[ Masterweb Reports ] - There are critics that say Prophet T. B. Joshua, leader and founder of Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) is not genuine but fake. In the first video below, former devotees of SCOAN level wide range of accusations against him including deceitful healing, fornication, sexual abuse, hypocrisy and........ Click to Read More & Watch Videos.
*Photo Caption - Prophet T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] - On Sunday 14th April 2014, Prophet T.B. Joshua played to his congregation and Emmanuel TV viewers worldwide shocking footage captured by security cameras of the horrific moment a guest-house collapsed within the church premises.
Joshua, speaking to a packed auditorium of worshippers seemingly undeterred by the tragic incident that transpired days earlier, began by thanking officials involved in the extensive rescue operation, as well as supporters worldwide for their prayers.
He then recounted the events that preceded the building collapse at exactly 12:44pm on Friday afternoon. “I know this is not the right time to talk,” the cleric started. “I will just say a little because I don’t want to interfere with the job of security personnel.”
Joshua narrated how on Friday morning at approximately 8am, he left the ‘prayer mountain’ where he ‘lives’ to return to the church, only to be alerted by phone that “there was a jet hovering, moving around at very close range at the mountain which I had just left.”
Shortly afterwards, he was informed the plane in question was flying dangerously low over a particular building within the church premises. “We are going to show you the video,” he then announced.
Church members reacted with gasps of shock and disbelief as a video containing security footage of the ‘strange airplane’ and its multiple flights was shown, followed by the building collapse in less than three seconds of horror.
Joshua went on to state that after thirty years residing in Ikotun, Lagos, he had never witnessed an incident of this nature. “This is to tell you we have a stable terrain in this area. I have been in this community for the past 30 years and no building has collapsed,” he insisted.
He went on to assure congregants that no effort was being spared in rescuing the victims of the tragedy. “As a minister of the Gospel, our first priority is life – life saving,” he stated. “There is no compromise in what we do at all. I am going to leave this for you to judge.”
He then released a warning that another similar incident would occur within the country if proper precautions were not observed. “Let us believe, educate our people and be alert. Why? So that our country will not witness a similar incident in another place.”
Seeming to speak the minds of congregants, Joshua went on, “I know you will ask me – why Synagogue? Don’t forget the spiritual blessing that God has bestowed on us? A big head wears a large hat.”
He proceeded to decry the attitude people had exhibited towards a much-publicised confession of an alleged Boko Haram member in The SCOAN in March 2014. “No matter how long a lie is sustained, truth will someday prevail,” the cleric admonished. “We should remember the militant that came with his group to this church with a bomb. Upon televising it, they said it was a lie – but later discovered it to be true. The case is still with the security.”
He added that the multiple rumours peddled about Ebola victims dying at The SCOAN and the alleged ‘salt-water’ cure ascribed to him that went viral were all attacks against the church. “They were trying to scare you from coming to this church. Don’t be scared – you are not the target, I am the target.”
Joshua stated however that his ‘job’ on earth was still unfinished. “I knew my hour had not yet come. I have not yet finished my job.”
He reminded congregants of a message he had given several weeks earlier that the last few months of 2014, which he had already termed ‘The Year Of Crossing The Bridge’, would contain tragic and calamitous events as if ‘it were 10 years’. He declared that in the midst of the unfortunate incident, “God is on top of the matter”.
Joshua then stated that Divine judgement would befall the perpetrators of the attack. “I want to assure you that our God will get back to them – the agents of satan,” he authoritatively declared.
Joshua went on to shock congregants the more by reading out a message he had received concerning another foiled Boko Haram plot against The SCOAN. “Man of God, my name is Emmanuel,” the message stated. “I have a confession to make. I want to give my life to Jesus Christ. I am a Boko Haram member. I came to SCOAN to plant a bomb but could not do it because of the God who called you. I went back to Jos with the bomb which I still have with me now.”
“The reason I am showing you this is for you to know the God you are serving,” Joshua explained. “God wants to reveal to you what He has been doing that you don’t know about,” he continued, adding that he knows ‘faithless’ attendees may likely stop visiting his church.
Joshua concluded by saluting the ‘martyrs’ who lost their lives in the tragic incident, describing them as people of faith who ‘knew the God they are serving’.
He insisted that truth would prevail amidst the conflicting reports arising concerning the cause of the building’s collapse. “Right from the beginning of my life, people have been lying but they still come back to the truth. That is a good life – for people to lie against you first before they realise the truth. Here I am – I leave it for you to judge. I am a prophet. The security have a job to do.”
Ihechukwu Njoku, a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
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*Photo Caption - Prophet T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports ] - It has come to the notice of the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded plans to embark on the creation of additional polling units of 30,029 for Nigerian electorates. Using the existing six geopolitical zonal arrangement, the Commission says it would allocate 21, 615 polling units to the north and 8, 414 to the south. The total figures were further broken down per geopolitical zone as follows: Northwest 7,909 polling units, North-central 6, 318 polling units, Northeast 5, 291 polling units, Southwest 4, 160 polling units, South/south 3,087 polling units and Southeast 1, 167 polling units. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is to be given 1, 120 polling units. The Commission has gone further to give reasons why the creation of the additional polling units is necessary as well as justification of its distribution formula. Having carefully listened to the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and critically analyzed the contents of his Press Conference in response to wide criticisms trailing the proposed exercise, we write to your important public offices to reject in its entirety the said proposed exercise. Our rejection of the exercise under reference hugely has to........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Nigerians casting their vote in an election.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Igbos in Valencia Spain recently organized a colorful cultural carnival on August 23, 2014 in the city of Valencia Spain. The festival which was organized by the Igbo Union in Valencia was used to display a variety of Igbo cultural dances. The event which was a delight to watch attracted many Igbo personalities in Spain, Europe and Nigeria. The highlight of the occasion were the children presentation in Igbo language, the scintillating Abriba war dance of Abia state in Valencia which held the guests spell bound with their wonderful display. Other groups that performed in the occasion include........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Amb. Bianca Ojukwu poses with others in a group photo at the carnival.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Ndigbo In Wisconsin, Inc. (NIWI) is a non-profit, cultural association of Nigerians of Igbo extraction residing in Wisconsin, USA. The association has been in existence for sixteen years without an audit of its account. Efforts to audit its account in the past amidst accusations of misappropriation/embezzlement of funds, unleashed the wrath of certain group and was never carried out. Members of the group would hound, shake-up and threaten anybody calling for audit. This is how serious it was. Chief Charles O. Okereke, Masterweb CEO/Founder and a member of the association was one of those that withstood the intimidation by the group opposed to an audit. He consistently........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Emeka Uduh (aka Chukwuemeka Uduh)
[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Security & International Justice: Onitsha Nigeria September 7, 2014)-“The fundamental role of a third party negotiator in any violent conflict lies in the confines of neutrality and confidentiality. This includes his or her ability not to be bought over or compromised as well as having his or her efforts not politicized or hijacked and blown out of proportion by a biased interested party”-Emeka Umeagbalasi (Board Chair of Intersociety & a Criminologist).
In Criminology & Security Studies, asymmetric conflict strategy includes a resort to unconventional weaponry (including media propaganda and campaign of calumny) by a party that feels inferior or weaker against its opponent to gain a strategic advantage in real or perceived conflict. In modern warfare, it is a resort to the application of any kind of unconventional method including suicide attacks, mass killings, rape, torture, kidnapping, etc against a conventional body, which is usually stronger than the unconventional war method applicator. A typical example of an unconventional war outfit in Nigeria is the Boko Haram insurgent terror group and a typical example of non-military asymmetric warfare outfits in the country are the sponsors and sympathizers of the Boko Haram terror group and other ethno-religious butchers and butcheries in the country including the Islamist Fulani terror brigade and its ethno-religious killing spree in recent times.
In the same critical field of securitization studies, “strawmen” are those recruited or hired and paid by a party in ethno-religious, military or political conflict and secretly deplored in its opponent’s camp to study its opponent’s strengths and weaknesses in the context of issues under contention for the purpose of gaining a target advantage. These “strawmen” can be freshly recruited or converted in their lines of duty. By simplification, an official of the antagonist’s opponent can be hijacked and converted into a “strawman”, so also a third party negotiator, who can be recruited and implanted or hijacked and converted under heavy inducement or threats. We are compelled to submit that Dr. Stephen Davies wears the toga of a “strawman” for the sponsors and sympathizers of butchery insurgencies in Nigeria.
In the same Criminology & Security Studies and her sister discipline: Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution; the roles of a third party negotiator in any bloody conflict are clearly spelt out likewise his or her personality qualities. The absence of track records associated with such a negotiator robs him or her of personal credibility. One fundamental yardstick in the role of such third party negotiator is neutrality. Another is confidentiality. Resolution processes involving any bloody conflict include peacemaking and peace-building; conflict prevention, resolution and transformation. In all these, a highly respected third party negotiator can be brought in by governmental or intergovernmental bodies with laid down terms of reference.
In the case of the so-called “Australian Hostage Negotiator” called “Rev. Dr. Stephen Davies”, it is totally correct to say, from the facts available in the public domain, that he is not an internationally respected hostage negotiator but a hired international “strawman”. This is because no internationally respected hostage/conflict peace negotiator can recklessly indulge in the art of talkativeness and wild allegations with reliance on mere “hearsay pieces of evidence” such as “Boko Haram commanders told me”. There is a clear difference between “fact-finding” and “hostage negotiation”. With all due respect, the so called “Australian International Hostage Negotiator” has grossly deviated and derailed from the art of “Chibok girls’ hostage negotiator” to “international alarmist and killer propagandist”.
Flowing from these, our questions are: Was Dr. Stephen Davies engaged to negotiate the release of abducted Chibok girls or to interview Boko Haram Commanders to ascertain their sponsors? Can a hostage or conflict peace negotiator validly break his or her oath of neutrality and confidentiality as Dr. Davies has recklessly done? Are there not terms of reference for Dr. Stephen Davies to operate? What benefits do the Boko Haram Commanders stand to gain by naming their sponsors? Did the Boko Haram Commanders actually name their sponsors in their so-called interactions with Dr. Stephen Davies? Did Dr. Stephen Davies’ hostage negotiation deal for the release of Chibok girls fail on account of the sponsors and sponsorship of Boko Haram terror insurgency? Is Dr. Stephen Davies truly a third party hostage/conflict peace negotiator? What about his past success or failed stories in matters of hostage or conflict peace negotiation if any? Are his talkativeness and wild allegations in line with the international best practices in matters of conflict peace third party negotiation?
The antics of Dr. Stephen Davies quickly reminds us of a judicial inquiry episode that took place in Anambra State in 2005 before the Anambra State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal during the cross-examination of a so-called “forensic expert witness”, who was brought from the United States by the camp of Dr. Chris Ngige to dispute the forensic expert submissions of Mr. David Kolawole of the Nigeria Police Force (a renowned police forensic), who was brought by the camp of Mr. Peter Obi. In the course of cross examination by the legal team of Mr. Peter Obi, the self-styled “US Forensic Expert” shockingly revealed and confessed that he was not actually a forensic expert, but a licensed mechanic with a workshop. Our further question is: Can it be said that Dr. Stephen Davies is a confirmed quark hired by Nigeria’s merchants of death for bloody enrichment and deadly political-cum-ethno-religious goals?
It is no longer news that Nigeria as a country is sick in different fronts. While the Boko Haram terror insurgents and their sponsors have dangerously continued to pursue their forced “ethno-religious homogenization and assimilation” policy using machetes, guns and bombs; the country is also pursued for destruction by xenophobic brigades scattered in the political and media corridors in the north and west axis. The country is also deeply divided along ethno-religious sentimental nationalism. In the country’s CSO rights community, for instance, there is a deep division and ethnicity. An activist is regarded and treated as a leper unless he or she canvasses “southwest agenda or progressive agenda”. In the media industry particularly the print, promotion of primordial sentiments and “first class-second class citizenship” division is very high. National cohesion or oneness in the country’s media died after the anti military struggle in 1999.
Today, the country’s print media is now tailored towards the promotion of sectional extremism. Even among the political class, no matter how dirty a politician is in or outside office, once he or she defects to the opposition political party, he or she automatically enjoys huge paper and to some extent audio/audio visual media coverage dominated by the Southwest axis.
Further, in the categorization of the public, there are “decision-making”, “attentive” and “mass public”. As a result, it is evident that the sponsors of the ongoing media warfare against the likes of Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika deliberately capitalize on the age-long “collective foolishness”, which is also called “public gullibility” to spread fallacious message and killer propaganda with a view to diverting the public attention with respect to those that sympathize and sponsor terror insurgencies against Nigeria and Nigerians. These categories of malicious and murderous people also pursue political powers by violent means rather than through peaceful electoral means.
The ongoing propaganda and killer media attacks are clearly to divert the public and international attentions over the true identities of the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. The attacks and other diversionary tactics so deployed are as a result of a motion moved before the British House of Common in July 2014 urging the UK Foreign Secretary and Commonwealth Affairs to conclusively investigate serious allegations that the opposition political bodies and individuals in Nigeria are linked with the sponsorship of Boko Haram insurgency. This marked the beginning of these diversionary efforts under reference. For the country’s political class, Nigeria is zoology of impunity and immunity”, except when their nefarious conducts become an international issue. This is because there are no immunity and impunity beyond borders.
While condemning the antics of Dr. Stephen Davies and his perceived Nigerian sponsors, we wish to reject the disclosure made by the country’s Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) to the effect that it will invite Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff (former governor of Borno State) on account of Dr. Stephen Davies’ warped accusing fingers of his inclusion in the list of the sponsors of the Boko Haram. Our total rejection of his invitation stems from the fact that Dr. Stephen Davies’ allegations are dead on arrival. This is because they are corrupted, stained, contaminated and compromised. This is more so when the country’s criminal justice system does not allow room for conviction of the accused citizens on the basis of corrupted pieces of evidence. Acting investigatively based on “hearsay” evidence and other corrupted accounts amount to “investigation and trial by ordeal”.
Applying the practice of conventional data mining and management, Dr. Stephen Davies’ accounts should be seen and treated in the context of “raw data” or mere clues subject to independent critical procession and investigation. It can only be relied upon if at the end, the DSS’s fresh findings corroborate the said allegations either in whole or in part. We also renew our earlier demand for effective international criminal and humanitarian justice interventions in the country’s insurgency warfare and its sponsorship, which have the capacity to unleash more catastrophic effects on Nigeria, Nigerians and the regional and international communities.
1. Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman (Criminologist & Graduate of Security Studies)
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2. Barr Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Head, Campaign & Publicity Department
3. Barr Anita Onochie, Head, Security & Safety Program
4. Barr Angela Onyinyechi Nwankwere, Deputy Head, International Justice & Human Rights Program
*Photo Caption - Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis and Boko Haram commanders in a 2013 photo after Boko Haram reportedly agreed to dialogue.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese His Lordship Paulinus Ezeokafor has expressed joy at the consistent top performance of Anambra State in national examinations since the handover of schools to the mission by the former administration of Peter Obi.
The education reforms embarked upon by Anambra State in the last couple of years have continued to yield fruit as schools in the state again emerged the overall best in the 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), a repeat of the feat recorded in the last two years.
Commenting on this at Awka, Bishop Ezeokafor said the return of schools to the mission by the immediate past regime of Peter Obi was responsible. He said that regime’s huge investment in the education sector had transformed it by providing an enabling environment for learning and making students to become more serious.
‘We thank God that then return of schools to the mission is doing wonders. It will and I urge the present government to take it up. I’m very happy for Obi. The present government should continue and do more. The situation is good now and things are working. There is nothing like miracle here; it is a result of good planning,’ Bishop Ezeokafor enthused.
The official WAEC result made available to the media, showed that Anambra State which polled 65.92 per cent, beat Abia State, 58.52 per cent and Edo State, 57.82 to the first position.
Eight out of the 36 states in Nigeria recorded scores less than 10%. These states include Adamawa, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi. Others are Gombe, Bauchi and Yobe.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi
[ Masterweb Reports ] - It’s said that “it takes two to make a tango” and there is always two sides to a coin. In that respect efforts were made by the Nigerian Embassy Spain for our special correspondent in Spain to have an interview with Kingsley Ojugberu, the alleged suspect by Mabel Mark his wife for acid attack on her in Nigeria. Below is Kingsley’s side of the story in an exhaustive interview held at his........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Mabel Mark After Acid Attack by Husband
[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent reports ] - Unknown to many Nigerians is that Uncle Shege, as he is popularly called by many Nigerians has a twin brother. More also even unknown to the ex-two times President of Nigeria (military and civilian) is the where-about of his twin brother whom he thought was always at home. But unknown to him, his brother has checked out to Europe like “Andrew” during his years of long service to the nation. But as fate would have it, they were to meet again in a foreign land far from home, just like Joseph met with his brothers in Egypt after they sold him to slavery and thought that he was dead. On June 4, 2014 at Madrid Barajas International airport- Spain, OBJ, on his way to Malabo, met with his twin brother whom he thought was still at home, and a discussion ensued between them. According to the........ Read More.
*Photo Caption - Honourable Uchendu Precious Onuoha, Masterweb Special Correspondent, Ohanaeze Youth-Spain Chairman/Media Coordinator (LEFT); Ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (RIGHT).
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - To respond to readers’ concerns, I am writing Part Two of my recent essay on NIGERIAN NURSES ARE THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL WIVES. Nigerian nurses are interested in one thing and one thing only. That thing is money. They marry Nigerian men whose sweet lying tongues sweep them off their fantasy-shod feet. They enjoy being lied to in order to justify coming to America to escape poverty, expecting to walk on red carpets into ready built mansions (the types you see at Lagos, Kano, Abuja, and my small village in Anambra). They imagine being driven around in Roll Royce in Obodo Oyibo (white man’s land). When the prospective husband is a middle-aged taxi driver or things go not as expected, hell breaks loose. Here is what three readers said about me and my essay. Reader One captures the criminal.
READER ONE: If you had a sister or daughter who makes money for her husband, what will you tell her when the burden is too heavy for her"feminine capacity" FYI, a woman is a "receptacle": she can only be a woman when she receives. so anytime, she is in a position to GIVE, there is friction, anger. storm, hail, thunder will accompany her daily life...What a wife owes her husband is PRAYER. The man should LOVE her so his prayers may not be "hindered", which means when you love your woman, provide for her, all your needs will be met by GOD. A man's HOME is dependent on a wife's happiness.
Reader Two proves that I am right on the ball, that nurses are callow, and irredeemably crude beyond normal rudeness. Being callow applies to youth, and suggests lack of polish, experience, and sophistication which working and sharing with a husband, demands. Crudeness applies to a tasteless, unrefined person who is unmindful of the purpose of marriage, and who is a rough unfinished piece of Nigerian femininity. This reader lacks the English vocabulary and concepts to engage in meaningful dialogues with a prospective spouse and so resorts to name calling, and behavior reminiscent of a graduate of University of Witch Psychoanalysis.
READER TWO: I cannot let this pass without saying something. Men who have this kind of misconstrued misconception about women (especially nurses) have the tendency to be abusive to any woman that crosses their path. Hence they should never have anything to do with women. This is a clear sign. This man is frustrated, miserable and confused and should seek a psychiatric help. His words alone define what he is: an angry, bitter, and paranoid schizophrenic. He is so unconventional, undiplomatic, and is psychotic. Believe me, he is very unhealthy, unhappy and sick of women in general and should go f himself and not women. Remain blessed.
Reader Three uses denial to circumvent the truth which hurts. The truth is that Nigerian women pretend they are in love with unwary suitors until they arrive in America and find out it is a land of opportunity where they are convinced it is easier to make it on their own and control money they couldn’t make walking the streets of Lagos. They jump into a nursing program they’re unprepared for and get lost in the wilderness. Finally, they get out barely passing. They rush into 12-hours-per-day practice, thrashing like headless chicken. Why? Money. Baby, you’ve got it right!
READER THREE: Well, he is trying to cause confusion in families of Nigerian nurse-wives and prospective women nurses seeking to raise a family. What legacy is he leaving for his children who will eventually become nurses or who would want to marry Nigerian nurses. He should think of the implications of his write-up before exposing his animosity and anger against women especially Nigerian nurses. He is an educated illiterate. An illiterate will not go this far to discredit a fellow human. Remain blessed.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: email@example.com Phone: +1 6788861613) reports.
*Photo Caption - Black nurse art