Look up and live

The Bible speaking in the book of Numbers 21:6 says: “When the people of Israel sinned against God, God sent fiery serpents and their bites were fatal leading to death.” When they were bitten, no balm or human medication could prevent death; apart from looking up to the brazen serpent raised by Moses under divine directive of God. This was a spiritual solution to their problem: whosoever will look up to the brazen serpent shall live. From the time of Jeremiah till today, God has never imposed His solution upon…

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FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Friday and Monday April 17, as public holidays, in celebration of Easter. The Minister of Interior, Lt’Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), who made the declaration in a statement Wednesday, sued for peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic nationalities. The statement, which was signed by the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, said: “I urge Nigerians to co-operate and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in his sustained efforts to build a strong and virile nation.” It further “enjoined Christian faithful…

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No going back on anti-corruption war, FG declares

The Federal Government has called on Nigerians not to be discouraged by the recent setbacks in the war against corruption. It rather promised that the serial negative outcome of corruption cases that were recorded at the high court level would not dampen the anti-graft battle. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the Federal Government has appealed against all the negative decisions, and will vigorously canvass its case at the level of the Court of Appeal, adding that all…

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I’m going hubby shopping (35)

Dave peers through the glass door. Kathryn goes to pick her own baby from the cot, examines her curiously and lays her back in the cot. She goes back to her bed, sits and mopes at nothing. Dave’s heart lurches as Kathryn suddenly turns towards Alice. Is his sin about to find him out? He turns to leave, but…is it not better to make his presence known and delay whatever Kathryn plans to say? As he hesitates, James turns the corner, marching towards him. Oh no! This is not the…

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When the balm of Gilead failed to heal

A balm is an aromatic substance, and fragrant healing ointment that soothes pain. The aromatic resin or gum is used in the ancient near East for medical purposes. The Egyptians used it for embalmment. Gilead is in the present day Middle East, a region in the East of Jordan having Bashan on the north, Moab and Ammon on the South as well as the Arabian plain on the East. In Genesis 37:25, the Bible records that the brothers of Joseph lifted up their eyes and saw a company of the…

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Lagos PDP declares support for Makarfi

As the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to bite harder, the Lagos State chapter of the party has expressed support for the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, saying that the party was working as one in the state. Members of the party at its General Assembly meeting, yesterday in Lagos, unanimously adopted a motion affirming the leadership of Makarfi as the leader of the party. Speaking on the adoption, the state chairman, Hon. Moshood Salvador, stressed that the leader of the party in the state, Chief…

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UI ASUU declares one-week warning strike

Two days after the nonacademic staff unions of the University of Ibadan finally suspended their twoweek strike, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the institution, yesterday declared a oneweek warning strike over illegal pension deductions, fractional salary payments and non-payment of supervision allowance. The strike decision was taken at the Congress of ASUU held at the Faculty of Arts of the University presided over by its Chairman, Dr Deji Omole. Many of members used the occasion to complain over excessive deductions in their March salaries. The ASUU also…

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