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MAY GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS

President Joe Biden has a favorite sign-off at the end of every major speech: “May God bless America and may God protect our troops.” In August 2020, when he gave a speech at the Democratic Convention, Biden ended that way. Same for his November 7, 2020 speech after he won the election. And of course, the line was there when he got inaugurated as President on January 20, 2021. Biden never served in the military, but his son, Joseph Beau, did, rising to become a Major, but sadly dying of…

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Franktalk: My Trip To Kirikiri Women Prison

It all started a few months ago when the women group in the Opic Area of the Living Faith Church  decided to pay a visit to the Nigerian Correctional Service(NCoS), formerly known as Nigerian Prison Service (NPS). The aim was to extend the love of Christ to the inmates. I had heard so much about the deplorable state of Nigerian prisons and the savage treatments that inmates are often subjected to. The story out there is that it is almost impossible for anyone to go into a Nigerian prison and return as…

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WHEN A YOUNG PASTOR REFUSES TO BEAR FRUIT, FAILS AT GOD’S BUSINESS

By Daniel Breakforth And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? Luke 2:49 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shall cut it down. John 15:7 My brother is a Nigerian intellectual in the diaspora. Yesterday, he sent me a screenshot of the purported sack letter addressed to a Living Faith Church (LFC) pastor and asked me ‘if it was true’? I glanced through the details and asked him…

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Legislating on admission age amid harvest of deaths

Violence against Nigerian students is growing at an alarming rate. Yet, there seems to be no hope of a quick end in sight.  Aside the usual reports of mass kidnappings of students from their schools, an anomaly that has become a key part of the narrative in our educational system, students are now being attacked off campuses.   This week alone, there are reports of at least three tragic deaths from such attacks. On Monday, a trigger-happy soldier reportedly shot dead Gray Ekpezu, a final year student of medicine and surgery,…

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Mele Kyari’s Second Year Of Walking The Talk At NNPC

……..A chronicle of achievements of the NNPC GMD Malam Mele Kyari within two years By Edith Ike-Eboh & Emmanuel Afonne On July 8, 2019, Malam Mele Kyari was officially inaugurated as the 19th Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), his appointment having been announced much earlier in June. In his inaugural address, as is usually the case in such speeches, he clearly indicated the direction his management intended to steer the Corporation. Two years down the road, a look at his actions and strides vis-à-vis the…

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Speaking To PDP In The Language It Understands

There’s this recent cartoon in Daily Trust Newspaper that sends me holding my sides in laughter each time I see it. And I tell you that I’ve viewed it over and over again. Two bandits are in flight, really showing a clean pair of heels. This news item kicks you into the cartoon: ‘Scores killed as troops, vigilantes, ambush Kebbi students’ kidnappers.’ The first fleeing bandit says; ‘I think this is the language the President is speaking about!’ And the second bandit responds: ‘I think these are just the Alphabets.’…

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Managing millennials: Adapting to a changing workforce, by Kehinde David Folarin

Millennials are thriving in the workforce today. They are the next generation to be leaders in the workplace and will be the generation that shapes the future of leadership. There are not many millennial role models that potential leaders can follow and emulate. Thus, we must attract leaders for the new generation. This means that it is time for a change in leadership style and approach. Millennials are multiplying into the workforce population today as they are reaching their peak employment years. They are giving new insight into office life…

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Where Did This Zulum Emerge From?

I know he is an academic, a Professor and former Rector of Ramat Polytechnic, Borno State. He was also Commissioner for Reconstruction under the immediate past Governor Kashim Shettima. But where did this man called Babagana Umara Zulum emerge from? How come he is doing unusual, uncommon things, and being very modest about it? Do they still make them like this? President Muhammadu Buhari was in Maiduguri, Borno State, a fortnight ago to commission some (just some) projects already completed by the Zulum administration. It was like streams in a…

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When a university is in the news for the wrong reasons

This may not be the best of time for some Nigerian higher institutions. While many of them are still struggling to shore up their poor rating in global rankings to boost their academic reputations, negative reports of atrocities perpetrated by their students are denting their image locally.   Aware of the responsibility to teach character and academics, many of these institutions try as much as possible to push out the bad eggs in their midst from time to time.  However, in spite of  their efforts, cases  still abound where students…

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Ngige’s Sermon On The Mount

Did you watch the interview granted about 10 days ago by Labour and Employment Minister, Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, to Channels Television NewsNight program anchored by Ladi Akeredolu Ale? If you didn’t, then you missed something. But not to worry, you can still get to watch it online. I have decided to call it Sermon on the Mountain, according to Dr Ngige. It was bold, frank, forthright, and something to be highly commended. The medical doctor-turned-politician and now Conciliator General of the Federation parried no question. He answered them all.…

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