Stroke shouldn’t mean end of life

Is stroke the end of life?

Strokes should not be the end of our lives since we could prevent and ameliorate its effect.

If you are above 40, you must read this. If you had seen anybody, with even a mild stroke, you will understand that this is not an illness you will wish your worst enemy. Stroke marks the beginning of one’s deterioration in life. Nobody deserves to experience even the mildest of strokes.

• Most patients at the brink of strokes, could be rescued by competent and observant medical teams, by just paying attention to the 10 under listed points.

• Prof Heidi Moawad has done a lot of research on stroke, he compiled 10 signs, that if observed will allow us to live happily ever after.

• How would you know if you were at the risk of a stroke? While there is no absolute way to know that, you will, or will not ever have a stroke in your lifetime, there are signs that indicate, that you are at high risk of stroke.

• The good news is that you can do something about every one of these signs, so as to significantly lower your stroke risk. Please pay attention.

1) Your blood pressure is out of control.

• If you consistently have high pressure or if you are trying to avoid actually finding out what your blood pressure is – that is bad news. I call it living in denial, you refuse to check your blood pressure, lest it might be high.

• The good news is that high blood pressure can be managed with medication, diet and lifestyle adjustment such as lowering stress and not smoking, and you will live to a very ripe old age without infirmities.

• Make sure you see your doctor to find out what your blood pressure is and, under your doctor’s supervision, start making changes if you need to.

2) Your blood sugar is high – or you don’t know what it is.

• Erratic blood sugar, chronically elevated blood sugar or uncontrolled diabetes can damage blood vessels, increasing your risk of stroke.

• Make sure to see your doctor regularly, so that you can get appropriate diabetes screening and proper treatment, through diet and medication.

• Unmanaged diabetes could lead to cataract formation, blindness, atherosclerosis, hip joint necrosis and foot drop.

3) You smoke.

• Smoking is a hard habit to break. It is one of the most significant signs that you are at risk of having a stroke.

• The good news is that, despite the harmful stroke- causing-impact of smoking, these effects amazingly reverse over time after you quit smoking.

4) You don’t get enough exercise.

• Exercise is easy to ignore. It can seem like a hassle. It can be tough to start exercising, if you have aches and pains.

• But no matter what your health situation is – whether you are healthy, or if you have already, had a serious stroke, there are safe and easy exercises that can keep you fit, while decreasing your stroke risk.

5) You have high cholesterol.

• This is a confusing one, especially lately. While, American Heart Association(AHA), recommendations for dietary cholesterol, have changed recently, you still need to maintain recommended levels.

• It is now known that dietary fat and genetic factors cause high cholesterol.

6) You are always flying off the handle.

• Stress is a major contributor to Hypertension, heart disease and diabetes – all of which cause stroke.

• Stress control and an overall calm, relaxed lifestyle can significantly decrease your stroke risk.

7) You carry deep stress.

• Stress isn’t always manifested as blowing your fuse. Some people are stressed out because of the burden of hiding something, living secret anger, and constantly trying to impress someone who is hard to please, or endlessly chasing after approval.

• Overcoming hidden stress is equally as important as overcoming more obvious stress.

8) You don’t take your medications.

• Most stroke risk factors can be managed, but it requires regularly taking your medications, buying your drugs and doing regular check ups.

9) You don’t get attention for your heart disease.

• If you have shortness of breath when you walk or exert yourself, or if you experience chest pain, then you are running a huge risk of a stroke or a heart attack. So consult your doctor.

10) Ignoring Transient Ischaemia Attack(TIA)

Whenever you notice any of the signs I listed above, please consult your doctor. Always be medically guided.

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Warning signs of type 2 diabetes

Warning signs of type 2 diabetes

When you have this disease, your body does a poor job turning the carbohydrates in food into energy. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Over time it raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, nerve and organ damage, and other serious conditions. It strikes people of all ages, and early symptoms are mild. About one out of three people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it.

People with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms. When they do appear, one of the first may be being thirsty a lot. Others include dry mouth, bigger appetite, peeing a lot – sometimes as often as every hour – and unusual weight loss or gain.

Signs of serious problems
In many cases, type 2 diabetes is not discovered until it takes a serious toll on your health. Some red flags include:
Cuts or sores that are slow to heal, frequent yeast infections or urinary tract infections, itchy skin, especially in the groin area.
As your blood sugar levels get higher, you may have other problems like headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue.

Risk Factors For Diabetes
Some health habits and medical conditions related to your lifestyle can raise your odds of having type 2 diabetes. These include being overweight, especially at the waist, a couch potato lifestyle, smoking, eating a lot of red meat, processed meat, high-fat dairy products, and sweets, unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels among others.

Other Risk Factors
Race or ethnicity: Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans, and Asians are more likely to get it. Family history of diabetes: Having a parent or sibling with diabetes boosts your odds.
Age: Being 45 and older raises your risk of type 2 diabetes. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you’ll get type 2 diabetes.

Diagnosis and Management
Your doctor will take some blood and do an A1c test. It shows your average blood sugar level over the past 2-3 months. If you already have symptoms, he might give you a random blood glucose test, which shows what your current level is.
You can control blood sugar levels by changing your diet and losing extra weight. That will also cut your risk of complications. Carefully track the carbohydrates in your diet. Keep amounts the same at every meal, watch how much fat and protein you eat, and cut calories. Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian to help you make healthy choices and an eating plan.

Exercise Helps
Regular exercise, like strength training or walking, improves your body’s use of insulin and can lower blood sugar levels. Being active also helps get rid of body fat, lower blood pressure, and protect you from heart disease. Try to get 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week.

Medications such as new drugs called non-insulin injectables are available for people with type 2 diabetes. These medications cause your body to make insulin to control blood sugar levels.

Testing Matters
Your doctor can show you how to use a glucose meter to check your blood sugar. This lets you know how your treatment plan is working. How often and when you test will be based on how well-controlled your diabetes is, the type of treatment you use, and how stable your blood sugar is. Common testing times are when you wake up, before and after meals and exercise, and at bedtime.

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Paracetamol Does Not Cure Any Disease!

Paracetamol Does Not Cure Any Disease!

All children get fever from time to time and most parents resort to paracetamol, an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, to ensure relief. However, in this report by Sade Oguntola, experts say paracetamol is not a cure for any disease and so children feeling feverish still need to be taken to the hospital for appropriate treatment.

By Sade Oguntola

THE two-year-old was rushed to the hospital, gasping for breath. The nurse seeing the sick boy immediately launched into action to salvage him. While working to save his life, she asked the mother to know when the illness started.

“Mohammed started with fever last week. He came back from school, with his body slightly hot and I gave him paracetamol,” Mrs Haliya Haruna, the mother explained.

Mrs Haruna continued to give him paracetamol, but when she found him unable to breathe well on the third day, she decided to take him to the hospital.

Initially, Mohammed felt better the first two days and could play a little as his mother continued to give him paracetamol until the third day when he became weak and breathless and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Examining Mohammed, the nurse said Mohammed had malaria which had made his blood volume to drop greatly. She said he was dying and needed to be transfused with blood urgently because his low blood level was already affecting his heart.

Unfortunately, many children like Mohammed had died because their mothers were only giving them paracetamol when they had fever. They were not promptly taken to the hospital to ensure the actual cause of the fever is determined and treated appropriately.

Fever is a common childhood problem and is one of the commonest reasons parents take their children for medical attention. It is estimated to be the primary complaint for as many as one-third of all paediatric consultations in general practice.

Parents and caregivers see fever as a useful indicator of whether a child is seriously ill and commence treatment such as giving paracetamol or to tepid-sponge at home before presentation in the hospital.

Fever is not a disease; it is just one of the symptoms of a disease. It is also the body’s way of heat-killing germs. Just like germs are killed by boiling or burning, the body increases the body temperature in an attempt to kill the infecting germs. The more severe an infection, the higher is the fever.

Also, for those germs that are heat-resistant, the body has to increase its temperature much higher. Viruses are very heat-resistant, which is why viral infections often result in very high temperatures, and is not easily controlled with normal medication like paracetamol.

The body’s normal temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius (°C); however, it can vary according to the time of day. If the temperature is over 38°C when measured with a thermometer, then such is considered to have a fever.

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the most frequently used medicine to help relieve discomfort and reduce fever. It is both a pain-relieving and fever ‘relieving’ drug. Since it is readily available, accessible and cheap, it is not surprising that it is the most frequently used drug by the mothers.

But, giving a child running fever paracetamol syrup and then seeking medical care, say after two days, because the body temperature seems to persist is wrong, said Dr Babatunde Ogunbosin, a consultant paediatrician at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

Dr Ogunbosin added that the advice by paracetamol manufacturers on radio that individuals should consider seeking medical care after taking paracetamol for two days if their symptoms persist is also wrong.

Since many things can cause a fever or a raised body temperature in a child, he stated that giving paracetamol and leaving it at that for two days is rather dangerous.

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According to him, children with fever, especially those below age five, should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible to prevent complications setting in, including death.

Dr Ogunbosin stated that causes of fever in children include infections such as malaria, pneumonia, typhoid fever, bacterial meningitis and cold, adding, “What we expect is for the mother to give the first dose of paracetamol and bring the child immediately to the hospital to seek care.”

Malaria, one of the biggest killers of children all over the world, is the commonest cause of fever in children. Nigeria contributes a significant portion to these deaths, which is highest among children less than five years.

Unfortunately, most children that develop cerebral malaria, a severe form of malaria, will die within two days. “So, if you are waiting to give paracetamol for two days before you see a doctor, most of such children may end up with severe anaemia, cerebral malaria and other complicated forms of malaria,” he stated.

Notably, pneumonia also accounts for many children dying all over the world. A child that has pneumonia will have a fever. There may be other subtle signs like difficulty with breathing, fast breathing and cough.

Now, the mother may have given cough syrups, which really gives little or no relief, alongside paracetamol for the raised body temperature and so, by the time the child eventually gets to the hospital, they already have the advanced form of the disease. Of course, complications of the disease may have developed, thus increasing their chances of dying.

He added: “Yes, it is good to give children paracetamol to bring down the fever and prevent febrile seizures or convulsion as well as other symptoms like headache and body aches that might make them uncomfortable, but that is not the treatment for what is causing the fever. You do not treat the raised body temperature, while leaving its underlying cause.”

No doubt, medical doctors encourage parents to give children malaria medicine when they suspect a child has malaria, especially when they cannot get to health facility as soon as possible.

Howbeit, Dr Ogunbosin said that the ideal thing is that a child suspected to have malaria should be tested to confirm that it is malaria, treated with recommended malaria medicines and followed up to see how they respond because, again, it is not only malaria that causes fever.

He added that the follow-up is very essential because a wrong diagnosis may have serious consequences.

Source: Tribune

News Headlines Jan 31, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 31, 2019. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Danjuma, other Christian elders reject Onnoghen’s suspension, ACF backs Buhari
History will punish Obasanjo for ceding Bakassi to Cameroon—Oshiomhole
Unlike Buhari, Atiku’ll be president for all Nigerians – Obasanjo
EFCC files fraud charges against Babachir Lawal …arraigns Oke, wife Friday
I’m not corrupt, says Buhari
Dear Garba Shehu, you had it coming
EFCC summons 10 NFF officials over funds diversion
EFCC loses N450m fraud case against ex-minister, others
Why Buhari didn’t ask voters to back APC candidates in Imo — Presidency
FG targets $2bn from oil block licence renewal …says IOCs must release idle oil fields
INEC releases final list of governorship candidates, others today
Man arrested for stealing sister, brother wife’s pants
Hotel workers kill London returnee-owner, manager in Lagos
I’ll seize money from looters, grant them amnesty — Atiku
Lagos tanker explosion claims two lives, property destroyed
Bolton target Ambrose on free transfer
Unlike Buhari, Atiku’ll be president for all Nigerians – Obasanjo
Man with three wives rapes daughter in Ogun
Anambra trader abandons N12.5m tramadol in garri
Gunmen abduct Taraba gov’s CPS
Gunmen kidnap 70-year-old retiree in Delta
Kidnapping: Lawyer’s absence stalls Evans, others’ trial
Mob kills Ugandan DJ for playing ‘boring music’
Impostors, renegades behind Buhari’s endorsement — Afenifere
APC knocks Ladoja, Alao-Akala for attacking Ajimobi
Air Peace aborts Lagos-bound flight over bomb scare
Money mistakes to avoid in 2019
CBN recorded $40.9bn forex inflow in nine months – Report
Refineries’ funding: NNPC, investors disagree on commercial terms
Kerosene subsidy removal, a boost for cooking gas – Adeshina
Rohr to invite U-20 stars for Seychelles, Egypt
I was mocked when I started sports – Kehinde
Injured Neymar out of Man United clash
Sarri won’t stop Hazard leaving Chelsea
Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records attracts multi-million dollar investment
Grammy-winning soul legend, James Ingram, dies at 66
BUAF holds grand finale playwright competition
I didn’t allow fame, women to distract me – former Mr Nigeria
Three-day-old babies can pick out words from speech –study
‘African cherry useful in management of diabetes, heart diseases’
Best apps for keeping up with sports
Editorial: Attacks on football referees, inimical
Nigeria Decides: APC’s scorecard or PDP’s promises?
Minimum wage: Mishmash of politricks and bluster
Awaiting dawn of cannabis-based drinks

The Nation
Onnoghen: Osinbajo, NBA ponder six-point resolution
Two dead, scores injured in Ojo tanker fire
Bank loans at 15% for mini-grid operators
$43.4m Ikoyigate cash: Ex-NIA boss, wife’s trial begins tomorrow
No bomb on Lagos-Abuja Air Peace flight, says FAAN
Lagos Assembly insists Ambode must appear before it over ‘infractions’
Nigeria gets $29m grant to fight TB
Onnoghen at CCT: Appeal Court refuses to stay proceedings
‘We’re working towards improving Ekiti’s economy’
Lagosians will vote for govt of continuity, says lawmaker
2019 Election: Ganduje urges Nigerians to vote for Buhari‎
Nigeria’s refineries not too old – NNPC
Buhari storms Kano for mega rally
Hold Buhari, APC responsible for any threats to polls, says PDP
Oshoala donates sports, educational materials to Lagos schoolso
Flying Eagles get Rohr boost
Joshua, Whyte rematch ‘close’, says Hearn
South Africa dares Nigeria in Group A
African Icon of the Year: NFF hails AITEO boss Peters on award
Nadal proposes to girlfriend of 14 years
NERC screens 108 potential meter providers
Govt gets wake-up call on real estate market funding
Sterling Bank deepens FDI, int’l trade
NCC: subscribers lose N12.5b to telecom-related frauds
NAICOM suspends Guinea Insurance
Stakeholders seek religious groups’ involvement in environment protection
Police arrest man for allegedly raping daughter
Man sues siblings over land
Adebule cautions electorate against hate speech, violence
Police arrest man for sleeping with daughter
Ambode commissions ‘Great Hall’ of Ikorodu
ECA chief hails Mauritania for ratifying AfCFTA
Man arrested for stealing pants in Ondo
NANS leaders under fire over election stand
Removal of EKSU VC illegal, says ASUU
72 graduates bag First Class in FUT Minna
‘Babalola’s wise sayings, an inspiration for future generation’
Say what you mean and mean what you say (VIII)
Onibon is MOCPED Provost
Student’s missing boxers found in mate’s wardrobe
Dalung inspects UNIBEN’s sports facilities
In search of critical thinkers
Our achievements, by ASUU


Obasanjo: Why Atiku is a Better Candidate
NNPC, Financiers’ Negotiations to Revamp Refineries Stalled
Onnoghen Suffers Setback as Appeal Court Refuses to Stay Trial at CCT
Lawyers’ boycott stalls CJN’s case at industrial court CUPP, pro-democracy groups petition UN, AU
Obasanjo: Why Atiku is a Better Candidate
With Weak Capital, Tier 2 Banks Still Vulnerable, Analysts Insist
At Last, EFCC Files Charges against Lawal, Oke
NNPC, Financiers’ Negotiations to Revamp Refineries Stalled
Pro-Ambode Protesters Ask Lagos Lawmakers to Account for N28bn
Gov must appear on Monday, assembly insists
Elections: Nigeria Can’t Afford to Fail, Says US Envoy
Afenifere Rejects President’s Second Term Bid
Berates Tinubu for backing Awo’s ‘enemy’
Keyamo Blames Atiku for America’s Slide on TI’s Corruption Index
I’ll Consider Amnesty for Corrupt Persons Willing to Surrender Loot, Says Atiku
Appeal Court Denies Enlisting Dead Judges into Election Petition Panels
US Begins Assessment of Security Status of MMIA
Labour Kicks against FG’s Hike of Passport Fee
Presidency: Why Buhari Didn’t Ask Voters to Back APC Candidates in Imo
US Backs Devt of New $250m City in Lagos
INEC Chairman Swears in New REC for Bayelsa
‘My Critics Are Ignorant of our Solid Developmental Paradigms’
‘Badaru is the First Nigerian Governor to Stop Security Vote’
Witnesses Fail Oyetola at Tribunal
Buhari: South East Will Benefit from My Releection
CAC: Passage of CAM Bill Will Boost Ease of Business
Zenith Bank Eyes More Retail Lending
Nosak Group Seeks End to Smuggling
AITEO Founder Wins Award
Notore Records N2.9 Billion Operating Profit in First Quarter
FG Urged to Develop ICT Capabilities for National Development
Rohr to Include Best U-20 Player in Eagles Squad for Seychelles, Egypt
CHAN 2020: Home-based Eagles Draw Bye in Opening Round
CAF Appoints Amuneke on Technical Study Group for U-20 AFCON
NFF Hails AITEO Boss, Peters, on New Award
FIFA Global Transfer Deals: Spending Surpassed $7bn in 2018
Transfer: Bolton Makes Surprise Move for Efe Ambrose
Late Fashikun Laid to Rest at Obbo Aiyegunle
Arsenal Signs Suarez on Loan from Barcelona

The Sun
Appeal Court okays Onnoghen’s trial at CCT
I’m not corrupt –Buhari
How I’ll make Nigeria work –Atiku
Again, Obasanjo hits Buhari
FG slams corruption charges on Babachir Lawal, Oke
Ogbuoji pledges rapid transformation as Buhari begs for support in Ebonyi
4 burnt to death in Lagos tanker explosion
ECOWAS moves against child marriage in West Africa
Obaseki kicks off renovation of 230 schools in Edo
148km dual carriage road to change economy of Cross River North –Ayade
Onnoghen: Law must take its course –ACF
Kaduna guber: I’m not desperate to win -El Rufai
Feb 16: Shettima mends cracks in Borno APC
APC, Jime planning to blackmail monarchs with fake Abuja land allocation – PDP
In Benue, it’s Ortom versus Jime
Why Benue people will re-elect Ortom -PDP
FG targets $2bn from oil, gas lease licence renewal
Nigeria loses $10bn annually to expatriates –NIW
Customs generates N4.042trn in 4 years
Weight & Measures to generate N5bn yearly –Sidi
How startups can overcome challenges, be very successful –Onyia, Orglearning Consult boss
Sack Buhari’s blame-trading administration, Wike tasks Nigerians
Buhari promises to fulfil campaign promises if re-elected
I’ll triple youths empowerment programmes, if re-elected –Okowa
Buhari didn’t abandon Imo APC guber candidate –Presidency
Delta stages school sports festival next week
Joel Obi to join Moses in Turkey
Ajunwa, Ganduje hail Bunubunu Award
CAF Champions League: Lobi seeks second victory against Wydad
Charleroi demands record fee for Osimhen
Neymar ruled out for 10 weeks
Hazard can leave Chelsea if he wants, says Sarri
Rodrigo grabs late double to seal Cup semi-finals berth for Valencia
NFF hails AITEO boss, Peters on new award
Zenith Bank/Delta Principals Cup: Orgaisers disqualify Uwheru Sec. School
Sala’s plane wreckage foundin France
Negative vibes from Anambra
Is PDP in the zone or merely in the game?
The pen and sword!!!
The prospects of privatising NNPC
Nigeria, my country, so divided
What has happened to Ohanaeze’s vision of 2006? (2)
38 bodies of migrants found after boats capsize off Djibouti
Europe stands against UK’s bid to rewrite Brexit
Presidential poll: What God told me, by Apostle Adeyeye
Prophet, insists president ’ll win again: Why Buhari can’t stop B’Haram, Fulani herdsmen’s attacks
Aramoko: Ekiti community with strange traditions
2019 polls: Your image at stake, Ogunlewe tells INEC boss
Umudioka: Another befitting honour for Blessed Tansi

Daily Trust
Buhari, Atiku, others to sign another peace accord
Air Peace aborts flight over bomb scare
Buratai launches banking scheme for army in Taraba
Gunmen kidnap APC chairman in Adamawa
Cult clashes claim 2 in A/Ibom
Why Jonathan unleashed NDLEA on me in 2015 – Kashamu
ACF backs Buhari over suspension of Onnoghen
NBC sanctions NTA, AIT, Channels, TVC over hate speech
Venezuela crisis: We’re ready for talks with opposition – Maduro
Governor’s aide, others kidnapped in Taraba
Buhari, Atiku, others to sign another peace accord
Air Peace aborts flight over bomb scare
Buratai launches banking scheme for army in Taraba
Buhari: I’ll continue to reposition police, judiciary
PDP’ll unite Kaduna people – Party leaders
Lobi seek to bounce back against Wydad
Musa tips Pillars’ Alhassan to shine at U-20 AFCON
Wikki, Rangers win as Tornadoes, Insurance
FG targets $2bn from oil, gas lease licence renewal
Nigeria’s refineries not too old – NNPC
CBN issues banknote fitness standard, withdraws bad notes from circulation
Bello commends FCT youth for supporting Buhari’s re-election bid
FCT council polls: INEC to publish nominated candidates today
Rotary launches school debate to curb election violence
Is Nigerian democracy in recession?
Yes, Malami is Mr. Anti-Corruption
Bauchi 2019 and the burden of trust
AMCON as saviour of ailing businesses
Venezuela crisis: We’re ready for talks with opposition – Maduro
2019: Vote for integrity, continuity Nigerians in Europe say
Gunmen abduct Taraba governor CPS, foreigner, 4 others
Police arrest man, 45, for allegedly raping own daughter
Court remands teenager for alleged rape
Editorial: As Baro River Port bounces back
Sosoliso survivor, Kelechi gets to America’s got talent final
Yam stems will be available for planting -Seed investigator
Seeds are different from grains, Seed Council reminds farmers
8 countries expected at 5th Agro-food expo – official
In fight against fake higher institutions, regulatory bodies play active role
‘Plateau higher institutions are short-staffed’
COE Kangere wants funds for early, primary education
Onnoghen: Thugs beat up NBA chairman in Rivers
Court refuses CJN Onnoghen’s application to stay CCT’s trial
Onnoghen: Imo NBA boycotts court

The Guardian
Arsenal complete Suarez deal
Court jails student over rape
CPS to Taraba governor kidnapped
Buhari’s integrity doubtful, vote for Atiku, Obasanjo tells Nigerians
Court of Appeal dismisses Onnoghen’s suit against trial
Stable forex rate aided price stability of consumer goods, says MAN
Planting coconuts for life-long financial benefits
Two feared killed, property worth millions perish in Lagos tanker fire
Stakeholders fault Kachikwu, NNPC on nation’s decrepit refineries
Election rigging, Nigeria’s greatest corruption, says Atiku
Buhari vows to re-organise police, judiciary, if re-elected
Prophet, others nabbed for stealing pants
All hail ‘new queen’ of grand slams
Rwanda wins fifth game as Nigeria takes bilateral series 3-2
Rohr to include best U-20 star in Eagles’ squad for Seychelles, Egypt
Bayern Munich take fight for Bundesliga title to Bay Arena
Emiliano Sala’s plane wreckage found as underwater search plans drawn up
How threats of violence challenge promise of free, fair polls
ADC candidate, Isiaka, warns of plan to rig Ogun guber poll
Our party holds Nnamdi Azikiwe in high esteem, PDP explains
Buhari gets kudos, knocks for comments at Imo presidential rally
TBT: Songs That Made Beyonce Win 6 Grammy Awards In One Nightp
Nigerians React As Atiku And Obi Appear On “The Candidates”
Editorial: 2019 presidential debate as eye opener
‘Policies, elections, oil prices key to 2019 growth outcome’
Indices plunge further by 0.11% amid lingering sell pressure
Sterling Bank opens $16bn global market to Nigerian businesses
Dangote Foods rewards 77 distributors, promises better year
Buhari, Onnoghen et al and their common DNA
Nigeria: The dire need of creative destruction
APC and PDP as metaphoric ‘Egypt’
Lagos and the tourism goldmine
TETFund and politics of sacking, reappointment
Science, technology, key enabler for successful countries, say stakeholders
Nigerian varsities’ need for internationalisation of staff, student structure
Leadership, bane of Africa’s underdevelopment says don
Natural cures for depression validated
Many challenges of accessing cheap, quality, universal care via optional health insuranc
Yakasai inaugurates Safe Medicines Foundation, unveils advocacy book
Creating meals with components of antioxidant defense system


ASUU Strike: NANS Threatens To Boycott, Disrupt Polls
SEC Sets 7-Year Timeline To Revive, Develop Commodities Market
Atiku Has Learnt His Lessons, Says Obasanjo
I’ve Zero-Tolerance For Oppression Of Workers – Akporeha, NUPENG President
Nigeria’s Envisaged Revenue Growth: Importance Of Effective Monitoring
Impeachment: Pro-Ambode Groups Storm Lagos Assembly Complex In Protests
Minimum Wage: Labour Waits For Senate As Reps Approve N30,000
Bob Urges NASS To Always Speak With One Voice
2019 Presidential Poll: Buhari Is Fighting Dirty
Wike Urges Nigerians To Vote Out ‘Blame-Trading’ Govt Of Buhari
Atiku/Obi Campaign Organisation Berates Obiano Over Attack On Ohanaeze
Peaceful Polls: I’ve Been Assured By All Presidential Candidates – US Ambassador
PVC Not A Requirement For TraderMoni – BoI
Hands Off Refineries, ICRC, Dangote Tell FG
Buhari In Ebonyi, Promises To Refund Money For Federal Projects
Onnoghen: Tough Options For Lawyers In Buhari’s Cabinet
2019 Presidential Poll: Buhari Is Fighting Dirty
It’s the devil, says man that raped 21-yr-old daughter in farm
Onnoghen’s CCT trial must go on — Appeal Court
BREAKING: INEC maintains stance on Zamfara APC, approves 1, 066 Guber Candidates
#NGTheCandidates: I’ll grant amnesty to looters – Atiku
2019: Hold Buhari, APC responsible if polls go wrong – PDP
Breaking: Court of Appeal dismisses motion filed by Onnoghen
Nigeria clinches 42 medals at World Para Powerlifting Championships
Remains of late Fashikun laid to rest
Cricket: South Africa to bowl in series decider against Pakistan
Dortmund’s Kagawa set for Monaco loan
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Chiazor Daniel out with HIV awarenes film ‘Lonely Heart’
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Omawumi, Waje join forces to impact on the creative industry

Jesus as a man was imperfect, and so is Atiku —Obasanjo

Jesus as a man was imperfect, and so is Atiku —Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, right and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday said he did not expect perfection from ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, saying that even Jesus Christ, as a man, was not perfect.

He said he could vouch for Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, to re-position the country.

Obasanjo made the statement in Lagos while speaking at the 2019 Island Club Quarterly Business Lecture.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Atiku had earlier delivered a lecture themed: “My vision to get Nigeria Working again.”

Obasanjo, in his remark, said he believed that Atiku had the experience, the capacity and passion to move the country forward, urging Nigerians to no longer find his support for the former vice president strange, considering what he said or wrote about him in the past.

He reiterated that he stood firmly by whatever he said in the past about Atiku and President Muhammadu Buhari. He, however, said the PDP candidate had demonstrated what was expected of a committed and sincere leader by owing up to his past mistakes and showing remorse.

Obasanjo added that Atiku had not only apologised to his political party and the nation, but he had also apologised to him for the past disagreements he had with him (Obasanjo) when he served as his deputy.

He said that Atiku was not infallible, just like every other human being; and that he (Obasanjo) would be playing God by not forgiving the former vice president.

“I have been called names because of my position on Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri Adamawa. Everything I have said as far as I have knowledge of Atiku, I have not retracted and I stand firmly by them because they are, to the best of my knowledge, true.

“And neither has what I have said and written about Buhari been controverted. If anything, they have been confirmed and proved beyond any shadow of doubt. But Atiku has done things which are absolutely imperative for a leader to be followed and believed.

“First, know who you are and present yourself as you are — a human being in blood and flesh and susceptible to human mistakes and human frailties. Don’t cover up with sanctimonious veneer of bogus integrity, incorruptibility, uprightness, goodness and false figures and statistics, all of which are contrived to deceive, to cheat, to plunder and to destroy.

“Atiku never claimed to be a saint and I never described him as such. I will never so describe any human being alive, let alone calling him a Messiah. On an occasion in the past when I said that someone was not a Messiah, some Nigerians, out of bad belle were up in arms.

“For me, as a Christian, the only Messiah I know and have is Jesus Christ and even then, the man aspect of Him was imperfect, while the divine aspect of Him was perfectly messianic.

“Secondly, a leader must be honest to himself and to the people he serves or wants to serve. He must identify and acknowledge his situation, mistakes, shortcomings and inadequacy; show remorse where and when he has erred, seek forgiveness and repent; and not passing the buck or keep blaming others and fail to accept responsibility.

“Atiku accepts responsibility for his mistakes, shows remorse and seeks forgiveness from his political party and subsequently, from Nigerians. He asked for forgiveness from me and, as a believer, a Christian, I forgave him in accordance with the teaching and instruction of my Saviour.

“For, if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your father will not forgive your sins (Matt 6:14-15 NIV).

“If anybody blames me for forgiving Atiku, I leave such a person with God almighty, especially as both Christian and Islamic clerics joined Atiku to visit me to seek forgiveness. Anybody who does not forgive when forgiveness is sought with contrite heart cannot be a true believer and should not expect the forgiveness of God,” Obasanjo said.

He said past disagreements notwithstanding, Atiku demonstrated great leadership qualities when he was in office as vice president, asserting his belief in the “experience and courage of Abubakar,” insisting that the Turaki Adamawa remains the best candidate to move the country forward.

“I must reiterate that Atiku is not a saint. Who is? But from what I know of Atiku, he will be a performer in all respects. I can say that again from my personal experience. He knows the problems and he handled some of them in the past.

“We now know that both Buhari and Atiku have issues, and all of us as human beings have one issue or the other in different magnitudes. But judging both of them empirically and for the task at hand, Atiku will perform much better than Buhari. And he will seek for good and able people around the country and beyond and make use of them to achieve his mission and vision for the general good of Nigerians and the country,” he said.

Obasanjo claimed that the state of affairs under All Progressives Congress had been disappointing and called on the citizens to effect a change with their votes. He also commended Island Club for providing the platform for leaders to articulate their vision for the country through the lecture.

NAN reports that prominent Nigerians at the lecture included Senate President, Bukola Saraki; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.

Others at the lecture included a PDP chieftain, Chief Bode George, PDP candidate in Lagos, Mr Jimi Agbaje and a former governor of Ogun, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.


A ‘forgetful’ chief Justice, an illustration of the Nigerian problem

A ‘forgetful’ chief Justice, an illustration of the Nigerian problem

By Tabia Princewill

IF the Buhari administration has done one thing right, it’s to show us why exactly it is so difficult to turn things around in Nigeria. The eyes of the ordinary man on the street should be open to the many strangely legal and illegal pathways available and commonly used by the political elite hell bent on maintaining the status quo.

The first among their methods, besides using legal jargon to confuse the uninformed or exploiting legal loopholes and technicalities, is misinformation and manipulation aided by some sections of the media.

Let us take a quick walk down memory lane, starting with: “no government can fix Nigeria in four years”, a statement by former President Goodluck Jonathan at the end of his own four-year term. Ironically, he was right. There are simply too many people standing in the way of progress: our dysfunctional system was purpose built to allow a predatory elite unchallenged and unequal access to our resources.

Unequal access to our resources

The Constitution we inherited from the military has many strange clauses, including ones which place the bodies meant to investigate or sanction chief executives under the control and authority of these same executives.

What a perfect way to ensure no one is ever found guilty of anything: constitutionally, only Onnoghen can suspend Onnoghen in order to investigate the same Onnoghen.

In legal terms, the NJC, a body under the Chief Justice’s supervision, is expected to also investigate, suspend and/or sanction him.

What we call “due process” in Nigeria, is faulty in many ways. Our laws, particularly those pertaining to the code of conduct of civil servants and political appointees, have built in loopholes which have always allowed individuals to escape justice, or to escape proper investigation to begin with.

No Senate has ever deemed it fit to review such aberrations, for obvious reasons. Protecting politically exposed persons from punishment or investigation is the primary “human right” of concern to the Nigerian elite and nothing else.

Politicians have always counted on the ease with which Nigerians can be manipulated: the collapse of our educational system is intentional, it’s the reason why some people see nothing wrong with the many unresolved allegations hanging over some of our nation’s top citizens who continue to determine our country’s future. When the June 12 election was stolen from us, some people treated it like a “Yoruba issue” with nothing to do with the rest of Nigeria.

We’re not wondering why Obasanjo and Atiku are suddenly back to being friends, despite the terrible and damning things they both said about each other. We ignored it when former Finance Minister, Okonjo-Iweala said the National Assembly received N172 billion to pass the 2015 budget and that this has been the practice from time immemorial.

We made jokes about budget padding. We also ignored the $16 billion power funds allegedly “mismanaged” by the administration led by Obasanjo who curiously criticises every President he helped install once they allegedly no longer see eye to eye.

INEC officials who admitted they received $115 million from Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum to compromise the 2015 elections were sentenced to seven years in prison over the weekend. Curiously, this isn’t discussed.

We ignored it when Justice Dahiru Sale was removed by Obasanjo and Ayo Salami was removed by Jonathan. Do we see a pattern here? Our Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, who managed to “forget” $900,000 is only taking a leaf from the “forgetful” Nigerian people, many of whom act as if justice doesn’t apply to the rich or well-connected.

The corruption industry in Nigeria is more sophisticated than any bystander could possibly imagine. While the US, the UK and the EU “mean well” (although this could be argued given what WikiLeaks cables revealed they supposedly knew about the activities of oil companies such as Shell which allegedly also play a key role in subverting our tax income and judicial processes), they must admit the obvious, like anyone who wants Nigeria’s progress: the anti-corruption fight obviously needs a judiciary that is above reproach.

Damaging evidence

Buhari’s “fear” of being perceived as a dictator, despite the mind-boggling facts or damaging evidence of corruption enacted by those the EFCC and security agencies have investigated or prosecuted, which could support or explain his actions, is a thought Obasanjo, Yar’Adua or Jonathan wrestled with.

Lee Kuan Yew, a man who is now celebrated by the West after he successfully sanitised Singapore, took many of the steps Buhari is ironically being criticised for today. Mandela was called a terrorist by the British government, Martin Luther King wasn’t appreciated by the US government until his death (in fact “troublemaker” was the most polite term used to describe him).

So, sometimes foreign governments get it wrong, in pursuance of their own interests and agendas at the time. Nigerians need to decide what they want, once and for all. Our country’s survival depends on it.

BY signing Executive Order 007, the President allowed private companies to build federal roads. This is another one of those underreported yet potentially game-changing events in recent months. Zainab Ahmed, Finance Minister said: “Our intention is for there to be at least one significant eligible road project underway in every state of the federation within the first year of the operation of this scheme”.

A total of six investors (Dangote, Lafarge, Unilever, Flour Mills, NLNG, China Road and Bridge Corporation Nigeria Limited) will build 19 federal roads in 11 states in Nigeria (794.4km across the six geopolitical zones). In return for tax breaks, critical projects will be undertaken by the private sector. Couldn’t this have been done decades ago?

National Judicial Council

SOCIO-ECONOMIC Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, sent a petition to the National Judicial Council, NJC, demanding it “immediately takes over the case of Justice Walter Onnoghen from the Code of Conduct Tribunal with a view to setting up a committee to investigate the allegations of breach of constitutional asset declaration requirements against him”.

A SERAP statement said: “It is in times like this that the NJC must be most vigilant and alive to its constitutional duties, if it is not to permit a diminution of our treasured constitutional rights.” Interestingly, Onnoghen reportedly postponed the NJC meeting without giving a reason for doing so. Is that due process?

Kemi Adeosun resigned over an NYSC certificate, yet with the Onnoghen matter, some people encouraged him to neither resign nor take the expected steps to clear his name. In Nigeria the accused is never held to the same standard as the accuser. President Buhari said he expected Onnoghen to have “acted swiftly to spare our Judicial Arm further disrepute by removing himself from superintending over it while his trial lasted”.

He also said it was “no secret that this government is dissatisfied with the alarming rate in which the Supreme Court of Nigeria under the oversight of Justice Walter Onnoghen has serially set free, persons accused of the most dire acts of corruption, often on mere technicalities, and after quite a number of them have been convicted by the trial and appellate courts”.

If petty thieves in Nigeria were granted use of the same excuses and loopholes as the high and mighty, no one would ever be convicted no matter the crime.

Tabia Princewill is a strategic communications consultant and public policy analyst. She is also the co-host and executive producer of a talk show, WALK THE TALK which airs on Channels TV.

Culled from Vanguard

Why Appeal Court rejected Onnoghen’s request to stop his CCT trial

Why A-Court declined stoppage of Onnoghen’s trial, ordered speedy hearing

Justice Onnoghen

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Wednesday, cleared the coast for the Federal Government to open its case against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The appellate court, in a unanimous ruling by a three-man panel of Justices, declined to stop further proceedings in the six-count charge FG entered against Onnoghen before the CCT.

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

FG had in the charge marked CCT/ABJ/01/2019, alleged that Onnoghen failed to declare his assets as prescribed by the law, as well as maintained foreign bank accounts.

However, Onnoghen, who was last Friday, suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari, approached the appellate court to challenge the procedure the CCT planned to adopt in his trial.

In the appeal he lodged on January 15, the suspended CJN maintained that the Mr. Danladi Umar-led tribunal erred in law when it held that the preliminary objection he filed to challenge the competence of the charge, would be heard alongside the motion FG filed for him to step-aside as both the CJN and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, NJC.

Onnoghen insisted that it was wrong for the tribunal to hear and determine FG’s motion when its jurisdiction to entertain the substantive charge was being challenged.

He therefore prayed the appellate court to set-aside the decision of the CCT as contained in a ruling its Chairman delivered on January 14.

Meantime, before the appeal could be heard, Justice Onnoghen, on January 18, filed a motion wherein he prayed the appellate court to stay further proceedings in the case against him.

Based on the motion, the Appeal Court, on January 24, ordered the Mr. Umar-led CCT panel to suspended further proceedings in the matter to enable it to consider Onnoghen’s request.

The order of the court came barely 24 hours after FG secured an ex-parte order from the tribunal, which gave President Buhari the nod to suspend Onnoghen and swear-in the most senior jurist of the Supreme Court, Justice Tanko Muhammad, as the Acting CJN.

At its resumed sitting on Wednesday, the appellate court vacated its initial order that stopped the CCT from taking further steps in Onnoghen’s trial.

In the lead ruling that was delivered by Justice Abdul Aboki, the appellate court held that granting the suspended CJN’s motion would amount to a “fundamental interruption” of a criminal proceeding before the CCT.

It noted that Onnoghen himself had in a judgment he delivered in a case involving a firm owned by former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, Destra Investment Limited, banned the grant of stay of proceeding in criminal matters.

Justice Aboki further recalled that the suspended CJN had in another case that involved the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, identified the CCT as a special court with quasi-criminal jurisdiction.

He maintained that section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, expressly forbade courts from granting orders to stay proceedings in criminal cases.

“We cannot run away from the fact that the CCT which has quasi-criminal jurisdiction, does not have an option than to abide and apolitical the criminal laws in all proceedings before it”, Justice Aboki added.

Consequently, the appellate court dismissed Onnoghen’s appeal, stressing that the order from stay of proceedings he requested for could not be granted as a matter of cause.

“An applicant must convince the court that grant of such order will be in the interest of justice”, the court held, saying there was no “special or exceptional circumstance”, to warrant the suspension of the case pending against Onnoghen before the CCT.

“The Applicants motion for an order for stay of proceeding is hereby refused”, Justice Aboki ruled.

Nevertheless, the appellate court fixed February 4 to hear the substantive appeal the suspended CJN filed to challenge decision of the CCT to hear his preliminary objection alongside FG’s motion to remove him from office.

It will be recalled that the CCT had last Monday, adjourned Onnoghen’s trial sine-die (indefinitely) to await the outcome of the appellate court’s ruling.

Onnoghen had through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, contended that his objection and FG’s motion were mutually exclusive, and as such, could not be heard together.

He argued that the tribunal ought to firstly determine whether or not it has the requisite jurisdiction to handle the charge against him, before it could proceed to hear any other application.

Specifically, Justice Onnoghen faulted the competence of his trial before the CCT on the premise that FG failed to allow the NJC to investigate the allegations against him, before it proceeded to prefer a criminal charge against him.

Aside the instant appeal, Justice Onnoghen had also lodged another appeal to challenge the ex-parte order the CCT issued for his suspension.

In the four grounds of appeal he filed on Tuesday, Onnoghen, argued that the CCT erred in law by granting an ex-parte order for his removal, even it had yet to determine whether or not it has the jurisdiction to try him.

He therefore applied for, “An order setting aside the order of the tribunal made on the 23rd of January, directing the Appellant to step aside as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and a further order that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria takes all necessary measures to swear-in the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council”.

More so, the appellant maintained that “the exercise of powers over the motion ex-parte without first determining the jurisdiction of the tribunal amounted to unlawful exercise of jurisdiction and therefore void”.

Credit: Vanguard

EFCC files fraud charges against Babachir, Oke, wife

BREAKING: EFCC files fraud charges against Babachir, Oke, wife

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed fraud charges against the immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Mrs. Folashade Oke.

The PUNCH gathered that the anti-graft agency on Wednesday filed 10 counts against Lawal and five others, including his company, Rholavision Engieneering Ltd, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

It filed four counts against Oke and his wife, Folashade, before the Federal High Court, in Lagos.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, in October 2017, sacked Lawal and Oke following a report of investigations by a panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, into allegations of fraud leveled against them.

The charges against the duo are coming over 15 months after they were sanctioned by the President.

Source: The Punch

How UNIBEN CBT centre extorted UTME candidates, JAMB

How UNIBEN CBT centre extorted UTME candidates, JAMB

JAMB responds to UNIBEN, says level of extortion at CBT centre ‘shocking’

Azeezat Adedigba

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it was shocked at the high-level extortion of candidates discovered at the University of Benin’s Computer-Based Centre which led to its suspension in the registration of the ongoing Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

This year, the sale or registration forms to all candidates sitting for UTME and Direct Entry (UTME/DE) including those outside Nigeria, started January 10 and will end February 21.

Also, the 2019 computer-based test examination will begin on Saturday, March 16 and end on March 23.

The board, in a statement on Tuesday night by its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, asked the university to do a thorough job with a view to unravelling the individual elements behind the shocking act.

According to the statement, the Registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, was particularly not only shocked but also more disturbed with evidence of the extortion of candidates by the university’s CBT centre.

Mr Fabian’s statement was informed by the university’s earlier press release which had claimed that its suspension of the school’s CBT centre in the UTME registration was hastily carried out.

“The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to a press release by the University of Benin on the suspension of the University CBT centre on the breach of the code governing the 2019 UTME registration exercise,” he said.

Mr Fabian said the board refutes the comment that the conclusion was done hastily and without proper investigation.

“The Board, therefore, asks the university to do a thorough investigation to identify the bad eggs in the shameful episode before further development,” he said.

“An apology shall be required not only to the Board but also to the nation if, after the denial, the evidence is adduced to prove the infraction committed on the ground of a highly respected institution as the University of Benin,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how JAMB suspended nine of its more than 700 Computer-Based Test centres taking part in the ongoing registration exercise over allegations bordering on their engagement in illegal activities.

The affected centres include the University of Benin ICT Computer Based Test (CBT) and DA Civic Centre, both in Benin City, Edo State; Mardakem Company Ltd., Oron, Akwa Ibom State; Bintels Global Services LTD, Aguleri, and Noble & Shuaib ICT Ltd, Alor, Anambra State, among others.

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Court rejects Onnoghen’s bid to halt CCT trial

Court rejects Onnoghen’s bid to halt CCT trial

Court refuses CJN Onnoghen’s application to stay CCT’s trial

By John Chuks Azu |

Justice Walter Onnoghen, CJN
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has refused the application by the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen to stay the proceedings of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Justice Onnoghen, who is facing six-count allegations of non-declaration of assets, had brought the application seeking a stay of proceedings of the tribunal.

In a unanimous decision, a three-member panel of justices held that the proceedings of the CCT cannot ordinarily be stayed.

The presiding judge, Justice Abdul Aboki held that under Section 306 of Administration of Criminal Justice Administration (ACJA), stay of proceedings shall not be entertained.