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High Chief Moses Enimade, the Oyewoga of Ode Irele in Ondo State, says the recent death of 20 youths in the town was caused by sacrilege done to Molokun, god of the land. Enimade, next in command to Oba Cornelius Olanrewaju-Lebi, stated this during interview in Irele on Saturday. He debunked the rumour that the deaths were caused by strange disease or Ebola virus. It will be recalled that no fewer than 20 youths reportedly died of severe headaches and blindness in the town recently. Enimade contended that some stubborn youths broke into the inner room of Molokun Shrine on April 15. “Molokun is a deity of the land, only the Chief Priest and High Chief Gboguron are qualified to enter the shrine.’’ The chief said the youths entered the shrine and made away with traditional items in a bid to acquire extra-ordinary powers and engage in money ritual. “They were not qualified to enter the room (shrine). They had to face death penalty’’; he emphasised. The Oyewoga said it he could not remember the last time Malokun or any other gods had to strike like this in the area. According to him, there is no community or town without its own culture and tradition; what happened in Irele is the judgement of the gods on stubborn youths. “Even the Kabiesi himself is not permitted to enter the Molokun Shrine’s inner room except the Chief Priest and High Chief Gboguron. Sacrifice must be performed before they can enter. “Because these youths want to be rich at all cost, they entered the sacred place and made away with traditional items and 20 of them have died as a result of their desperate acts, “We have to appease the gods or else many will still die and we have to bury them according to tradition. Their corpses belong to the gods and will be exhumed if buried by their families.’’ He restated that the deaths were not caused by diseases or ebola as widely speculated. “The death caused by Molokun is characterised by severe headache and blindness. “Proverbs 29:1 in the Bible say: `he that had been reproved and hardened his neck shall suddenly be destroyed without remedy; so youths of nowadays must be careful’’’, Enimade said. Some residents who spoke appealed to the chief priest to make necessary atonement to avert calamity in the town. They said news of the deaths had given the town and state a bad name. Mr Sheed Osuolale said he was afraid when the news broke. Mrs Esther Bantefa said the news had given the town and the state a bad name adding that the chief priest should as a matter of urgency perform necessary rituals. “Our people in Lagos and other towns called us to get information if it was Ebola outbreak’’, she said. Mrs Tayo Akinyelure said parents should warn their children against going near shrines. “Many youths do not believe in all these traditions and customs. It is high time parents warned their children against committing sacrilege’’, she said.
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Nollywood Super actors Segun Arinze,Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey and Kalu Ikeagwu were in Cameroon recently to organize a training class for young actors in the country....They were later hosted to a dinner by the Nigerian Consular General in Buea (pronounced Buya) ..The event took place at Mountain Hotel Buea
Former beauty queen, Anna Banner, who is pregnant for contemporary Highlife singer, Flavour has responded to a fan who wanted to know if she had put the bed.
The winner of MBGN 2013 has drawn the ire of critics on issues that bordered on her boyfriend singer, Flavour’s penchant for putting his fans/lover in the family. Last year, former model Sandra was reported to be pregnant for Flavour and that she had given birth abroad.
Anne Banner on her Instagram posted the question from the fan with the name, Oga_madam, “Have you put to bed?” and the beauty, who is now in South Africa, responded by saying “why are u so serious? By the way, is it your business? Please stop acting like others…it doesn’t suit you. Be happy.”
Oga_madam went ahead to respond to this comment. “Am happy hun but just concerned about you, because you should be facing your book not getting pregnant for a thaut (tout), you are still young haba.”
The ex-MBGN made sure she had the last word. Replying, she wrote “Awwww darling…am glad you are concerned about me n I really appreciate, but dat doesn’t give you the right to call him names cuz I didn’t call your boyfriend names. Plus u should learn not to judge people cuz ur not God. Am living my life and am happy! Pregnant or not I love my life! Please don’t show concern wen its not needed,” wrote Anna.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) Pastor E.A Adeboye, prayed for UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and the congregation at the ‘Festival of Life’ programme holding in London.
Cameron will lead the Conservative Party to participate in the UK general election holding on 7th May 2015, to elect the 56th Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Pastor Adeboye shared some of the pictures on his verified Facebook page, Pastor E. A. Adeboye
KING Goodwill Zwelithini meant each and every word when he said foreigners must pack their bags and get out of South Africa.
So said Zwelithini’s spokesman, Prince Thulani Zulu, who told Daily Sun yesterday the king has nothing to be sorry for.
The Zulu king’s outburst came on Saturday during his speech at a moral regeneration event in Pongola, northern KZN.
In the presence of both Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and provincial MEC Willies Mchunu, the king was reported to have told the gathering that it was time foreigners were told to return to their countries.
The king accused them of messing up the country’s towns by hanging their fake clothing brands on the streets.
“Now when you walk down the street you can’t recognise a shop you used to know because it has been taken over by foreigners who mess it up by hanging up rags,” the king said.
His remarks were widely condemned as encouraging hatred towards foreigners, which may result in more violent behaviour towards them.
But Prince Thulani said the king won’t apologise because he stood by what he said.
“I think the people who’re complaining are misinterpreting his speech.
“He didn’t say foreigners must be attacked or harassed.
“The king was talking about foreigners who are here illegally.
“Some are involved in serious crimes like drug and human trafficking.
“We don’t need such people in our country so the king is right,” said Zulu.
The king’s speech has been strongly criticised for fuelling hatred against foreigners by the Somali Association of South Africa and the Congolese Solidarity Campaign.
The provincial government distanced itself from the king’s speech. It said it was guided by the Constitution, which guarantees human rights for all in SA
Arising from a meeting in Abuja Thursday night, the national leaders and national caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have officially zoned the office of the Senate President in the 8th Senate to the North central geo-political zone, while the Speaker of the House of Representatives was zoned to the North-east geo-political zone.
A source at the APC meeting which lasted till the wee-hours of Friday told THISDAY that the party leaders accepted in principle a prototype office sharing formula that would accommodate all vested interests within the party.
The source said: “After deft negotiations, the leaders agreed to cede the position of the Senate President to the North-central and that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the North-east. They also endorsed a zoning arrangement that would see the South-west producing the Deputy Senate President and South-south, Deputy Speaker.”
With the agreement yesterday, the current minority leader in the Senate, George Akume from Benue State and Senator Bukola Saraki from Kwara State are expected to engage each other in a fierce contest for the Senate Presidency.
It was learnt that the position of the Speaker was earlier allotted to the South-west but had to be moved to North-east following a strong lobby by leaders from the zone who argued that such arrangement was necessary to compensate them for the massive support for the party during the election.
Apart from the sharing arrangement for the principal positions, the APC meeting which had personalities like the former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu and some governors in attendance also considered the issue of ministerial appointments.
The APC leaders also zoned the office of the Chairman of its Board of Trustees (BoT) to Adamawa State, where the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is set to clinch the position that was hitherto held by the former governor of Osun State and former national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande.
The source hinted further that the party zoned the office of the Majority Leader of the Senate to the South-west.
However, South-east did not get any position in the current allocation but according to a top notch APC member, the zone will be compensated by other appointments to ensure some balance and equity. In all the eight senatorial seats in the zone, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all the seats. This has made it impossible for the zone to aspire for any principal office in the senate.
The same thing happened in the zone for the House of Representatives. No single member of the House of Representatives from the zone is from the APC. PDP won all the National Assembly seats in both arms of the National Assembly. In fact, in the Presidential Election, the APC did not score up to 15 percent in any of the states in the southeast.
Another source at the Abuja meeting said the APC chieftains could not however conclude deliberations on the ministerial appointments as it was decided that stakeholders in the states and zonal levels should go back to the areas to hold consultations on the matter.
It was resolved that the state chapters of the party would each nominate three persons for ministerial consideration and are to submit same to the party through the Vice Chairmen and Deputy National Chairmen on or before Tuesday next week.
The source added that another meeting of the party leadership is scheduled to hold on Tuesday where they hope to harmonize issues and finalize discussions on the recommendations to be presented to the National Executive Committees (NEC) of the party.
“While the President- elect, General Muhammadu Buhari had asked the party to discuss the issue of ministerial appointments and to advise him as appropriate, he has insisted on retaining the transition committee list. Buhari had in choosing members of the transition committee made sure that each of them is tested expert in the various sectors where they will serve. He was said to be very conscious of their level of integrity and honesty,” added the source.
A top member of the APC who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “All the positions said to have been shared are yet to be firmed. Nothing can be confirmed until the final meeting next week.” He advised that all reports about sharing of positions should be disregarded until next week when a final decision would be taken.
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