Saturday, 30 November 2013

8 Weird Facts You Might Not Know

Life is a journey, and as we go through it, we learn...we live and learn. There are some facts you might not know about life and all the elements we have encounters with on this journey through life. In this post, you will find 8 very enlightening and interesting facts about life you might not know.





8.  A male Lion mates up to 50 times a day.












7.  Honey does not spoil. I'm speaking of original honey, not the ones that might have been over-processed and had other ingredients added to it. Pure honey does not spoil, and you could eat 3,000 year old honey.




6.  Dogs can't see colors. They are color blind.



5.  The strongest bone in your body is the femur (Thighbone); It is stronger than concrete.




4.  Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting while he was alive, and it was to his brother. After his death, his paintings have become some of the most expensive pieces in art history. Most of his painting have been sold over a hundred million each at exhibitions across the world, over the years.




3.  A snail can sleep for three years straight.




2.  A cockroach can live for up to three weeks without its head.




1.  The brain overlooks the flaw of the person you are in love with, making it harder to leave them after they've hurt you.






Friday, 29 November 2013

Celebrity Crushes Of Most Nigerian Youths

I don't think you can know the mind of every youth in this country, but just like in secondary school Biology, we can take a sample to know which celebrities the majority of Nigerian youths have crushes for. So, I headed over to Nairaland, and there was a thread yesterday titled- Which Nigerian Celebrity Do You Have A Strong Crush On- i collated the information giving by over 200 people that commented on the thread, and  came up with some very interesting findings.





There were over 4 dozen celebrities mentioned, but I have selected the ones with the most mentions. Check out the list below.





Rita Dominic- 2

Tuface- 2

Genevieve Nnaji- 3

Desmond Elliot- 3

John Dumelo- 3

Flavour- 4

Stephenie Okereke- 4

Joseph Benjamin- 4

Osas- Ighodaro- 4

Wizkid- 4

Eva (rapper/singer)- 8

Omotola Jalade- 8

Chidinma (Singer)- 8

Tonto Dikeh- 12

Tiwa Savage- 17












Chidinma...i just love seeing that petite girl on screen; I love her confidence. I'm sure she has a lot of admirers from boys her age, she is a cute one. I must say I was surprised to see Tonto getting a lot of mentions...I thought guys didn't like her like that. I don't have any problem with her tho. And Tiwa...that didn't surprise me at all.


Thursday, 28 November 2013

18 Spookiest Comments From Children

Okay, if you know me, you know I love kids. I love that we underestimate what they actually know, that we don't. Maybe because they are still new in this world, and have a connection to the spiritual world. Sometimes when my 4 year old nephew says some things to me when we are alone, it is almost like there is someone talking through him...someone older...some sort of spirit. BOO!!! lol! Okay, I tried to scare you there. But what I said is true.




Anyway, I stumbled upon (on reddit.com) a couple of very spooky things children have told their parents...very scary I most say. I picked 18 of them for your entertainment...or should I say for your terror....Muwhahaha!









18. My daughter said to me that there is a woman who watches her watch movies in her room and sleeps on the ceiling above her bed when she sleeps. She also says it does not like me and wants to eat my heart. My kid watches Elmo and fucking Dinosaur Train. Where in the hell did she get this from?




17. My then 2-year-old daughter used to scream in the night, and told my wife and I it was because she was visited by a lady. A few weeks later, she stopped screaming. Off handedly, I asked if the lady had stopped coming. She answered "No, she's just nice now. Her name is Shelia. She sleeps in my bed sometimes."
A year later, my youngest daughter turned 2 and started having the same screaming fits. Talking to her, she described the same lady named "Shelia".
Skip forward 3 years. We'd never talked with our kids about it, figuring there had to be some active imaginations and sibling story telling involved. Hadn't come up in at least 2 years. We moved with our three kids, including a 2.5 year old son. First night in the new house, he asked "Where will Shelia sleep now?"




16. I was sound asleep, and at around 6am I was woken up by my 4 year old daughters face inches from mine. She looked right into my eyes and whispered, "I want to peel all your skin off." The backstory here is I had been sunburned the previous week, and was starting to peel. In my sleep addled state however, it was pretty terrifying for a few seconds.




15. My 5 year old at the time had night terrors and would scream in her sleep. One night I said "mama's here its okay". She looked right at me still asleep and screamed "mama? But who is that behind you?"






14. A friend of mine's child told him, "Daddy, I love you so much that I want to cut your head off and carry it around so I can see your face whenever I want."




13. I don't have kids, but once, visiting some friends on a farm, my buddy's youngest girl (5 or 6) at the time, was afraid of the chickens. I tried to explain to her that the chickens weren't there to hurt us but she wasn't having it. So I'm sitting around the fire pit, looking at one of the chickens a few feet in front of me when I feel hot breath in my ear as she whispers: "See. He's always watching."



12. Walking through a graveyard to "visit" some departed family members, we walked across the grave of a baby boy who died shortly after being born. There's a family relationship, so we know for a fact the mother is still alive. My 4 year old son turned to my wife and said "Why is that baby crying? Why won't his mom hug him?"






11. I was tucking in my two year old. He said "Good bye dad." I said, "No, we say good night." He said "I know. But this time it's good bye."




10. My 3 year old nephew was at my cottage. He's asked me numerous times about the "girl over there" while pointing at one of the back bedrooms. The place is small, and there is definitely nobody there so I just dismiss it as a really active imagination (he has lots of imaginary friends).
Then some friends are visiting and they have a daughter around the same age. She has never met my nephew. Twice in the one day she asked about the "pretty girl" while pointing at the exact same room. Definitely caught me out and I didn't know what to think.
Then at Christmas my family was over at my place and my nephew points at a picture of my wife and asks if she is coming to visit us here or does she just stay at the cottage. My wife died ten years ago. Personally I don't really believe in paranormal stuff so it's probably just my logical brain putting together a bunch of kids ramblings but it definitely got my attention.



9.  My daughter got in trouble one day when she was about 2. I don't even remember what she did, but the consequence to her actions was that she could not play on the front porch, she had to go inside. She was very angry, turned to me, with her little face all bright red, pointed and literally GROWLED "It's all over for yoooooouuuuu"       





8.  My niece said something like this to my mom once. When she was about 3 she said "Remember when I used to be your grandmom?"



7.  Why are you crying?
"Bad man"
What bad man?
"There." Points behind me at a dark corner of the room
Lamp on bookshelf next to said darkened corner falls off as soon as I turn to look. 









6.  My co-worker's four year old daughter always thought that the rattling of the water pipes in the kitchen cupboards were "white wolves" and the sound always scared her.
One day she was sitting at the kitchen table and she said, "Mom. The white wolves aren't bad... they're our friends!"
Her mom encouraged the idea by saying, "Yes! The white wolves are protecting us. They are our friends."
Then her daughter added in, "They're our friends, but not the man who crawls on the floor and stands by my bed".



5.  When I was a waitress, I watched a little girl (4ish) stab her plastic fork into her sandwich repeatedly, saying "die die die die die die". When I asked her what she was doing (her mom was in the bathroom for a minute), she replied with a straight face, "I like to kill things, but mom says I shouldn't. So I picked the ham because it can't scream."


4.  When my son was little he, maybe 3, he used to do this weird crawl where he would slide his forehead along the floor. That was pretty creepy in itself. Then one night he crawled across the hallway into my room like that and stood up a few inches from my face and made a weird meow sound. He got into bed with me and went to sleep. Another time he was freaking out about a monster in the basement so we went down and saw nothing, of course, and as I turned out the light and headed upstairs and he said "Hes right behind us now." I might have peed a little. Possibly the creepiest thing he did was one day I scolded him for misbehaving so he hid his head under his blanket. I pretended I couldn't find him by saying "Where is my little Carson?" He slowly lowered the blanket and with a dead evil stare said, "Carson is gone, I am Rick." I'm certain he's possessed. We never knew any Ricks, as far I can remember. Still don't. Never figured out where he picked up the name.





3.  I was tucking my 3-year-old son into bed and asking what was his favorite part of the day... Son: "It was playing with that man." Me: "What man?" Son: "THAT man" <points to empty corner of his bedroom...which is on the upstairs floor of our old house>


2.  When my oldest was about 3 years old I had a really weird dream where an alien was trying to take my son. I was lying in bed watching this alien take him by the hand and started taking off towards the window. When I went to scream I woke up. Here is the creepy part....I wake up to find my 3 year old turning on the night light in our room. He turns to look at me and says "oh, its ok mommy. The alien is gone." .....I didn't sleep for the rest of the night.




1.  Kid (4 year old): I want a cupcake
Me: No.
Kid: I want a cupcake, please?
Me: No.
Kid: Whispers If you give me a cupcake I wont cut your neck.

 

45 Year Old Man Rapes 75 Year Old Woman In Ekiti

It is seems funny incidences like this are on the rise in the country lately. Or could it be that they have always been happening, but weren't well documented? It was recently reported that a 45 year old man in Ekiti state raped a 75 year old woman, who he claims is his mistress.






A 45 year old plantain farmer, Lawrence Adedapo, has been arrested by the Police for allegedly Molesting a 75 year old woman, Grace Asaolu, at Ogbese Camp, Ise Ekiti in Ise-Orun Local Government Area of Ekiti State.



It was gathered that Adedapo invited his victim into his room to collect plantain, which he brought for her from his farm on November 7

The suspect reportedly took advantage of the old woman by overpowering her and had carnal knowledge of her.

Asaolu said, “Lawrence Adedapo is my neighbour. He invited me to come and collect plantain but instead he pushed me on his children’s bed and forcefully had canal knowledge of me

“I later rushed to the police station to report the matter”.
The suspect confirmed that he had canal knowledge of the woman but denied forcing her into it.
He claimed that Asaolu was his mistress.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Victor Babayemi, ASP, said, “In the course of investigation, facts emerged that the suspect knew the victim to be of old age, 75 and in menopause.

“She could not have been bleeding without tampering with her organ. Medical report shows that there was a violent intimate assault on her; she was also said to be distressed with her Core smeared with fresh blood”. (nairaland.com)






Hmm! Maybe the man misread the closeness of the woman as a show of interest in him, but it is hard to imagine a 45 year old woman getting sexually aroused by a 75 year old woman. This is just a really bad situation, because the lady would have a hard time dealing with this incidence psychologically for the rest of her life. Some Yoruba people will call this 'afise', but there is really nothing spiritual here. The man is probably one of those men that believe they can totally control their sexual urge, so they take the power for granted. You see how a cock chases a hen when it is in heat, a man's situation can be worse if he disregard that powerful sex drive in him.




I know some people might be thinking I am over exaggerating things. Women wont even understand, and they will keep calling men dogs. How can they understand? It is impossible. It is like saying a heterosexual man can understand why a homosexual man is attracted to men. I am taken anyone's side, and I don't support any acts of molestation, I am just trying to get to the root of the matter. Women don't understand that an average man's sex drive is 3 times that of an average woman. Men can use up that sexual energy via strenuous physical labour, creative thinking/mental work, or actual sexual intercourse. This is the reason why idle priests have very high cases of sexual molestation cases against them...they rarely do anything to use up that energy. And this might be the case with this farmer, who has most like done the planting (the strenuous work), and is now waiting (a lot of idle time) for harvesting time.








I just think sexual education in Nigeria should be taught at all levels, to reduce the cases of sexually molestation against women in the country. Last week Thursday, according to the chair-person of The International Federation of Women Lawyers, Enugu branch, Nkiru Ugwu-Nwabueze announced at a meeting that 15 children in Enugu state alone were molested by their fathers between July and  November, this year.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Miracle Healing River Discovered in Enugu

The recent news making rounds on the internet is about the miracle healing river in Udi Local Government Area, Enugu. The river, which has been nicknamed River Bathsaida, disappears and reappears. It reappeared a couple of weeks ago, and it has been said to have healing powers. Trust Nigerian's, they flooded the river in their hundreds to experience the alleged healing powers. Check out the pictures below-























But really, the word out is that it was never known as a healing river before now. Read the words from an elder from the village below-



“We noticed that after some years, the water will form a stream there and would disappear in few weeks. If such happens, we will be fetching water there. However, women who are menstruating and evil people don’t go there. We never heard about healing power of the River until this recent appearance of the River.
“The last time it appeared was in 1992, and at that time, it just formed a small stream, which later disappeared. It has never been as large as this. This is all I know, we have never known about its healing power, this is the first time we are hearing about healing, I don’t whether it is true”.




I'm guessing someone made up the story of it having healing powers, and it spread like wild fire.  Well, what can I say. Most times, it is not the thing believed in but the belief that really works the miracles. That is why all through the new testament Bible, Jesus was known to always say, 'it is your belief that healed you' to the people that he healed. So, it is possible to have some miracles happen in that village from people that fetched the water. I am just hoping that a cholera endemic doesn't breakout.





And about the appearing and disappearing of the river, I can explain that with my knowledge of Geography. We live in a closed system, and everything goes through a cycle, nothing is gotten outside the earth's closed system. So, water moves through different forms (ice as glaciers, vapor as clouds in the sky...), and different channels (lakes, underground water, ponds, river tributaries, rivers, oceans), but water never just disappears. Climate change or technological development may have led to the river drying up, and later filling up, but it is nothing magical.



















Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Emmanuel Adebayor Shows Off His Mansion and Cars

Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese footballer who plays as a forward for premier league club, Tottenham Hotspur. Its funny I am putting this up cos I don't even watch soccer, but I always like to associate with wealthy people. Below are pics from his palacial mansion, and a dozen of his luxury cars. I know some people would says stuff like- 'Vanity upon vanity is vanity', but if that is what makes him happy, who are you to complain. As long as he worked hard for the money he used to buy all that, he has the rights to but what ever he wants...even if it is a private jet. Everybody has a right to be happy on this earth...if not, what are you here for?


Below are pics of his mansion, his cars, and private jet. Some of his cars include a Porsche Cayenne, Benz G-Wagon, Range Rover, and a Rolls Royce Phantom.











Monday, 18 November 2013

11 Realistic Looking Sculptures By Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck is an Australian born hyper-realist sculptor. He currently is based in the U.K, and has had successful exhibitions at places like the Royal Academy and the National Gallery in London. Below are 11 pieces of his that I decided to put together in this post. I think this is fine art at its finest. Please note that, no matter how realistic any of the pieces below look, they are sculptures...they are not real.



















Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Jesus Was Not a Christian

Yea, it is a funny statement, but Jesus was not a Christian. A lot of people don't really understand the genesis of the religion called Christianity. Christians are meant to be followers of Christ, but how many of his ways do they follow? Today's Christianity is a mix of so many religions, and people choose what part of the Bible to follow. People should know that Jews orchestrated the death of Jesus of Nazareth because they believed he was blasphemous in claiming to be the son of God. After his death was when Christianity was birthed, as a small select of his followers started working in his ways, thus being called Christians.






It is also necessary to note that the Bible wasn't written till 400 years after the Death of Jesus Christ. 400 years. This means that none of the people that witnessed him while on Earth were around to help write the Bible. Think about that. And it is also funny that Jews still don't believe Jesus was the son of God, but they are believed to be God's chosen people. Till this day, Jews do not believe in Christ, and thus are not Christians, but there place is said to be reserved in heaven. A lot of people don't even know that the Torah (the Hebrew holy book) is part of the Old Testament. I don't think the Christian Bible should have the old Testament. The Bible should be just the new testament...If it is meant for Christians (Christ followers), it shouldn't have any part of the old testament. Maybe for reference purposes or further reading, but I feel the old and new testaments greatly contradict each other, and has caused a lot of confusion in the world today. Jesus was not even a Jew, he was a Judean.




Jesus was not a Christian in the way Christianity is currently portrayed. Jesus preached love...even for your enemy. Jesus never preached wishing death on your enemy. If Jesus had come in this time and age, he would still have been killed by over-religious people. Because Jesus was not religious in his time, he came to change everything...every law that the Jews were following at the time was questioned by Jesus. Jesus was not religious, he was spiritual; there is a big difference there. he taught people on mountains, at river banks, at market squares, rarely was he preaching to people via the system of the religion of the day. So much of the ways of Christianity currently in the world is far from being christ-like. Read this quote from Desmond Tutu.


"God is not Christian. We are supposed to proclaim the God of love, but we have been guilty as Christians of sowing hatred and suspicion: we commend the one whom we call the Prince of Peace, and yet as Christians we have fought more wars than we care to remember. We have claimed to be a fellowship of compassion and caring and sharing, but as Christians we often sanctify socio-political systems that belive this, where the rich grow ever richer and the poor grow ever poorer."

-Desmond Tutu



Tuesday, 12 November 2013

List of Top Earning Dead Celebrities

Yes, dead people still make money. In fact, some of them, like Tupac Shakur, made more money dead than when he was alive. There is something about being dead and your value rising that sometimes makes me contemplate perfectly orchestrating my own death. Maybe then the half a dozen books I have written will start selling, and help give my family and loved ones a great life. I'm just joking...I love life, and I wont give it up for anything right now.


It is surprising that Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 is still earning money in 2013. Check out the full list of the 12 top earning dead celebrities of 2013. The list is based on monies earned by their individual estates between October 2012, to October 2013.




12. Jennie Rivera- $7 million (She was an American- Mexican singer...who died in a plane crash last year December. Her earnings come from the 'I Love Jenni' Show, which an audience of 5.5 in its third and final season. Her albums have also sold over 880,000 copies since she passed.)


12. Bruce Lee- $7 million (Died July 20, 1973. Martial artist/Actor.)


10. Steve McQueen- $9 million (Died November 30, 1980. Actor.)


10. Theodor Geisel- $9 million (Author of the Dr. Suess's books. Also in his catalogue includes How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Cat in the Hat. Most of his books have been adapted into movies, and have grossed millions at the Box Office. He died September 21, 1991)


8.  Bettite Page- $10 million (Actress. Died december 11, 2008)


8.  Albert Einstein- $10 million (Scientist. Died April 18, 1955)


7.  Jonh Lennon- $12 million (Singer...member of legendary UK boy band, The Beatles. Died December 8, 1980)


6.  Marilyn Monroe- $15 million (Actress. Died August 5, 1962)



5.  Bob Marley- $18 million (Legendary Jamaican singer. Died May 11, 1981)


4.  Elizabeth Taylor- $25 million (Actress. Died March 23, 2011)


3.  Charles Schulz- $37 million (Cartoonist. Died February 12, 2000. Responsible for popular comic strips such as Peanuts, Charlie Brown


2.  Elvis Presley- $55 million (Singer/Actor. Died August 16, 1977)


1.  Michael Jackson- $160 million (Singer. Died June 25, 2009)














Honourable mention include Nigerian Afro-Beat singer, Fela Kuti, who earned $3 million. His earnings came from Felabration (a yearly, week long concert organized in his memory), royalties from his over 3 dozen albums which Universal Music controls, and  earnings from the Fela on Broadway show).












Friday, 8 November 2013

Who Killed Dele Giwa?- Part 2

“It is always a much easier task to educate uneducated people than to re-educate the mis-educated.” 

― Herbert M. SheltonGetting Well



So, who really killed Dele Giwa? If you haven't read the first part, do so here- 'Who Killed Dele Giwa- Part . Let us look into what transpired on the day of his death. According to the account of Newswatch (the magazine he founded with three other editors)- A Peugeot 504 drove up to Giwa's Opebi (Ikeja, Lagos) house with a parcel for delivery. The gate man collected it, and gave it to Billy Giwa, who in turn took the letter to his Dad in the study. Billy (Dele Giwa's son- 19 at the time) went through the back Kitchen entrance, which was closer to the study than the front entrance to deliver the letter to his Dad.






Billy later said that the parcel had a Federal Republic of Nigeria stamp on it. He also said- 'From the office of the Commander in Chief of the  Armed Forces of the federal Republic of Nigeria' was written on the parcel. (Of cos that could have been forged at Oluwole.)


After getting the parcel, it was said that Dele Giwa said- 'This should be from the Presidency.' And as he put it on his laps to open, his guest, Kayode Soyinka (the head of Newswatch office in London) who was staying at Giwa's house, excused himself to use the toilet. He hadn't gotten far when the bomb went off, killing Dele Giwa. Now, this is the tricky part. In his account, Kayode Soyinka said the bomb's explosion threw him to the other side of the room, and he was unconscious for a while. He then said, after he regained consciousness, he ran out for help. He also noted that on his way out of the house, he met Dele Giwa's wife (Funmi Giwa) hurrying towards the site of the explosion from the living room, where she had been watching TV.




I don't think this adds up. First off, there is no way an explosion of that magnitude wouldn't have made Funmi Giwa run to the site immediately to find out what had happened. He said he was unconscious for a while before going out for help. For how long was he unconscious? Two seconds? And the strangest thing was that Funmi Giwa sustained some injuries from the blast, but he, who was the closest to Dele Giwa (a few feet away from him in the room of the bomb blast) didn't have a single scratch on his body. He left the hospital the same day...with no injuries at all. Experts who viewed the site of the explosion said there is no way someone in the room could have walked off without injuries unless he knew before hand about the bomb, and had taken cover by lying flat on the floor.




What can we make out of this? I am just so curious to know what really happened that day, and I have not been blinded by propaganda surrounding the incidence back then as not to think logically. How did Mr. Kayode Soyinka walk away from the site of the explosion where Dele Giwa was killed without sustaining any injuries at all? And why was he never available for questioning by the police until he travelled back to London? What happened that day in October of 1986 will only be known unless a fresh investigation is started, and there are no sentiments attached to the inquiry.




Dele Giwa was said to have travelled to London frequently close to the time of his death. People made up stories that he had run into Glory Okon, who was supposed to be dead, and that he was working on uncovering a drug smuggling operation between the said Glory Okon and Maryam Babangida (IBB's wife). The general belief is that this was the reason IBB had Dele Giwa killed. But there is really no truth to this, as there are no evidences. It was just a story someone made up, and it became like a folk tale.


I want to make a point but want you to read the excerpts from a 1986 issue of 'West Africa', a Magazine circulated in London. In the Oct 27, 1986 issue of 'West Africa' magazine, there was a story that Dele Giwa's killers could be located across boarders. The magazine wrote...



"The investigations are focused internally, but there must also be an international connection. In London last week, Peter Turtill, the British who first revealed large scale fraud committed against Nigeria through Johnson Malthye Bank (JMB), and who has himself since received two death threats  told our correspondent that he received a telephone call on the morning of October 20, from a man who claimed to be Peter Evans. The man, he said, told him, 'I think you will like to know that Dele Giwa is dead.' Turtill's link with Newswatch was that he had been interviewed extensively for a major report the magazine did on the JMB affair earlier this year"


I wonder...how was this overlooked? People wanted to pin it on Ibrahim Babangidi so much that they closed their eyes to every other information that might have lead them to the real killers. It was also said that the parcel bomb was too sophisticated for that time (1986) in Nigeria. Could it be that the people from JMB put a 'hit' on Dele Giwa for trying to expose their dealings in his magazine? Could it be that Kayode Soyinka helped out in the plan because his life was threatened if he didn't cooperate? Many questions still left unanswered, but I hope this article series has enlightened you the reader a little more on the issues surrounding Dele Giwa's death.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church, Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise.

I think some Christians compartmentalize their lives. They go to Church on Sunday and try to be as holy as they can be, but the 6 days left of the week, they are in their real element. I have just always believed that it matters more what is in your heart than what church you attend. The story below of a pastor dressing as a homeless man and being mistreated by his own congregation will give you an idea of what I am talking about.






Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church, Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise.

"Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.

He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.

He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change.

He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back.

He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such.

When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation.

“We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.

The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him.

He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.

He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”

He then dismissed service until next week.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in."

Be a Christian all you want, but at least follow the teachings of Christ if you're going to claim the title.

~ Tom Retterbush

Monday, 4 November 2013

Who Killed Dele Giwa? (Part 1)

"There is a tendency for people to make up their minds as to what they want to see or hear. It may not necessarily be the truth and once they are so fixed, every other thing that somebody else will say would not mean anything to them." 

-Chris xxxx


Three Saturdays ago, I woke up with a hangover in my friends house. We had thrown a party the day before, and as the girl I invited didn't show up, I engaged the bottle for the night. I rolled over, and at the edge of the bed, there was a book trapped between the mattress and the wall. Out of not having anything  better to do, I pulled the book out free, and the title caught my full attention...it read- DELE GIWA: THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.




I started reading the book immediately, and the findings inspired this post. Ironically, the day I found the book was the very day that Dele Giwa was killed by a letter bomb 27 years ago- October 19th. I wasn't even half way through the book when I found out that what I believed about the incidence all these years could be wrong. In case you don't know about Dele Giwa, he was a revolutionary journalist, the Chief Editor of Newswatch; a magazine he co-founded with 3 other editors- Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese, and Yakubu Mohammed in 1984. On Sunday 19th, 1986, he was blown to bits when he opened a parcel bomb that was delivered to his house in Ikeja. Days afters his death, his personal attorney (the late Gani Fawehimi) and his other colleagues of the press started pointing accusing fingers at two top security officers (Akilu and Togun), and the then military president- Chief in Command of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangidi. Gani didn't give room to a proper police investigation before levelling accusations.




I was about 6 years old at the time of the incidence, and I can remember the news vividly, cos it was like something out of a James Bond movie. And the story generally circulating was that he had some incriminating evidence against Babangida he was going to publish in his Magazine, and that IBB had him killed. It was general knowledge, and no one even took time to look into the authenticity of this claims by the late Gani Fawehinmi (God bless his soul). I was surprised when I read the book I earlier mentioned (which was written by Kunle Togun- one of the men accused of Dele Giwa's murder) to discover that Gani Fawehinmi's case against the two SSS officers was discredited at the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and finally the Supreme Court.




In December 1987, Gani presented his evidences before Justice Eniola Longe of the then Lagos High Court, who quashed the application and referred to the evidences Gani was parading as mere hearsay. And Gani never appealed against the judgement. A libel suit was instituted against Gani by the two SSS officers (Togun and Akilu) he falsely accused, and Gani was told to pay damages of millions of Naira to the two officers...he never filed a defense against the suit.




All these raised questions in my mind. What really happened? Why were the two SSS officers accused of plotting and killing Dele Giwa, and why was IBB named the mastermind behind it all.
I was no-longer an ignorant kid, so my mind wanted concrete evidences.



I discovered that all the accusations where based on the fact that Dele Giwa was brought in for questioning by the DMI (Directorate of Military Intelligence) and the SSS (State Security Service) at separate times, days before he was assassinated. His last questioning was by the SSS, on the 17th of October, 2 days before he was killed. Dele Giwa had reported this occurrences to his attorney, Gani Fawehinmi, as he feared for his life. And Gani didn't want to believe it was a coincidence that Dele Giwa was killed days after being questioned by the Nigerian States Security Service (SSS), which LT. Colonel Kunle Togun was the Director of at the time.




To make matters worse, Colonel Halilu Akilu (Director of Military Intelligence) had called Giwa's house a day before Giwa was killed and had asked Dele's wife for directions to the house when he couldn't get Dele Giwa on the phone. So, Gani's conclusions was that Akilu had asked for directions so as to plan Dele Giwa's assassination. But it was later discovered that it was Prince Momoh (the then Minister of Information) who instructed Akilu to call Dele's home that day. After the series of visits to the SSS headquarters, Dele feared for his life, so he had told everyone close to him, one of them being Prince Momoh. And Momoh had had a chat with Akilu to find out what the issue was all about. He discovered that Dele Giwa was brought in for questioning on a tip the SSS had on a possible gun smuggling and some other threat to National Security issues Giwa was involved in, but that they knew it was false intel. They wanted to let Giwa know what they had heard because the source was someone supposedly close to Giwa. Akilu let Momoh know there was no problem, and that they no longer had an issues with Giwa. But Momoh insisted that Akilu call Giwa to reassure him that there was no bad blood there.




I want to make this post as short as I can, so I will try and digress to some matters more pressing than just myths, and propaganda. Below is the picture of the room that Dele Giwa was in when he received and opened the letter bomb that killed him...and also below is a picture of Giwa's bloody body after the bomb explosion.





Look at the level of destruction caused by the bomb; the roof was brought down by the blast. Do you think  anyone  else in the room could have survived the blast? Dele Giwa's lower body was blown to pieces. It's funny that there was another man in the room that day. He was the head of Newswatch in London at the time and had flown in a couple of days before the incidence. He was staying at Dele Giwa's Ikeja house, and had briefly excused himself to the toilet after Dele Giwa received the package. According to his testimony, he had not made it half way out the room when the bomb went off. He ended up with not even a scratch on his body.


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