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear[a] and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

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Every prophets mentioned in the monotheistic religions used this Way of saying thanks or praying to GOD, the postures use is also beneficial when you are at a mediated state of mind (also it improves your respiratory functions which is miraculous) since this question is specific on Jesus, in Islamic context we believe he worshipped GOD in this way, as Muslim believes he was not lord himself as there is one God! However prior to Jesus many prophets before him prayed in this way. Since the modern alternatives being adapted into the Christian faith this way of praying may not have been highly interpreted or used as Islam brought the 5 times prayer system where muhammad constantly used the same posture for his prayers.

However, please see below references to illustrates the same :

These are some of the Prophets whom GOD blessed. They were chosen from among the descendants of Adam, and the descendants of those whom we carried with Noah, and the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and from among those whom we guided and selected. When the revelations of the Most Gracious are recited to them, they fall prostrate, weeping." – Qur’an English Translation [19:58]

"And he (Jesus) went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." - New Testament (Matthew 26:39)

"And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid." - New Testament (Matthew 17:6)

"And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying," - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Genesis 17:3)

"Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?" - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Genesis 17:17)

"And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped." - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Exodus 34:cool

“And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.” - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Numbers 20:6)

"And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?" - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Numbers 16:20-22)

And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with [their] faces to the ground. - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Nehemiah 8:6)

"And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?" - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Joshua 5:14)

"And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?" - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Ezekiel 9:cool





"And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD." - Old Testament (Tanakh) (2 Chronicles 20:18)

"And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?" - Old Testament (Tanakh) (Ezekiel 11:13)

Also read :: 10 Ways Nigerian Christians Are Killing Christianity But Don’t Know

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Turn Kogi United to a Regional Giant, Ajewole Urges Kogi Gov
Kogi United FC Training 

A retired FIFA-badged refree, Mr. Folorunsho Ajewole has called on the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to restructure Kogi United Football Club and turn it to a regional force in African football.
Ajewole made the call at a Seminar organized in Lagos by Kogi Sports Enthusiasts to fashion the way forward for sports in Kogi State. He said the state is blessed with talented footballers who can be turned into world beaters.

He said: “With the dwindling revenue from oil, states must embrace sports through which they can create jobs and generate millions of dollars through sponsorship by multinationals and players transfer. There is no doubt that Kogi can reap bountifully from sports promotion.

“With a world-class stadium in Lokoja and a football club that is well known around the nation, Kogi only needs to show commitments to sports development, especially football, handball and athletics”.
Speaking through skype at the Conference, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo told the gathering that Governor Yahaya Bello is a sports enthusiasts who is prepared to develop sports in the state.

He said efforts are in top gear by the government of Alhaji Bello to implement a comprehensive blueprint on sports development, saying it would be unpardonable for a state that produced the likes of the late Sunday Bada and football prodigy, Gbenga Arokoyo not to be among the top sporting states in the nation.
“I am aware that Governor Yahaya Bello has a robust plan to ensure sports development in the state. We expect Kogi State to perform at the optimum in sporting events.

“It has been discovered that the state has comparative advantage in handball, athletics and football and efforts will be geared towards developing our areas of advantage. The Governor of Kogi State sees sports as an area of social and economic development of the state and an antidote to unrest among the youths”.
Fanwo said the Governor is already working hard to ensure Kogi United Football Club is moulded into a professional outfit with a long-term plan to make it successful in the areas of sports and business.

The highlight of the events was the conferment of the Grand Patron of the organization on Governor Yahaya Bello for his determination to promote sports in Kogi State.

Credits:: KogiReports

Yakubu Binuyaminu