Health

Kogi people aren’t guinea pigs, We won’t take the COVID-19 Governor Yahaya Bello

As Nigeria commenced its vaccination against the lethal coronavirus infection on Friday, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, in a Channels TV program, Sunrise Daily, has said he won’t receive the vaccine even as his colleagues are expected to receive shots of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days.

“COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi State. We have more pertinent issues and more pertinent matters that we are attending to in Kogi State. Insecurity we met, we’ve tackled it and several others. Disunity we met on ground and we have united Kogi State today not COVID-19.

“COVID-19 is just a minute aspect of what we are treating or handling in Kogi State…If the Federal Government is gracious enough and give us COVID-19 vaccines, we will equally sensitise our people, people who wish to come and take can come and take but I am not going to subject the people of Kogi State to vaccines or vaccination and I will not make them the guinea pigs,” he said.

Religion

Daily Devotional 4Th Of March 2021: What Can I Render.

“So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer”.
Roman 12:1 GNT

Paul’s epistles open our eyes to what Jesus did for us. This revelation determines our response. It is not about what you are doing! It is the revelation of what He did that makes you do what you are doing. It is only from the standpoint of revelation that you can live a life of sacrifice which is worship. It is about what you’re willing to do! You want to do it not because somebody is breathing down your shoulder. No! You do it because you realize and appreciate what He has done for you. So, you want to reciprocate! You are saying, ‘’This God is too good! What can I really do? What should I do?’’

Just like the Psalmist said: “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12 KJV). The Psalmist had to sit down, look around and count the benefits. Do you know that some of us take life for granted? Sit down and reflect! Can you really explain how come you are still alive? You slept and in the morning, you woke up. It is not the alarm that woke you up. He woke you up! If you doubt it, go to the mortuary, set off an alarm there and let’s see if the dead will wake up.

Often, the devil shows you the things that you have not achieved and you start to zero in on them but if you sit down and count your blessings, you will be shocked at what the Lord has done. Beloved, it is of his mercy that you are not consumed. It is not because of your skills and intellectual abilities. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm127:1 KJV).

Further Reading. Psalm 116:1-18
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Numbers 26-28; Evening- Mark 8

Entertainment

We In The Middle-Belt Shall Continue To Sell Farm Produce To Our Southern Brothers- Asari Dukubo

The Middle Belt Forum, Kaduna State chapter, has rejected any attempt by any group or individual to block the supply of food items to the southern part of the country.

The group noted that as all ethnic nationalities within the Middle Belt region comprising youths, farmers, traders, artisans and others from Benue, Kogi, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Southern Borno, Southern Kaduna, Southern Bauchi, Southern Yobe, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara and FCT Abuja have disassociated themselves from attempts and calls by some disgruntled elements to block food supply to the southern part of the country.

John Haruna, Secretary, Middle Belt Forum, Kaduna State chapter, in a statement said the call is laughable, trash, nonsense in its entirety and unacceptable.

The statement stated, “We from the Middle Belt region of Nigeria shall continue to transact, do trade with and supply abundant food items to our Southern brothers who are so dear to us.”

It explained that no amount of blackmail shall force them to part away from Yorubas, Igbos Ijaws, Binis, Ibibios and others.

“Let it be known to this group that the era of divide and rule by the so called core north is over, completely buried and gone for good. Such cannot be tolerated any longer. We no longer accept deceit and lies from anybody,” the group explained.

The forum advised those who are championing and supporting the call to rethink and desist from further making such an empty treat that will not augur well for them and their sponsors.

According to the group, the forum warned that it would not accommodate or tolerate such reckless statement from any quarter and asked the group to stare clear of Middle Belt geographical territories.

“Middle Belt is not part of the north and Middle Belt region is capable and can feed the entire Nigeria including the so called core north. In fact, Benue and Kogi alone can feed the entire Nigeria twenty four calendar months, their dubious intention will be meet with stiff resistance. How on earth do you cut supply of what you don’t have or what you don’t produce?,” the forum wondered.

The forum asked those interested in blocking the transportation of food items to be careful as not to jeopardise the already existing good, harmonious working relationship with the Southern brothers, adding that they would not live any stone unturned to make sure they continue to maintain the existing good and cordial relationship with their Southern brothers.

Entertainment

Another Top Personality Seyi Bickersteth is dead.

Nigeria has lost yet another top personality as former chairman of Diamond Bank Board of Directors, Mr. Seyi Bickersteth dies.

According to reports in Nairametrics, Mr. Seyi Bickersteth was found dead in his Ikoyi apartment, Lagos State. As of this writing, the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed.

Mr. Seyi Bickersteth is an alumnus of the famous University of Ibadan and York University, Canada where he obtained a Bachelor`s and Masters’ degrees in Economics respectively. He started his career at Arthur Andersen as a partner

According to his profile on LinkedIn, he was a Regional Managing Partner and Chairman of Andersen Tax, Africa until his death. He served in various leadership positions and Boards in top firms like; KPMG, ARM and the defunct Diamond Bank.

May the gentle soul of Mr. Seyi Bickersteth Continue to rest in peace.

Security

#EndSARS Hoodlums Stole $2m, N17m From My Palace – Oba of Lagos

Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu has alleged hoodlums who attacked his palace on October 21, 2020 stole $2 million and N17 million.

Hoodlums attacked buildings in Lagos State a day after soldiers opened live ammunition on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020.

They vandalised vehicles and carted away artefacts located at Iga Idugaran, Lagos Island.

The monarch returned to his palace over two months after he escaped from an attack on his palace.

Security

Northern Traders To Resume North To South Movement, Demand For Compensation

After about six days, the Leadership of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, on Wednesday, agreed to resume the movement of food supplies from the northern part of the country to the southern region.

It was gathered that the agreement was reached when the leadership of the trade union met with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja. Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was also at the meeting.

About a week ago, northern traders had embarked on strike over the alleged killing of their members in the southern part of the country. Prices of food commodities like pepper, tomatoes, beef, yam, garri, amongst others, had gone over the roof with many southerners groaning and complaining about the increase.

The General Secretary, AUFCDN, Ahmed Alaramma, had said the President of the association, Mohammed Tahir, was with the Department of State Services over the blockade.

The northern traders had also called on the Federal Government to pay them billions in compensation while Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; Activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, and others had threatened to launch a campaign against cows in protest against the development.

Crime

Kidnapping School Students By Bandict Is A Lesser Evil- Shikh Gumi

Controversial Islamic Scholar, Ahmad Gumi on Monday described the kidnapping of school children by bandits as lesser evil.

According to Gumi: “Kidnapping children from school is a lesser evil because in the end, you can negotiate and now bandits are very careful about human lives.

“Before, the mission of bandits was to go into a town, ransack it and kill people. By this, I can say our preaching is working and hopefully, we are coming to an end of banditry in Zamfara and other states.

“Bandits are more careful about lives now and just want to do sensational attacks which would bring attention to themselves.”

Religion

Daily Devotional 2nd Febuary 2021:The Lord Is Good.

“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalms 100:5 (KJV)

The Lord is good! It is not you that is good but the Lord. And His mercy endures to all generations. According to Psalm 104:28: “That thou givest them they gather, thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good” (KJV). God’s Hands are filled with good, not bad. Psalm 107:31 declares: “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.” For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9 KJV). Psalm 119:68 says: “Thou art good, and doest good….”

The Lord does good every day because that is who He is! You cannot separate Him from being good. When Christ came on the scene, God anointed Him with the Holy Ghost and power and He went about doing good: casting out devils, feeding the multitude, cleansing the lepers, opening blind eyes and raising the dead.

One of the things that the elect must look out for in these last days is deception! According to the scriptures, if care is not taken, the elect will be deceived. Jesus said: “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24 KJV). We are not just talking about deception in terms of the way we know it. If the devil comes to your house and tells you: “I am the devil”, you will at least guard yourself. But he won’t. He would rather sneak in with a little truth, and before you know it, you are distracted. You still think that you are in the way, but he has got you in his grips. May that never be your portion!

It is very important that we understand this truth so that we will not be victims of the wiles of the devil. The more we are grounded in the truth, the stronger our faith will be. God is good! He has no evil to offer anyone!

Further Reading: Psalm 100:1-5, 107:1-43
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Numbers 20-22; Evening- Mark 6:41-56,7:1-13

Health

President Of Nigeria Buhari And His Vice President Osinbajo Will Pick Date For Their Covid-19 Vaccination

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will pick dates on which they will be vaccinated publicly, with the first batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is about four million doses, expected to arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja.

Shuaib said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, would liaise with other key strategic persons to fix the date for the public vaccination aimed at protecting Nigerians against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shuaib said: “I once again assure Nigerians that all necessary safety and quality control measures have been put in place for the arrival, storage and successful administration of the vaccine in the country. There is going to be a small ceremony, chaired by the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, to receive the vaccine at the VIP Protocol section, General Aviation Terminal of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

“At the end of the ceremonies to mark the arrival of the vaccines, a few vials of the vaccines would be handed over to the NAFDAC team fo analysis over a period of two days (Wednesday March 3rd and Thursday March 4th).

“Further to the clearance by NAFDAC, the PTF, FMOH, NPHCDA and strategic leaders will be at the treatment center of the National Hospital on Friday March 5th 2021, where the first vaccination site will be set up to commence the vaccination of the frontline health workers and support staff. These Staff would also be electronically registered in the COVID-19 vaccine database and would receive their COVID-19 vaccination card which has a QR code that can be verified worldwide.

On Saturday, March 6th, Key Strategic leaders will receive the first dose of the vaccine.

“On Monday, March 8th, 2021, more vaccination sites would have been set up at designated locations such as National Assembly clinic, State House clinic and Federal medical centre, Jabi, where strategic leaders such as the SGF, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Attorney General of the Federation, Inspector General of Police, the Ministers and Ministers of States, Senators, House of Representatives, traditional leaders and religious leaders would be vaccinated.