[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] - Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has warned of the death of a prominent politician due to ‘heated up’ politics in the wake of the closely fought Nigerian elections. “I am seeing Nigerians heating up politics,” the cleric told his congregation at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday 29th March 2015.
“Wednesday and Thursday of this coming week and next week, make sure you fast and pray,” Joshua stated just before the close of his church service at 7pm in a message broadcast live via Christian television station Emmanuel TV.
“They will heat up politics and a great man among the politicians will likely lose his life… I am seeing this kind of thing happening in the night,” he stated, calling on congregants to take heed of his message and maintain ‘an attitude of prayer’ on the days specified in order to ‘save souls’.
Earlier in the service, Joshua reminded congregants of a prophetic message he had shared last year concerning a ‘dark cloud’ hovering over Nigeria. “Well, we can see God’s hand; God is beginning to remove the cloud,” he declared to the delight of attendees.
Explaining what the ‘cloud’ represented, Joshua stated that it meant a situation whereby two political parties would declare themselves as election winners, leading to a state of ‘lawlessness’.
“Whoever wins the race, let us put Nigeria first – the nation first,” he stressed. “The dark cloud I saw last year was two declarations - but I can see the finger of God. Thank you for your prayers.”
The controversial cleric also implored Nigerians to shun violence and consider the nation and its future first. “There is a difference between your faith and politics,” he told his audience and television viewers.
“Don’t play politics as if it is your faith. ‘Do or die’ is not politics. Politics is a game. When you lose, you say, ‘Thank You, Jesus’; when you win, you say, ‘Thank You, Jesus’.”
He specifically called on Nigerians, especially the youth, to resist the temptation to be ‘used’ by the political class to incite violence or cause bloodshed. “Take care of yourself and don’t allow yourself to be used,” he warned.
“Your future and the future of this nation – Jesus will ask you to give account. What we are doing now is for generations yet unborn. Don’t trade this future for money, thuggery or corruption.”
Joshua also predicted the capture of an international terrorist. “A criminal they have been looking for, for many years, who has been terrorising the world - I am seeing him being caught and displayed to the world on international media,” he announced.
Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ), freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
*Photo Caption - T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of the Abia Central senatorial seat held last Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor Orji polled a total of 65,653 votes to defeat other contenders.
Ahamdi Nweke of the All progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 46,070 votes to place second.
Iheanacho Obioma of the APC scored 10,204 votes;Daniel Nnanna of the Labour party got 351 votes;Onyekwere Chris of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) 1,429;Chuks Chimereze of the UDP 591 and Enyinnaya Agu of the UPP 289.
Announcing the result of the election at the Umuahia North Local LGA Headquarters, the senatorial collating officer, Prof. Innocent Aja Okoro also announced Sam Onuigbo of the PDP as winner of the Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency.
*Photo Caption - Governor Chief Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Garba Shehu reports ] - As you may know, a recording of Lt. General Dambazau has been released today, in which he speaks harshly of the APC and its elections campaign. The General would like to comment on this publication as follows: “I was recorded in a private conversation and during a time of distress. I would like to apologise for my words. My apology goes to all members of the APC, and especially to his excellency, Major General Buhari.”
The APC’s leadership asks to concentrate all efforts on the elections, and this matter will be dealt with at a proper time in the future.
Garba Shehu ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Lt. General Dambazau
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Below are Election results update compiled from Masterweb Reporters on the ground in Nigeria, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcements, and the general public in Nigeria-(may be truthful, biased or false). Nigerians today vote in their fifth presidential and national assembly elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. The two foremost contenters in today's presidential election are President Goodluck Jonathan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag-bearer and General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), presidential flag-bearer of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). Both candidates say they are committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria. Nine other parties - ADC, APA, CPP, HOPE, KOWA, NCP, PPN, UDP and UPP are also fielding candidates in the election. The general public can contact us (or text us) at +1 4148070329( from Nigeria dialed 00914148070329 ) with election news in your area; please include the time of the occurrence of the news item. ........ Click for Nigeria 2015 Presidential Election Results Live Report.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - This is to bring it to the attention of the general public that Masterweb (Nigeria / Africa Masterweb) as an independent and privately funded news media has not endorsed any Nigerian politician running for elective office in the 2015 polls. We have neither endorsed any party nor member of any political party, campaign organization or pressure group.
Nigerians are encouraged to vote their conscience, that is, voting for candidates they believe will serve the best interest of the people. In today's presidential election people should vote whom they believe would lead Nigeria best without religious nor ethnic bias.
Stay tuned here on Masterweb for live coverage of today's presidential election.
*Photo Caption - President Jonathan (PDP Presidential Candidate) and General Buhari(rtd.) (APC Presidential Candidate) campaign posters.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - On 10th February 2015, the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) wrote your respected public offices including the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and excluding the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police. The referenced letter was titled: Healing The Wounds Of Aborted Scientific Rigging Of 2015 General Polls In Nigeria: What Your Respected Authorities Must Do. The letter follows shift in the dates of the 2015 general polls from 14th and 28th February to 28th March and 11th April 2015 owing to security concerns in the Northeast and INEC’s unpreparedness, particularly as it concerns gross lopsided distribution of PVCs to registered voters in Nigeria. On 15th March 2015 (updated), we wrote the Chairman of INEC and the letter was titled: Consequences Of Importing Ethnic Cleansing Into The Distribution Of Permanent Voters’ Cards In Nigeria. Copies of the latter were sent to the trio of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Chief of Defense Staff and the Director General of SSS (DSS). Copies of the said letter are hereby attached for the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police. All the referenced letters have been successfully delivered to........ Read More.
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - President Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned the Phase 1, 504WM simple cycle gas Alaoji power station Abia State with a promise to commission the second phase in no distant time.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of the project, President Jonathan said that power is key to development especially to the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
He stated that the focus of his administration is to support and encourage MSMEs, adding that for them to thrive they need constant power supply.
President Jonathan thanked Abia State government for working in partnership with the federal government and the Rockson engineering company to realize the project.
Governor Theodore Orji in his speech thanked the President for putting in his vigour to realize the project,especially assisting the state overcome the menace of kidnapping which at a time stalled the project.
He told President Jonathan that the state has made available land for the erection of an estate for the staff of the power plant and urged him to assist in erecting the structure.
Governor Orji assured the president that Abia will show him gratitude by voting en- masse for him in Saturday’s election.
In his speech, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo who disclosed that the Alaoji power plant is the 4th out of the 10 plants being built across the country to be commissioned, expressed optimism that the rest will be commissioned before the end of the year.
According to him, the country currently generates 5500 MW of power from the initial 3000 in addition to 300 power projects completed by the Rural Electricity Agency which are ready for commissioning and pointed out that the Alaoji power project will ginger up industrialization as well as create job and wealth.
Also, the Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd., Mr. James Olotu said that the Alaoji power plant on completion will provide1074 MW of power, adding that the balance of equipment needed for the job will soon be ready.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] - Prophet T.B. Joshua addressed several pertinent issues during his church service on Sunday 22nd March 2015, especially while ministering prophetic messages to congregants.
“There is a crown in your family but all the females cannot settle down,” the Nigerian cleric ‘prophesied’ to a member of his congregation in a service broadcast live on Emmanuel TV. “No single person has a husband. Those who have – after two to three months, they have a divorce.” Perplexed, the attractive young lady affirmed the message, adding that this predicament was the reason of her visiting Joshua’s church known as The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).
“That shows that beauty or handsomeness cannot solve this problem,” Joshua stated, turning to the congregation. Waxing philosophical, he continued, “This is to tell you that when it is time to dress, make-up, take your bath and eat, it is time to hurry. Those things have little to do with your future. Don’t waste your time on what cannot guarantee your future; your mirror keeps deceiving you.”
Continuing in his prophetic messages, Joshua revealed another lady was depressed and lonely despite her outward beauty. “A beautiful woman without God is an ugly woman,” the cleric explained before praying for the lady who had travelled from Sweden to the church service.
Earlier on in the service, Joshua relayed some practical tips for businessmen in his sermon dealing with the importance of both confession and belief. “It is what you believe that translates in the life you live,” he stated. “You will never ever succeed in any business unless you really believe in that business. You must believe the product you are promoting,” he added.
Joshua bemoaned the fact that most people don’t actually believe in the job they are doing, hence their swiftness to abandon it when trouble comes and their tendency to be a ‘jack of all trades’, oftentimes holding multiple business cards.
“Today, we promote products we don’t believe in,” he surmised. “How do we know? Eventually your doubt will surface when crisis comes.”
Referring to his own controversial sojourn in the ministry, Joshua added, “If I were not constant in my career, I would abandon Synagogue and become an accountant! If I don’t believe what I am doing, I will close this church and look for another business out there - because of crisis… Crisis should not lead to abandonment or separation. Real faith flourishes on a test.”
Citing another example, Joshua also related his message to marriage. “If you confess, ‘My wife is beautiful’ – it does not mean you actually love her. If there is crisis, you may abandon her, especially if you see someone who is more beautiful”.
The cleric further reiterated his call for prayers for Nigeria in lieu of his prediction last week about an impending plane crash, stressing that Monday 23rd March should especially be observed. He noted that he had ‘spent the night’ at a ‘prayer mountain’ to intercede for the avoidance of the calamity.
Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ), a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
*Photo Caption - Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) headquarters.
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Rising from a series of plenary sessions and after careful deliberation and review of all candidates, we the Sovereign National Party and the party of Nigeria’s youth hereby indubitably declare our full support for the candidacy of retired General Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Yemi Osinbajo for the posts of President and Vice respectively in the upcoming presidential elections.Nigeria’s youth have chosen Integrity and Wisdom for 2015.
While postponing our plans as a party to directly represent ourselves as youth at all levels of national politics, a decision we reluctantly took as a result of witch-hunting by the present government and the sudden 10-fold increment in party registration fees imposed to affront our appearance on the political scene, we recognize that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket is the only feasible ticket that holds hope for Nigeria’s next generation and the promise of a free and fair electoral platform for the full participation of all Nigerians and the nation’s youth in 2019 and beyond.
In the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket we see an opportunity for Nigeria to recover coveted state assets in the hands of the cabal. We see a chance for Nigerian youth to be gainfully employed. We see the repositioning of Nigeria in the world scene. In this ticket we are convinced that our youth will no longer be employed only as political thugs and terrorists but will reap the value of their humanity and have their numbers applied meaningfully to the growth of Nigeria as equal opportunity share holders.
The Sovereign National Party supports the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket based on the record of performance of these two individuals. We carefully reviewed the record of the General and are decided that the General should return. We trust the capacity of Attorney and Pastor Osinbajo as a capable Vice and next in command to the General in times of his absence or other indisposition. We see in these two candidates immense compassion, intelligence, wisdom and a record of humanistic achievement.
The Sovereign National Party calls on all Nigeria’s youth to lead today by making and defending the right choice for Nigeria; a choice of repair, recovery and progress; a choice to move Nigeria forward, out of the hands of looters of its treasury and dignity; to choose Buhari/Osinbajo. Our wise elder Muhammadu Buhari promises to create the opportunity for today and tomorrow’s youth. Let us not let him down and we are assured he will not let us down.
We urge peaceful conduct during and after the elections. We urge the youth to utilize technology to monitor the electoral process, capturing pictures and video.
We urge all candidates to adhere to the Abuja peace accord and condemn those who have already advocated violence and intimidated Nigerians by sponsoring demonstrations by armed thugs in our major cities.
We urge the Nigerian youth to stand by to work with the Buhari/Osinbajo administration as partners in the New Nigerian Project. We assure Nigeria’s youth that your party, the SNP will always monitor our elected officials and will be the first to condemn politicians when they deviate from their promises.
We thank you for standing by.
*Photo Caption - General Muhammadu Buhari
[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain) reports ] - The emergence of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as the PDP flag bearer for the government house of Abia state has a divine connotation. Most great leaders of the Bible time and in the world have always passed through the low ebb of their society as a preparatory ground, and emerged from the rubbles and dust to glory. The likes of Jesus, Moses, Joseph, and in the modern time, Mandela and Obama went through the rungs as a preparatory ground to acquaint them with the suffering and needs of the people and the down trodden masses they would lead.
According to the lyrics of the song by Bette Midler, “from a distance the world looks blue and green and the snow capped mountains white…God is watching us.” But in the case of Abia, the world did not look blue and green; rather the land looked black, gloomy, and was covered with filth, dirt and refuse. And God was watching the reaction of every Abia person dwelling under the inhuman condition and environment. An environment the deadly Ebola, was scared to enter knowing full well that the filth in Aba and its environs were more dangerous and deadlier than Ebola itself. Aba and Abians groped under the now giant of a cemetery known as Enyimba city before.
The parable of the Good Samaritan tells a story of a man who was robbed of everything he had and beaten to a state of coma, abandoned to die in a treacherous, windy and favorite hideout for robbers and thieves. The priests and scribes whom by nature of their positions were supposed to have compassion and to help others showed no love or compassion for the man by failing to help him. They turned their eyes elsewhere and passed on the other side of the road so as not to get involved. Aba and Abia state was in that condition. The rich and those who were in position to help, among them are those who are scrambling to occupy the seat of the government house now, non saw the need to help before now. But someone decided to do the odd job without minding. The Good Samaritan saw only a person in dire need of assistance and went beyond common decency and decorum to assist him.
Okezie Ikpeazu, like the Good Samaritan, and Jesus who chose to wash the feet of his disciples, stripped himself of his position in the ivory tower, and picked up his broom, shovel and truck to sweep and carry the garbage for the people. “But among you it will be different; whoever wants to be a leader among must be your servant” Mathew 20: 26. Okezie saw Abia in need and humbly offered to serve the people by becoming a street sweeper, a menial and unattractive job many would not like to do. It takes a man with a humble disposition, discipline, patience ,tolerance and love, which are ingredients and qualities a good leader should have to do that. The things men do tells about them and speaks for them.
While Okezie Ikpeazu became like “onye eburu”, (night soil man) sweeping the streets of Aba and environs under rain and sun, and carrying the dung and refuse for the rich and poor while others were enjoying the posh comfort of their offices and homes, God was watching from a distance. Just like Moses and David great leaders after God’s own heart were prepared in the bush for years as shepherds taking care of sheep in the wilderness. Like Moses, Okezie received and obtained the best education, training and preparation that Nigerian Universities could offer. In terms of education, he is sound and well tutored, having a doctorate degree in Biochemical Pharmacology. Armed with that, and as is akin to Nigerians, many would have thought he would have set his eyes only on juicy and plum jobs befitting his status.
Okezie refused and ran from what the vast majority of people and his contemporaries spend their lives trying to attain riches and fame. He gave up pleasures, treasures and self pride because of love for his people. From the ivory tower, Okezie watched and saw his own Abia people living in a slump. He saw the rot, decay and refuse in Aba and environs. Something stirred within Okezie, like the American philosophy that says, don’t ask what America will do for you, but what you will do for America. He became aware that Abia is his own state and he has a duty to perform for his people. He decided to do the odd job and became a street sweeper. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “A great man is always willing to be little”.
From a distance, God was watching and observed how Ikpeazu carefully, lovingly and humbly was sweeping the streets for Abians to enable them enjoy a better life. God in his tradition of judging men from heart and not from outward disposition approved Okezie Ikpeazu as the kind of servant He needed to take charge of Abia state. Okezie Ikpeazu’s story fits in the Biblical portion that says, “He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honour. 1 Samuel 2:8.
Ikpeazu is a man of the people, with a humble spirit, approachable and gives a listening ear to people. A colleague who had a meeting with him, reported that he was highly impressed with the kind welcome and respect he accorded to him even without knowing him. His aides welcomed him cordially and offered him cola. Okezie greeted him as father when he came to meet him, not knowing who he is. And he gave him a very warm welcome when he disclosed his identity and status. An attitude contrary to his contemporaries who are already playing God before the people they are aspiring to lead could see them. An egg that will hatch into a cock could be spotted from day one.
From all indications, Okezie is set to harmonize the state of things in Abia, and the signs are already echoing through the land. There is the voice of hope, there is the voice of peace and it is the voice and wish of every Abian. Abians, Okezie has played the Good Samaritan to you before now like Moses from prince to pauper for your sake. “He who sacrifices a whole offering shall be rewarded for a whole offering; he who offers a burnt offering shall have the reward of a burnt offering. But he who offers humility to God and man shall be rewarded with a reward as if he has offered all the sacrifices in the world”. The Talmud. Abians, this is the time to reward Okezie for his service and humility.
With Okezie, the state of Abia will look blue and green, and with him the ocean will meet the stream, and the eagle will take to flight in Abia. With Okezie, Abians will sing a new song, songs of peace, songs of hope and the voice of peace and love will be the voice of every Abian. Diseases will not have a place to dwell as the dirt, dung, and refuse will not occupy the land. Abians will be an instrument marching in a common band, playing songs of hope and peace for our children. There will be a new song in the lip of every Abia man.
Abians like Moses, God has sent a man after His own heart to you, embrace him and you will sing the Lords song in God’s own state.
*Photo Caption - Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu