Akwa Ibom Unity Choir Enters Guinness Book Of World Records

The Akwa Ibom State choral group has broken the world record for the largest number of Christmas carol singers in the world.

The Guinness World Records has officially certified it and now has it on its website.

The unity choir, a 25,272 man-choral group, broke the record at a concert in the Uyo Township Stadium on Saturday, December 13, 2014 with Guinness World Records representatives in attendance. The choir beat the record set by a group known as CENTI in Bogota, Columbia, which had 15,674 carol singers the previous year (December 15, 2013).

Guinness World Records adjudicator, Liz Smith, who did the announcement in Guinness World Record Headquarters, London, United Kingdom congratulated the choir and said “It is now time to reveal the report of the official attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the largest group of carol singers. Our team of highly trained record specialists have reached a decision. The record to beat was 15,674. I can now confirm that your attempt to break the record has been successful. Congratulations on receiving a new Guinness World Records Title. The title of the largest group of carol singers has been achieved by Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir. You are officially amazing.”

An elated Governor Godswill Akpabio broke the news to the people of the state saying, “This month, we broke the Guinness Book of World Records, for the largest number of carol singers ever in the world. This momentous feat was achieved when Akwa Ibom people drawn from all the nooks and crannies of the state came together in the spirit of love and brotherhood. I believe that if we imbibe the virtue of love and stand together in brotherhood in the New Year, we would keep setting records and the walls of division, which have been erected by some selfish politicians, would tumble down.”

President Jonathan’s younger sister dies

President Goodluck Jonathan’s younger sister, Mrs. Nancy Jonathan-Olei, is dead. According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the deceased died on Sunday at a hospital in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. She was said to have died during a brief illness. The three-paragraph statement read, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan  announces with deep sorrow, the passing away of his beloved junior sister, Mrs. Nancy Jonathan-Olei.“Mrs. Jonathan-Olei passed away earlier today at a hospital in Yenagoa after a brief illness. She was  52 years old.“Burial arrangements will be announced later by  the family.”

‘Why Father Mbaka Is Fighting Jonathan’

Fresh facts emerged yesterday on why the fiery Catholic priest and founder of the highly regarded Enugu-based Adoration Ministries, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka, last week warned the electorate not to vote for the candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, in the forthcoming February 14, 2015 presidential election.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the Catholic priest was nudged by the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria to prophesy that the re-election of President Jonathan would spell disaster for the country.

A usually reliable source said that for some time now, the Catholic community has been nursing grudges against the president following insinuations that he has been parleying with the Anglican Church, while neglecting the Roman Catholic Church. President Jonathan is said to be an Anglican.

It was gathered that the leadership of the Catholic Church choose Fr Mbaka to make the statement given the fearless way he had spoken out against oppressive regimes in the past, which nearly cost him his life during the administration of former Enugu State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, after assassins shot him at close range.

However, it was also gathered that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), had sent a powerful delegation to Enugu on December 31, 2014, to woo Fr Mbaka to support his presidential ambition.

A source close to the meeting said Fr Mbaka’s speech came few hours following the meeting with Buhari’s delegation.

LEADERSHIP recalls that when recently President Jonathan’s wife, Patience, worshipped at the Adoration Ministries ground located at Ijineke Emene in Enugu East local government area, Fr Mbaka urged Ndigbo to support the second term bid of her husband.

LEADERSHIP further gathered that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was rankled over Fr Mbaka’s advice to Ndigbo to vote for the PDP presidential candidate, hence he was allegedly ordered by the leadership of the Catholic community to warn the electorate that voting for the incumbent president would spell disaster for Nigeria.

Delivering a message entitled, “From Goodluck to Bad Luck” at the Adoration Ministries ground on New Year’s Eve, Mbaka said that when the first lady Dame Patience Jonathan visited the Adoration Ground recently, he had conducted a spiritual exercise by lifting four birds to fly, but the fourth and most healthy of the birds refused to fly.

Mbaka revealed that he did everything to make the fourth bird to fly but it refused to fly, and God ministered to him not to worry the bird any further.

The cleric expressed regret that in the annals of Nigeria’s history, there has not been a time the country recorded so much bloodshed like the current administration.

Mbaka recalled that the whole country had looked forward for a leader who would give jobs to the teeming unemployed youths, provide mass education, electricity and maximum security and industrialize Nigeria in anticipation that oil will one day melt away.

“There emerged a Goodluck and Goodluck met face to face with Yar’Adua and Yar’Adua died. When Goodluck met Yar’Adua, Yar’Adua had bad luck and died. Goodluck met our oil; our oil had bad luck and melted away. He met our

Naira, our Naira had bad luck.

“Where are we? What is the fate of this country? Do we continue with bad luck? Many civil servants did not go home with December salary. What did they use to celebrate Christmas?

“By December 5, the children will go back to school. The parents are expected to pay their school fees. Are they going to use their urine to pay? Are they going to use stool to pay school fees,” queried the fiery Catholic priest during his ministration on December 31, 2014.

Fr Mbaka called on all prophetic voices in the country to speak up, saying that even those who have been bought over should speak up because of the destiny of our children.

He said: “What is kidnapping? Kidnapping is the grandson of unemployment. Boko Haram is the grandson of unemployment, mass looting and corruption. As it stands now, Jonathan should resign. The Goodluck of Jonathan has become bad luck to Nigeria.

“In few months to come, many people are going to lose their jobs.

“During elections, Jonathan will answer Azikiwe and Ebele to become an Igboman. After election, the Azikiwe and Ebele will vanish. Look at our federal roads built by Buhari and Babangida. The continuity of Jonathan means disaster to Nigeria. We need change,” Mbaka had said.

Expressing worry about the future of the children, the cleric noted that they are being admonished to go to school and yet the government schools are not functional.

He warned that Nigeria was like an egg waiting to be broken in the hands of President Jonathan, but said such would not be allowed it to happen.

Mbaka lamented that pastors have become vultures and hawks around Jonathan, eating the porridge of Jacob and selling their prophetic rights, adding that some are turning Naira into dollars and flying them out of the country in private jets.

Noting that anointing is now merchandise in Aso Rock, he said the men of God telling Jonathan to continue, should question their prophetic anointing.

He continued: “When a man is eating well and his children are hungry, is that man still a father. When a mother is dressing well and eating well and her children are naked and hungry, will you say she is still a mother?

“Any moment from now, they will start telling us that this person is a Christian, this person is a Muslim. I am not campaigning for anybody. I am filled with tears over what is happening in Nigeria. The way Nigeria is going now, Goodluck’s office, let another take,” Mbaka said.

Leadership

Alleged witch in Delta confesses using urine to prepare moi-moi

A middle-aged woman alleged to be a witch in Ughelli South local government area of Delta (name withheld) on Friday evening confessed to using her urine to mix the beans with which she prepared moi-moi which she sold to members of the public as well as fed family members with.

LeadershipNG reports that the woman, well-known in the community for her beauty and well-prepared meals especially her moi-moi that she sold to unsuspecting members of the public, allegedly confessed when she was almost lynched by an angry mob over allegations by a young man in the area that she planned to kill him with her witchcraft.

It was gathered that the young man was about taking his bath in the bathroom when a rat almost hit
him on the leg. On seeing the rat, he picked a piece of wood and kill it, but instead of beating a retreat, the rat allegedly increased in size, eventually turning into a human being before disappearing, leaving two slippers behind.

The young man was said to have gone to town with the tale, and on getting to the house of the alleged witch, popularly called MamaT, he was said to have seen the woman surrounded by a angry crowd who descended on her.

Eyewitness said some parts of the woman’s body were swollen, as she was made to put on a pair of slippers, and realizing the slippers were similar to those left behind by the rat, the young man screamed,

“Madam, why are you putting on the same slippers, and why is your body swollen?” And she replied, “I had an accident yesterday where I sustained some injuries and lost one of my slippers.”

Suspecting the woman was the rat that turned to a human being in his bathroom, the young man narated his story to the crowd, while appealing to them to allow him get the slippers that the rat left behind in his house.

By the time he returned and showed the people the single pair of slippers, it was exactly the same with the one on the woman’s foot.

This left the angry mob with no option than to beat her to stupor, before she confessed to litany of atrocities she had committed, while confessing that all through the years, she had been selling moi-moi she used her urine from her coven to prepare.

Leadership

Father Christmas arrested for defiling 5-yr-old schoolgirl

Santa Claus or Father Christmas, as he is often called in this clime, is known for rewarding good conducts. Now, what happens when this rewarder of virtues becomes the wrongdoer?

That is exactly what played out recently at a Christmas party or­ganized by a nursery and primary school in the Ojodu-Abiodun area of Ogun State. During such parties, children are usually taken to the Father Christmas one after the other to receive gifts from him.

The joyful event turned awry after a five-year-old pupil from the school complained that the Father Christmas dipped a finger in her vagina and blood came out when she went in for her gift.

The matter was reportedly incidented at a police station in the area following which the said Father Christmas was arrested penultimate Friday and later released on bail. He was thereafter mandated to report to the station last Monday.

When Sunday Sun visited the police station where the matter was reportedly handled, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) denied knowledge of the case, saying that no such matter was brought before him.

However, investigations showed that the matter was actually reported at that station. A petty trader around the police station told Sunday Sun that the matter did not involve a Father Christmas, but a Barney brought to the party by the party organizers hired by the school for the event.

She explained that it was even the owner of the business that was arrested and not the culprit as he could not be traced after the incident. She said that she knew about the matter when she saw a pregnant woman by her shop (who she claimed was the wife of the man arrested) crying while the man was detained at the police station.

Although the woman argued that the man on the run was innocent of the charge, she could not explain why the said offender disappeared following the report.

It was her view that the par­ents of the girl were not telling the whole truth, as they were alleged to have taken the child to a hospital as far as Ogba, in Lagos, for test that would ascer­tain the truth of the matter.

According to her, they claimed that it was their family hospi­tal. She believed that the police were in the best position to decide where the test should have been done.

“I know the man that was ar­rested. He runs a party organizing outfit, which the school hired. When people rent the Barney costume, anybody can then wear it. When someone rented it in my compound, it was even my son that wore it. Anybody can wear it. The person who wore the costume during the party allegedly dipped his finger in the girl’s vagina, and then ran away. They have not seen him till now,” she explained.

Meanwhile, another respon­dent, a woman who lives next door to the school confirmed the story to Sunday Sun, saying it was actually a man in Father Christmas costume that com­mitted the offence. The school, a two-storey building, is adjacent to her house.

She, however, explained that the parties had settled matter. “They were having the party up­stairs when the thing happened; they have a hall where they hold parties upstairs. But they have settled it.”

She even assured the reporter who she believed was an intend­ing patron, that the school was a very good one. “It is just that one (referring to the incident). I am a teacher myself, and I can tell you that the school is very good.”

The Sun

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100 Nigerians languish in Indian prisons for drugs

No fewer than 100 Nigerian youngsters are presently languishing in detention facilities in India, just as a new deadly drug is speculated to have crept into the country. Details of the newly discovered drug of death remain sketchy but authorities say it has almost devastating potentials as cocaine and heroin when consumed. The drug, according to an Interpol source is known as Khat leaf and that it is now competing with other known drugs at black markets in some Asian countries. It could not be immediately confirmed if operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency are aware of the Khat plant but an independent source at the Lagos office of the Agency hinted that the operatives actually put their ears to the ground while watching with Eagle eyes Meanwhile, the detained Nigerians were said to have entered into India through student visa. The detainees were said to be involved in transport and supply of Khat leaves, narcotic substances and allied illegal drugs. Information at our disposal has it that places like Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills Filmnagar, Medipatnam and Yousufguda in West Zone limits were lately discovered to be the hubs for cocaine sale. Investigation by Newswatch Times revealed that the alleged involvement of the detained Nigerians peaked with the police received reports on illegal drug sales. The police in the country reportedly raised special teams that finally busted some gangs involved in supplying opium and cocaine. At the end of the raid, and coalition of cases, Indian police were said to have registered 5,900 cases of opium in the city of Hyderbad alone. It was also gathered that 166 cases of cocaine sale or use were registered in 2014 as compared to 174 cases of cocaine and no case of opium in 2013in the city. Indian government said many foreigners; especially Nigerians were involved in smuggling Khat leaves to the city from various countries and that 200 cases were registered in this regard in 2014.
Interpol source informed our reporter that recently, Hyderrabad police nabbed 60 in connection with the transport of drugs. Of them, 40 are Indian nationals and the rest foreigners. Our source said that opium is easily available at every nook and cranny in the city and many people from the districts were involved in the transportation of the substance to the city. It was further revealed that many hookah centre management provide opium to customers in different flavours to attract customers said a police from the Anti- Narcotic Cell. Police raiders, according to our source soon discovered the involvement of many Paan shops who offer opium at lower prices.

Newswatch Times

Abia Guber Race – Otti Picks Woman As Running Mate

The clamour for women to get top political positions in the country received a boost in Abia State as the governorship standard-bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, has picked a lady, Dr. Eme Uche Eme, as his running mate.

Eme, a renowned teacher from Ohafia in Abia north, studied political science at the University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN).

This happened as Otti bagged man of the year award and overwhelmingly received at different rallies and consultation with eminent personalities in the area who vowed to deliver their votes to the APGA guber candidate, saying that he represents in its entirety, the positive change the people of the state are currently gunning for.

Unveiling his deputy during a courtesy call by eminent personalities in Ohafia, Otti averred that the choice of Eme was purely based on her competence and not necessarily about her loyalty to him, as according to him, ‘a good leader will always get loyalty from the followers’.

“She is competent and that is the main consideration in arriving at her choice. If you are a good leader, people will be loyal to you”, Otti stressed.

Otti lamented that the best of Abia has been scared away from politics and governance since 1999 thereby making way for incompetent hands who tries to always replicate themselves in what could be described as a vicious circle.

“Abia is a state blessed with so much human resources and yet remains backward. This is because the best of Abia has never come to politics since 1999. Those that got through replicate themselves and the vicious circle continues.

“The time has come for a strong force to break the circle and move Abia forward”, he thundered.

In her acceptance speech, Eme says a revolution is currently going on in Abia State of which the intelligential must not sit on the fence but must pioneer it, adding that “the revolution train is on and moving fast in Abia State”

In his speech at the occasion, former Finance and National Planning Minister, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, stamped a seal of endorsement on Otti quest for the governorship seat of the state, saying that he and the people of Ohafia are in total support of Otti as governor.

“I and my people are in total support of Otti as Abia State governor come February 2015 and I am ready to defend him as his team anytime, anywhere,” Kalu stressed.

Other Ohafia dignitaries present at the occasion include Uma Eleazu (the chief host), Dr. K.U. Kalu, former chairman of Union Bank, Chief Ole Ikpa, Awa Kalu (SAN) and a host of others.

Prior to the unveiling of his running mate, Otti had made a brief stop at the home of eminent man of God and preacher of the gospel, Rev Uma Okpai where he received divine endorsement in a close-door parley.

At ITEM, Otti was received by the warm arms of thousands of people who gathered to have a glimpse of the man determined to make Abia work with unrepentant passion.

He was handed an award as the Best Personality of the Year 2014 in Industrial Development of Nigeria by the ITEM Development Association (IDA) recognition of his immense contribution towards industrial revolution in the country.

This Day

Bankole loses step-mother on daughter’s wedding day

The step-mother of  a  former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, Chief (Mrs)  Adunni Bankole, is dead.
She reportedly died of a heart-related illness five days after she fell into a coma. She died exactly 85 days to her 56th birthday (March 29).
Sunday Vanguard gathered that she had been ill for over a month, and was under medical attention.
Adunni, who was the Iyalode of Gbagura, was said to have been  expected to give her second daughter, Mopelola, out in marriage on the day she died.
A source told our correspondent that  the woman only witnessed the introduction ceremony. The wedding ceremony, however, held.
The source said that  the news of her demise was not made known to  the two families and guests who had gathered to witness the ceremony.
Adunni,  a socialite and a businesswoman, operated a  household care products store, Sublime Group, at Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, before relocating to Ogba Retail Market.
Efforts  to make the husband of the deceased, Chief Alani Bankole, and former Speaker, Dimeji, comment on her death proved abortive.
Dimeji  also did not acknowledge the text message sent to his telephone and refused to pick his calls.
Alani Bankole  merely said: “I don’t want to make any comment” when contacted on  telephone.

Vanguard

No, we don’t have your original certificates, only service records, Army replies Buhari

Few days after the former Head of State and Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, retd, explained in an affidavit submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that all his academic credentials were with the Military Board, the Army have stated that they do not keep the certificates of any serving or retired officer or soldier.General Buhari is contesting the presidential election for the fourth time under different political parties including the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP and the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, but the issue of his qualifications had never been controversial until the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, recently described him as a ‘’semi- illiterate.’’

However, against the backdrop of Buhari’s affidavit in court, a military source said ‘’that the Army can not
keep anybody’s original certificate because it is the personal property of the owner,’’ adding that such original certificates were only needed at the point of entry into the service.According to the source, the Military only kept photocopies of credentials of officers and soldiers in their personal files that were in the military secretary’s office.

“The original certificate of any officer or soldier is only needed at the point of entry into the service either as a cadet officer entering the Nigerian Defence Academy, or the recruitment officers when interviewing recruits to be sent to the depot for training. That is so, because they are needed to verify what were in the photocopies supplied by them or from the necessary examining bodies.”The source further stated that anybody claiming that his original certificates were with the Military Secretary (Army), had ‘’ulterior motive(s) or something he or she cannot explain.’’
He further added, “Let me tell you now, in the Navy, the Navy Secretary, NAVSEC, keep the documents of all Naval officers and ratings and not their original certificates which are their personal property.

Vanguard