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REBBUTAL: Fr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry not burnt, APOLOGIES

Jungle Journalist Media Limited has just learnt that Adoration Ministry, Enugu has not been attacked, as was reported in an earlier publication.

Our source juts confirmed that it was a mix up.

The story has been pulled down, and the video has also been pulled down.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited regrets the mix up, and hereby tenders an unreserved apology to any party affected.

Our intentions here is not to run anyone or group down, but to bring you accurate reports as they occur.

Heavy scandal rocks Reverend Father Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry as Lady reveals VERY dirty secrets 

*Says he lied about Buhari, Hope Uzodimma prophecies

*Accuses Fr Mbaka of attempt to commit ‘an abomination’ with brother’s wife

A lady who described herself as a former worshipper at Adoration Ministries, Enugu, where the Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka oversees has come out to say that the popular man of God has a lot of dirty secrets he is trying to hide.

The lady, Princess Ikodiya Uche Monica Ottah, popularly known as Adaukwu Ihechiowa spoke with journalists at her home in Enugu, where she discusses reasons why she earlier accused the reverend of plots to kill her.

During the interview, which was captured by the Enugu State Correspondent of Jungle Journalist Media Limited, Ottah also accused Reverend Father of blocking the marriage of his younger brother, Mr Edozie Mbaka, who swore to go ahead with the marriage since the senior Mbaka has refused to give any tangible reason for telling him to stop the marriage preparations.

She spoke of his ‘political prophecies, scandals, threat to her life, and her resolve to ensure that the right thing is done.

To prove that she was not lying against the man of God, Madam Ottah also availed journalists the opportunity to interview Edozie, who was present, and confirmed some of the allegations. The interview is also reproduced here.

Calls put across to the phone numbers of Reverend Father Mbaka The were not answered, and a text sent to him on the matter was not replied. For the avoidance of doubt, the text read:

‘Good afternoon father. I’m part of those that interviewed Princess in Enugu. Sir, I’ve been making effort to reach you for the purpose of hearing from you. I spoke to Favor earlier today and she told me that she later spoke to you. Can you please make time to talk to us so as to balance the story. I’ve also called severally but I understand you are a busy man. Thanks’

Excerpts:

Madam, what is the issue you are having with Reverend Father Mbaka?

Reverend Father Mbaka told his younger brother to go and marry, and even presented a girl for him to marry, Chinaza. Suddenly, he turned around and said that he should not marry the girl anymore.

He gave no reasons. The dates for marriage was fixed before Covid 19, and they were asking him why he wants the marriage cancelled. He said they should give him time, that his brother should marry a girl from a poor background. He even called the parents of the girl and told them to come and take their daughter away.

This imbroglio, where is it going at the moment?

I don’t know. Mbaka himself knows where it’s going. But what I know is that he should leave Edozie to marry his wife. He himself said that he does not want a wife, that he wants to be a reverend father, so he should not be paying attention to Edozie and his wife. He ought to play the role of an elder brother, and be an adviser to Edozie, not a spoiler.

He wanted to sleep with Edozie’s wife, and I said no, that is an abomination in Ihechiowa where I come from. In Ihechiowa, if you marry and go to sleep with another man, you will die.

This is a very weighty accusation madam. How did you find out about this?

I discovered through some kind of moves that the Reverend Father made. His body language also told a lot. He has been doing it in the past, but we have said that it will not happen again. That this time, it will end.

Were you told this story of his plans to sleep with Edozie’s wife, or you were there?

I got that information from a very credible source. I don’t spoil people’s names. God should judge me, if I have lied, may it never be well with me. I am an advocate of peace and justice. I will not be alive and watch where someone is being unjustly treated, when I can stop it. Edozie was not close to me before now, but because of this matter, I decided that I will fight this fight and get to the bottom of the matter. This will be the last time he will try this kind of rubbish.

And I warned him. I also asked people to go and appeal to him. We begged him and even knelt down to ask him not to do what he is doing.

This accusation is a very grievous one in Igbo land, and in the Christian church, especially as regards the clergy. Like you said earlier, there has been other instances where the reverend was accused of sleeping with other people’s wives. Can you throw more light on this?

I have heard that there is something he does whenever his brothers wants to marry. If he does not do that thing, you won’t be a wife in the family. He boasted that he is the one in charge of the marriage. That if you don’t accept what he said, it won’t work out.

Has there been attempts to settle this matter?

He has not made any effort. Whenever you are doing anything with him, he tries to intimidate you. When he does this, everyone becomes scared. He does not feed me. He has insulted me that I pack refuse from gutters, but I thank God that I have a job to pack gutters. I don’t stand at Otigba (Junction Enugu) to seek for men to sleep with.

Wherever he has gone to report this matter, he has always gone to ask that I shouldn’t stand behind Edozie in the matter. His goal is not to make peace. He will just tell them that Edozie must send his wife packing. That means he has a ready-made objective. That is different from peace. But I will not allow this to happen.

Usually at every place he has gone, they have always concluded that he is wrong, and told him to let the young man marry his wife. For instance, the last place we went to, they said that Edozie should go ahead with his wedding plans. We were referred to the Bishop of Enugu, and it’s the bishop that will handle the wedding.

So the bishop is aware of this matter?

Of course. When a crayfish seller leaves his crayfish and comes to you to buy yours, won’t you know that something is wrong with his own crayfish? The bishop knows that for us to bring the matter to him, something is definitely wrong. If Edozie whose elder brother is a reverend father comes to him for wedding, then there is a problem.

I understand that the matter got to your father in the village. Can you give us an insight to this?

Last Friday (9th October) my father called and said I should call him back. When I did, he said Father Mbaka sent three people to our village, to see him. They were two males and one female. There is Chinwe Okafor, also known as Infinity, Brother Elisha and Chidi. According to my father, they said that if he does not caution me, if they kill me, there will be no one to bury him.

My father is 76 years old. He was alarmed and that was why he called me. He told me to leave whatever will make them want to kill me, but I told him that it is better that they kill me, because I cannot be intimidated to leave the path of truth.

My kinsmen then invited me to come home, and I visited my hometown, Ihechiowa that Saturday. They asked me what happened and I told them. They poured drinks for me in the ground (blessed me), and told me that I can return to Enugu. What I am saying is truth. God is Spirit and He sees and hears everyone and knows the things done in secret.

Has this matter been addressed by the Ituku community where Father Mbaka comes from?

Mbaka acts as if he owns Ituku. If he wants to make you Igwe, he will make you Igwe. If he wants to to make you a reverend father, he will do it. If he wants to give you a scholarship, he will. He is a one man squad, and this has made them to become almost subservient to him. If he decides what he wants them to say, he will mandate them and they will invite Edozie, and compel him to say it exactly as they want it said.

It’s only of late that their later father came to Edozie (in a vision) and told him not to be afraid, that he is with him in this matter. If not so, he would have been very well dealt with. His father is strongly behind him.

Do you think his Edozie’s kinsmen will come?

We can’t say who will come or not, because it’s only God who knows which of us will be around on that day. But we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the wedding. When the invitation card is out, Edozie will present it to them. Abroad, two or three people are enough for a wedding. It’s only in Nigeria that everyone wants to come.

There will be chairs, there will be food, enough for everyone.

We heard that some people wants to kill Father Mbaka. I want to ask you, do you have any plans to injure or kill him?

Father owns a great church with a large congregation. Do I have a church? Do I have an altar? He has seen how the whole matter is going, and is getting embarrassed, that’s why he is crying out. If you want to catch a thief, he will first of all accuse you of robbery. That’s why he is crying out. No one wants to kill him, he is the one who is threatening to kill.

Before this problem started, was there any other disagreement between you and the reverend father?

God forbid, I have no issues at all with him. I attend his church, and I make contributions to the growth of e church, according to the way God promotes me. I support his projects, I even bring people to support the church.

Did your father identify those who came to your village as Adoration members sent by Father Mbaka?

No, but they identified one of them. We now hazarded the identity of the other two, based on the description we got. But how I was able to conclude was that on the Sunday after they visited our hometown, he brought out those three in the church, and humiliated them publicly.

He claimed that its Onitsha branch of Adoration Ministry, that were planning to spoil his church, since those three came from Onitsha. He denied that he is not the one who sent them on the mission.

I called them on the phone earlier, and told the, that Mbaka will deny sending them, and he did just that. But he is the one that sent them. Now they don’t pick calls anymore, because they are ashamed.

Is there anything else you have against Father Mbaka that you would want to talk about?

His prophecies, I am sorry to say, are fake. They are information handed over to him by people close to government.

Are you alleging that Mbaka did not truly prophesy about Buhari’s presidency?

Yes. Someone told him. The person told him on 27th December 2014, and on 31st, he used it to present as a prophecy. The man who told him was so angry that he had a bitter quarrel with Mbaka. He had to settle with the man.

Are you saying that Mbaka is not a real prophet?

Yes, he is a political prophet that works with information. If he is a true prophet, he ought to have know that this marriage is ordained in heaven. That he should not touch it, and that it would bring him pain and troubles. He would have listened to the advise that people have been giving to him.

Are you also implying by this, that the Imo State governorship prophecy of Father Mbaka is fake?

Val Nnaedozie is part of that prophecy. He and Val are not in good terms at all now.

Did Val Nnaedozie prophesy and Mbaka took the prophecy?

He is not a prophet. But you can get information from someone and use it for prophecy. If it comes to pass I become a celebrity. If you present to me an authentic information, and I use it for prophecy, I will become a celebrity, and it will look like it’s authentic.

Is it true that Father Mbaka went to visit President Buhari and was paid for his prophecies?

I wasn’t there when he was paid. The president cannot give you money if you visit him. He does not. But he can help you obtain a loan, which you will pay back. But you can get waiver because it’s from the president.

But when he returns from Abuja. He goes to the altar and starts to boast that the president is afraid of him. How can you say that the president fears you? Who are you? You visit him as a priest, and you should not exalt yourself.

How then do you correct what has gone awry regarding Edozie’s marriage?

Nothing has gone wrong. You can say that something has gone wrong if someone is dead. Or if Edozie fails to have his wife. But none of these has happened.

We heard that Adoration Ministry has been shut down. Is this your handiwork?

Who am I to close Adoration?

It’s in the story that Father Mbaka allege that there are plots to kill him?

A killer doesn’t allow people to go to his back with a cutlass. He is a killer, and knows what it is about killing. I have no issue with anyone and I have no business killing. He is the one cooking up all those things, including using people to block me on the highway. Since he knows how to kill, issues of killing will keep visiting him. I don’t know how to kill, I have never killed before, God will vindicate me from all the allegations he has against me. He has gone against a lot of rules of the church.

What and what rules has he gone against?

There are so many businesses he has been involved in, which his bishop is not aware. According to them, Canon Law states that a priest cannot run any business more than N1 million without the approval of the bishop. He goes into all kinds of businesses and money is involved. Into billions.

So where did the EFCC come into the whole thing?

I don’t know. But I heard that there is an international company in Kogi whom he is doing one business with. We heard that he had a fall out with them, and they sued him to the EFCC.

When did you believe he started doing the things that you think are unacceptable?

He has been doing a lot, but I have not paid any attention to them, because I am neither a reverend father nor a reverend sister. The only problem I have with him is Edozie and Edozie’s wife. He wants me to leave Edozie so he do what he likes with him but I have said, no way.

He has been trying to oppress Edozie. He has been trying to, to the extent of kneeling down for his little brother, because he wants to use him for his sinister plans.

He knelt down several times for Edozie, begging him not to marry his wife. You will see that there is something fishy behind it all.

From what you are saying, it seems as if Father Mbaka desperately wants his brother to drop his wife. Is there anything you think is the reason for this seeming desperation?

Yes. He must be desperate to separate them, because he didn’t achieve what he planned to achieve.

Is the wife an evil person or is she involved in rituals?

How can she be? She is a little girl in her 20s and Edozie is also a small boy. What can anyone say she has done wrong?

How did Edozie meet his wife?

He is the one that said Edozie should marry that very girl. The girl’s Mum is a member of the church and also contributes to the welfare of the church. They live in Onitsha. The mother is an ardent member, comes on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

She gave Mbaka names of some men who showed interest in her daughter for prayers, but Mbaka then said that Edozie will marry her.

The woman asked him if God approved the marriage, and he said yes. So when these things began to come out, she started shouting that he said it was God’s plan. He has been messing her name up, she and her husband, accusing them of being into juju.

I asked a lot of people to go and beg him and they went. He refused, before I now turned around and began to fight him.

‘Why my elder brother, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka is fighting me’ Mr Edozie Mbaka

The younger brother of the popular Enugu priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has come out to say that the priest is fighting against him.

Edozie stated this while speaking with journalists in Enugu, the Enugu State capital.
Jungle Journalist Media Limited Correspondent in Enugu reports that a lot of dark and dirty secrets were unearthed during press time, as another lady, Princess Ikodiya Uche Monica Ottah threw several accusations at Father Mbaka, daring him to deny them.


Jungle Journalist Media Limited Correspondent in Enugu reports that a lot of dark and dirty secrets were unearthed during press time, as another lady, Princess Ikodiya Uche Monica Ottah threw several accusations at Father Mbaka, daring him to deny them.

The lady had last week cried out that he planned to kill her in a news report. (Jungle Journalist Media Limited will publish the full interview in a later edition).

Here are the words of Mr Dozie Mbaka, the last born of the Mbaka family:

“I am the younger brother to Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, paternally. The issue we are battling with at the moment is that I went to marry, like every Igbo man would. He initially supported the marriage. I was surprised that he suddenly turned around to say no.

“There are three of us in the family, and because he is a Reverend Father, our late dad requested that we younger ones marry so that the family bloodline will continue. My elder brother is married.

“I have done my traditional marriage with my wife, who is from Ihitenansa, Orsu Lofal Government Area of Imo State.

“The elders of my community have tried to intervene, but each time they do, he will not allow them to talk, because of his wealth and influence.

“Only he knows why he is insisting that I should not marry my wife. If you look at the whole situation, you will realize that this is not ordinary. He has not said what the lady did wrong, or what she did not do right that is his reason for saying that I must not marry her.

“We have gone to beg him, with the elders of our community, in fact, we went with the Igwe. Our elder sister also joined us to to beg that if there is anything we have done wrong, he should forgive us.

“They told him that once a man goes through the traditional marriage, he is married, but my brother(Father Mbaka) remained adamant.

“As a man of God, if had seen anything in the spiritual world that he is not happy it’s about the marriage, he should have told us, but there is not such thing.

“Therefore, I will go ahead with my marriage. I will not allow him to stop me”, he said resolutely.

Daddy Freeze surrenders, apologizes to Pastor Oyedepo


Controversial broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, has finally apologized to the founder and presiding Pastor of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel International, Bishop David Oyedepo.

This is coming after Pastor Paul Enenche, joined a long list of pastors who called out the ace media personality for attacking Oyedepo.

Daddy Freeze had in a video he made last three years ago, criticized Oyedepo’s teaching, calling him a ‘bald-headed foul’.

The video, however, resurfaced this year and generated negative comments against Freeze after he slammed Oyedepo again over his stand that women should submit to their husbands in marriage..

Reacting, the Founder and General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, David Ibiyeomie, condemned Freeze for questioning and criticizing Oyedepo.

He accused and threatened for insulting Oyedepo who he regarded as his father and calling Freeze ‘a bastard.’

In the same vein, Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze who also backed Bishop Oyedepo on his stand that women should submit to their husbands in marriage, accused Daddy Freeze is leading many people astray.

However, Daddy Freeze, on Saturday decided to apologize, saying that he did not intend to insult the personality of Bishop Oyedepo.

In his recent video shared, Daddy Freeze was seen apologizing to Oyedepo, saying ‘he did not in any way intend to dishonor, disrespect, or disregard the person of the Bishop’.

Watch the video here:
https://twitter.com/DaddyFRZ/status/1304869311832567808?s=09

Daddy Freeze
@DaddyFRZ
I’m passionately committed to the aphorism of the Free Nation In Christ, but I believe a lot more can be achieved through love. ~FRZ

◄ John 2:17 ►
New Living Translation
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”


Edo Indigenes fault Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s claim that black means evil  

Edo Indigenes leader and president of Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), aka Edo Indigenous Movement Worldwide has faulted Pastor Chris Oyakhilome for stating that Africans should stop identifying themselves as black which he said is evil.

Chief Dr Bishop Omogiade Edokpolo who spoke to Jungle Journalist Media Limited correspondent on the phone in Benin, advised Oyakhilome to quickly withdraw the sermon that black is identified with evil,while arguing that black is the origin of all other color, and therefore, even better and superior to the others.

Edokpolo said; “The statement that black people should stop using the word black as identity is completely unacceptable, and we condemn it. We are black people, and we are proud of being black. If you look at the color of your hair, it is black. The most surprising aspect of it is that Pastor Chris is an Edo indigene, and that is why we are very concerned about your statement, and we urge you to withdraw that statement, and stop trying to classify black people as white. I don’t know where your research came from. As a pastor, and a minister of classified Christianity, we are very proud of you for being a global minister, but please do not wrongly represent Edo indigenes and black people with all those terminology.

“If you look at your skin, and want to maintain who you really are, you will know that you are black. Your skin color is black. The color of your hair is black. So I want to use this opportunity to inform you that the statement you made is borne out of a slavery mentality, so withdraw it, so that the world will not misinterpret your statement and by so doing, reduce the global value you have.

“You are not supposed to use that terminology that black is evil. What is evil about black? I don’t understand. God created light from darkness, there was darkness before light. Light cannot work without darkness. Once it’s night, darkness must come, whether you like darkness or not. It’s a reality, and moreover, that does not really relate with color of skin. We use this English to identify the color of who we are. If you look at white people, they are not truly white in color. How do you identify them?

“There is a difference between the white color and the white man. If you also look at the black man, it’s also not exactly black. The black man is a bit of chocolatey in color. The white has bit of yellowish, red or pink.

“You told us not to identify as black, but you have not told us what to identify ourselves with.

I don’t know how color relate to evil, evil is a thing of the mind. Calling someone black has no way in any shape or form, relate to evil. What it does is identify a class of people. Your state of mind determine whether you are evil or good.

God bless Edo indigenous people worldwide, God bless black people, God bless Africa, and God bless us all, he finished.

Africans must stop claiming to be black, black means evil – Oyakhilome

Founder, Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome says it is high time Africans should stop claiming to be black as black signifies absence of direction and evil.

He said the toga: ‘Black lives matter’ should stop, as Africans were not black.

In a telecast to members of his church, Oyakhilome said “Maybe I should tell you something, those of you that say black lives matter, I feel sorry for you! Do you really believe you have a black life? Do you want me to read to you the meaning of black?

“Who called you black? Shouldn’t you have rejected that from the beginning? A contradiction, a bundle of contradiction. You refused negro and nigga… But that’s what black is. You took the English version.

“Negro means black. Do you know what black means. Have you ever seen black? Black means the absence of colour, absence of good, absence of light and absence of direction. These are the meaning of black. Black is not a colour but the absence of colour, like you are sick, don’t you understand it?”

According to him, “It’s about time Africans say to themselves we are not black. STOP ALL THIS BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Let no one call you black because you are not black. The definition of black is not good and they are using it to destroy you.

“When you keep calling yourself black. You mean light is absent, colour is absent and you will never come to a place of light. You will be under. When God gives you a Prophetic instruction, it is important that you follow it to the letter.”

Prince of Mburubu to be Inducted into Ohanaeze Ndigbo Hall of Fame, Receive Omereoha Title

A foremost investor in the oil and gas sector, and Enugu State born philanthropist, Engineer Lawrence Ezeh will be inducted into the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Hall of Fame by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State Chapter.

Ezeh, who is fondly referred to as the ‘Five Star Prince’ will also be conferred with the title of ‘Omereoha Enugu State’.

Engineer Ezeh, who is the Prince of Mburubu ancient Kingdom of Nkanu land, will receive the honours at the national Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, 7 Park Avenue, GRA Enugu.

The event, which is billed for Saturday 29th August 2020, will have top dignitaries of Igbo extraction in attendance, including the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.

Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is the executive governor of Enugu State will be the special guest of honor, while the father of the day will be the Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HE Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzu.

According to a letter exclusively made available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd, and signed by the Enugu State President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Hon Chidozie Alex Ogbonna, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo is proud to note that (Prince Lawrence Ezeh) was at the forefront of ameliorating the pains of our people during the period through generous interventions in the local government and in particular, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State. It is for this reason that the Selection Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo recommended the induction”.

Prince Lawrence Ezeh contested for the Senate seat of Enugu East Senatorial Zone in 2019.

He is also a major investor in the oil and gas industry, as well as roads, bridges and house construction projects. He is the CEO of Deep Well Petroleum Limited, and also owns Buzuzu Construction Company Limited.

For many years now, Ezeh has taken it upon himself to provide basic amenities for Mburubu and Nkanu East people.

He has built roads, and repaired others, provided water and electricity, and provided scholarships to thousands of citizens of Enugu State.

Prince also played a major role in providing for citizens during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ikpeazu issues staff of office to 29 new traditional rulers

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has presented Staff of Office to twenty nine (29) new Traditional Rulers from across the State with a charge that they should refrain from any act that will be inimical to the growth and interest of their immediate communities, local government areas and the government of the State.

At Michael Okpara Auditorium of Government House, Umuahia, venue of the presentation, the Governor stated that the Ezeship stool represents the fourth tier of government and urged them to serve in their various communities as custodians of the culture and traditions of the people and take responsibility for the security and economic development of their immediate communities.

In his words, “It is your duty to bring to government’s knowledge anything that will improve lives of the people”.

He encouraged them to join forces with government in sensitising the people and ensuring they implement the relevant COVID-19 protocols in order to break the chain of community transmission of the disease in the state.

The State Chief Executive warned against subversive acts that are capable of tarnishing the traditional institutions and create clogs in the State’s wheel of progress . He urged them to ensure complete alignment with the principles, development agenda and policies of the government of the day.

In his speech, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief G. C. Onyendilefu, noted that the event marks the end of a painstaking journey of electing Traditional Rulers in their various communities. He charged them to live in peace and harmony with members of their communities as well as work in tandem with the state government policies.

Chief Onyendilefu implored the newly installed traditional rulers to attract and support developmental projects which align with the aspirations of the people and in line with government vision and programs aimed at ensuring peace and progress of the state. He further stressed the importance of being law abiding leaders while residing within their various communities as it will enable them see to the welfare of their subjects without rancour.

Speaking to newsmen, the Chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Eze Joseph Nwabekee, charged the newly appointed Traditional Rulers to, above all, ensure the presence of peace and tranquility in their various communities while maintaining the customs and traditions of their various communities. He encouraged them to devise means of settling certain community disputes before it escalates to chaotic proportions. According to him, “I urge them to keep to the tenets of this institution and be loyal to the government that has recognized them today”.
He also charged them to organise town union programs and help youths to achieve greater successes in their chosen legitimate areas of engagement as well as be receptive to the feelings of their people.

Eze Nwabekee urged them to shun high handedness and recognise the people in their communities as fellow human beings.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Traditional Ruler of Ahiaban’ubi Autonomous Community, HRH Eze Dr. Okezie Amalaha thanked the Governor for the honour bestowed on them to bear their leadership prowess among their various communities. He promised that they will ensure peace reigns in their various communities and will do the needful to support and take government policies even to the grassroots level.

Climax of the event was the presentation of Staff of Office to the twenty-nine (29) newly elected Traditional Rulers in the State.

Ooni joins in campaign against BBNaija, says Nigerian youths have lost their way

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has joined in condemning the Big Brother Naija, popular reality show that has taken a lot of investment of the time and money of Nigerian youths and many times, their parents also.

The money-spinning event, which sees the winner in the show going home with mouth-watering amount of money and other fabulous items, is believed to generate an equally staggering profit, for its organisers through sponsorship and deals with telecommunication companies.

But the monarch is joining other parents in the country, who are appalled by the contents, including the participants having raw sex before beaming television cameras, to ask for the abatement of the programme.

Conveying his misgiving according to a statement signed by Comrade Moses Olafare of the Directorate of Media and Publicity of Ooni’s palace, on Thursday, the monarch Oba was said to have spoken against the programme, while playing host to scores of Nigerian youths from all parts of the country under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.He reportedly told the group:

“The youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance. Big Brother 9ija reality show has been misrepresenting the goodness of the Nigerian youths.

“I am not pleased with the low participation of the country’s teeming youths in leadership. In the last general election, the total number of vote cast is around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother 9ija reality show. This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.

“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create. Nigerians Youths! Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laugh and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?

“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?

”The monarch, while suggesting a reality show which will project the country’s values, charged his visitors to work out plans on the show which will be called, The Big Nigeria Reality Show.

He said: “The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals and others across several field of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak. This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models.”

Edo Guber : Oba of Benin Sues For Peaceful Campaigns, Election

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 yesterday called on political parties participating in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State to go about their campaigns in a peaceful manner.
The Benin Monarch made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin City on Saturday.
The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Hon Mai, Mala Buni, were in Benin for the official flag off of the party’s campaign for it’s Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osage Ize-Iyamu.
The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state, and, called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.
“There is nothing as powerful as prayers. It is even more powerful than the gun.
As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness”.
The Royal Majesty also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.
Said he, “we remain non-partisan because of the lay down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.
We see every candidate as our children and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.
“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman APC National Caretaker Committee,Hon Mai, Mala Buni, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC Governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.
He expressed optimism that APC would reclaim the state come Sept 19.