Friday, 20 January 2017

Senegalese Troops Enter Gambia to Remove Yahya Jammeh and Install New President Adama Barrow

Soldiers from Senegal and other ECOWAS countries have invaded Gambia and heading to the capital to remove Yahya Jammeh. 
Senegalese troops have entered Gambia
 
Senegalese troops entered neigbouring Gambia on Thursday, an army spokesman said, as part of a regional effort to support its new President Adama Barrow in a showdown with longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down.

"We have entered Gambia," Colonel Abdou Ndiaye wrote in a text message to Reuters, shortly after Barrow, who won election in December, was sworn in as Gambia's new president in Senegal.
 
The military intervention, dubbed Operation Restore Democracy, is being backed by West Africa's regional bloc, ECOWAS, and involves "significant" land, air and sea resources, according to a Senegalese army statement.
 
Senegalese troops entered neigbouring Gambia on Thursday, an army spokesman said, as part of a regional effort to support its new President Adama Barrow in a showdown with longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down.
 
"We have entered Gambia," Colonel Abdou Ndiaye wrote in a text message to Reuters, shortly after Barrow, who won election in December, was sworn in as Gambia's new president in Senegal.
 
The military intervention, dubbed Operation Restore Democracy, is being backed by West Africa's regional bloc, ECOWAS, and involves "significant" land, air and sea resources, according to a Senegalese army statement.

"This action aims to re-establish constitutional legality in Gambia and allow the new elected president to take office," it said, adding that the operation was being carried out under an ECOWAS mandate.
 
Nigeria, which pre-positioned war planes and helicopters in Senegal's capital Dakar, is also part of the operation, but it was not immediately clear if it too had crossed the border.
 
Ghana has also pledged troops.
 
However, officials said late Thursday that the troops' advance had been temporarily halted to allow for a final attempt at mediation, but would resume again at noon Friday should Jammeh still refuse to cede power.
 
West African leaders were due to head to Gambia Friday to take part in those mediation efforts, Gambia state TV reported, with the delegation to include the presidents of Liberia, Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau as well as a UN representative.
 
Barrow was inaugurated Thursday in a hastily arranged ceremony at Gambia's embassy in Senegal. The small embassy room held about 40 people, including Senegal's prime minister and the head of Gambia's electoral commission.
 
A jumbo TV screen broadcast the swearing in ceremony to several hundred watching outside the embassy, as Barrow called for international report not just from ECOWAS but also the African Union and the United Nations.
 
"This is a day no Gambian will ever forget," said Barrow, dressed in a flowing white robe.
After Barrow took the oath of office, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution expressing "full support" to Gambia's new president and calling on Jammeh to step down, condemning his attempts to usurp power.
 
A last-minute revision to the resolution backed efforts by ECOWAS to ensure that Barrow's election victory on Dec. 1 is respected, using "political means first".
 
Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations were private, said an initial reference to ECOWAS' use of "all necessary measures" was dropped and the political reference was added because some members objected to backing military action.
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Nigerian Sport Legend and Frontline Tennis Promoter, Chris Enahoro Dies

Nigerian sports legend and front-line tennis promoter is dead at age 80. May his soul rest in peace. Amen! 
Chris Enahoro
 
80-year-old Nigerian sports legend and front-line tennis promoter, Chris Enahoro, has passed away on Thursday morning in his Lagos home. 
 
The veteran sports administrator who reputed to be the production line of today’s top tennis players, was the coordinator of the Chevron Tennis Masters.
 
When correspondents visited his Ajao Street residence, on Thursday, stream of visitors were seen paying their condolences to the former Nigerian cricket star, who went on to become the Chairman of the Nigeria Cricket Association.
 
Amidst weeping and sobbing, the awe-stricken sympathisers watched as Enahoro’s lifeless body was wheeled off by undertakers to an undisclosed location.
 
As news of his demise started filtering out, an eerie feeling enveloped the Nigerian tennis community, reeling from the shock and vacuum that his death has created.
 
Recounting the last moment of the deceased, his Personal Assistant, Razak Adedigba, said Enahoro was last attended to by his doctor on Wednesday
 
“When the doctor came on Wednesday, he attended to him and told him to rest. He later woke up in the evening to have his dinner and told me he was getting better.

“Early today, (yesterday), he woke up at 5.00 a.m. to visit the toilet on his own, after which he told me to help him to lie down on the floor. I switched on the fan for him, but he died around 6:30 a.m.”
 
In his tribute, President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, Sani Ndanusa, said Enahoro represented the soul of Nigerian tennis.

“For us, he was more like the soul of Nigerian tennis because of his concentration on junior tennis development, which is the foundation of the game. “We have lost a very important person. It has shaken the tennis family  to  its foundation. We are shocked to the marrow. He was a genuine tennis developer, who had an open heart and open hand. He would be missed,” added Ndanusa.
 
He’s survived by two children, a man and a lady, who live in London, as well as his younger brother, Greg Enahoro.
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Why Buhari was Not Invited to Trump's Inauguration - Presidency Finally Speaks as PDP Insist GEJ was Invited

U.S President-elect, Donald Trump's inauguration will hold later today, and the presidency has reacted to why President Muhammadu Buhari was not invited to the historic event. 
Trump & Buhari
 
Former director of New Media of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Deji Adeyanju took to his Twitter on Thursday, and disclosed that U.S President-elect, Donald Trump has snubbed President Muhammadu Buhari and invited Goodluck Jonathan to the American presidential inauguration slated for later today, Friday, 20th January.
 
In a swift reaction to the above statements and the viral reports making rounds online, the presidential senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, took to his social media account to address the rumours, giving reason why the president was not invited to America for Trump's inauguration.
 
He wrote; "Gentlemen, I think we should respond to refute this falsehood. The US does not invite Heads of State or President to the inauguration of their Presidents. Our President could therefore not have been snubbed."
 
 
We had also reported some hours ago that the outspoken governor, Ayodele Fayose, in a statement, described the non invitation to President Buhari to attend Trump’s inauguration as a clear signal that the president does not enjoy international relevance any more.
 
The governor wondered why the same president, who was a regular visitor to the US under Obama, was today not part of the historic inauguration of a new administration.

“No doubt, something is fundamentally wrong because if there is hope of a future relationship between President Buhari and the new US President, they would have been celebrating his inauguration and would not have allowed Nigerians to hear any other news apart from Buhari going to America. Obviously, Buhari’s junketing to US that gulped $1m per trip, has come to an inglorious end,” Fayose said.
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3-year-old Twins Disappear on Their Way to School in Lagos...What Happened to Them Will Shock You

Two little children who happen to be twins have disappeared from sight on their way to school in Lagos. 
File photo: Commercial motorcycle riders
 
Two children have been whisked to the unknown on their way to school in Lagos by a comercial motorcyclist.
 
The commercial motorcyclist caused panic on Alubarika Street, in the Bariga area of Lagos State after he fled with three-year-old twin brothers, Joseph and Joel Osinaike.
 
Punch Metro reports that the kids’ mother, who lives in the area, had brought them to a bus stop beside a First Bank branch in the community to get a motorcycle that would take them to school.
 
After a few minutes wait at the bus stop, the okada (motorcycle) rider, who was identified as Awaliu Yunusa, stopped to pick the school kids and their mother.
 
It was learnt that Yunusa carried one of the twins and put him on the tank of the motorcycle, while their mother seated the other boy at the back.
 
She was about to climb the motorcycle when Yunusa reportedly zoomed off with the pupils.
 
According to Punch Metro, an eyewitness, who identified himself as Olansile Damola, revealed that the incident happened on Tuesday at about 7.30am.
 
Damola, a shop owner around the bus stop, said about 15 motorcycles went after the suspect after the mother raised the alarm.
 
He said, “Normally, I open shop around 9am, but that day, I came to pick something I forgot in the shop the previous day.

“After I had picked the item, I saw a woman (the twins’ mother) crying and running after a speeding motorcycle, which carried two kids in uniform.

“I sensed that the kids must have been abducted. I quickly shut my shop and begged some okada riders to help to chase him.

“When he observed that they had almost caught up with him, he left the road and headed towards Alubarika Street. The riders continued chasing him until he was caught.”
 
A trader, Mrs. Olabisi Adedayo, said a mob descended on Yunusa and beat him to a pulp before policemen from the Bariga division arrived at the scene.
 
“They beat him to the point that blood was coming out of his ear. He would have been killed if the policemen had not arrived at the scene. While he was fleeing with the kids, he rode the motorcycle with his right hand and used his left to hold the twin brother at the back.

“I was surprised at how he got the confidence to perpetrate such a crime at that time of the day. I think he got what he deserved,” Adedayo added.
 
The suspect was said to have been taken to the Gbagada General Hospital for treatment.
 
A rights group in the community, Child Protection Network, which is following up the case, urged the police to ensure diligent prosecution of the matter to serve as a deterrent to others.
 
The CPN Coordinator in Shomolu, Toyin Oklagogo, said the group had organised a house-to-house sensitisation programme to enlighten parents on the safety of their children.
 
He said, “When the incident came to the notice of the group, I went to the Bariga Police Station and a police officer I met assured me that the case would be properly handled. He said the police command headquarters had already been informed. The suspect should be prosecuted.

“On our part, we usually go to community development associations to sensitise parents to the need to be vigilant. Parents should be conscious of their environment and avoid putting the care of toddlers in the hands of older children. Some people are looking for money by all means.”
 
The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident via a text message.
 
“Yes, I confirm the case. It is under investigation,” the message read.
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Photos of Vicious Attack on a Community in Abakaliki, Properties Destroyed (Photos)

A community in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State has been seriously attacked by neighbouring villages with properties destroyed and residents traumatized. 
One of the destroyed properties
 
On the 13th of January 2017, the people of Azuofia-Edda community of Abakaliki Local Government Area in Ebonyi State while in the comfort of their homes, on a very cold harmattan morning, sleeping, filled with dreams and plans on activities for the day, were attacked by a coalition of villages of Ofomana, Ogwurude (Ekori), Ofonama, Okinbogha, Ogamana, Ovurokponu, Okpechi, Ofenagama, Eja, and Ujitum all in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River state.
 
This attack started by 4am with sporadic shootings from warriors said to have numbered over five hundred, without enough time for the villagers of Azuofia-Edda community to save their lives or properties – they were outnumbered.
 
These aggressors from the aforementioned Obubra villages had travelled over ten kilometres to reach the villages of Azuofia-Edda community.
 
Villagers fleeing their homes reported that amongst the attackers were hired fighters and warriors, native doctors brandishing charms of all kinds and youths of various age groups carrying sophisticated weapons – including machine guns and Kalashnikovs, machetes, axes, motorized saws and petrol etc., with the sole aim of wiping out the villages in Azuofia-Edda community. 
 
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Celebrity Tattooist Confesses to Have Slept with Over 500 Women Who Came to Get a Tattoo (Photo)

A celebrity tattooist has made a shocking revelation to his fans by bragging that he has slept with 500 women. 
Kimindiri with a client
 
A 38-year-old Kenyan professional tattooist identified as Kimindiri has left many people in shock after he confessed to having slept with 500 women. It was gathered that he uses his tattoo business and celebrity status to lure the women.
 
 
He bragged on Twitter by tweeting: "If your girlfriend has ever visited his business to get a tattoo, perhaps he has chewed her, sorry!" 
 
The man claims to have 7 kids and 6 baby mamas.
 
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'My Spirit Goes Out Every Night' - The Story of a Little Girl Used for Satanic Practices Will Leave You Speechless

A little girl involved in satanism has spoken out about how she is being used for dark practices all the time. 
File photo used only for illustrative purpose
 
12 years old South African girl (name withheld) has claimed she has been living with a dark secret in her heart.
 
She is now saying she wants to confess to all the bad things she has done to her family.
 
According to Daily Sun SA, the girl revealed that she is used for satanic practices by someone living in Ivory Park, Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa.
 
The girl, who lives in Sedibeng section, Tembisa, claims she leaves her home in spirit form every night when she is summoned to perform duties as instructed.
 
“They took my spirit when I was younger. They collect me and tell me what they want. They told me I must do sacrifices as my satanic sisters do.”
 
Daily Sun SA reports that the girl's uncle who spoke on the matter, said they got suspicious when they saw her putting her feet in cold water every morning and complaining that she was tired.
 
“She said she was coming from Kempton Park on foot,” said her uncle. "I was surprised by this. We all sleep in the house together and I never heard her leaving the house.”
 
Her older sister said since she confessed, pastors have come around to pray for her and deliver her. However, the young girl has been mysteriously bumped into by cars on two occasions.
 
“She told me twice she was bumped over by a car but was not hurt. I was with her once when it happened. She was bumped into but she was not hurt,” said the girl’s sister.
 
A popular pastor in Tembisa, Daniel Mogotlane said he had worked with all sorts of satanism issues.
 
He said: “I have encountered so many cases of satanism. Each differs from the other. The issue of how demons operate is critical. For each satanistic deed people encounter different unpleasant behaviours. That’s why the girl had to put her feet in a bowl to cool them down.”
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Serious Commotion as Florida Man Threatens to Assassinate Donald Trump

A man from Florida has threatened to kill the President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump. 
President-Elect, Donald Trump
 
A Florida man was being held in jail on Wednesday after police said he threatened in a video message on Twitter to kill President-elect Donald Trump.
 
Dominic Joseph Puopolo confessed to Miami Beach police detectives that he made the online threat on Monday, according to an arrest report provided by police.
 
"This is the 16th of January 2017," police said the post read. "I will be at the review/inauguration and I will kill President Trump, President elect Trump today."
 
Officers arrested Puopolo after he left a sandwich shop on Tuesday, his 51st birthday, police records show. Puopolo, who said he was disabled and homeless, was charged with threatening to harm a public servant.
 
Trump's inauguration will be held on Friday in Washington.
 
A Miami-Dade judge on Wednesday ordered a mental evaluation for Puopolo before a bond decision is made, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported.
 
Jail records did not list a lawyer for Puopolo.
 
-Reuters
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Controversial Church Banner Spotted in Abuja Leaves People in Total Shock (Photo)

If this photo is anything to go by, then this is a huge shame, as a church poster has caused a stirred with its controversial fees for consultations. 
 
A social media user, Kitty Udu, has taken to her Instagram page to share a photograph of a hilarious Church banner she spotted in the federal capital territory, Abuja.
 
According to the controversial image, a church was seen listing in its banner, various fees payable for different consultations. The controversial banner has attracted condemnation from several Nigerians who have found it very appalling that a church will charge such fees for consultation.
 
According to the banner, Personal liberation attracts a fee of N100, while quick marriage fee is N1000.
 
The most surprising on the list is the fees payable by countries inviting the 'man of God', Oracle General Christopher Chinedu Eze for prophetic predictions for a fee of 100million pounds.
 
From the above photo, it is likely believable that many miracles being performed in the 'end time' churches are staged and fake, orchestrated by so-called men of God, who popular OAP, Daddy Freeze, always refers to as 'Yahoo Pastors'.
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

So Hilarious! Read How a Lady's Attempt to Use a Big Sextoy Went Awfully Wrong When Her Grandmother Walked in on Her

A young lady has narrated how her grand-mother passed out after catching her using a massive dildo to pleasure herself inside a room. 
Sextoys (Photo: Getty images)
 
A young girl's attempt to pleasure herself after she bought a massive dildo and decided to try it out when she was home alone, has gone awfully wrong as she is currently in pains.
 
In a revealing Facebook post, she narrated how her grandma came home and walked into the scene where she was pleasuring herself with the dildo, resulting in multiple catastrophes, and immediately she passed out.
 
Below is how she narrated her shocking story;
 
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Dead Bodies to Be Frozen Then Woken Up: The Details Behind This Futuristic Science Will Shock You

Science which has indeed taken over our contemporary world is set to move towards making groundbreaking innovations in Cryonics study. 
 
Scientists are edging closer to a reality that once existed only in science-fiction – the ability to cryonically freeze and reawaken human beings.
 
In understanding the science behind the futuristic concept, it is important to understand the difference between cryonics and cryogenics.
 
Cryonics refers to the process by which an already-dead person’s body is preserved in the hope that they can be brought back to life and cured of their illness in the future.
 
Cryogenics is a field of study focused on the preservation of materials – or objects, including human bodies – through low temperatures.
 
Today, however, the terms are often used interchangeably.
 
Sci-fi films – such as the recently released Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as shown in the above short clip – often depict the treatment as quick and effortless, leaving out large parts of the gory reality.
 
But a short video goes some way to explaining the fascinating, if not somewhat disgusting, process behind cryopreservation.
 
Once the person is declared dead, a response team races to the body in order to keep the blood flowing around the person as quickly as possibly to avoid any further damage.
 
The cadaver is then cooled in an ice bath before chemicals are injected to help avoid blood clotting and brain damage.
 
Once the body reaches the cryonics facility, it is further cooled until just above zero degrees before the blood is drained and replaced with “organ preservation fluid”.
 
America, along with Russia, are the only two countries in the world home to such a facility.
 
The body’s blood vessels are then injected with a cryoprotectant solution to avoid the formation of ice crystals in the vital organs before the corpse is cooled to -130C.
 
At this point the body is ready to be stored, lowered into a tank of liquid nitrogen at a chilly -196C.
 
Despite the treatment being commercially available to the general public – with prices soaring up to £52,000 – scientists have yet to make the crucial breakthrough allowing humans to be “defrosted” and revived.
 
And the news doesn’t sound good for those already in storage.
 
"We have many different organs and we know from research into preserving transplant organs that even if it were possible to successfully cryopreserve them, each would need to be cooled at a different rate and with a different mixture and concentration of cryoprotectants,” said Prof Ken Storey, from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
 
"Even if you only wanted to preserve the brain, it has dozens of different areas, which would need to be cryopreserved using different protocols."
 
Cryobiologist Dr Dayong Gao from the University of Washington, Seattle, added: "Even if you manage to limit the damage from cryoprotectants, the question remains of how they would be safely removed.

"The body could easily fracture like glass during warming due to thermal stress.”
 
*****
Via Daily Star UK
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Beyonce and Other Top Singers to March Against Donald Trump

The growing number of celebrities who are against Donald Trump have continued to increase as Beyonce pledges to march against the President-elect. 
American singer, Beyonce
 
Beyoncé showed her support for the post-inauguration, anti-Trump Women’s March in a Facebook post.
 
“Together with Chime for Change, we raise our voices as mothers, artists, and as activists,” she wrote.
 
The rally will take place in Washington, D.C. and other cities around the world.
 
Chime for Change, a global campaign Beyoncé cofounded aims to empower women and is an official partner with the Saturday’s event.
 
“As #GlobalCitizens, we can make our voices heard and turn awareness into meaningful action and positive change.”
 
The Women’s March takes place the day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
 
The march was organized in response to his misogynistic and prejudicial rhetoric he used throughout his campaign.
 
Groups that feel attacked by Trump’s derogatory remarks include: women, Mexican-Americans Muslim citizens and members and allies of the LGBTQIA community.
 
Artists like Katy Perry, Cher, Zendaya, Madonna and more have not only publicly supported the efforts of the Women’s March but will also be in attendance at the event, which begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW.
 
At press time, there are 616 sister marches on record that will take place across the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
 
Beyoncé’s show of support follows one of the most vocally political periods in her career.
 
The singer infused the rhetoric and ideologies of the Black Lives Matter movement into her visual album Lemonade, which featured the mothers of slain black men like Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
 
At the Super Bowl, her back-up dancers dressed in Black Panthers-inspired gear.
 
Just prior to the election, she performed at a rally in support of the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
 
-Rolling Stone/NAN
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Linda Ikeji All Smiles as Her Sister, Laura Marries Kanu Nwankwo's Brother, Ogbonna in Lagos (Photos)

Laura Ikeji, the younger sister of celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji, has on Thursday morning officially gotten married to Kanu Ogbonna. 
The young couple
 
Linda Ikeji's younger sister, Laura Ikeji, has today, January 19, 2017, officially tied the knot with her fiance, Ogbonna Kanu, at the Ikoyi marriage registry in Lagos.
 
Recall that we had reported some weeks ago that Laura was proposed to with an engagement ring last month by Ogbonna, who is a younger brother to Nigerian football legend, Kanu Nwankwo.
 
Pictures of the couple at the Ikoyi Federal Marriage Registry in Lagos were shared on social media moments ago by Sandra Ikeji.
 
“Behold the newest couple in town Mr and Mrs Kanu,” Sandra captioned the photos on her Instagram account.
 
Self acclaimed richest blogger in Africa, Linda Ikeji also took to her blog and wrote; "My amazing younger sister, Laura Ikeji, got married at the Ikoyi Registry this morning Jan. 19th to her man, Ogbonna Kanu, who is the younger brother of legendary footballer Kanu Nwankwo.
 
"She's now officially Mrs Laura Kanu. That's all of us her siblings (except the eldest who lives in the US) in the photo minus the guy standing next to me who stood as Ogbonna's best man. Congrats to my darling sister!"
 
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The Loneliness is too Much - High Ranking Catholic Priests Demand End to Celibacy Rule... See Details

Some Catholic priests from Germany have called for an end to celibacy in an open letter, addressing the isolation many priests face, in review of their years as clergy. 
File photo (Image: dw.com)
 
A group of 11 retired high-ranking Catholic priests is causing a stir across Germany with their request to abolish celibacy. The men are part of a group of clerics who were ordained in 1967 in Cologne - a city considered both a Catholic stronghold and one of Germany's most progressive and gay-friendly cities.  
 
Among the men is Franz Decker, a retired priest who for over a decade led the Catholic Relief Service in Cologne. "We believe that requiring that every man who becomes a priest to remain celibate is not acceptable. We think, every Catholic should be allowed to choose if they would rather be celibate or not, regardless of whether they want to work as priests or not - just like in the Protestant Church or the Orthodox church, really, every church but the Catholic Church," Decker told DW. 
 
A high toll on many priests
 
Decker and his friends argue that while celibacy might make for a good way of life for priests who live in communal monasteries, like many clergy used to, most modern priests often live by themselves and have little spiritual awakening to gain from church-imposed solitude and often suffer from the seclusion.
 
The demand to abolish the century-old tradition is part of an open letter published at the wake of the golden anniversary of Decker and his colleagues as catholic priests. In the letter, they list a number of suggestions on how the Catholic Church could modernize itself to combat the fact that "questions of God are no longer relevant to many people in this country," including other demands seen as progressive bordering on radical by many within the church, such as lifting the ban of women as priests.
 
'The experience of loneliness'
 
The 11 clergymen are hardly the first to call for an end to the celibacy for Catholic priests, worldwide or in Germany. But the open letter is unusually candid in the toll celibacy takes on priests themselves:
 
"What moves us is the experience of loneliness: As elderly people who are unmarried because our office required this from us, we feel it vividly on some days after 50 years on the job… We agreed to this clerical life because of our jobs, but we didn't choose it."
 
Celibacy - the requirement that a priest refrain from marriage and any type of sexual relationship - has long been controversial in the Catholic church. The ban on marriage for men of God was introduced in the middle ages, arguably in part for practical reasons to assure that priests would bequeath their belongings to the church, rather than a male heir. 
 
There are no passages in the bible that explicitly require celibacy from priests, though there are both passages that encourage celibacy above all else and passages that promote marriage as the ideal lifestyle. In their letter, the 11 priests quote a passage from the bible that says "a bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife."
 
Source: DW.com
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Arewa President Blasts Buhari for Giving Juicy Appointments to Southerners

A northern leader has shown his annoyance as he condemned the President's decision to appoint southerners to juicy political positions. 
President Muhammadu Buhari
 
President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to give “juicy” portfolios to Southerners at the expense of Northerners.
 
He said this in an interview with Daily Sun reporters.
 
Yerima is angry why the President appointed former Lagos State Governor, Bababatunde Fashola to head three ministries and ex-Rivers State Governor, who also heads two Ministries.
 
He further lambasted Northern leaders for improverishing the people and failing to rescue them from abject poverty.
 
Speaking with The Sun, Yerima said, “This is very true. Overtime, history has shown that the northerners are only good in grabbing power and playing politics but at the end, they do not know what they do with the power, and it is the southerners they appointed that are ultimate beneficiaries of the power, as they use it to empower and encourage their people in their regions. Out of 56 years of independence, the North has been in power for about 38 years, while the Yoruba and few others held on to power for that remaining years.
 
“Despite all that you can see the level of poverty in the North, the number of uneducated people, obvious lack of development and the poor infrastructure in the North.
 
“The northerner wants to get power by all means not because he has a programme to benefit his people.
 
“The Northern brothers who have been there didn’t do anything for their people, and that is why the level of poverty is still very high in the North, and the same thing is going on now.
 
“We were thinking that it was an opportunity to empower our people but that is not what we are seeing. All the juicy appointments are given to the South; you see one person from the South West holding three juicy portfolios rolled into one, secondly another person from the South South is given two juicy portfolios rolled into one. I’m talking about former Lagos State governor, Raji Fashola and also former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amechi. Are there no northerners or other Nigerians who could manage those offices?
 
“Almost everything is in the South, while our brother is only at the top. Even at that, they could not allow him to rest, as there is confusion from everywhere to distract him so that he doesn’t know what is happening.
 
“It is only him that is doing the fight against corruption, and corruption is fighting back. With these confusion from everywhere, the tenure may end and there may not be much he achieved.
 
“If he doesn’t make changes and bring people on board to help him, his case may be worse than that of Jonathan. I’m sorry about that.
 
“At the end of the day, we have brothers who want to have power without any blueprint on how to help our people to come out of backwardness. Even as we have a brother who is at the top, our level of poverty in the North has multiplied if not tripled. Criminality in the Northern part of the country has taken a high dimension. Kidnapping which was alien to us has become the order of the day. Armed robbery is another issue, as most people in the North hardly sleep with both eyes closed, but those in the South are sleeping comfortably.
 
“Could it be the issue with Nigerian leadership, remember that when former President Jonathan returned home on May 29, 2015, he said he thought his people would stone him because he didn’t do anything for them, even the road leading to his house wasn’t done
 
“He was able to empower his people who never had anything before. Today, they are well to do. If directly he didn’t do anything to his people, those he empowered can do something for their people. Some of his people who were our contemporaries or our boys are big boys now and doing very well and helping their communities. What happened to our own case?”
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